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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).
* We are not just teaching them skills we are teaching them and building in them good character traits.
* In middle school we need them to become independent learners.
* Loneliness adds negativity to a teen's budding self-image.
* Let your husband step in more. Boys learn to become men from their fathers.
* Professor's wish list for students: They need to get their point across while having good grammar.
* We want them to be the following: self-starters, task-finishers, people that can focus, independent thinkers, problem-identifiers & problem-solvers.
* Have a written mission and vision.
I don't think anyone could read this book and not come up with at least a dozen tips, tricks or sites that they could use. I'm thankful I read this book and can see it being one of those that I read again and again. I encourage you all to check out this book. It's definately worth the money!
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.
With sections on planning your homeschool, curriculum choices, homeschool networks and record keeping, it's perfect for new homeschoolers. The advice and options they present are also perfect for seasoned homeschoolers who need a fresh take on their set-up.
Let's face it: Homeschooling is HARD. With tips and tricks from moms who get it, this book has proven to be invaluable to us. On hard days, I can pull it out and read a few pages to renew my spirits. Along with the first volume, The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is what I recommend to anyone who is thinking of homeschooling their children.