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Ever wish you could sit down over a cup of coffee with a seasoned homeschooler, pick her brain for a few hours, and take notes on all the great advice she would pass on to you? Well, The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling, written by Christian mom and veteran home educator Barbara Frank, is just about the next best thing! This book is a goldmine of helpful information, encouragement, and practical tips on so many aspects of homeschooling--from essential tools that make learning (and teaching) more enjoyable, to dealing with various types of challenges, to preventing (or managing) burnout.
Chapters include:Confessions of an Imperfect Homeschooler
In the chapter "Covering All the Bases," Frank covers state standards and how to use a scope and sequence as an aid in customizing your own....She writes on page 92, "You know your children better than any so-called expert. You raised them, you know their strengths and their weaknesses, and you can tell when they're interested in something and when they're merely going through the motions. They can't pull the wool over your eyes. This knowledge equips you to be their best teacher, and should empower you and give you confidence. No so-called expert, no high-falutin' education professional and no bureaucrat can tell you how to educate your children. You need to take your knowledge of your children and consider it your Ph.D. in education. Be willing to make the decisions about what they should learn through homeschooling. Be ready to listen and act on their expressed desires of what they want to learn. You can't pour knowledge into their heads, but you can facilitate their ability to learn."
In the chapter "Overcoming Obstacles to Homeschooling," Frank discusses what she terms "personality driven obstacles," such as perfectionism, low confidence, and disorganization, and ways to minimize or overcome them. She deals with temptations, such as television watching, Internet chatting, and time on the telephone, and how those can easily and quickly become time wasters. She's very careful to avoid sounding condemning, but she doesn't shy away from speaking truth and giving sound instruction in time management. What homeschool mom doesn't need that?
This is a book you can grab off the bookshelf over and over again, to re-read cover to cover or just to glean from a particular topic of interest. Frank clearly has a heart for homeschool moms, and the book often reads like a letter from a friend--one who has "been there" and knows the struggles and special challenges most of us face as we seek to faithfully teach and train up our children. For all these reasons, The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling is a great resource to encourage and aid home educators!-- Dawn Peterson The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC
Barbara Frank has been homeschooling for over 20 years; she has four children, ages 15-24. Mrs. Frank is a freelance writer/editor and former newspaper reporter whose recent work has appeared in Focus on the Family Magazine and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She is also the author of Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers. She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I really enjoyed reading this guide. It is full of information and encouragement for the newer homeschooling parents.Published 2 months ago by Kristan Nicodemus
For the last month I have been reading so many books about homeschooling from the library. My first favorite book was this one and I ended up buying it too. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Teacher Quiroz
I would recommend this book for new homeschoolers as it gives encouragement and basic ideas for getting started. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by SnoopyGirl
The Guide To Homeschooling was great. This book was a short read and to the point. Thank you very much!Published on October 9, 2012 by Taveya
While I think that this book contains really helpful information (which I immediately put into place), especially regarding organization, I think that some of the book itself is... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Katherine
It felt so good to read what Barbara Frank wrote about her experiences homeschooling. I needed to be reminded that I could do it my way, I could do it successfully, that I could do... Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by J. Mireles
The publisher deceptively omits from the cover and front matter that this is a book by and for religious homeschoolers only. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Graham Charles
This book made me feel like I was doing alright. If you are new to homeschooling, you must read this!
Tells it like it is, explains it all. Read more
I wish the product descriptions would include the fact there will be whole chapters on prayer and turning your worries over to a deity. Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by kalanamak