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Whether you currently homeschool your child or are exploring the idea for the first time, this homeschooling bible is for you. Inside is the most up-to-date and complete information for homeschoolers available—all of the support you need to get started and customize the learning experience to your child's ...

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Overview

Whether you currently homeschool your child or are exploring the idea for the first time, this homeschooling bible is for you. Inside is the most up-to-date and complete information for homeschoolers available—all of the support you need to get started and customize the learning experience to your child's specific needs.



This invaluable reference cuts across religious and secular lines and paves the way for your child to achieve academic excellence. You will discover a world of homeschooling resources, including:



How to start—where to go and what to do
How to choose the best homeschooling methods for your child
Resources for hundreds of educational products, from books and software to videos and games
Where to find homeschooling support groups, organizations, and conferences
A state-by-state breakdown of legal requirements
And much more!



"Here it is all in one place! An easy-to-read, easy-to-use guide for homeschoolers that puts the emphasis just where it ought to be: on the intrinsic joy of learning that is every child's birthright.— Thomas Armstrong, PhD., author Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius and In Their Own Way
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761528562
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/3/2001
  • Series: Homeschooling Almanac Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Leppert is a founder and publisher of the homeschool newspaper The Link. She lives and homeschools her teenage son in Newbury Park, California.

Michael Leppert is a founder and publisher of the homeschool newspaper The Link. He lives and homeschools his teenage son in Newbury Park, California.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschooling
As homeschooling parents and disseminators of information about homeschooling, we are constantly asked questions by parents considering homeschooling their children, or by the just plain curious. Here we offer our responses to some of the questions that come up most frequently. Q: What about socialization?A: Because this is the most frequently asked question, we have placed it first. Parents need to consider that in the average school day of 6 hours, the child spends approximately 1 1/2 hours "socializing"—two 15-minute recesses and 1 hour at lunch. The rest of the time the child usually sits at a desk, separated from the other children by the invisible wall of "good behavior." Plus, as the school atmosphere becomes increasingly restricted and dangerous, the socialization that occurs is not particularly "social."
Homeschooling parents, on the other hand, often find their children have too much socialization—weekly park days, skate days, and field trips. Besides planned events, children who live in urban or suburban areas come in contact with people all day long. Most neighborhoods, which is where a child's playmates usually come from (and always have), include children of varying ages, whether homeschooled or conventionally schooled (that is, attending public or private school). Families in rural areas have to take steps to ensure that their children—whether homeschooled or not—come in contact with others on a regular basis. The fact is, children taught at home have more time to socialize freely without being told what to play, when to play, and where toplay. If organic, pure socialization is to take place, it is in the homeschool setting.
Q: What about critical or skeptical family members?A: Usually, a skeptical family member is concerned about academic and socialization issues. (People who don't live with your children may not see the positive spiritual and psychological changes they go through once they are no longer in an age- or peer-dependent environment.) Try inviting the skeptic to park days or field trips to let them see what your daily life is like.
This brings to mind Michael's mother, who was very skeptical when she first heard our plans to homeschool. Before our son reached the age of six, she didn't believe we wouldn't send him to school. When school enrollment time came and went, and we didn't change our plan, she was worried and decided to pay for our first-grade boxed curriculum. She also came out to Los Angeles from Chicago and accompanied us on our routine the first week of her visit.
We remember the week distinctly: Monday, a field trip to the J. Paul Getty Art Museum; Tuesday, homeschool gymnastics class (with about 15 families); Wednesday, Yamaha Music School (with 10 other children who weren't homeschoolers); Thursday, park day (with 20 to 40 other homeschooled children, playing for approximately four hours); Friday, chorus at the Yamaha School (with 25 non-homeschooled children). Our son was occupied with trips to the library, doing his curriculum in the early mornings, and listening to Michael read to all of us in the evenings. She quickly realized that not only was her grandson not socially deprived, but he had a culturally and academically rich life, filled with music, chorus, gymnastics—training he would not receive in a school setting. After her visit, we heard from relatives that Michael's mother spoke with much pride about what a great life Lennon had!
Q: What if all my child's friends are schooled and she feels "different"?A: Had you asked us this question five years ago, we would have answered differently. We probably would have said to do little things like buy a lunch pail and pencil and paper pads at the beginning of each school year and try to incorporate more "school-type" things into your lives. We would not have said with the pride we now have, how fortunate and privileged he is to be homeschooled! We were squeamish in the early years and sometimes felt that we had to hide. Over these years, our son has taught us that we should be proud to be homeschoolers, that we should feel different because we are. We view his sense of pride in being homeschooled as righteous and healthy. In today's society, there is constant talk about building self-esteem in children. If you knew that homeschooling your child would give her a tremendous sense of self-esteem—far beyond what she would gain in a school—would you do it? Foster the difference and be proud of it!
Our son has taught us that we should be proud to be homeschoolers.
Other frequently asked questions that are answered in the book:
·What if my child goes back to school? Will the school accept him?
·What if my child does not want to leave his school friends?
·How will I know if a homeschool group is right for me?
·My teenager wants to be homeschooled, but my husband and I both work. Is this a good idea?
·What will the neighbors think?
·Should I let my children play outside while regular school is in session?
·Is it harder to teach high school than the elementary grades?
·What if I can't stand to be with my kids all day?
·Are there African Americans who homeschool?
·Should I get involved with the independent study program (ISP) with a public school?
·I've never been a bookish person and did not like school. How can I possibly teach my children?
·Homeschoolers seem to occupy the far left or the religious right, whereas I am somewhere in the middle. Where or how do I fit into all of this?
·Don't teachers know something about "teaching" that we as parents should know to teach our own?
·If I have three children I want to homeschool, do I have to teach three levels of math, science, and English each day?
·When will my child ever use calculus, trigonometry, algebra, or geometry?
·I enjoyed school activities like the prom and the science fair. Aren't we denying our children these things if we homeschool them?
·Are we losing a sense of community when we remove our children from school?
·What about homeschooling an only child?
·Will my child have a high school diploma?
·How will I know if my child is "where he should be" in various subjects?
·Should I use a prepackaged curriculum?
·Why should I homeschool?
·Is there a "downside" to homeschooling?

