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"What I wish I had known in that first year is that God has gone before me in my children's hearts and minds. . .As bearers of God's image, they come to my home possessing intelligence, curiosity, and creativity." --Sally Clarkson

"The two most important concepts we wish we had known at the beginning are that homeschool is not 'school at home' and that real education is a marathon--not a sprint." --Steve and Jane Claire Lambert

"We discovered together that the best teacher was the experience of life itself." --Michael and Susan Card

"The two most important concepts we wish we had known at the beginning are that homeschool is not 'school at home' and that real education is a marathon--not a sprint." --Steve and Jane Claire Lambert

"We discovered together that the best teacher was the experience of life itself." --Michael and Susan Card

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Q: Who do parents turn to with questions about homeschooling, whether they're novices, long-timers, or just testing the waters?

A: Experienced homeschoolers. Who better to answer the questions arising from any serious endeavor than those who have been there, done that, and found a better way?

Fifty veteran Homeschoolers bring you a "better way" in THINGS WE WISH WE'D KNOWN.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Books (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883002427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883002428
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a compilation of several veteran homeschoolers who have varied teaching styles. They tell of their experiences, mistakes and what they know now regarding their homeschooling adventure. I was especially touched by the homeschooling family that spend every day at their dying father's deathbed. And the homeschooling mom who is in a wheelchair. I like to learn from those who know now what they wished they had known then. Stories are short with a picture of family or homeschooling parents with each story. A great "to own" book!
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By A Customer on December 31, 2001
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Have you ever wished you could sit down with more than 50 veteran homeschoolers and 'pick their brains' ? Well, "Things We Wish We'd Known" does just that. Each essay is written in a straight forward, clear format and gives you insight, inspiration and practical advice. You can't go wrong with this book !
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The goal of this book is to attempt to help new homeschoolers with sharing wisdom learned over time from others so you don't repeat their mistakes. This book is intended for parents of homeschooled children of all ages and grades.

There are essays written by 50 different experienced Christian homeschoolers who write what their mistakes were and how they fixed them. They want you to avoid making the same mistakes. All of them seem very happy now, some were facing homeschooling burn out at some point in the past. Some of the essay-writers are well known in the Christian homeschooling community such as curriculum-authors, Christian homeschooling book authors, homeschooling magazine column writers or homeschooling conference speakers.

It is not mentioned on the front or back cover but this is very religious content to the point where it may not be helpful to every reader (such as saying if you don't like your curriculum to pray about it).

Many of the homeschoolers wrote that at first they were very rigid and doing "school at home", some even requiring the Pledge of Allegiance, having a flag and desks, and taking attendance. These parents learned over time that learning can be fun (which was a revelation to them) and many ditched the rigid schedules for a looser or very loose learning environment. Some people remain shocked that learning can be fun and are trying to get this point across to the reader. If you already are in that groove you will not learn much.

I found many of the essays to be repetitive of each other, with the same issues and the same resolutions. I have the suspicion that all were included as they are respected and often well-known people in the Christian homeschooling world.
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If you are interested in a book without any Christian perspective, then look elsewhere. For those who are Christians, this is a wonderful and insightful book. Each chapter is written by a different homeschooler or homeschooling family. In my opinion, no chapter is too long or drawn out. They are enjoyable to read. Each chapter feels like meeting a new homeschooling friend, hearing their story, then receiving their advice. It's fun!
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By GLD on August 17, 2013
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I have been employed working with infant-preschool aged children for 10+ years, but now entering into my 2nd year of homeschooling my own six year old son, I realized I needed help. I have found the advice and stories of these families encouraging and insightful. I would recommend this book both for anyone considering or just beginning or anyone needing a little more focus or to refocus in their homeschooling.
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WE just started homeschooling and heard about this book. I just began reading it and so far it's great!....I was hoping it was going to arrive in one week, but it didn't, which is ok since the delivery date had a range of a few days. However even though they said that the quality of the book was used, i find it to be in excellent condition , very NEW, so i was happy with it...For $1plus $3 shipping it is an excellent choice! thanks.
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