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For the past decade and a half, Practical Homeschooling magazine publisher Mary Pride has helped hundreds of thousands of families just like yours homeschool with confidence. Now you can draw on her years of experience, as well as those of Practical Homeschooling writers and staff. Packed with insider information, Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling helps you pinpoint the best teaching methods for your child...catch up with what's new in homeschool options and issues...and get inspired...
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For the past decade and a half, Practical Homeschooling magazine publisher Mary Pride has helped hundreds of thousands of families just like yours homeschool with confidence. Now you can draw on her years of experience, as well as those of Practical Homeschooling writers and staff. Packed with insider information, Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling helps you pinpoint the best teaching methods for your child...catch up with what's new in homeschool options and issues...and get inspired with the success that's waiting for you! Ideal for new homeschoolers and those just considering homeschooling, Mary Pride's Complete Guide is also sure to please veteran home educators with its up-to-date and expanded information on how to find everything from the newest contests to the coolest learning adventures.

From taking the plunge to tapping into the myriad homeschooling resources, this title features ten essential steps to homeschooling success, curriculum options, inspirational vignettes and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736909181
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface to This New Edition 9
Part 1 What's It All About?
1. What's So Great About Homeschooling? 13
2. How Has Homeschooling Changed? 19
3. Answers to Your Questions About Homeschooling 25
4. Why Do So Many Families Homeschool? 39
5. Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Get Started 47
6. You Can Do It! 55
Part 2 Steps to a Successful Homeschool
7. Finding Your Goals 65
8. Making Your Plan 75
9. What to Join 81
10. What to Read 85
11. Where to Shop 95
12. What to Expect 101
Part 3 How Kids Really Learn
13. The Five Steps of Learning 113
14. Your Child's Discovery Channels 121
15. Your Child's Thinking Style 127
Part 4 Education 101
16. Getting Them Ready to Learn 137
17. Preparation of the Environment 143
18. Twaddle, Begone! 147
19. What Goes In 153
20. Thinking It Through 159
21. What Comes Out 163
Part 5 Popular Homeschool Methods
22. Back to Basics 171
23. The Charlotte Mason Method 177
24. Classical Education & Great Books 187
25. Contests 201
26. Laptop Homeschooling 207
27. The Maloney Method 215
28. The Montessori Method 225
29. The Principle Approach 233
30. The Robinson Method 239
31. Unit Studies 247
32. Unschooling 253
33. The Eclectic Method 263
Part 6 Taking the Mystery Out of Unit Studies
34. Ingredients of a Successful Unit Study 267
35. Mary's Secret Unit Study Recipe 277
36. Create Your Own Character Unit 295
37. Create Your Own History & Geography Units 301
38. Create Your Own Science Unit 311
Part 7 Planning & Record Keeping
39. How to Get Organized 323
40. How to Keep Great Homeschool Records 339
Part 8 Testing & Standards
41. National & State Standards 359
42. Evaluating & Testing 371
Part 9 Homeschooling Your Special-Needs Child
43. Special-Needs Homeschooling: You Can Do It! 387
44. How Real Are Learning Disabilities? 393
45. Beating the Labeling Trap 403
46. Help for Distractible Learners 413
47. Help for the Challenged 425
Part 10 Homeschooling Your Gifted Child
48. Help for the Gifted 439
49. Talent Searches 451
50. What About Acceleration? 457
Part 11 Homeschooling with a School or Group
51. Co-ops & Clubs 467
52. Private & Christian Schools 481
53. University Model Schools 483
54. Public School Classes & Activities 487
55. What About Charter Schools? 491
Part 12 Homeschooling Away from Home
56. Field Trips 505
57. Family Educational Travel 513
58. Conferences, Retreats, & Homeschool Days for the Whole Family 517
59. Specialty Camps for Kids 525
60. Outdoor Adventures for Kids 533
61. Worldview & Leadership Training for Teens 539
62. Homeschooling Around the World 545
Quick Resource Guide
Where to Find Curriculum 555
Appendixes
1. What the Research Shows About Homeschooling 569
2. Homeschool Laws by State & Territory 577
3. Homeschool Groups by State, Province, & Country 589
4. Contests Homeschoolers Can Enter 597
5. What to Do If There's a Social Worker at Your Door 607
6. Meet the Reviewers 609
Index
General Index 613
HSLDA Information & Application 621
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    For new homeschoolers and old pros alike!

    Eleven years ago when my husband and I first considered homeschooling I was overwhelmed by the thought of my children¿s education depending on my ability. It was then I discovered books by a well-respected homeschooling advocate named Mary Pride. Her words provided sound advice, yet what helped even more was her encouragement that I could be the best teacher for my children. ¿Your home will be blessed for it. You can do it. Here¿s how,¿ I felt her speaking through the pages. Now with three kids who are thriving in home, school, and life, I was pleased to discover that Mary Pride¿s Complete Guide to Getting Started Homeschooling is available to a new generation of beginning homeschoolers. In my opinion, this is the user-friendliest book on the market, packed with tons of useful information. I guarantee that if it has to do with homeschooling . . . you¿ll find it in this book! Mary Pride¿s desire to help parents raise God-loving children in a safe and happy environment, with the best resources and opportunities available, comes through on every page. For new homeschoolers, or those considering homeschooling, readers will discover everything they need to know, everything they wished they knew, or everything they didn¿t realize they needed to know about homeschooling! In fact, here¿s what one new homeschooling mom had to say: ¿I received the Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling as a Christmas gift when I hinted to my sister-in-law that I was considering homeschooling,¿ says Shari, mother of four. ¿I have a 6-year-old in a private, Christian Kindergarten, a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 7-month-old. This was the first book I have read on the subject of homeschooling, and I quickly devoured the whole thing in the course of three days! It was all so new to me, and I have to admit that at times I was overwhelmed by all the information. ¿Now I am reading the book a second time, at a slower pace so I can really digest all that this book has to offer. I appreciate the way that Mary Pride writes¿candidly, humorously, factually, and Christ-centered. ¿I am especially grateful for the introduction to `Educating the Whole-hearted Child,¿ as this approach seems to appeal to me the most,¿ Shari continues. ¿I also appreciated the depth that Mary goes into on explaining unit studies. It does seem like a rather elusive method, but she has a way of explaining it that simplifies it and takes many of the unknowns out of developing your own unit studies. ¿The only disappointing factor was that the Curriculum Quick Resource Guide was so quick. By the time I got to this section at the end of the book, I wanted to know everything about every curriculum, but I realize that is quite the undertaking. So now I¿m looking forward to reading Complete Guide to Homeschooling from Birth-Grade 6. ¿I found this to be a splendid book, and one that I will continually use as a reference and guide as I began my home school journey!¿ Other information useful to new homeschoolers includes sections on Where to Shop, What to Expect, and Getting Them Ready to Learn. Of course the title can be deceiving. This book isn¿t only useful to new homeschoolers. I¿ve been heartedly recommending this book to veteran homeschoolers as well. ¿I have been homeschooling for seven years,¿ says Inez, mother of two. ¿And I found wonderful tips, suggestions, and great encouragement. I¿m so thankful a friend recommended I get my hands on this book. I wish I had read this helpful guide when I first started homeschooling.¿ Veteran home educators will dive into a vast amounts of up-to-date information with sections on Field Trips, Conferences, Retreats & Homeschool Days for the Whole Family, and Worldview & Leadership Training for Teens. There¿s also information on how to find everything from contests, to how to write a winning college application essay. I especially enjoyed the section on How Has Homeschooling Changed, which gives wonderful i

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