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The Homeschooling Handbook: From Preschool to High School, A Parent's Guide to: Making the Decision; Discovering your child's learning style; Getting Started; ... an Effective (Prima Home Learning Library) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Griffith
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Don't Even Think About Teaching Your Child at Home—Until You Read This Book
Discover why millions of parents are homeschooling their children. In this revised edition of her groundbreaking book, Mary Griffith tells you everything you need to know about the fastest-growing educational movement in the country, including:
·When, why, and how to homeschool
·Detailed learning ideas for the primary, middle, and teen years
·How to navigate the local regulations
·Strategies to avoid burnout and strengthen family relationships
·Resources in the communitty and the homeschooling network
·And more!
Whether you're one of the nearly one million families in the country already homeschooling, planning to take the plunge, or just testing the water, this hands-on book will help!
"The Homeschooling Handbook is a valuable resource for anyone intersted in nurturing their child. Whether you homeschool or not, you will find many fresh ideas for working with children in these pages."—Patrick Farenga, publisher, Growing Without Schooling
"If you're looking for practical, commonsense advice about homeschooling, if you're looking for answers to the really tough questions from someone with real insights to the movement, if you're looking for sensible commentary backed up by experience and saavy, Mary Griffith's The Homeschooling Handbook is just what you're looking for!"—Helen Hegener, editor, Home Education Magazine


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Don't Even Think About Teaching Your Child at Home—Until You Read This Book


