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What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling: How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge Paperback – August 26, 2003

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Now, traditionally schooled children can reap the same benefits as homeschooled children.

This essential book for all parents and teachers offers practical ways to nurture individual growth, foster high self-esteem, and ensure academic success for every child, regardless of age, type of school, or religious background. Readers will discover what homeschoolers quickly find out?that life can be one big adventurous educational opportunity, even for kids who attend conventional schools. Inside, readers explore:

? The six principles of successful learning: curiosity, fun in learning, desire for success (not fear of failure), practice (not study), applying learned material to life, and intrinsic motivation
? How to put the "child" back into childhood by providing children with the opportunity to perform fun activities that enhance their abilities
? Why the community is a child's best classroom, and how to take advantage of it
? How to discover and honor a child's unique learning style and encourage his or her teacher to develop it
? And much, much more

Homeschooling is changing the face of education, and now parents and teachers can effectively use its principles and techniques to develop brighter and happier children.

About the Author

LINDA DOBSON is an education columnist, well-known conference speaker, and author of five homeschooling books. The news editor for Home Education Magazine, she lives in Saranac Lake, New York, where she homeschooled her three children.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761519777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761519775
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,361,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Dobson and family began their homeschooling journey in 1985. They were having so much fun together that she wanted to share news of this educational approach with as many other families as possible. She co-founded a local homeschooling support group that now offers support and learning activities to a growing membership. She helped found and for the first two years served as coordinator of the New York (State) Home Educators' Network. Upon creation of the National Home Education Network (NHEN) in 1999 she served as its first public relations advisor as a media contact providing reporters, journalists, and researchers with background information and interviews. She was also's early years' advisor.
Linda's articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, including Good Housekeeping, but her favorite stint was as Home Education Magazine news reporter and analyst for almost a decade. She still regularly contributes a commentary column, "Notes from the Road Less Traveled," and is acting columns editor. She has authored eight books, and contributed essays and forewords to many more. She has enjoyed diversity in writing, from a children's column for an Atlanta-based alternative newspaper to mail order copy, as well as consulting and market studies for companies such as Barnes& and Grolier's. Linda is experienced with the media having provided scores of interviews for radio talk shows, feature stories, including German Public Radio, and publications including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, and "Live Online" for the Washington Post.
As she became home education's most prolific author and vocal spokesperson, Linda emerged as a nationally respected conference keynote speaker. She has traveled the country, staying in touch with parental concerns and educational approaches across the U.S. and Canada. Formerly a short-term academic tutor for children, she also counseled parents of traditionally schooled children, as she believes that parental involvement is essential to educational success and can occur no matter where a child learns. She was also an online course instructor for Barnes & Noble University.
Believing that modern homeschooling's rich history lives within those who have completed the journey, Linda began the Homeschool Crones Café at and invited all her old friends to hang out there.
Life isn't all work, fortunately! She moved to be close to Florida's Gulf coast and has started a non-profit volunteer program and a non-profit economic revitalization corporation. Now, she has left all that behind to return to her passion - helping families enjoy and thrive through the homeschooling lifestyle.
To this end, Linda produces Parent at the, where parents concerned about their children's education can find information, news, resources, guest commentators, homeschooling start-up information, and monthly book giveaways to help their children succeed.
She's grandmother of three beautiful girls, including a set of twins. She is also engaged to the most wonderful man in the world.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling is a book every parent can benefit from reading. It offers heartfelt advice and valuable tips from a number of highly experienced homeschooling parents who have put a lot of thought (as well as trial and error) into supporting their children in learning and growing. There are many misconceptions about how homeschooling, but this book provides clarity on the subject, offering tried and true, practical ideas on how a parent can similarly support a child who is in a school setting. It's amazing how fun and easy it is to provide a wonderfully rich educational environment for a child, but it involves putting aside preconceived ideas about how learning works--this book is a great help in that regard. A very thought provoking book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deanna in Pasadena, CA on May 19, 2005
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As a wanna-be homeschooler/unschooler with children in a fairly traditional school, I find myself continually returning to this book to re-center myself and to put my role in my sons' education back into the right perspective. It's very accessible and a wonderful compilation of ideas set forth by homeschooling advocates from John Holt on. The suggestions for enhancing school curriculum at home are excellent and have served our family well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel McElhany VINE VOICE on March 26, 2011
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I don't think anything in this book was revolutionary but it put into words the philosophy my husband and I already have with our boys and gave some more concrete examples of things we can do. The main premise is that the primary responsibility of parents is to help their kids develop a love of learning and help them access more information about topics that interest them, not drill facts into their heads or use rote learning techniques.

The author is a homeschooler herself and has written many books on homeschooling. There is a bias for homeschooling present in the book but it wasn't so prevalent that I couldn't overlook it.

I recommend this book for parents of traditionally schooled children who want to make sure that school doesn't quash the love of learning in their children or for parents of children who have lost their love of learning and need it rekindled.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Workerbee on July 5, 2009
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I wish I could say this was a great book to inspire understanding of homeschooling for others, and provide the tools to start homeschooling for those who are considering it. Neither is the case. I commend the author on providing inspiration to create a "learning lifestyle" hence the second star. However, the fuzzy treatment of learning and inspid analysis of learning styles was disappointing to say the least. The author advises that we should learn to maintain a sense of wonder...develop trust in and respect of your child... teaching is not essential to learning... the magic of childhood... put experts in their place... yada yada.

The author promotes self-directed play and self-directed exploration of the natural world. Super. That could have taken maybe 5 pages out of this book (and would still be hardly informative to any engaged parent.) The author's own theories and worldview are the bulk of this book, with little in the way of how to correct reading deficiencies, for example, or which reading programs are most effective. Rather, pop-edu-psych jargon on learning styles and personal theories abound.
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