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Fundamentals of Homeschooling: Notes on Successful Family Living

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Home-schooling parent Lahrson-Fisher (Homeschooling in Oregon) presents a comprehensive, reader-friendly tome on home-schooling. Its scope is inclusive of all who might choose this alternative education, as well as of every aspect of home-schooling from curriculum materials and legal support services to home schooling organizations. Prospective home-schooling parents (and even parents of children who attend school) will appreciate the book's wealth of wisdom on child development, learning and family life. Part One, "Play," continues in the tradition of David Elkind (The Hurried Child) and Neil Postman (The Disappearance of Childhood) with its sensible argument for allowing children the time to develop their imaginative and expressive selves through play. Part Two offers reassuring advice for parents worried about how to approach the basics of literacy and mathematics with their children. Subsequent sections are more specifically oriented to home-schoolers and offer tips on family life and the organization of the living/school space, evaluation and testing, getting ready for college and other important issues, including how to respond to the inevitable criticism from family and friends. What Lahrson-Fisher's book lacks in theory, it makes up for in common sense, clearly rooted in the author's personal experiences. Although slightly redundant, the book will remind readers of the benefits of living a life that celebrates the simple things: "play, conversation, togetherness, and growing up."
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" - a work of great good sense that will enlarge your imagination...a potent package." -- John Taylor Gatto, author

"...This book bursts with creative ideas and resources that every homeschooling parent will find valuable." -- Mothering Magazine, July 2003

"...a rich and eloquently personal look at how children learn...well organized and easy to dip into..." -- Life Learning Magazine January/February 2003

"...excited to see this to [educate the kids while building a strong family] with love and togetherness." -- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, 2003

"...makes so much sense. I am reminded of the clear, common-sense observations of another great homeschooling writer: John Holt." -- Helen Hegener, publisher,

"...respects parents' common sense and wisdom, honors children's amazing power to learn...tackles its subject with thoughtfulness, insight..." -- Home Education Magazine January/February 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Nettlepatch Press (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964081369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964081369
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Choose the Right on January 24, 2006
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I wish I would have found this book before any others. It was exactly what I needed. It is a wonderful guide to how to teach through real life and with plenty of fun. She gives an extensive list of things in your home that you already have that enrich your childs learning expirience. She talks about making habits in your home. It reminds me of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It sould be called Highly Effective Habits of the Homeschooling Family. It has been such a comfort to me and has given me wonderful new and fresh ideas to add to what I had been doing. She suggests several games that help children learn. I seriously cannot say enough about how much I love this book. It is a breath of fresh air. It isn't telling you that her way is the only way or the best way it is merely stating the fundamentals, the facts, the basics, learning should not be dreaded! Worth Every penny. I only wish it was sold in hard back since I use it so often, Mine has great wear and tear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Bonham Moon on June 29, 2005
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Ann Lahrson Fisher's book has proven useful to me in advising new homeschoolers on my email list, and at my website. Homeschooling parents want to know how to help their children in their studies and learning in addition to information provided in textbooks. Ann's book provides it.

Even though Ann published her book after my kids had received their high school diplomas and had gone off on their own, I still bought Ann's book for my home library. When new homeschoolers have called for help, I had a ready reference for hints, tips and strategies to augment my own knowledge. Ann's brain and mine are better than mine alone.

Ann's book is a long-term reference and is useful in homeschooling little kids, middle kids and great big kids.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 10, 2002
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Fundamentals Of Homeschooling: Notes On Successful Family Living by writer, public speaker, workshop leader, and homeschooling expert Ann Lahrson-Fisher is an extensive, "parent friendly" guide to the techniques, pitfalls, and advantages of homeschooling. From using homeschooling to teach reading and writing to young children, to creating a useful curriculum for teenagers, to adequately preparing a young person to succeed in community colleges, universities, the military, or other educational or job training venues, Fundamentals Of Homeschooling is a strongly recommended primer and an invaluable supplementary resource to creating a balanced homeschooling teaching plan, as well as offering a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques to creating the best home learning environment possible. If you are seriously considering, or are already involved with, homeschooling, then give Ann Lahrson-Fisher's Fundamentals Of Home-Schooling a very careful and thorough reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corin Goodwin on August 5, 2006
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Check out this comprehensive "how to" on homeschooling, written by prolific author and homeschooler Ann Lahrson-Fisher. Easy to understand, you can read it from the first page to the last or simply thumb through it, using it as a resource whenever questions come up. There is plenty of information here that will apply to learners of all kinds. The author is a terrific speaker, too, and gives presentations at homeschool workshops around the United States. Go hear her speak if you get a chance!
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