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College-Prep Homeschooling is written especially for parents who want to teach their children at home through the high school years but doubt their ability. Dr. David Byers, a college professor with a PhD in education, and his wife Chandra are veteran homeschoolers of over 12 years. In their book, they provide clear and detailed information about how parents can not only be successful homeschooling through high school, but how they can help their children develop the learning ...
College-Prep Homeschooling is written especially for parents who want to teach their children at home through the high school years but doubt their ability. Dr. David Byers, a college professor with a PhD in education, and his wife Chandra are veteran homeschoolers of over 12 years. In their book, they provide clear and detailed information about how parents can not only be successful homeschooling through high school, but how they can help their children develop the learning skills needed to be successful in college and in life.
They have been supremely successful homeschoolers themselves. Not only did they teach all six of their children at home from preschool through high school, but their two oldest are now attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha on scholarships.
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).
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
329 Appendix A: An Historical Overview of Homeschooling in the United States
347 Appendix B: Homeschooling Resources
351 Appendix C: Course-Specific Resources
401 About the Authors