College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling through High School

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College-Prep Homeschooling is written for parents who want to teach their children at home through the high school years but doubt their ability. The authors provide clear and detailed information about how parents can not only be successful at homeschooling through high school, but how they can help their children develop the learning skills needed to flourish in college and in life.

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Overview

College-Prep Homeschooling is written for parents who want to teach their children at home through the high school years but doubt their ability. The authors provide clear and detailed information about how parents can not only be successful at homeschooling through high school, but how they can help their children develop the learning skills needed to flourish in college and in life.

About the Author:
Dr. David Byers is a college professor with a PhD in education. While he has done the curriculum planning, his wife, Chandra, has done the day-to-day homeschooling instruction for their family. Together they have homeschooled their six children from preschool through high school. In short, they are supremely qualified to teach you how to succeed in preparing your children for college and beyond

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I wish I'd had this book when my children started high school. David's straightforward, practical approach to high school education and Chandra's refreshingly honest commentary on going from reluctant homeschool mom to homeschool champion make this book the perfect tool for parents who worry about these critical final years of homeschooling. College-Prep Homeschooling is thorough, realistic, and reassuring! — Terrie Lynne Bittner, Author of Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath.You Can Do This!

Written by a homeschooling college professor and his wife, College-Prep Homeschooling would be an excellent addition to your homeschool library. The information it provides about teaching methodologies, learning options, and college-level skill development would be particularly valuable for parents considering homeschooling through high school. — Jeanne Gowen Dennis, author of Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission

[David Byers'] concept of going beyond textbook and pedagogical methods, teaching students to think, analyze, and critique should be required reading for homeschooling parents of high schoolers. — Dr. Mark Greenwell, Director - Homeschooling High School Network, Omaha, Nebraska

Through [the Byers] insights, they provide the nuts-and-bolts of planning this challenging task and since I've been there with my own two children, their guidance is wise counsel, targeting the important characteristics that move beyond the content into the heart of learning. They distinguish teaching from the art of learning through practical suggestions and a realistic perspective. — Dr. D. Lee Tincher, Director, Talenton School for the Gifted

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600651007
  • Publisher: WindRiver Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

As a young girl, Chandra Byers traveled around the country with her family before settling down in the Denver area and entering college. It was there she met her future husband, David. Chandra later decided to attend a business school where she graduated top in her class as an administrative assistant. As a result of her training and experience in this field, she was able to take on a variety of part-time jobs over the years to help meet the family's needs.

Chandra reluctantly became a homescho

Dr. David Byers holds degrees in Adult and Continuing Education, and Education with a specialization in Teaching and Learning. He and his wife, Chandra, have worked as Family Teachers at the Boys Down facility in Omaha, Nebraska, and have hometaught children ages 2 to 18 for over 12 years.

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The present-day version of homeschooling, a choice by parents to educate their children at home rather than sending them to public or private schools, began as a grassroots social movement in the 1960s. The movement increased in popularity and acceptance in the United States during the latter half of the twentieth century—particularly during the last two decades.

In 1985 Patricia Lines, then a researcher with the U.S. Department of Education, estimated that 50,000 children in the United States were being taught at home. In 1990, Lines revised her estimate of the number of homeschoolers to be between 250,000 and 355,000. In a later report, she indicated that the number of homeschoolers increased to about 700,000 in the five-year period between 1990 and 1995 (Lines, 2000). While the specific figures remain speculative, current estimates place the number of children being taught at home in the United States at over one million (Rauchut and Patton, 2002).

Although children being taught at home are still in the minority compared to their public or private school counterparts, their numbers continue to grow each year. In 2000, lines estimated the number of homeschoolers to be between 3-4% of school-age children nationwide. . . .

The popularity of homeschooling continues to grow not only in sheer numbers, but in diversity as well. Although the majority of homeschoolers are white, two-parent, single-income families with three or more children (Omaha World Herald, 2003), the cultural make-up of homeschoolers is changing. African-American families are five times more likely to be home schooled than just five years ago (FOX News, 2003). The U.S. Department of Education indicates that minority children who are home schooled are scoring better in reading and math than minority children in public schools (Masland and Ross, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Vii Acknowledgments

ix Introduction

SECTION I: MAKING THE CHOICE TO HOMESCHOOL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

3 Chapter 1: Homeschooling in the United States Today

11 Chapter 2: Should I Homeschool through High School?

27 Chapter 3: Am I Qualified to Teach High School

35 Chapter 4: What Do I Teach in High School?

51 Chapter 5: Can I Teach More Than the Required Courses?

57 Chapter 6: Is There More to High School Than Academics?

67 Chapter 7: Is Higher Education Right for My Child?

SECTION II: ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE—BUILDING SKILLS FOR SUCCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION (AND IN LIFE)

81 Chapter 8: Self-directed Learning

93 Chapter 9: Critical Thinking

105 Chapter 10: Self-discipline

SECTION III: HOMESCHOOL TEACHING APPROACHES—WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

125 Chapter 11: Teacher-directed Homeschool Methods

139 Chapter 12: Student-directed Homeschool Methods

153 Chapter 13: Developing Your Own Homeschool Method

159 Chapter 14: Learning Styles

SECTION IV: CREATING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

175 Chapter 15: Buying Curricula

195 Chapter 16: The Purpose of Educational Objectives

205 Chapter 17: How to Write Educational Objectives

215 Chapter 18: Selecting Courses

233 Chapter 19: Creating and Following a Schedule

241 Chapter 20: Creating Assignments

253 Chapter 21: Evaluating and Grading Your Child's Work

265 Chapter 22: Developing a Syllabus

SECTION V: PREPARING FOR THE END

275 Chapter 23: Keeping Records

281 Chapter 24: Creating Transcripts

289 Chapter 25: Writing Course Descriptions

301 Chapter 26: Preparing Portfolios

307 A New Beginning

311 References

329 Appendix A: An Historical Overview of Homeschooling in the United States

347 Appendix B: Homeschooling Resources

351 Appendix C: Course-Specific Resources

395 Bibliography

401 About the Authors

403 Index

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