Homeschooling: The Early Years - Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child

Homeschooling: The Early Years - Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child

by Linda Dobson


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Discover the Rewards of Homeschooling Your Young Child
Young children are full of curiosity, imagination, and a sense of wonder. They're willing to try new things and possess a natural joy of discovery. Yet in a traditional school, these natural behavior traits are too often squelched. That's why more and more parents just like you are choosing to teach their children at home during these critical years—the years that lay the foundation for developing learning skills that last a lifetime. Inside, respected homeschooling author Linda Dobson shows you how homeschooling can work for you and your young child. You'll discover how to:
·Tailor homeschooling to fit your family's unique needs
·Know when your child is ready to learn to read
·Teach your child arithmetic without fear—even if you're math-challenged
·Give your child unlimited learning on a limited budget
·And much more!
"Brings dazzling clarity to the otherwise nerve-wracking confusion of early learning—and the adventure of becoming fully human. Highly recommended."—John Taylor Gatto,former New York State Teacher of the Year and author of Dumbing Us Down
"Provides a much-needed introduction to living and learning with young children. Open the book to any page and you'll find inspiring anecdotes and approaches to learning that leave the reader thinking, 'That just makes so much sense!' Highly recommended for anyone who lives, works, or plays with young children."—Helen Hegener, managing editor of Home Education Magazine
"An information-packed delight; I only wish it had been around when our three boys were three to eight years old."—Rebecca Rupp, author of The Complete Home Learning Sourcebook
"This book brings together the experience and wisdom of a great variety of homeschooling families—tied together with warm encouragement and wonderful simplification of processes that can seem so mysterious and daunting to the beginner. A very solid resource!"—Lillian Jones, homeschooling activist, writer, and reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761520283
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/11/1999
Series: Prima's Home Learning Library Series
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.79(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Homeschool Learning Journey

Part One: Preparing for Your Family's Learning Journey
1. The Homeschool Learning Journey and Today's Family
2. Ready for Success: Learning Assets of the Early Years Child
3. The Joy of Learning with the Early Years Child
4. Getting You ready for Homeschooling
Part Two: A World of Curriculum Choice Instills Lifelong Love of Learning
5. Learning to Read, Reading to Learn
6. Writing: Dear Grandma
7. Arithmetic: 12 Cookies ÷ 3 Siblings = 4 Cookies for Me!
8. Beyond the 3 R's: Covering the Rest
9. Tailoring Homeschooling to Your Family's Unique Needs
Part Three: Keeping the Learning Journey Fun and Successful
10. Resources for Your Learning Journey
11. The Learning Journey Merges onto the Information Superhighway
12. Homeschoolers' Top Three Destinations
13. Accommodating Younger Learners
14. Keeping House (and Sanity!) As You Homeschool
15. Part-Time Homeschooling: Complementing Private and Public Schooling
16. Enjoying the Road Less Traveled

