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


Chandra Byers is a homeschooling mother of six, and David Byers has a Ph.D. in education and teaches education at the college level. Their oldest is now attending college on a scholarship, after having been homeschooled all her life. With their combination of experience and expertise, they show us how parents can continue to homeschool their children through high school in subjects for which they are not experts. Not only that, but they demonstrate how these home-taught children are fully prepared for college and...

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Chandra Byers is a homeschooling mother of six, and David Byers has a Ph.D. in education and teaches education at the college level. Their oldest is now attending college on a scholarship, after having been homeschooled all her life. With their combination of experience and expertise, they show us how parents can continue to homeschool their children through high school in subjects for which they are not experts. Not only that, but they demonstrate how these home-taught children are fully prepared for college and are often superior performers. Not only has Dr. Byers helped prepare his own homeschooled children for college, but he has seen first-hand how many homeschooled students have done in college. They are both from Nebraska.

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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
  • Sales rank: 843,582
  • 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

David Byers always wanted to be a teacher. When he went to college, he let himself be talked out of pursuing a degree in Education because those who were older and wiser said there were no jobs (and no money) to be had in that career field. So he steadily pursued a variety of college courses until he had enough credits for a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Theater. While he never actively pursued a career in Speech or Theater, his education and experience with bot

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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


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?


81 Chapter 8: Self-directed Learning

93 Chapter 9: Critical Thinking

105 Chapter 10: Self-discipline


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


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


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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