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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 3 edition (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400305667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400305667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,565,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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....This book will lift you and help provide direction, laughter, and motivation in your homeschooling quest. It is the BEST book I've found yet... -- Amanda Bennett, author of Unit Study Adventures

...passes THE OFFICIAL MIKE FARRIS NUMBER ONE RULE..: If it ain't easy for Mom to use, throw it out...incredibly easy to use and immensely practical. -- From the foreword by Mike Farris, president HSLDA

Great for those investigating homeschooling as well as veterans...Overall, this is one of the most useful and readable books on homeschooling. -- Cathy Duffy, author of the Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manuals --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

I love to learn, and that's the passion I want to engender in my children and yours. I trust you'll find the joy I've found in homeschooling on every page. Besides the latest information on the vast homeschool movement and up-to-date contact information for hundreds of organizations and suppliers, I've given you an honesty and often humorous look into our family life and the lives of many homeschoolers I know around the country. Readers can feel free to contact me at my site: debrabell.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I recommend this to anyone homeschooling!
Amber C Allen
To date I've just borrowed this book from the local Public Library, but I've come to depend on it so much that I'm here today to buy a copy to keep at home.
G. Crum
As a homeschooling "rookie", I found lots of helpful answers to my many questions.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By gail@hometaught.com on June 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
As far as homeschool reference guides go, this is the best I've seen. Its almost 400 pages cover scads of homeschooling issues: deciding to homeschool, choosing curriculum, organizing and planning, preventing burnout, what to teach-when and how, homeschooling teens, using computers in homeschooling, solutions to common problems, assessing progress, and a resource guide. What more could you ask for?
Ms. Bell's humor is delightfully interspersed throughout her "Ultimate Guide". She is unabashedly Christian, which I respect, although I don't share her religious views. Our different perspectives cast no shadow on the terrific value offered for all homeschoolers within the pages of her guide.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kristy Hobbs on May 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book from the library, not knowing that the author was a devout Christian. All the more better! My husband and I were looking for a Christian-based homeschooling guide and were more than happy to have found this book. Some negative reviews have been posted, however, I'm here to tell you they are quite unfounded and actually insulting to the book and author. The book is not "fundamentalist Christianity" as some reviewers have stated. Rather, the author has used wisdom from the Bible to instruct the reader. This is a very solid, informative book. Anyone wanting to teach their children a God-based homeschool curriculum would do well to purchase this book.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By G. Crum on November 10, 2002
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To date I've just borrowed this book from the local Public Library, but I've come to depend on it so much that I'm here today to buy a copy to keep at home. This book is worth the next 10 homeschooling books put together. This book covers how to start and where to buy instructional material, and proceedes all the way to how to get your homeschooled child into the college you desire. Mrs. Bell's compedium of references on various topics are, alone, worth the price of the book. Those who prefer to forgo her excellent advice due to her "Christian Orientation" are foolish, at best, in ignoring the excellent information in this volume. Advice to Agnostics: Grit your teeth and buy this book; you'll be better for it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book does everything the cover says it does. IT presents four learning styles to help you determine how to tailor your program to your particular child. It gives very practical guidelines for each subject, breaking down the age ranges into primary, elementary and jr hi/high school. I particularly liked the way she began the discussion of every subject with it's role in real life--"where are we headed". It gave a perspective to all the activities that followed that was global and helped me remember the end point to the whole process--life skills!
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2000
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it gave alot of info on homeschooling--and that info was valueable. However, I wish I had known from the start that it is written from a Christian standpoint and that Christian ideology and curriculums would be recommended. As you may be able to tell I am not Christian. I have done a lot of homeschool research and have (up until now) been very happy with the books written----all have identified themselves as Christian if that is the "bent" of their information/book. She does not (at least not anywhere I see---the book title itself does not give me the impression that it will be written from a Christian Missionary approach--which it seems to be). I don't want to give the impression that the info in this book isn't good---it is. Very good. It is just that, if you are not Christian, a LARGE proportion of time is spent wading through the ideology. Also, many of the curriculums/books/etc. she recommends are Christian as well. I would have preferred a more well rounded approach to listing resources (while understanding that her focus is on Christian sources as she is Christian).
I liked her information on learning styles. It was interesting and really gave me a direction to go in with my "difficult" child. The separate sections on content areas are very good as well.
Overall a good book with lots of good info. However, if you are not Christian I recommend getting (in addition to this book) The Complete Home Learning Source Book. Ms. Rupp does an excellent job of listing numerous resources and points out which have religious overtones/context/etc. I think with both books you would really be "set".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on April 12, 2007
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I would give this book 100 stars if I could. Like another reviewer, I found this book at my library (quite accidentally) and ended up loving it so much that I am now here to get a copy for my own home library. If you pass up on this book because of all the hype about it being geared toward a Christian audience, then you will be doing yourself a HUGE disservice. Ms. Bell gives incredible advice to rookie homeschoolers like me that don't have a clue as to where to start ..... no matter what your religious background or beliefs.

I am pulling my kids out of a traditional private Christian school because my son is just not able to keep up with the rest of the class. He is very bright and inquisitive, however, and I have been banging my head on little school desks for several years pleading with his teachers that there is nothing wrong with him other than they are not teaching him the way he learns! They all sort of look at me with that look of pitiful sympathy in their eyes though and just keep telling me they will keep him and us in their prayers. Prayers are great but he needs to be educated HIS way in order to achieve his full God-given potential. He has also been labelled with this decade's favorite dumping diagnosis of PDD-NOS (autistm spectrum disorder) with a touch of A.D.D. He is, however, what the doctors and other experts have labelled "high functioning." My kid is very smart and inquisitive and traditional schools were all but going to kill that spirit in him by labelling him in this way and basically giving up on him. I truly believe that, given the chance, the sky is the limit for him and this book enhanced that thinking beautifully.

The chapter on finding out your child's learning style is worth the price of the book alone. I was actually jumping for joy and yelling at the book .... "YES, YES! Someone actually understands what I have been trying to tell my son's teachers all this time!" THANK YOU Ms. Bell!!!!
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