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The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology Paperback – December 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 865 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609801090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609801093
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

This ambitious reference guide lives up to its name. Practically three inches thick--and we're not talking large print here--it's packed with titles, ordering information, and Web site addresses. From where to send away for a kit to make your own Chilean rain stick to how to order a set of Elizabethan costume paper dolls, the book connects families to a world of learning possibilities. Book titles, short synopses, authors' names, publishers, and years of print make up the bulk of the guide. Classics such as The Cat in the Hat and Curious George share billing with lesser-known titles like Stone Fox, the story of a legendary Indian dog-sled racer. Every entry appears with recommended ages and an icon that shows whether the item is a book, computer disc, or video; an outstretched palm denotes hands-on materials. Most of the resources seem to have been test-driven by the author and her three homeschooled sons. Rebecca Rupp, a former scientist who has been teaching her kids at home for more than 10 years, peppers the guide with anecdotes about her children's experiences in various subject areas, much of it drawn from the family's extensive journals. Along with books, magazines, and kits for reading, math, writing, science, and history, a considerable amount of space is given to computer and television resources, as well as "life skills," a broad category that includes everything from etiquette and carpentry to sewing and sex education. Like a Yellow Pages guide to knowledge, The Complete Home Learning Sourcebook belongs on the shelf of anyone looking for new ways to spark a child's imagination. --Jodi Mailander Farrell

From Library Journal

Homeschooling is becoming the "school of choice" for more and more parents, currently involving one and a half million people. Rupp, who has homeschooled her own children, begins with some background notes on the movement, for instance, that the average homeschool family annually spends $546 per child. She gives a big plug to public libraries, calling them "an unending source of literature, information, [and] free enrichment programs." The bulk of the book provides useful names, street addresses, costs, and E-mail and web addresses for resources. All the basic topics are covered?reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, American and world history, foreign languages, the arts, and life skills?with various resources, such as books, video games, audio recordings, and web sites, for each. Although targeted to homeschoolers, this book will be useful to any parent; teachers and school and public librarians can also benefit. A good choice for most public libraries.?Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Rebecca Rupp has written nonfiction articles for many national magazines on topics ranging from the history of blue jeans to the science of ice cream. She is also the author of THE DRAGON OF LONELY ISLAND, THE WATERSTONE, and several nonfiction books, both for children and adults. Of THE RETURN OF THE DRAGON, she says, 'I hope all of you enjoy the return of Fafnyr's cave - and hearing from Aunt Mehitabel again - as much as I have. Much as I love the three-headed dragon, I also love Aunt Mehitabel. I plan to be just like her when I turn eighty-five.' Rebecca Rupp lives in Vermont with her husband, three sons, three cats, and a tarantula named Immanuel Kant.

Customer Reviews

We homeschool very eclectically and I love the way she thinks outside the box!
Lorel Shea
Rebecca Rupp has lots of information packed in the pages of this book for every subject and every age group.
marciebaby
I borrowed the book from our library first, but have since purchased my very own copy!
k

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166 of 169 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I do professional reviews of a lot of books about homeschooling, and I must say I found this one unusually fun to read, because there's so much packed into it about so many interesting and unusual resources, with something for everyone. It's gratifying to see a reference book so well done.
The Complete Home Source Book is quite literally a huge delight: with 865 pages, this book is 8 1/2" by 11" and almost 2" thick! The subtitle says it well: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators, Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology.
The book is nicely organized into subjects of study, and the subject titles are thoughtfully printed at the page edges in dark blocks to show even with the pages closed. Each entry is tagged with the age group for which the resource is intended. Symbols are used to identify whether the resource is: a book, curriculum, kit, video, software, magazine, audio, game, on-line resource, hands-on activity, or catalog. The price might at first seem expensive, but this is a huge reference resource for long term use, and should save the average person money in the long run, or even perhaps in the short run.
Just a few of the enormous range of subjects thoroughly covered are reading, writing, math, history, foreign language resources, the arts, sciences, journalism, research, mythology, libraries, ethics, religion, economics, philosophy, and life skills. The format consists of well-annotated lists of books, catalogs, games, hands-on materials, on-line resources, CD-ROMSs, tapes, and videos, along with Rebecca Rupp's comments, insightful observations, and delightful, thought-provoking, stories about her family's own experiences.
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By k on September 5, 2000
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When I borrowed this book from the library I actually read it cover to cover. It is more than just a list of books. Rebecca Rupp has done exhaustive research. She has given the home schooler (or the parent wishing to augment the education of their kids) a tremendous resource. Rupp has divided the book up into different sections according to subject-not just the three 'Rs, but also such things as philosophy, art, music...you name it. The age suggestions seem very accurate as well. Since people home school for a lot of different reasons, she also mentions if a book is religious or Christian, or a purely secular resource. I have used many of the websites that she lists, as well as sending away for a number of the catalogs that she lists. As someone relatively new to the home school scene, I also enjoyed the personal accounts of her three sons' educational experiences. I borrowed the book from our library first, but have since purchased my very own copy!
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2000
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I've purchased many homeschooling books, but this is the one that I use constantly in planning lessons and unit studies. If you prefer to put together your own curriculum, rather than purchasing a series of textbooks, The Complete Home Learning Sourcebook will save you time and money. It is a great starting point - classified by subject area and sub-divided into topics. This is the place to get a sense of what's available in catalogs, games, kits, books, cd-roms and more, with contact info and web addresses, so you can find what you want! Rebecca Rupp includes sections from her homeschool journal to illustrate what worked for her family. If I could only have one book on homeschooling, this would be it.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
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This is the most comprehensive book I've found yet. I have lent it out to others both friends and educators. But..Many of the internet resource webpages have been discontinued so it is often time consuming to research which ones still exist before providing those resources to my children ages 9 and 16 yrs. I mark in the book if it can be used and cross out which ones are outdated. Still well worth the price!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By marciebaby on November 26, 2004
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Rebecca Rupp has lots of information packed in the pages of this book for every subject and every age group. She uses personal examples from her family to help emphasize the fact that every child learns differently, and her reviews of the resources in this book are based on what would work for which type of child and why.

HOWEVER, after homeschooling a few years, I've come to prefer the huge catalog from Rainbow Resources. They have so much more curricula included, and the list is updated every year. They also include reviews with every single item.

And never underestimate your local support group as a learning source! My children learn so much just from activities sponsored by our homeschool group. The clubs and field trips are much more valuable than anything that could come from a book. And other parents are alway eager to share what works for them.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2007
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It needs to be updated big time. A lot of recommended resources on the internet no longer exist and some recommended books are not recommended by the amazon customers. I have a 2 year old and I want to get ready to home school my child, but seems like this book will be so much out of date by the time he becomes 10 years old!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on September 13, 2005
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Rebecca Rupp is inspiring. The pages and pages of resources include books, films, science kits, board games,coloring books and more. We homeschool very eclectically and I love the way she thinks outside the box! This book gets more use at my house than any other homeschool guide or materials catalog. The one drawback is that it is getting a wee bit dated- and some internet links no longer work. I'd also love to see her include in an updated version some of the programs we've been very happy with, such as Story of the World and Singapore math.
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