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Homeschooling : The Early Years : Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3-to 8-year-old Child 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am new to homeschooling, and I purchased this book because of the great reviews it recieved. However, I was so disappointed! I have only read about 3 books on homeschooling prior to this one, and boy, it was a waste of my time. There is nothing in this book that someone with common sense would not already know, not to mention a parent(s) who are already homeschooling or thinking about it. I was looking for in depth information. This had none. Don't waste you money on this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Homeschooling The Early Years book is one I loan out constantly. It's full of practical get-through-the-day ideas as well as big-picture support for homeschooling. While the books are instructive, one thing I love about Dobson's writing is that she encourages the parent to create her own vision of what will work best for her family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not yet another mere 'your child should 'x' at 'y' age' handbook focusing on academics, but a traveler's guide to creating a family's own itinerary for the homeschooling journey. It offers an expansive view of the home education landscape, with mountains of ideas and personal experiences contributed by fellow explorers, wellsprings of inspiration, and stockpiles of resources. Like Linda Dobson's other books, 'Homeschooling: The Early Years' takes parents outside the box of 'school at home' thinking, encouraging families to use their whole world as a 'classroom' and to recognize that learning happens all the time-even when not regimented according to grade level or chopped into subject areas. In addition, the book instills confidence in parents of children who don't 'measure up' to grade level marks by providing lively pictures of children who developed at their own pace and turned out ok anyway. These facets can help parents find an individualized homeschooling style that is relaxed and enjoyable for the whole family. What could be better than that? The author invites readers to leaf through homeschooling's goodie basket, to taste the benefits that lie beyond academic measures. These include the luxury of spending 'extra' time exploring areas of interest, homeschooling's power to strengthen the family bond and instill positive socialization and its flexibility in meeting the needs of any schedule or lifestyle, and the joy and pleasure of homeschooling while cuddling together in your jammies. 'Early Years' maps a remarkably wide territory for one modest book. It covers how to tune into your child's unique learning needs, incorporating learning with young children's natural tendencies, and overcoming fears and doubts. Included in this volume are money-saving ideas, including discovering educational materials you already have at home; homeschoolers' favorite software, helping you make good choices from among the tremendous number of materials available; in-depth information on the 3 R's; information on a variety of homeschooling methods; resources, such as periodicals, other books, Web sites and more; help for parents of special needs children, single parents, ways to include younger siblings; organizing; and even 'part-time homeschooling' as a supplement to school. Having homeschooled my now 13 year-old and 10 year-old children their whole lives, I believe 'Homeschooling: The Early Years' is a fantastic resource, an inspiration, and even a quiet revolution. This book helps parents learn to trust themselves and their own perceptions, rather than always looking to 'experts,' because nobody knows a child better than does the parent-and that may be the most important homeschooling idea of all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was all excited to get Linda Dobson's books. This, as well as most of the others, have been a disappointment. I hardly ever refer to them now. They weren't all that helpful at all. Her books (including this one) lack 'meat' and are way too vague. I suppose it's a good, VERY basic, rather shallow 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.
smbmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the familiar approach where the challenges of homeschooling young children are discussed in the context of describing how different families did it.
callista83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book which is for homeschooling ages 3-8 because of course I've started basic homeschooling with my 21 month old and wanted to be ready for more instruction when my child gets older.

However I must say this book didn't live up to my expectations. The best part of the book was the ideas on teaching Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic and the books and websites listed in the resources at the back of each chapter. The information itself is pretty good but the writing style is a little nonsensical. I don't feel the author stayed on the topic she was talking about in each section.

The book is based on the results of a questionnaire of 66 homeschooling parents. Each section is talked about based on the results and quotes are given from the different parents about the subjects. I enjoyed the quotes directly from homeschooling families as I think this is the best advice you can get. (ie. directly from the source.) Although some of the statistics were interesting, a lot of it wasn't very much help.

I wouldn't recommend this book as a first one to turn to about homeschooling but if you have read quite a few already and want some ideas on teaching the early years, then pick up this book. All the more if it's from the library. I did copy down quite a few books from the resources that I'd like to read and although some of the websites were no longer available (as is expected since the web changes so frequently) there were some good ones listed that I know have bookmarked.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether or not you decide to homeschool your child, this book is a great guide to how young children learn. For parents of young children, bookstore shelves are filled with books on parenting advice dealing with developmental stages, health questions, etc. but few books offer parents the opportunity to open up the world of home learning for their children as this latest book from Homeschooling Expert Linda Dobson. As parents, we are our children's first teachers and this book provides practical information on how to enhance home learning that will carry our children throughout their early childhood years. Given the state of schools and public education funding in this country, even if their kids go to preschool or public kindergarten-third grade, parents are finding themselves having to provide some home instruction, whether for enrichment or remediation. (Part of the reason I decided to homeschool is that I was already having to do a lot of home teaching even though my children were in a top-notch public school.) This book provided me with a wealth of hints, tips, and guidance during the early years.
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Yup!! *grins*