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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 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
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I learned things about not only homeschooling, but public schools as well.Published 9 months ago by Jay Bergman
You need to read this book. It is a homeschooling book but it also is a book that helps open your eyes to what the public school is doing to your children. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hannah
This is a good book with helpful information for the first year of homeschool. I appreciated the "wish I knew" comments all through the book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C - Mama Likes To Read Book Blog
Using this book allowed me an additional reference to help my grandchildren pass to the next grade level.Published 15 months ago by D. Gore
This book was highly recommended by several parents on a secular homeschool web page that I have been following. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. Kinzer
This, along with "The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas," was a complete waste of money. What could have been stated in an editorial blog (in far fewer words) was sold... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lane
GREAT BOOK for the new homeschooler. This is the ideal read for a parent who has no idea what they are doing or how they will do it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jenn