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100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Educational Philosophy for Your Child's Learning Style

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The key to successful home education, homeschool veterans will tell you, is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s learning style. Then you can make an informed decision in choosing the right educational curriculum for the child. This is the formula for success. In 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, homeschool guru Cathy Duffy can help you accomplish these critical tasks. Cathy will give you her top choices from every subject area, approaching everything through a Christian ...

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The key to successful home education, homeschool veterans will tell you, is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s learning style. Then you can make an informed decision in choosing the right educational curriculum for the child. This is the formula for success. In 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, homeschool guru Cathy Duffy can help you accomplish these critical tasks. Cathy will give you her top choices from every subject area, approaching everything through a Christian worldview perspective. This book is a critical volume for the homeschooling community.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805431384
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Pages cut off!

    I was enjoying reading this book until I came across two issues. The first is that the charts are so tiny (on the NC), that I had to strain to read them, and finally gave up trying. The second issue is that some pages are cut off. I was reading a sentence, turned the page, and it started on a completely different sentence. The rest of the previous page was not there. It was not the NC, it was the book.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    highly recommended book for homeschooling choices

    Most veteran homeschoolers have one book that was extremely helpful for them in the beginning. For us it was Mary Pride's Big Book of Home Learning (now called the Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling). For others, it was Debra Bell's Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. Another top choice for many years was Cathy Duffy's two Christian Home Educator's Curriculum Manual (originally one volume but ultimately split into two volumes, one for elementary grades and one for junior/senior high).
    Over the years, I have purchased older copies of all these, but 100 Top Picks was intended to replace the Curriculum Manuals. It comes highly recommended. The early chapters of the book deal with educational philosophy (and the different methods of homeschooling that may be used to implement yours), children's learning styles (Wiggly Willy, Perfect Paula, Competent Carl, and Sociable Sue), and basic goals for home education. Then Duffy suggests her top 100 picks of curricula in the areas of phonics/reading/literature, mathematics, language arts, history/geography/cultural studies, science, unit studies, foreign language, and electives which can be adapted to fit both the parents' teaching style and the children's learning styles to achieve the desired goals.
    I do appreciate one comment that she made, which is a theme that I have sounded out before. "Sometimes traditionalists are chided for recreating 'school at home' because the experience varies little from that of regular day school settings. Parents who slavishly follow such a curriculum often miss out on those special moments when a child comes up with a question that begs for immediate exploration. Many parents, however, manage to find a good balance using traditional curricula while still retaining enough flexibility to respond to teachable moments when they arise" (p. 14). There are numerous helpful observations, suggestions, and other comments that make this book worth the price not only for beginning homeschoolers, but for veterans as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    Just what I needed to weed through the options

    I found Ms. Duffy's book thoroughly helpful in assisting me to clarify my goals in homeschooling and line up available options to what would suit my family. Granted, she has a Christian leaning to her material...but that was well-suited to our family. As a new homeschooling mom, I was able to very quickly (within a few weeks of reading and re-reading) determine our direction, purchase a set of curriculum and get started with homeschooling. I love the materials we ended up choosing based on her recommendations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Great resource for the beginning homeschool family

    This book is great because it helps you narrow down what type of homeschooling approach is right for you, which learning style is right for your kids, and then gives reviews of different curriculum so you can find the one that fits your family best. My only complaint is that the book did not include reviews of a handful of curricula i have been interested in, so hopefully cathy duffy will write another one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    not what I was looking for

    I thought this guide would be much more comprehensive than it was. It is limited in it's scope of curricula material. It has a great emphasis on keeping religion in homeschooling, which was not what I was looking for. There are no alternatives along the lines of Waldorf or Montessori learning.

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