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Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families Paperback – April 1, 2002
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"Exceptional!" -- Today's Books, Best Reads, May 27, 2002<br /><br />"Buy this one quickly! I've re-read it twice and still find 'new' nuggets to ponder. What a gem!" -- Beth's Library, October, 2002<br /><br />"From parents to teachers to camp counselors, this is a great guide for any educator." -- Bookpage, August, 2002<br /><br />"The list of resources available is of good quality and will be reused many times in our household." -- Outlook, Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented, July/August, 2002<br /><br />"A must read for any home schooling parents and useful for any teacher of gifted students." --Joni Lawver, Nebraska Association for the Gifted Newsletter, Fall, 2002<br /><br />"...incorporates a wealth of best practice research and advice from home schooling veterans." -- Gifted and Talented International, Fall, 2002<br /><br />"This work will become a major resource for parents and educators of the gifted." -- Gifted Education News-Page, Volume II, Number 6<br /><br />Winner of the 2003 Glyph Award! -- Glyph Awards!<br /><br />"A solid, accessible, 'user friendly' guide packed with advice, information, ideas, and insights on homeschooling especially gifted children" --Midwest Book Review, Spring, 2002
About the Author
Lisa Rivero is a freelance writer who began home schooling her bright son when he was not thriving in school. She has taught intense and creative learners in elementary classrooms and now leads a book discussion group for home schooled children.
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This book was one of MANY that I read this spring. It resulted in dozens of web searches and purchases just from the specific recommendations the author made, and that doesn't even begin to address the usefulness of the book overall as a more general resource. I was really glad to have this book next to me this spring as I prepared lessons on the fly based upon topics I let my gifted nine year old choose at the library each week.
Unless your budget is so pinched that you question which necessity to pay for, if this book sounds useful to you, I suggest you go for it and give it a try. I found it really, practically, and fundamentally helpful for educating my previously-under-educated, previously-private-schooled third grader at home.
This book gave me, for the first time, a sense of the true possibilities of home learning, opening my mind by presenting information about the many, many different aporoaches to homeschooling taken by different families.
The research on homeschooling in general and on homeschoolers as achievers and lifelong learners was helpful in quantifying some of the information. To see data on the social and academic achievements of homeschoolers gave me confidence.
Narratives from homeschoolers, adults who were homeschooled, and parents who homeschool are included throughout, and they are truly inspiring. I also took a lot away from reading about the widely varying ways in which homschooling families experience a tyical day -- some more structured than others.
The greatness of this book is in the way it opens up the possibilities of homeschool life, focusing on the importance of finding what is right for each family, instead of presenting homeschool as something that can only be done one certain way. Its inclusive tone ensures that secular and religious families alike will be able to find great value in the book.