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The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start

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Homeschool the right way from day one.
Are you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize that their child's school options are limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschooling. But where do you start and how do you ensure the highest-quality educational experience, especially in that pivotal first year?
This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate ...
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Overview

Homeschool the right way from day one.
Are you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize that their child's school options are limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschooling. But where do you start and how do you ensure the highest-quality educational experience, especially in that pivotal first year?
This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style, including:
·When, why, and how to get started
·The best ways to develop an effective curriculum, assess your child's progress, and navigate local regulations
·Kid-tested and parent-approved learning activities for all age levels
·Simple strategies for developing an independent child and strengthening family and social relationships
·And much, much more!
"To the thousands of requests we receive for help from families new to homeschooling, we will now recommend this warm and knowledgeable book. It will ensure that all families make it to the second year—including yours!" —Elizabeth Kanna, editor in chief, Homeschool.com
"Linda Dobson addresses all the issues facing parents as they consider the task of homeschooling over other educational options. Those who wonder whether they really can or want to do the job will find unique perspectives in this well-researched work."—Beverly K. Eakman, author and cofounder, National Education Consortium
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761527886
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Prima Home Learning Library Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 801,269
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Dobson, author of Homeschooling: The Early Years, The Homeschooling Book of Answers, and The Art of Education, is the news editor and columnist for Home Education Magazine. She is also a member of the National Home Education Network. The mother of three homeschooled children, she lives in Rainbow Lake, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Thinking about Homeschooling?
2. Homeschooling as Grand Experiment
3. Homeschooling Nuts and Bolts for Every Parent
4. See, Hear, Touch? Catering to Your Child's Learning Style
5. In a Way That Fits Your Family, Begin Where You Are
6. A Week in the Life
7. Half a Dozen Homeschooling Myths
8. What to Expect When Starting at the Beginning
9. What to Expect When Bringing a Child Home from School
10. First-Year Hurdles
11. Gold-Medal Hurdle Jumpers
12. After Your First Year
Appendix A: Homeschooling Resources
Appendix B: State-by-State Information
Index
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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!

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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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