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Don't Even Think About Teaching Your Child at Home—Until You Read This Book
Discover why millions of parents are homeschooling their children. In this revised edition of her groundbreaking book, Mary Griffith tells you everything you need to know about the fastest-growing educational movement in the country, including:
·When, why, and how to homeschool
·Detailed learning ideas for the primary, middle, and teen years
·How to navigate the local regulations
·Strategies to avoid burnout and strengthen family relationships
·Resources in the communitty and the homeschooling network
·And more!
Whether you're one of the nearly one million families in the country already homeschooling, planning to take the plunge, or just testing the water, this hands-on book will help!
"The Homeschooling Handbook is a valuable resource for anyone intersted in nurturing their child. Whether you homeschool or not, you will find many fresh ideas for working with children in these pages."—Patrick Farenga, publisher, Growing Without Schooling
"If you're looking for practical, commonsense advice about homeschooling, if you're looking for answers to the really tough questions from someone with real insights to the movement, if you're looking for sensible commentary backed up by experience and saavy, Mary Griffith's The Homeschooling Handbook is just what you're looking for!"—Helen Hegener, editor, Home Education Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 1926 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0761517278
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Revised 2nd edition (February 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00395ZZ7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're only going to read one book..... July 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As someone who regularly helps new homeschoolers get started homeschooling, this is the book I recommend as the best "first-read" on the subject. Most other homeschooling books overwhelm the new or prospective homeschooler with minutiae. Griffith's perspective is broad; giving the reader a thorough, readable overview of the topic.
If you're just beginning your journey into homeschooling, The Homeschooling Handbook is THE book to read.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Gowie
Format:Paperback
Based on the previous reviews, this was the first book I chose to read as we begin to consider to homeschooling our two young children.
Beginning with the introduction, this informative book is written in an easy-to-read format, with chapters leading the reader through "Does Homeschooling Really Work," legal information and ideas to think about for your own homeschool. How much structure do you want? Will you need outside assistance? How much does it cost? The book covers the huge differences between primary education, middle school, and high school education. It discusses recordkeeping, learning resources, and finding your niche in the homeschooling community. It provides information on "rough" spots and learning/physical disabilities.
Although the book is definitely slanted for the person wanting to find out more information, the author takes no stand on such personal choice issues such as: different theories of learning (unschooling), the private school umbrella, and many other matters. Instead, the author provides a detailed list of pros and cons for these choices, leaving this decision to the reader. Throughout the book are interview excerpts from homeschooling families around the country, providing their viewpoint on many different areas.
This book gave me courage to continue to find out more about homeschooling. It answered questions that I hadn't even begun to think of. The easy to follow format means I could easily go back to reread something. It also includes an index and terrific appendices such as homeschooling resources, organizations and selected learning resources. I highly recommend this book.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For Beginners Only September 7, 2000
Format:Paperback
I normally dislike homeschooling books, because so many have nothing to do with reality. However, when I reviewed this book for my BellaOnline column, I was very impressed. Even though I'm on my nineth year of homeschooling, I learned from it.
I was impressed by the honesty. She does not fall into the trap of pretending all of homeschooling is wonderful or perfect. No, the house won't always stay clean. Yes, sometimes the kids won't cooperate. Yes, sometimes people will harass you. However, she also tells you what to do about all these problems. She tackles even the toughest problem-children who want to return to public school, for example-gently, but without sugar coating.
The book is designed for beginners, but there was so much about homeschooling I didn't know. If you like to be well-educated about your type of homeschooling, be sure to read this book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST read for the new homeschooler! February 20, 2001
By Pam
Format:Paperback
We will be starting homeschooling in June of 2001. I have read no less than 7 books on this topic and this one stands out amongst the others. It is so informative, it answered all of my questions and then some. It gives very specific information on the different "styles" of homeschooling, loads of resources, and best of all you get to read about real homeschooling families, how they do things and why. The author does write with obvious favor to her own schooling method of choice, but not nearly as overtly as others I've read. If you are considering homeshcooling, then read this book before any others.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know! May 15, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In her easy-to-understand style, Mary Griffith covers all the bases with this book. If you're wondering about homeschooling, considering starting, or already have started, this book is a must-read. It quickly reviews the history of formal education,and its reformers. Summarizes the different types of homeschooling, and sites examples for each type in 3 age groups. She picks the best resources and gives a great foundation. This book is an enjoyable learning experience!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful July 24, 2000
Format:Paperback
This is a well thought-out book with some good information from homeschoolers to back it up. I liked it better than Linda Dobson's books, "Homeschooling: the Early Years" and "Homeschooling Success Stories" in that it is slightly more objective and scientific (the other books are worth looking at, however). Despite being more objective than the Dobson books, it is still clear that this author leans heavily toward the "unschooling" side. Keeping that in mind, there are a lot personal accounts and good information that make this book interesting and useful.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it really is for beginners only August 28, 2008
Format:Paperback
There isn't much content in here that someone who has been homeschooling for a year or more doesn't already know, but it could be useful for a parent just starting out. One thing to keep in mind if you are currently considering a purchase is that much of what the author advises is *really* out of date for the contemporary homeschooler. For example, she strongly encourages that you attend a homeschool conference and join a group like HSLDA, advice that was more helpful ten years ago when the book was written. If you are new to homeschooling, this book isn't worthless, but make sure you read more up-to-date stuff as well, like homeschooling magazine & internet content.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The home schooling handbook.
This book gave me much needed information on home schooling . I would recommend this book to anyone if they are considering home schooling.
Published 16 months ago by Daniel E. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book if you are thinking of homeschooling. Definitely helped me make the right choice for my child!!! Great read
Published 18 months ago by Alicia L Norton
4.0 out of 5 stars very helpful
I love this book, I reread it from time to time to give me that extra motivation and encouragement I need. Read more
Published on June 23, 2010 by Jennifer L. Brosi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference.
This is really a great book to have on hand when lost for ideas. It is one of many that I use for reference during the homeschooling year. Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by Reign Chelsin
3.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Called "The So You're Thinking About Homeschooling Handbook"
This is a good book to read if you're on the fence about whether or not homeschooling is right for you or to have on hand to hand out to grandparents, reluctant spouses, family... Read more
Published on March 30, 2010 by A. Fanning
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I wouldsay it is nice to know what others are doing and the different types of homeschooling that is out there but it does depend on the laws of your state.
Published on October 3, 2009 by Charlotte R. Hamilton
1.0 out of 5 stars very dissapionted!
I have been looking into homeschooling my children and thought this might be a helpful resource. It started out fine but the author really started pushing the Unschooling method... Read more
Published on July 17, 2009 by R.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best homeschooling books - not to be missed
This was the very first book that I read on the topic of homeschooling, when I was just beginning to consider it. Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by Kind Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, solid introduction to the topic.
We never intended to homeschool, but after our six year old daughter became subjected to sexual harrassment and bullying at recess at our local and well-recommended public school,... Read more
Published on February 28, 2007 by Amy Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Book
This is an excellent place to start when you first being to consider the option of homeschooling. It offers a wealth information on where to start and issues to consider. Read more
Published on January 27, 2004 by Brian Deeley
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Mary Griffith is the author of three books on homeschooling and the parent of two grown homeschooled daughters. She lives in California with her husband and a moderately neurotic Vizsla named BB. She spends time she should be working on her books blogging on children and learning (at www.marygriffith.net) and on fencing (at www.marygriff.com). She also avoids writing by volunteering as a member of US Fencing's national tournament staff.

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