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The Complete Guide to Home Schooling Paperback – November 1, 2000
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>>>>Pg. 142 "Do we have to homeschool Monday through Friday?" Answer: "....Our immediate response is yes. For the school authorities to consider you to be homeschooling, you should be teaching your children every day as if they were in public school."<<<<
Well, I know the state of Florida does not have any such requirement to consider us homeschoolers. In fact, one of the benefits is choosing when, where, and how we learn. I hope the 'school authorites' have no problem with the fact that we learn throughout the summer. Yikes!
>>>>>Pg. 141 "Will my child miss riding the school bus, making friends, or participating in school events." Answer: "If you are thinking along those lines, homeschooling isn't for your family."<<<<
OUCH! That was dismissive. And judgmental. I do not know what world the authors live in, but most young children grow up being bombarded with images and stories about how great school is, it's a rite of passage, whatever. Ignoring that curiousity or demeaning their feelings will only make a child resent homeschooling. Acknowledging that cultural loss is NOT a reason to skip homeschooling and send them to school.
>>>>Pg. 103 "Should I teach phonics?" Answer: "Yes. No matter what level you are beginning, the homeschool process teaches phonics."<<<<
WHOA! What memo did we miss? For that matter, what is the "homeschool process?" Every family I know homeschools individually and there is no process that we all follow. I agree with the authors - I *like* phonics. Works for my daughter. But it is NOT a homeschool process and you do not necessarily have to teach it.
In addition, the book is poorly organized (and annoyingly full of references to BJU). In the chapter entitles Curricula and How to Choose the Best One, we are given a section on "Touchy Situations" (removing a child from school due to a specific event). Huh? In the chapter entitles Mothers, Careers, Guilt, and Homeschooling, there is a section on "Foundation Skills." Good information, but had nothing to do with the chapter.
Lastly, it is predominantly written for the family considering homeschooling who has a child in public school. Lots of assumptions are made and little helpful information is given for those homeschooling from day 1. The authors are admittedly textbook driven and (I feel) do not offer the true flavor of the vast possibilities in homeschooling.
It is worth a read, but please, Please, PLEASE do not take everything they state as gospel.