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Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning Styles Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2006
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Not only is there the entire spectrum of methods provided and perfectly expanded on (from classical to unschooling) but additional articles from home schooing pioneers. Amazing wisdom in these pages!!!
Additionally, this book doesn't give any information about each system works; it is simply full of testimonials of people that have used the systems.
If I hadn't highlighted only two sentences, I would return this book for a full refund.
Total waste of time and money.
*What about parents who homeschool an athlete or performer in order to prioritize their training?
*What about parents who homeschool for excellence?
*What about parents who homeschool to give their child Ivy League advantages?
*What about parents who homeschool to transmit their ethnicity/culture?
*What about parents who homeschool for travel?
*What about parents who homeschool for public honors (spelling bee, geography bee?)
Parents with more secular or "this-worldly" goals are not the target market for this book.
But I think parents who homeschool for faith reasons can find good information in this book, whether the faith is Christian or Jewish or Mormon or Muslim, because this book is about shaping the character of the children first and foremost.
The most valuable discussion in the book was over the socialization issue: What does it mean when traditional schools emphasize socialization skills?
- Does it mean that we give everyone a common starting point?
- Does it mean we ensure children get along with people who are not like themselves?
- Does it mean we impose authority relationships on children that are outside of and apart from their families?
- Does it mean we make children alike? Make them conform?
- Does it mean "majority rules?"
Anyway, the question is moot because I don't want to socialize my children. I want to individualize them.
There's a good overview of homeschool structuring systems in this book. Don't skip it just because it doesn't mesh with your particular homeschooling/religious goal.
the only two methods that I can think of that I not covered are online school/classes, K12 participation (which I would have really enjoyed reading the pros and cons), and student directed studies where the student studies independently of the parent and is a self learner (the Robinson Method would be one example of this style).
I think this would be a great early book for those considering or new to homeschooling. For someone who has been homeschooling for a while it is still a good read as the methods are discussed by experienced authors rather than one author trying to expertly cover and explain all the homeschool methods/approaches.
As others have mentioned, this is a Christian book so the methods are explained and exampled by mostly Christian curriculum, Christian motivations and Christian families. However, unless one is sensitive to Christianity being mentioned the actual chapters of explanation and application are not just "pray about it" and Bible text filled. The chapters are discussions of the methods themselves. Subject matter within the methods is not deeply discussed so one could substitute other world views, curriculum choices and subject matter and still use the various methods.