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Catalog of Home Schooling Books

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Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started.

Author: Erica Arndt
ISBN:0692212310
Publication Date:2013-04-21
List Price:$12.95
Lowest New Price:$10.99
Rank:71863
Description:
So you've decided to homeschool but don't know where to start? Don't worry, Homeschooling 101 offers you a step by step practical guide that will help you get started and continue on in your homeschooling journey. Erica will walk you through all of the aspects of getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, creating effective lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, staying the course and more! This book is a must read for new homeschoolers who need tangible advice for getting started! It also includes helpful homeschool forms, and instructions to download a FREE planner! Erica is a Christian, wife, and a homeschooler. She is author of the top homschooling website: www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com

The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling

Author: Durenda Wilson
ISBN:1523805927
Publication Date:2016-02-01
List Price:$5.99
Lowest New Price:$5.39
Rank:12723
Description:
Homeschooling is a wonderful, worthwhile pursuit, but many homeschool parents struggle with feelings of burnout and frustration. If you have ever felt this way, you’re not alone! Most of us need to be reminded of the “why” of homeschooling from time to time—but "The Unhurried Homeschooler" takes parents a step further and lifts the unnecessary burdens that many parents place on themselves. Drawing on twenty years of homeschooling her eight children, Durenda Wilson gently reminds parents about the things that really matter, as she offers a clear portrait of what a life-giving home life can be during the homeschooling years. Reading "The Unhurried Homeschooler" is like having coffee with a trusted friend. You’ll be encouraged as you learn to do what God has put before you. This book will lighten your load while helping you learn how to raise life long learners and ENJOY the homeschool years with your kids.

Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World

Author: Ben Hewitt
ISBN:1611801699
Publication Date:2014-09-09
List Price:$14.95
Lowest New Price:$7.07
Rank:33489
Description:
When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace of their two sons, the main source of family income and food, and ultimately, both classroom and home for their children.
     Having opted out of formal education, Hewitt's sons learn through self-directed play, exploration, and experimentation on their farm, in the woods, and (reluctantly) indoors. This approach has allowed the boys to develop confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity. They learn, they play, they read, they test boundaries, they challenge themselves, they fail, they recover. And these freedoms allow their innate personalities to flourish, further fueling growth and exploration.
     Living in tune with the natural world teaches us to reclaim our passion, curiosity, and connectivity. Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in your backyard and beyond. We are inspired to ask: What is the true meaning of "home" when the place a family lives is school, school system, and curriculum? When the parent is also the teacher, how do parenting decisions affect a child's learning? (And exactly how much trouble can a couple of curious boys gallivanting in the wild woods all day get into?) Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and the best "education" is never confined to a classroom. These essays on nature, parenting, and education show us that big change can come from making small changes in how you live on the land, while building a life you love.

Don’t Waste Your Time Homeschooling: 72 Things I Wish I’d Known

Author: Traci Matt
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Publication Date:2014-01-19
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Rank:22560
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Make the most of your homeschooling efforts by employing some practical pointers from a veteran homeschool mom!

With the empty nest looming, author Traci Matt takes a look back at two decades of successes and regrets and offers field-tested ideas to help you on your home education journey. "Don’t Waste Your Time Homeschooling: 72 Things I Wish I’d Known" features concrete suggestions to help you:

• Discover ways to take your family’s pulse and maintain a peaceful household.
• Realize how easy it can be to sidestep the isolation trap.
• Find creative ways to maintain your own identity amid a sea of others’ needs.
• Learn the one easy habit to help avoid conflict with busy teen drivers.
• Explain to others how your children are being properly socialized.



Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Author: Rebecca Rupp
ISBN:0609805851
Publication Date:2000-11-14
List Price:$16.00
Lowest New Price:$4.95
Rank:15410
Description:
Finally, homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum, from one of the country's foremost homeschooling experts. , Rebecca Rupp presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure, Home Learning Year by Year features:

The integral subjects to be covered within each grade
Standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level
Recommended books to use as texts for every subject
Guidelines for the importance of each topic: which knowledge is essential and which is best for more expansive study based on your child's personal interests
Suggestions for how to sensitively approach less academic subjects, such as sex education and physical fitness

Homeschooling For Dummies

Author: Jennifer Kaufeld
ISBN:0764508881
Publication Date:2001-12-15
List Price:$19.99
Lowest New Price:$4.10
Rank:194026
Description:
If you believe that a good education is the greatest gift you can give your child, you’re probably pretty unhappy with what’s being taught in most classrooms these days. If you think that education should do more than just train kids to take standardized tests, that it should build their critical thinking skills, enable them to weigh ethical considerations, instill a passion for learning, and reflect your core values and beliefs, then you’re probably fed up with the current state of our schools. If, like many parents, you’re wondering whether homeschooling can be the solution you’re looking for, then you’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes–and Home Schooling For Dummies shows you how.

