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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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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!
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.
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.
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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