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Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling Paperback – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736909184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736909181
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mary Pride is the publisher of Practical Homeschooling magazine and the author of numerous books on women's roles, homeschooling, educational software, parental rights, and new age thought from a conservative evangelical perspective. She is perhaps best known as the author of the first mass-market homeschool how-to book (The Big Book of Home Learning (1986), which won both the ECPA Gold Medallion and the Silver Angel Award). It has had five editions so far, under various names.

Often credited as a pioneer in the Christian Quiverfull movement, thanks to her groundbreaking book The Way Home (1985), Mary says she prefers the concept of an "Open Quiver"--families welcoming children with an open heart, but not competing over family size. To that end, she recently released a 25th Anniversary Edition of The Way Home, with an Afterthought that tackles topics--such as the Patriarchy movement and Quiverfull--that didn't exist when the book first came out. Now that her own nine children are grown, she hopes to come out with more books soon.

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Liane D. Meyer
This book is like my best friend, it has answers for everything and I wouldn't have had the confidence to get started without it.
R. Swain
I recommend this book to anyone starting or a seasoned homeschooler.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Eleven years ago when my husband and I first considered homeschooling I was overwhelmed by the thought of my children's education depending on my ability. It was then I discovered books by a well-respected homeschooling advocate named Mary Pride. Her words provided sound advice, yet what helped even more was her encouragement that I could be the best teacher for my children. "Your home will be blessed for it. You can do it. Here's how," I felt her speaking through the pages.

Now with three kids who are thriving in home, school, and life, I was pleased to discover that Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started Homeschooling is available to a new generation of beginning homeschoolers. In my opinion, this is the user-friendliest book on the market, packed with tons of useful information. I guarantee that if it has to do with homeschooling . . . you'll find it in this book!

Mary Pride's desire to help parents raise God-loving children in a safe and happy environment, with the best resources and opportunities available, comes through on every page. For new homeschoolers, or those considering homeschooling, readers will discover everything they need to know, everything they wished they knew, or everything they didn't realize they needed to know about homeschooling! In fact, here's what one new homeschooling mom had to say:

"I received the Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling as a Christmas gift when I hinted to my sister-in-law that I was considering homeschooling," says Shari, mother of four. "I have a 6-year-old in a private, Christian Kindergarten, a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 7-month-old. This was the first book I have read on the subject of homeschooling, and I quickly devoured the whole thing in the course of three days!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By "carda" on January 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best resource for finding all the information you need to start homeschooling, or to supplement a public school student's learning (afterschooling). If you don't know how to go about it, or even if you are an expert homeschooler looking for the latest in curriculum and methods... this is an excellent resource. I have been buying this series of books each time it comes out, and every time there is something new that I learn, and that I add to our learning regime. It truly is the most authoritive, and up-to-date homeschooling (or after-schooling) information available out there. If you are just starting... this is the one to get! It will help you locate just what you need, and whittle down the vast choices to those that suit you and your needs quickly. Highly recommended. :)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Simply put, Mary Pride's Complete Guide To Getting Started In Homeschooling is the definitive and thoroughly "user friendly" instructional manual ideal for the use of any concerned parent seeking to create a homeschooling program -- or to enhance one already underway. Written by the publisher of "Practical Homeschooling" magazine and the founder of the world's most-visited homeschool website, Mary Pride's Complete Guide To Getting Started In Homeschooling is packed with everything from the twelve most popular homeschooling methods to tactics for dealing with special situations such as the needs of gifted children or children with ADD, to ways to test or otherwise measure and evaluate the progress of one's child, and much more, Mary Pride's Complete Guide To Getting Started In Homeschooling is so filled with information that it is an absolute "must-have" for anyone contemplating or embarking upon a homeschooling program for their child.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Gulick on March 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am new to homeschooling, though I have been researching it as a possibility for our son for two years now. Much of what I read, by Gatto, Dobson, Guterson, Colfax, for example, dealt with the "why" of homeschooling, describing the history of education, the differences between traditional school and homeschooling environments and all the benefits that come to children and families from homeschooling. These are wonderful, inspirational books that I will read and reread, and are what convinced me that homeschooling was the way to go for us. However, my husband, though convinced, wanted to know exactly what the kids and I would be doing all day: what was the plan? He wanted details, go figure.

Well, Mary Pride's book has helped me to fill in so many of those details and to come up with a starting plan. The "Finding Your Goals" and "Making Your Plan" chapters were highly useful and more specific than any other book I've read. She describes some of the most popular homeschooling methods and explains how well or not-so-well they might work with your goals and plan you've made. She gave me places to start looking for resources on the internet.

As other reviewers have pointed out, she is Christian and her writing shows that she feels this should be a part of a homeschool curriculum. She mentions and reviews many Christian-based resources. The fact is that a great percentage of homeschool resources ARE Christian-based. She does indicate the intensity of the Christian component, usually.

Personally, I got a ton of useful, specific information from Mary Pride's book about how to DO homeschooling, not just about why it is a good choice. I'm not taking all of her advice, and she doesn't want you to.
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