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So You're Thinking About Homeschooling: Fifteen Families Show How You Can Do It Paperback – March 31, 2003

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About the Author

Lisa Whelchel, a native Texan whose first appearance as a child star on The New Mickey Mouse Club launched her busy acting career, is best known for her role as Blair on the perennial hit TV show The Facts of Life. Now a busy homeschooling mother, speaker, and pastor's wife, she is the author of The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me. Lisa and her husband, Steve Cauble, live in Los Angeles with their three children, Tucker, Haven, and Clancy.
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Product Details

  • Series: Focus on the Family
  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590520858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590520857
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a fast read! I had a hard time putting it down and finished it in a day. This gives a great overview of homeschooling in its various forms and manages to entertain and instruct at the same time. Lisa's writing style is very enjoyable!
Each of the chapters covers a day in the life of a different homeschooling family. Each family homeschools for different reasons using different approaches and curriculums. I really appreciated learning about all the homeschooling methods available and was encouraged to see how homeschooling has worked in a variety of family situations. It also made me realize that you don't have to have your curriculum picked out and your lesson plans all done before you are ready to homeschool! It's OK to try out several methods until you find out what works for each child.
If you want a quick overview of homeschooling options but you don't have much time (or much desire to wade through a dry, scholarly book), pick up this book. You won't regret it!
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I bought this book trying to decide if I wanted to homeschool, and 1/2 way through I was convinced it was for me! This book took the mystery away and gave me better understanding of how to fit it into my lifestyle. Written in a very comfortable- let's sit with a cup of coffee while I tell you my story- style! This book turned me onto many helpful websites including the author's site. LOVED IT!!
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I can't wait to give this book to a friend who is thinking about homeschooling - but I had to read it first. It was a quick read, which is important for a homeschool mom, and it was fun. We've been homeschooling for years and I still learned tons from the 15 families in this book.
All of the information you would ever need to decide whether to homeschool, how to get started, and what all the different methods look like, is creatively interspersed within the interesting stories about all kinds of families. I loved "listening" to working mothers, grandparents, ADHD kids, junior high and high school students all tell how homeschooling works for them.
I especially appreciated learning about all the different styles of teaching like, the Charlotte Mason method, a Classical education, unschooling, computer curriculum, the Principle Approach and all the other options I've heard about but didn't completely understand.
I would recommend that seasoned homeschoolers, like myself, buy this book, read and enjoy it, and then pass it on to someone you know who is thinking about homeschooling.
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My husband and I read this book separately and both felt it was a great overview of homeschooling options for a varied group of families. Lisa did a great job of giving a sample of very different styles and reasons people HS. Our daughter is finishing up public school this year and I didn't feel one bit berated for having her there by the tone of this book. My husband was amazed at all the different scenarios she ilustrates (HS'ing one child, many children, some in public some in private, some at home, on the road, mom and dad teachers, high schoolers dual enrolled in college etc.) It really encouraged us to just be creative and not pigeon hole our plans into one specific style or curriculum. As new HS'ing parents she really took away some of the fear for us.

I didn't find the book "hokey" as one reviewer mentioned...and I'm usually the "hokey police". But since I've seen/heard Lisa when she was on the "Facts of Life"... in my mind I could hear that bubbly personality coming through. If you know her character Blair - you can't help but hear her voice reading to you.
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Lisa Welchel (Blair on The Facts of Life) takes us to coffee with 15 different families who homeschool in 15 different ways and for many more different reasons. One gleans a few new ideas from each family, and leaves feeling more inspired to be a better homeschooling parent than before each visit.
There isn't a "right" way to homeschool, and Lisa gives us a realistic vision of what homeschooling life is like in different families. For many readers, they will also leave with a feeling that "what I am doing is OK."
For someone considering homeschooling, this book would be a tremendous encouragement to go ahead and try it. It helps the reader visualize many different workable scenarios. Almost any reader will identify strongly with two or three situations, and they will come away with the feeling that homeschooling can and will work for them.
This book will increase the number of people who homeschool. For that, Lisa, we can be grateful.
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I just finished this book and LOVED IT! I have been contemplating homescooling my children and have always told people that, although my mind isn't totally made up, I'm seriously considering homeschooling. After reading this book--I am now sure that I am ready to do this and can't wait to start! I have read lots of homescooling books and books on homeschooling families and yet not one book was as enjoyable to read as this one. It was as though the families in the book were actually talking to me. It didn't bother me that these stories were not complete individual true stories, but a creation of many true stories put together and separated into each family. It didn't bother me because I know that the author took the time to get to know real families and put as much information as she felt was important together into these 15 families. I absolutely loved the book. When the author wrote about herself I felt like she was someone I could even be friends with because of her easy manner and apparent strong values. A must read!
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