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Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child Paperback – August 11, 1999

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Nothing beats seeking the voice of experience if you want to join the estimated 1 to 3 million parents who teach their children at home. Here's a guide that comes direct from the experts: a mother of two homeschooled, now-grown children and 83 homeschooling families she surveyed. Their stories make reading this starter kit on teaching ages 3 to 7 worthwhile. For those ready to take on what author Linda Dobson calls "a natural extension of being a good parent," the manual provides at-a-glance boxes of insightful anecdotes called "How We Did It," as well as lists at the end of each chapter of helpful books, magazines, Web sites, software, and computer message boards that connect homeschooling households. The straightforward writing covers the basics on reading, writing, and math; different teaching approaches; organizing a curriculum; even how to deal with skeptical relatives and spouses. There are no specifics on each states' homeschooling requirements, which vary widely. But as a primer for parents starting out, the book serves as a confidence builder and an inspiring how-to guide. --Jodi Mailander Farrell

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Product Details

  • Series: Prima Home Learning Library
  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 2nd printing edition (August 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761520287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761520283
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excerpts from a review I did for Home Education Magazine on this book:
Linda Dobson's book, Homeschooling The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3 to 8 Year Old, is a wonderful resource for parents of young children. It is a celebration of children's innate curiosity and eagerness to learn about their world. She has captured the essential wonder of early childhood learning.While the book is full of parents'delightful stories about how children learned one thing or another, the theme Linda deftly brings forward into the spotlight is that learning is the natural pursuit of any child - "little learning machines," she calls them.
The book is unique right from the beginning - an interesting brief overview of homeschooling diversity, building up to the comforting reassurance that "It doesn't matter where you begin - just begin!" This is a fairly radical notion for may of those in the first stage of comtemplating the move. New and prospective homeschoolers often want to have it all planned and orderly before they jump in. And yet, as Linda points out, you can expect a lot of perfectly comfortable change and admustment as you learn to tailor the homeschool to the child, rather than the child to the homeschool - it's just an onging process.
"Because it's so easy to change any aspect of homeschooling when necessary," she reassures the read, "you can get started with a minimum of worry and preparation. Once you're on the road, you'll constantly discover new information, resources, and friends to help you fine-tune your journey into the most rewarding and fun possible.
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I am thrilled to have discovered this gem of a book while my children are still young. Linda Dobson presents homeschooling the young child as the exciting adventure that it is: "On the go, morning 'til night, doing, doing, doing. As naturally as a mountain spring, the early years child bubbles with energy. Unfortunately for little ones today, childhood energy is often considered a bad thing. Interestingly, it's most often considered a bad thing in the context of school." Children are natural little learning machines, as the author describes them. Each chapter covers an important aspect of learning with young children, including reading, writing, arithmetic and Beyond the Three R's. Included in each chapter are warmth, humor, many quotes from a diverse group of homeschoolers, and sections on Simple Starting Points and Resources. If you're thinking of homeschooling little ones, this is a must-read!
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This book would be a good overview for parents of young children who are considering homeschooling. The first few chapters of the book are dedicated to "convincing" the reader of how great homeschooling is. This is fine if you are just beginning to investigate the possibility, but, having already decided to homeschool, I found those chapters a little annoying and redundant.
In my opinion, the author spends too much time on general "homeschooling is GREAT! Rah! Rah!" and not enough time on the issues of substance [like, how exactly DO you homeschool an "early years" child?]. I would like to have seen more meaningful information shared - like evaluations of curriculums, more of what did and didn't work for other homeschoolers, and more practical advice. [The author goes into some of this to a very superficial degree, but does not delve deeply into any of these issues]. The advice on teaching subjects was also very general, though it was still helpful. The section on using computers and the community as resources were very good.
The "statistical" chapter that was included that places all the survey respondents on a continuum based on their homeschool style in several areas was particularly bad. The statistics are given but no discussion of why different families chose these styles or what they like or don't like about them. The chapter was also somewhat confusing - not helpful at all to me. [And I usually find that kind of stuff fascinating].
Like an earlier evaluator, I also felt that this book was unrealistically positive about Homeschooling - I agree that Homeschooling IS a great choice and overwhelmingly better than the public school alternative. However, there ARE some down sides [mother burn out for one!
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This was a decent read, but not as helpful as I had hoped. We made the decision to homeschool when our son was five. And although this book was specifically geared for the early years (ages 3-8), I felt it was written more for parents who had been thinking about homeschooling since their children were still in diapers. I can't imagine it being at all helpful to the families of 6, 7 or 8 year olds who had already attended public school. I found some useful information, but no more than I could have found for free on the internet. My recommendation: if you have a child who is already of school age, borrow this book from the library!
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