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The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start Paperback – May 24, 2001
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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 yearincluding 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
- Publisher : Crown; 1st edition (May 24, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0761527885
- ISBN-13 : 978-0761527886
- Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.6 x 1 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #577,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This one hasnt even proven to be a helpful reference I'd bother reaching for, it's just too introductory to have much of a shelf life. If anything check it out at your library if possible, because you won't be needing to hold on to it.
There are so many home school methods and this book gives you the basic run down from 'unschooling' to unit studies, to standard methods, to the value of a co-op or group. Learning about how co-ops or groups work really helped me see that I want to be a part of one or eventually start one soon.
But this book has lots of feedback from other parents and what they wish they knew their first year after going through it all. The consensus from most was 'don't worry'. I realize that sounds easy, but after reading the parent feedback, the different methods, and also seeing a whole week of each plan (granted many seemed lite), I realized that it is really survivable and not that hard.
I sat down and really thought about all the subjects the kids learn in school and thought about my oldest (going on 10) and most difficult child.
This book really let me see that while she probably won't be covering exactly everything she would in her normal school, she will be able to cover enough more in depth at home in a positive environment. And it also showed that there are ways to encourage a child to learn without blatantly forcing them to 'study'. I know that is more effective when you stimulate the curiosity rather than making it an obligation for the child.