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Homeschooling for Success: How Parents Can Create a Superior Education for Their Child

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ISBN-10: 0446678856
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446678856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446678858
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Hermitt on May 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Written by the founders of Homeschool.com, "Homeschooling for Success" is the most up to date and complete informational book on homeschooling available. It was printed in 2002, and is filled with un-dated viewpoints and findings that I could really sink my teeth into.
The forward is written by Robert Kiyosaki, author of "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", who reveals that he was homeschooled by his school administrator father after he flunked out of school. This is the kind of information and reassurance I have been looking for. The book starts out with a real life example of what homeschooling can do for a person,as this man is now a famous and successful author and speaker, in spite of how the schools evaluated him.
The authors Rebecca Kochenderfer and Elizabeth Kanna have filled this book with all of the homeschooling resources known to man (also found on their website homeschool.com), as well as insight on learning styles and different kinds of intelligences to help a parent figure out which kind of homeschooling style, would best suite their child.
It gives advice on homeschooling at different age levels, as well as College and Un-college alternatives as well. Most importantly to me, it has a chapter called "Click Learning", which I felt was written especially for my family. My children have been using the computer since they were 18 months and I used it to help each child to read when the schools way merely frustrated them.
Finally the book ends with a chapter on "Why every Parent Should Consider Homeschooling". It was more based on emotional and religious reasons and thus fell short of giving me a good reason to homeschool as I am looking for academic excellence for my children in a loving environment.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D.R.Thomas on January 29, 2010
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Synopsis:

This book is a quick reference guide for anyone considering homeschool; it covers some of the misconceptions and common concerns about homeschooling. Being general and concise it is a text that gives the reader a simple idea about homeschool, both initiating it and continuing it through and up to college. If you are considering homeschooling make this part of your inventory for investigating this avenue. The book, as said before, is concise, it is merely 178 pages long, but continues with three very salutary appendices constituting a homeschooling resource guide, homeschooling support groups in each state and lastly, a brief summary of state laws for every state. This book will get you started, but it should supplement your desire to understand homeschooling.

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The appendices are, by my opinion, the most valuable asset in the book. This material is something that will give you a relative idea of where begin and some local resources in understanding your rights and different options you may have.

This book does not portray homeschool as the salvation of the human race, but does place emphasis on how it strengthens family bonds-which it does emphatically-and it even identifies that homeschoolers do have flaws, such as math being "an area where homeschoolers aren't knocking the ball out of the park" (79). This statement identifies that even though homeschool has statistically proven to outperform both public and private schooled children, it shows that they are not impregnable to some degree normality.

Praise must be given to them for their efforts of making the book somewhat secular. As it is known, we are a melting pot culture with a variety of spiritual and cultural paths, and even some are atheistic.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Carrington on May 3, 2005
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This book presented a very nice and not too overwhelming overview of homeschooling. Chapters featured a little something for everyone-from those homeschooling little ones to those removing their older children from school to homeschool them. Full of helpful resources, this book is a good start for anyone considering homeschooling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shonta Isley on October 17, 2009
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I have been homeschooling my 8 year old son for 3 years. I have gotten a lot of criticism from my Grandparents who were leaders in the public education system for their entire careers. It is already overwhelming feeling like your children's education is in your hands, but when you have that on top of negative comments it is just too much.

This book helps build confidence and quiets the negative thoughts running circles in your head. It gives great advice on different styles and takes you from the kindergarten stags through college. I read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. It is a definite must read for any homeschooling parent or a parent who is considering homeschooling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Smith on December 4, 2011
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Excellent book! We have been homeschooling for almost 20 years and our resource list could have been taken from this book. However, we are now into the college years and struggling on how to proceed. After following a non-traditional manner, are we just to step right into the traditional world of education? It just didn't make sense. Reading this book has opened up the mental block and provided us with many possible avenues to research and share with our children. I originally read on my Kindle, but have re-ordered a "hardcopy" so that we can pass around!
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