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The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It's Right for Your Family Paperback – Bargain Price, January 22, 2008
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"A perfect book for parents looking for answers about homeschooling. We highly recommend." --Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, authors of The Mislabeled Child
"This is a concise, easy-to-read presentation of all the challenges and concerns parents can have while deciding about The Homeschooling Option. This book will help families realize there are many more places for children to learn joyfully and effectively than either public or private schooling."--Patrick Farenga, President of Holt Associates, and co-author of Teach Your Own, The John Holt Book of Homeschooling
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This book was an excellent place to start my research on homeschooling. Though I started with ideas of what homeschooling means, this author really helped me to sharpen my perspective. She asks very purposeful questions throughout the book that give much room for reflection. The first one that really struck me has to do with a "good education." When my children have finished high school, what will make us all look back and say, "we gave them a good education" - WOW.
This book is also very fairly written and mostly unbiased. Obviously there is SOME necessary bias toward homeschooling, such is the purpose of the book. But it is in a helpful way, a supportive way. This was particularly helpful for me because we are not fleeing public school after having a series of bad experiences. We actually have had wonderful experiences in public school, free of the common challenges of grading stress, overcrowding, or over-scheduling. The author doesn't harp on these as critical issues, which was a relief. (Some of the other material out there about home schooling makes such blanket statements of negativity that it is hard to credit the author as truly being educated at all.) Not a problem here.
I highly recommend this book as a starting point for any who are considering homeschooling.
I felt much more confident about the idea of homeschooling my high schooler after reading the book than I had before and thought the chapter "Teens at Home" was so informative that I asked my potential homeschooler to read it as well.
Well done, informative, and a great primer for anyone who wonders if homeschooling might work for them.
I found this to be a fantastic resource for many of the questions I have about making homeschooling work successfully for my family. The author also discussed advantages that I hadn't even considered, such as being able to be with your children more often, and becoming a more cohesive family.
This is a great book with a lot of ideas and resources, and, as another reviewer mentioned, a good choice to pass along to other family members.