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The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start Paperback – May 24, 2001
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Are you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize that their child's school options are limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschooling. But where do you start and how do you ensure the highest-quality educational experience, especially in that pivotal first year?
This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style, including:
-When, why, and how to get started
-The best ways to develop an effective curriculum, assess your child's progress, and navigate local regulations
-Kid-tested and parent-approved learning activities for all age levels
-Simple strategies for developing an independent child and strengthening family and social relationships
-And much, much more!
"To the thousands of requests we receive for help from families new to homeschooling, we will now recommend this warm and knowledgeable book. It will ensure that "all families make it to the second year--including yours!" --Elizabeth Kanna, editor in chief, Homeschool.com
"Linda Dobson addresses all the issues facing parents as they consider the task of homeschooling over other educational options. Those who wonder whether they really can or want to do the job will find unique perspectives in this well-researched work."--Beverly K. Eakman, author and cofounder, National Education Consortium
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More About the Author
Linda's articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Good Housekeeping, but her favorite stint was as Home Education Magazine news reporter and analyst for almost a decade. She still regularly contributes a commentary column, "Notes from the Road Less Traveled," and is acting columns editor. She has authored eight books, and contributed essays and forewords to many more. She has enjoyed diversity in writing, from a children's column for an Atlanta-based alternative newspaper to mail order copy, as well as consulting and market studies for companies such as Barnes&Noble.com and Grolier's. Linda is experienced with the media having provided scores of interviews for radio talk shows, feature stories, including German Public Radio, and publications including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, and "Live Online" for the Washington Post.
As she became home education's most prolific author and vocal spokesperson, Linda emerged as a nationally respected conference keynote speaker. She has traveled the country, staying in touch with parental concerns and educational approaches across the U.S. and Canada. Formerly a short-term academic tutor for children, she also counseled parents of traditionally schooled children, as she believes that parental involvement is essential to educational success and can occur no matter where a child learns. She was also an online course instructor for Barnes & Noble University.
Believing that modern homeschooling's rich history lives within those who have completed the journey, Linda began the Homeschool Crones Café at ning.com and invited all her old friends to hang out there.
Life isn't all work, fortunately! She moved to be close to Florida's Gulf coast and has started a non-profit volunteer program and a non-profit economic revitalization corporation. Now, she has left all that behind to return to her passion - helping families enjoy and thrive through the homeschooling lifestyle.
To this end, Linda produces Parent at the Helm.com, where parents concerned about their children's education can find information, news, resources, guest commentators, homeschooling start-up information, and monthly book giveaways to help their children succeed.
She's grandmother of three beautiful girls, including a set of twins. She is also engaged to the most wonderful man in the world.
Top Customer Reviews
The "What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me..." excerpts throughout the book were great, as I had some of those same preconceived ideas in mind -- what a relief to know I won't have to go overboard on expensive curriculum and extremely structured "class" time!
Ms. Dobson lays out the different homeschool approaches as well as goes through one week examples of each, most of which were interesting (although I must admit that after reading this part I found a couple of the approaches a little questionable ... it seems like class time is squeezed in between extracurricular activities (discussing topics in the car en route to/from karate or piano lessons)). Overall, I was pleased with the different approaches that are available (including online!), which has gotten me thinking about how I might want to do things, as well as eased some of my anxiety.
The only thing I did find missing from the book was that several people said they came up with non-confrontational answers to people who question their homeschool decision, but no actual answer examples were given.
I plan on going to several of the websites and user groups she has listed in the resource section.
I plan on re-reading this book several times!!!
Elementary education is changing in this country. Public schools are raising bars on curriculum and more standard tests are introduced. So I hope to see a new edition of this book to have the trend covered. Meanwhile, I let my child use Beestar (a nice web site for weekly practice, [...] So I can see how my child is doing compared to those formal school kids.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I learned things about not only homeschooling, but public schools as well.Published 2 months ago by Jay Bergman
You need to read this book. It is a homeschooling book but it also is a book that helps open your eyes to what the public school is doing to your children. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hannah
This is a good book with helpful information for the first year of homeschool. I appreciated the "wish I knew" comments all through the book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C - Mama Likes To Read Book Blog
Using this book allowed me an additional reference to help my grandchildren pass to the next grade level.Published 9 months ago by D. Gore
This book was highly recommended by several parents on a secular homeschool web page that I have been following. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Kinzer
This, along with "The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas," was a complete waste of money. What could have been stated in an editorial blog (in far fewer words) was sold... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lane
GREAT BOOK for the new homeschooler. This is the ideal read for a parent who has no idea what they are doing or how they will do it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jenn
As I complete my first week of homeschooling, the advice and stories parallel my experiences. This book is amazingly for anyone contemplating or just beginning the homeschool... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer