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Homeschooling: The Middle Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 8- to 12-Year-Old Child (Prima Home Learning Library) Paperback – September 29, 1999

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Homeschooling: The Middle Years offers resources and advice for guiding children through the later elementary years. Author Shari Henry emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded education, providing great detail on standard curriculum subjects like math, language arts, and social studies, as well as coverage of additional subject areas like theater, music, and foreign languages (sign language in particular). Each subject is accompanied by practical tips on incorporating learning into life by using interdisciplinary study techniques--learning math and communication skills through starting a business like babysitting or learning the history of the United States by writing stories, drawing maps, and interviewing senior citizens. Lists of popular books and teaching materials help narrow the focus of the huge directories found elsewhere. Parents will find encouragement as well--reminders that homeschooling is worth the extra struggle, along with a chapter devoted to the most common difficulties facing parents (financial problems, age differences in your children, or special physical or intellectual demands) and how to surmount such difficulties. --Jill Lightner

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Product Details

  • Series: Prima Home Learning Library
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles (September 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761520929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761520924
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is by far the most impressive homeschooling 'how to' book I've ever seen. I almost regret that the title says it is for the middle school years, because it would certainly be appropriate for anyone who wishes to homeschool, regardless of the ages they are dealing with. Any question you have, from the usual, "How do I choose a curriculum?" to the less common, "How will I ever keep my house clean?" will be dealt with between these pages. Most times there will even be more than one answer to each question, because the author has included input from a great many people - normal homeschoolers who tell it like it is.
One of the things I like best about Shari Henry's book is its organization. You could read it from cover to cover, but it is laid out in such a way that you can also go directly to the chapter or chapters that deal with your specific needs. You will also find, in every chapter, resource lists that are both extensive and very helpful.
If I had to recommend only one book to a new homeschooler, this would be it.
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I was quite impressed with the incredible amount of resources Shari Henry has pulled together in this book. It is a wonderful map to guide you through the complex middle years of home education. The book is very readable as well as concise. Every question or struggle I have had was addressed and that is saying a lot. I highly recommend this to any parent who is currently homeschooling or considering homeschooling a child in the middle years.
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I was a little disappointed at how basic the information is in this book. If you are completely new to homeschooling then it would be beneficial, but for those looking for a more content-rich guide with specific curriculum suggestions, this is not the best book to buy. The information is a very general guide to beginning homeschooling and the resource lists are not extensive, but they do include some good recommendations.
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If you've been at it for a while this book will be only minimally helpful. However, if you are going to start homeschooling in the middle years this is the most excellent resource I have found.
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This book gave more information and usefull ideas than any other homeschool book out there. At the end of each chapter it has websites and catalog numbers. It covers every topic about homeschooling.
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This book should be a foundation to every homeschooling library--especially for families with an exceptional learner. Many parents pull their children out of school in the late primary years because the public school system has not effectively addressed exceptionalities. That's what brought our family to the decision to homeschool, yet even with my education background I felt ill-equipped. I knew the dynamics would shift dramatically and, thus, change the expectations of what can and cannot be accomplished at home. In short, after reading this book, I concluded there is nothing that cannot be achieved by teaching at home and much more we can achieve. Our family bonds strengthening was an unintended but marvelous consequence. Of course, our desire for higher acheivement was realized, but I must say my boys were ready to be homeschooled and jumped at the offer when I suggested it. I would recommend to parents that they spend a significant amount of time and energy counseling an unwilling homeschooler, as the attitude your child carries will have the biggest impact on success or failure of your homeschooling program. However, given the state of our current Middle School experiences here, in America, even a reluctant homeschooler will often be preferable to what most children will experience in public (and even many private)schools during the pre-teen years. While you will have to search out other resources for schooling your exceptional child, this book should be your first introduction and must not be missed.
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