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Homeschool the right way from day one.

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Homeschool the right way from day one.
Are you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize that their child's school options are limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschooling. But where do you start and how do you ensure the highest-quality educational experience, especially in that pivotal first year?
This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style, including:
-When, why, and how to get started
-The best ways to develop an effective curriculum, assess your child's progress, and navigate local regulations
-Kid-tested and parent-approved learning activities for all age levels
-Simple strategies for developing an independent child and strengthening family and social relationships
-And much, much more!
"To the thousands of requests we receive for help from families new to homeschooling, we will now recommend this warm and knowledgeable book. It will ensure that "all families make it to the second year--including yours!" --Elizabeth Kanna, editor in chief, Homeschool.com
"Linda Dobson addresses all the issues facing parents as they consider the task of homeschooling over other educational options. Those who wonder whether they really can or want to do the job will find unique perspectives in this well-researched work."--Beverly K. Eakman, author and cofounder, National Education Consortium
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Product Details

  • Series: Prima Home Learning Library
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (May 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761527885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761527886
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was so amazing I am lending it out to people who aren't even thinking of homeschooling... it was just so wonderful to read! I was about to start homeschooling my oldest and didn't have any idea where to start. Lisa Dobson addressed each of my fears and questions... and I don't even know her! This book is so down to earth that it will put anyone at ease, and the advice she and the many many other homeschoolers give is so practical. I started using the information immediately. There are two wonderful features I would like to detail for you: first of all, she takes nine different styles of homeschooling, explains them thoroughly, and then takes you through "A week in the life" with a family using each. As a new homeschooler, this helped me immensely by helping me eliminate those philosophies which I know would not work for our family, but find some philosophies that I will research further. The second feature are the abundance of "What I Wish I had Known the First Year" highlights throughout the book. You will not regret this purchase!
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As a mom who is looking to homeschool, I am in the process of researching the subject. This book is very well and logically laid out and is objective in its approach, using both religious and secular families in its examples.
The "What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me..." excerpts throughout the book were great, as I had some of those same preconceived ideas in mind -- what a relief to know I won't have to go overboard on expensive curriculum and extremely structured "class" time!
Ms. Dobson lays out the different homeschool approaches as well as goes through one week examples of each, most of which were interesting (although I must admit that after reading this part I found a couple of the approaches a little questionable ... it seems like class time is squeezed in between extracurricular activities (discussing topics in the car en route to/from karate or piano lessons)). Overall, I was pleased with the different approaches that are available (including online!), which has gotten me thinking about how I might want to do things, as well as eased some of my anxiety.
The only thing I did find missing from the book was that several people said they came up with non-confrontational answers to people who question their homeschool decision, but no actual answer examples were given.
I plan on going to several of the websites and user groups she has listed in the resource section.
I plan on re-reading this book several times!!!
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I stepped into homeschooling in 2001 as scared mom of a burned-out child. This book was not in print at the time that we began our homeschooling adventure, but I came across it several months later. What great gift it was to read! I learned that I was doing okay, that my decision to "deschool" was on-target and most of all, this book gave me priceless peace of mind that homeschooling does not have to replicate school in order to be a viable means of educating my child. I found particular comfort in the chapter on Homeschool Myths, especially the myth that all homeschool children are National Spelling Bee champions, science fair winners, etc. While it may seem contraindicated to have lowered expectations of one's children, this advice nugget helped me understand that my children don't have to confrom to society's expectations of success in order to be successful. I don't need to push them to achieve based on some artificial, media-biased standard. I can let them be -- and share the joy of learning as a family. *That* is the greatest gift of homeschooling which this wonderful book taught me to see. Thank you, Linda Dobson!
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I bought this book a week or so ago and in a few days have learned a whole lot about how to homeschool, what not to fret about, and the different types of homeschooling, learning types, etc. It's given me the lift I needed to relax and ponder the thought of doing the educating of my children myself. Very encouraging in a practical and realistic way. Highly recommend!
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I'm one of those people who don't have to be convinced to homeschool. I want to badly and, even if I didn't want to, circumstances are in the process of forcing us to (which is good, given that my husband isn't enthusiastic). This would have been a good book for my husband, except that he doesn't read English well. This book claims to be about how to homeschool rather than the decision to do it but then goes on to act like the reader must be wobbly and frightened. I was seeking (and still am) a book with a good solid discussion of the tough issues like A. HOw to go organize a curriculum for each year? What needs to be taught in the first year? And so on. B. what about real social isolation and rejection? Don't gloss over this and make it sound like every kid can find friends "somewhere". Let's talk specifics and how to talk to a child if social contact really isn't possible for geographical or sociological reasons. C. what to do if you have to fulfill stringent requirements (either state or spousal) for achievement and your child is resistant to anything involving letter-like symbols of any kind, especially if mom is the teacher? There are lots and lots of true problematic issues that homeschoolers run into. This book and many others I have encountered skirt those issues and focus on the easily answered worries. Those do tend to be the ones that uninformed society and family members quibble about, so if you don't know how to answer the "socialization question" (even while living in a nice mid-sized town without major cultural/social rifts) or you can't list solid scientific reasons for homeschooling off the top of your head, by all means, read this book. If you are feeling blue in February of your first homeschooling year and need to remember why you're doing this, read this book.Read more ›
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