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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    Lots of Specific Info to Get You Started

    What a treasure this book is. Linda Dobson offers page after page of great information that will help you in your first year of homeschooling and beyond. She discusses specific activities, learning styles, 'typical weeks', getting out of the school system, what to do once you're home, and she has a great bibliography of books, magazines, internet sources, and support groups. Different styles of homeschooling are discussed, including school-at-home, Charlotte Mason, classical, unit studies, eclectic, unschooling, online learning and a co-op approach. For someone just starting out, this is like being able to taste from the whole buffet! But my favorite thing is her interviews with homeschoolers -- 'What I Wish Someone Had Told Me.' These are gems of insight that will enrich the homeschool experience for anyone who is just getting started.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    A great book for newbie's peace of mind

    I stepped into homeschooling in 2001 as scared mom of a burned-out child. This book was not in print at the time that we began our homeschooling adventure, but I came across it several months later. What great gift it was to read! I learned that I was doing okay, that my decision to 'deschool' was on-target and most of all, this book gave me priceless peace of mind that homeschooling does not have to replicate school in order to be a viable means of educating my child. I found particular comfort in the chapter on Homeschool Myths, especially the myth that all homeschool children are National Spelling Bee champions, science fair winners, etc. While it may seem contraindicated to have lowered expectations of one's children, this advice nugget helped me understand that my children don't have to confrom to society's expectations of success in order to be successful. I don't need to push them to achieve based on some artificial, media-biased standard. I can let them be -- and share the joy of learning as a family. *That* is the greatest gift of homeschooling which this wonderful book taught me to see. Thank you, Linda Dobson!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2003

    The One 'Must Have' Homeschooling Handbook!

    Linda Dobson's prior works set the expectation that this is the most comprehensive and broadminded 'beginning homeschooling' book on the market--and the expectation is easily met. The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child covers learning styles, homeschooling myths, deschooling, learning readiness and more. A unique feature is the chapter that presents 'a week in the life' profiles of families using various homeschooling methods. Scattered throughout are highlighted tips on the topic 'What I wish someone had told me during my first year of homeschooling.' The book includes scads of fresh learning resources, the wacky 'weirdest homeschooling laws' segment, and state by state legal information. During my first year of homeschooling, I wish I'd had this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    Not as good as I was hoping

    When I first thought about homeschooling, I only knew Linda Dobson's name. I was all excited to get her books. But I was later disappointed. Her books (including this one) lack 'meat' and are way too vague. There's a lot of fluff and I didn't really find anything that was particularly helpful or informative. I suppose it's a good, VERY basic introduction. But that's about it. The main thing that I did not appreciate about the author is her heavy unschooling bias. Not everyone is into unschooling. To the new homeschooler, that can be a real turn-off.

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