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The Big Book of Home Learning : Preschool and Elementary (vol. 2) Paperback – June 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0740300073 ISBN-10: 0740300075 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Omega Pubns; 4 edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740300075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740300073
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,320,725 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.

Customer Reviews

Mary Pride has done all of the hard work for you.
Amazon Customer
This book is just full of huge, sweeping claims that are completely unsubstantiated.
Adrienne Jensen
As a newbie homeschooler, this book has been a Godsend!
Suzanne M. Clark

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mary Pride does a fantastic job with this series. She reviews all the products so thoroughly. After having read MANY homeschooling books for over two years, this is by far the best. As a homeschooling parent of 11 or so children, she definitely knows what she's talking about. I appreciate the fact that she does not have a bias towards unschooling, unlike SO many of the homeschooling books out there. She is truly fair and does not "bash" the packaged curriculums. She also is fair about unschooling.
My only wish is that she would be more thorough about specific learning styles and specific products to match learning styles. She does this to a certain extent, but it's really only a cursory glance. I wish she would go into more detail on that.
Other than that - this is one of those books that I refer to time and time again, with lots of Post-It Notes and highlighted stuff!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2001
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When I received my copy, I read it from cover to cover. I hightlighted what I liked. It is a great resource and I am sure that it will save me a lot of time, money and frustration. I, too, really trust Mrs. Pride's recommendations. She includes contact information, prices (many products can be gotten cheaper), and web sites. I did not give it 5 stars because some of the curriculum/products/books which interested me didn't make it into the book (they may be in another edition or volume). Also, Mrs. Pride wasn't the only reviewer. I didn't know any of the other reviewers and their reviews didn't feel the same (too"sugary" maybe?)-maybe it was that they almost always liked the product, and if Mrs. Pride has any reservations about a book, she lets you know. Overall, well worth the money, as is her Practical Homeschooling magazine.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2001
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This is a great resource for anyone who is considering homeschooling. There are suggested websites, reviews of curriculums with contact information provided. It was very inspirational to see the stories of people who have homeschooled and how successful their students were/are. Chock full of advice and suggestions and things to consider, this book is a wonderful resource.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2001
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As a homeschool parent, I do not begin a new school year without consulting this book. Mary Pride has done all of the hard work for you. She starts with Preschoolers in this book and takes you all the way to fifth grade. She lists every major subject and gives you a review of the many different curriculums avalible. She even lists the reviews alphabetically for you! I conduct an orientation program for new homeschoolers and I recommend all three volumes of "The Big Book of Home Learning" to every new homeschool parent that I talk to! Let's just hope that Mary Pride keeps producing these great resources.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Ratts on October 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I understand that if you are homeschooling because of strong Christian beliefs and you do not want your child to fit in with mainstream society at all that this could be a helpful book. It could have been helpful to me, if I could have gotten passed some of the small-minded, bigoted comments that Pride had in some reviews. But comments like some in the science section literally turned my stomach. I felt ill that this was the viewpoint that people were teaching their children.

For instance: in the Science Curriculum chapter, there is a subsection labeled SQUIRMY SCIENCE that Pride obviously dislikes. These are the science kits like "terrariums with crickets and cockroaches, which will subsequently become food for the frogs or chameleons they intend to introduce." I thought - cool! My kid would love that! Her opinion? "It's not that Squirmy Science lessons aren't instructive. Dear me, no. The children learn a /great/ deal. They learn to handle creation disrespectfully, to both magnify life and death... and ignore it.... Plants grow or die in the laboratories to no purpose. Animals give birth and are eaten.... Scientific jargon is bloodless, loveless, uninvolved, irresponsible. You can do anything you want with "organisms" and "objects" or even... "clients" and "populations." Who cares what happens to an "organism"?" (Internal quotes are Pride's)

So I guess the triops that we've got hatching on the shelf right now are totally taboo. Oh, wait, they're prehistoric, so of course they're taboo. My favorite quote of all time: "Dinosaurs are a special subject. If you believe in frogs turning into princes, you will naturally want books and games that stress and evolutionary outlook. If not, you'll prefer creation science resources.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne M. Clark on September 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
How anyone could write a negative feedback on Mary Pride's books are beyond me.

As a newbie homeschooler, this book has been a Godsend! It has every possible piece of information you could possibly want & answers every question you could possibly think of. Mary Pride has 2 or 3 degrees, has homeschooled her NINE children and is a pioneer for the homeschool movement. Who better than to get advice from?

There are hundreds and hundreds of curriculums, unit studies, homeschool books, activities, & manipulatives. How could a newbie possibly buy and or research everything? There's no way. That is where The Big Book of Homeschooling comes in. It covers everything from reading to art appreciation to bible to math to keyboarding to physical education to engineering to the constitution! It goes on and on. I couldn't put the book down. For "the reader" who claims that she wishes it was by grade level: number 1, Pride's 1st book is for preschool/elementary, her second book is for the middle school years and the last one is for the high school years so it IS by age and as we all know, when you homeschool, grade level is non-existent basically. Grade levels were devised for the public schools. I teach my children without worrying about grade level! The other person who left a negative review obviously is too sensitive. Yes, Mary Pride tells it like it is, but isn't that what you want when you are researching something? I wouldn't want to read a homeschooling book that sugar coats EVERYTHING. How would I ever make a decision? I already know that EVERY curriculum isn't perfect. That's unrealistic. When you read Pride's books, just highlight what might interest you and then go back and decide what curriculum and ideas fit your budget, your child's learning style and what you want to accomplish. This book is a fantastic starting point! I highly recommend this book and all the others by Pride.
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