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The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: volume 2 Paperback – January 23, 2017
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In terms of content you will find articles written by homeschooling parents covering topics such as planning, record keeping, other nuts and bolts of homeschooling, and many ways to make learning fun. They are resource lists for language arts, STEM, unique situations, and unique needs among other topics.There are a few curriculum recommendations or ideas, but that is not the focus of this resource.
There is a lot of good information here. It is easy to read and the articles don't take long to read. Much of the information you can read one evening and implement tomorrow. A reference to keep handy.
Addresses several of the biggest reasons a parent feels they can't homeschool high school and gives ideas and suggestions to work through them.
Contains articles for all levels of homeschooling
When curriculum options are written about there is no mention of whether they contain a Christian or Secular, with the exception of one item. (The only reason I don't give it five stars).
And so we look to other homeschooling mamas who have been there, who are a little further down the road in their homeschooling journey, to help us know if we're doing it right. If you've ever done that, ever scoured the internet for information on a homeschooling topic, you need The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 2.
This book is a follow up to The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas , but even if you haven't had the opportunity to read that one, you'll find so much great information in this second volume. I hadn't seen the first one until I had the opportunity to review Volume 2.
What is The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 2?
The short answer is that it's a big book of information about a variety of homeschooling topics, all written by homeschooling moms who have been there. Thirty-eight homeschool moms have come together to write chapters on fifty-seven homeschooling topics.
What can you find in the book?
The book is divided into several topics.
Ages and Stages: Teen and Beyond
General Homeschool Helps
Learning Resources: Language Arts and Literature
Learning Resources: STEM
Learning Resources: Training Hearts
Learning Resources: Unique Needs
Managing Your Life: Unique Homeschool Situations
In each topic, experienced homeschool moms have contributed articles. You can learn about topics like high school electives, dual enrollment, learning with games, learning styles, different homeschooling methods, raising a child who loves to read, nature study for homeschoolers, teaching life skills, homeschooling gifted kids, homeschooling with a chronic illness, co-parent homeschooling, and homeschooling while you're working.
The articles are written in a simple, down-to-earth manner, in the voice of each homeschooling mom. You can easily read the book straight through to glean all of their collective wisdom or you can read about topics that are the most applicable to you right now. You'll be able to think of this book as a resource that you can come to again and again in your homeschooling journey.
(I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.)
I particularly enjoyed the chapter on encouraging independence in teenage students. I also appreciated the ideas for getting your teen to think about career paths and how to explore different options.
I like that there's a section on curriculum choice. There are recommendations for each stage of homeschooling. There are also ideas to make back-to-school special and fun. There is also a description of different homeschooling approaches, which will be helpful if you're just starting out and are unsure how to go about it.
You will also find encouragement for the days when you question your decision to homeschool and when friends and family don't understand or even oppose your homeschool journey.
I got really excited about the section on language arts and literature. I'm a bookworm, and I'm doing my best to raise my children as bookworms, so I will be making use of many of the ideas found in these chapters.
If you're going to buy just one homeschooling book – okay, TWO homeschooling books – then buy this one as well as the first volume. You'll be glad you did.