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The Beginners Guide to Homeschooling Paperback – April 1, 2000

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A great little book! -- Helen Hegener, Home Education Magazine

A triumph of common sense! -- John Taylor Gatto, author Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education

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The author has been interviewed about this book on Catholic Family Radio (4/8/2000), and he is speaking at conferences in the US and Canada throughout the Spring and Fall.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Associates; 3 edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913677175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913677179
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,153,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
This review is for the third revised edition dated April 2000.
As a homeschooling mother I am grateful for the work of John Holt, Patrick Farenga and have learned so much from the Holt Associates publication "Growing Without Schooling". It saddens me to give this book a low rating to a book written by Patrick Farenga.
If you have already read one book about homeschooling then it is likely that this book won't reveal any new information to you. I guess I am spoiled by the large number of books about homeschooling that are on the market today...there are so many books, especially books categorized as books for beginning homeschoolers that provide more words of encouragement, more detailed source lists and more detailed reviews. Because I'd already read a couple of books on the subject of beginning homeschooling I found that I already knew the almost all the information in this book.
This book would be most helpful if it were the first book you ever read about homeschooling and then when you chose what area you wanted to learn more about you could go in that direction and find more detailed sources of information, whether it is a book or an internet web site.
Despite being written by someone who supports unschooling, Farenga does a good job covering various homeschooling styles and over 30 pages are dedicated to matters such as curriculum, record keeping and performance assessments. The book is so short that the various homeschooling styles are all covered briefly.
I found that the most interesting part of the book were quotes from out of print books published in the early part of the 20th century.
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