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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456505904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456505905
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An instant homeschool classic.  Most highly recommended."  Mary Pride, Practical Homeschooling, Issue 100

"an enjoyable, inspiring read..I would recommend it to other homeschool moms." Tiffany Orthman, Home Educating Family. homeschoolconvention.com/reviews

About the Author

Joyce Swann has been a Christian since childhood and a prayer warrior for over forty years.  She became nationally-known in the 1990's because of her work homeschooling her ten children from the first grade through master's degrees before their seventeenth birthdays.  She has been featured on Paul Harvey's weekly radio program, CBN, and the 1990's CBS series, How'd They Do That?  She has been interviewed by Woman's World, The National Enquirer, and numerous regional newspapers.  The story of the Swann family has also been featured in the National Review and several books about homeschooling success stories. 

Joyce is author of two children's books, (The McAloons' series) and the author or co-author of five novels, including The Fourth Kingdom, which was selected as a finalist in the Christianity Today 2011 fiction of the year awards and The Warrior which, since its release in 2012, has had over 50,000 Kindle downloads and hundreds of glowing reviews.   She was a popular columnist for Practical Homeschooling for nearly decade and she has retold her own story of homeschooling her ten children in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother.    For more information, visit her website at frontier2000.net.

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Joyce Swann has been a Christian since childhood and a prayer warrior for over forty years. She became nationally-known in the 1990's because of her work homeschooling her ten children from the first grade through masters' degrees before their seventeenth birthdays. She has been featured on Paul Harvey's weekly radio program, CBN and the 1990's CBS series "How'd They Do That?" She has been interviewed by "Woman's World", "The National Enquirer", and numerous regional newspapers. The story of the Swann family has also been featured in the "National Review" and several books about homeschooling success stories.

Joyce is co-author of four novels, including "The Fourth Kingdom", which was selected as a top four finalist in the "Christianity Today" 2011 fiction of the year awards, and two children's books (The McAloon series). She was a popular columnist for "Practical Homeschooling" for nearly a decade, and she has retold her own story of homeschooling her ten children in "Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling". "The Warrior", which has been downloaded on Kindle over 50,000 times, is her first solo novel.

For more information, visit her website at http:/www.frontier2000.net

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The book is an easy fast read.
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I loved reading about Joyce Swann's experiences over her years of homeschooling.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2012
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I bought the kindle version of this book since it was only 99 cents, and figuring I waste a dollar often enough if it was horrible. I'm slightly more than halfway through and I wouldn't say it is horrible, but I wouldn't say it is great either. The biggest issue is that it is a very dry read. Even when she speaks of her being very injured (run over by a car!) or her son nearly dying no emotion really comes across in her writing. I thought it was just me so I read a page to my husband who agreed with me. Also it isn't nearly as informative as I expected. I expected details, and instead she says things like "for cleaning I had a plan, everything had a scheduled part of the day." And that's about it, but details of the plan, no thoughts to if she folded laundry after dinner or before and why, just knowing that it was scheduled into her day. Also her tips revolve around doing homeschool as "school at home" sitting at a set table for certain hours, reading textbooks. She used purchases curriculums, Calvert, BYU, etc. The only lessons she seems to have put together were to teach her children to read. It doesn't offer any tips for picking curriculum, besides saying she prayed over colleges. She is also very religious, and prays over a lot of things in the book. In fact in some stories it's more of a look at her faith than a look at her homeschool. She also had a life very different than many, even most, homeschoolers, having all 10 of her children complete graduate degrees, at home, by age 16. That doesn't apply to most situations. It also doesn't help me to know how to get my homeschooler ready for college, keep transcripts to get him into college, or more importantly ready for life in college.Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Spears on December 30, 2011
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Pros: I have read a lot of info. in books or on the web and talked to many homeschoolers. None of which gave me the info. that I needed. Her book touched all the aspects I needed to hear. I wanted specific ideas, routines, the pros/cons, the emotional side to it, and personal info (like emergencies) on homeschooling. I got it in this book. Very pleased w/my purchase.
Cons: I do think her particular situation is an extreme case of homeschooling. i.e. Not everyone will have a 16 yr. old w/a masters degree. Religion plays a big part in her life and this book. So for those not so religiously based this may be a turn off (though not for me).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Penwell on January 24, 2012
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I loved reading about Joyce Swann's experiences over her years of homeschooling. She gives an inspirational message along with practical descriptions of how she taught her children and kept her home running well. She was a pioneer in homeschooling, not an easy thing, and her family went through years of financial hardship, major health problems including her own, and she had the daily challenges that went with teaching many children and caring for their home. This book does not repeat the event that led them to consider homeschooling, which is found in her daughter Alexandra's earlier book, No Regrets.No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at age 16 That book is well worth reading as well. I have also read articles by the Swann family that were in the Practical Homeschooling magazine, put online on the Homeschool World site.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Struse on November 2, 2012
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Looking Backward is an encouraging page turner, not only for homeschoolers but any parent who would welcome a guiding hand. The book is filled with down to earth inspirational advice for those days when you need it the most but don't want to admit it.

Joyce's life is an amazing testimony to all of us, but foremost it is a testimony of her love for her children. Way to go Joyce, from a fellow homeschooling mom!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dagny on August 13, 2013
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As a homeschooling mom who needed some guidance, this book was immensely helpful. I so admire her level of dedication, and she has in many ways helped me to raise my own standards and re apply myself in my endeavor to give my own children a quality education and home life. I am not religious in anyway, but I enjoyed gaining insight into her, and her families Christian beliefs. I admire their faith and dedication. So many folks these days claim to be Christians, but constantly contradict themselves by their actions everyday... But Joyce both believes it AND lives it, and I have enormous respect for that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ck on September 21, 2012
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This book was an easy read, with many practical tips on how to homeschool and care for your family's need at the same time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2014
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I found this book to be well written and very honest. Mrs. Swann's standards are extremely high and she conducted a very disciplined homeschool. I loved that she actually gave reasons for the standards which I had heard of for years but not the why behind them. Much of the extreme discipline came from her fears of failing her children. I feel much more kinship with this icon of homeschooling now that I have read her book!. As a 25 year veteran of homeschooling, myself, I had seen this woman and her family lifted up as the epitome of successful homeschooling. Next to her I failed, since my kids do not have master's degrees and one took 5 years to graduate high school, but I am thankful that the Lord gave me my own family with our own strengths and weaknesses. His grace has carried me just as it has Mrs. Swann and like her I would do it all over again given the chance! My guess is she would not be in quite the rush and I might be in more of one if we did start over! LOL!. The best part is that we both had the privilege of knowing our children very well.
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