Copyright 2001 by Mary Leppert
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Table of Contents

Foreword by David Colfax
Acknowledgments
Introduction

I: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF HOMESCHOOLING
Chapter 1: More Home Than School
Chapter 2: Beginning the Homeschooling Process
Chapter 3: What Is the Father's Role in Homeschooling?
Chapter 4: What Type of Learner Is Your Child
Chapter 5: The Parental Approach
Chapter 6: The Unschooling Method
Chapter 7: Eclectic Approach and Other Methods
Chapter 8: Music and Your Homeschooling
Chapter 9: The College Question
Chapter 10: Home-Based Business Ideas for Homeschoolers
Chapter 11: Frequently Asked Questions About Homeschooling

II: PRODUCTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS
Language Skills
Math, Science, and Technology
Liberal Arts
Thinking Skills
Fun Stuff

III: RESOURCES
Prepackaged Curriculums and Consulting Services
Catalogs
Testing and Test Preparation
Used Educational Supplies
Cybersources
Religious and Ethnic Resources
Learning Styles
Unschooling Method
Eclectic Method
Delayed Academic Method
Charlotte Mason Method
Trivium Method
Principle Approach
Unit Study Method

IV: STATE-BY-STATE INFORMATION
Who's Who and What's What in Homeschooling
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Excellent Resource Guide!

    I just started thinking about homeschooling my kids. This book gave me all the information that I was looking for. It also had an extensive list of resouce materials that you could get to further your research into a particular topic. The book also got me even mre excited about my decision to homeschool. It was very well written and worth the time I took to read it. A must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    GREAT

    IT WAS PERFECT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    The ONLY book you will ever need!

    When I first began to research homeschooling I read several books, most of which had the same message and had little resource information. This book, however, is amazing! It is a gold mine of necessary (and very interesting) information. You get to read interviews with several homeschooling families who have differing experiences and methods, which is extremely important to anyone who is wondering if homeschooling is for them. You read about the different learning styles, issues of socialization and frequently asked questions. You are provided with local associations and your state-specific regulations. This book is a MUST for any homeschooling family 'wanna-be' or if you just want to know more about it. Don't go on your journey without it!

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