This friendly, well-informed guide is a valuable resource for parents considering homeschooling, as well as veteran homeschooler interested in fresh homeschooling ideas. It gets you on track with what you need to know to confidently:

  • De termine whether homeschooling is right for you and your family
  • Get started in homeschooling
  • Obtain teaching materials
  • Develop a curriculum that reflects your values and beliefs
  • Comply with all legal requirements
  • Find healthy social outlets for your kids
  • Join a homeschooling cooperative

From textbooks to computers to state compliance, expert Jennifer Kaufeld, covers all the bases. She anticipates most of your questions about homeschooling and answers them with clear, easy-to-follow answers enlivened by real-life accounts by parents around the nation who have opted to homeschool their children. Topics covered include:

  • Deciding at what age to begin
  • Determining your kid’s learning style and teaching to it
  • Teaching special needs children
  • Developing a curriculum that’s right for your children
  • Finding social outlets for you homeschoolers
  • Complying with state and federal regulations
  • Teaching at the primary, middle school and high school levels
  • Preparing for the SATs, ACT and other key standardized tests
  • Networking with other homeschoolers

You shouldn’t have to compromise on your children’s education. Get Homeschooling For Dummies and find out how to turn your home into a school and raise smart, well-adjusted kids.


Home Schooling: Home School Education, Parenting and Teaching (homeschooling, homeschool, parenting, education, teaching, how to home school, learning styles)

Author: Margaret LaRue
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Publication Date:2015-08-16
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The Ultimate Guide to Home Schooling Your Child Successfully


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  • What are the pros and cons of homeschooling your child?

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The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 (Prima Home Learning Library)

Author: Linda Dobson
ISBN:0761563601
Publication Date:2002-11-26
List Price:$18.00
Lowest New Price:$5.58
Rank:82075
Description:
Fun and Effective Home Learning Activities for Every Subject
As a homeschooling parent, you're always looking for new and creative ways to teach your child the basics. Look no longer! Inside this innovative helper, you'll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family's homeschooling needs. And even if you don't homeschool, you'll find this book a great teaching tool outside the classroom. You'll discover fun and educational activities for kids ages 3 to 12, including how to:
·Create maps based on favorite stories, such as Treasure Island or The Wizard of Oz
·Make letters out of French fries as an alphabet learning aid
·Explore architecture by building igloos, castles, and bridges with sugar cubes and icing
·Review spelling words by writing them on the sidewalk with chalk
·And many more!
This comprehensive collection of tried-and-true—and generally inexpensive—ideas provides the best-of-the-best homeschooling activities that can be done anywhere, anytime, and by anyone.

Home Schooling Children with Special Needs (3rd Edition)

Author: Sharon Hensley
ISBN:1632321785
Publication Date:2014-03-21
List Price:$18.99
Lowest New Price:$13.21
Rank:804589
Description:
• Do you have a child with a learning problem, and you feel apprehensive about teaching him at home? • Do you need help locating the best resources for home schooling your child with special needs? • Do you find yourself confused and intimidated by the professional jargon related to special education? • Do you struggle with discouragement related to your child's progress in learning? If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, "Home Schooling Children with Special Needs," will help you. • You'll gain confidence to teach your child at home. • You'll find resources and guidelines for planning an effective home school program. • You'll learn to understand the vocabulary and ideas that you need to make good decisions for your child. • You'll discover emotional strength and learn to identify the attitudes that support effective teaching.

Homeschooling Essentials: How to Navigate the Pros and Cons, Choose Curriculum, and Get Organized Using Unique and Established Strategies for Making Your Homeschool Experience A Rewarding Journey

Author: Carlee Westbrook
ISBN:1502370360
Publication Date:2014-09-13
List Price:$12.97
Lowest New Price:$10.53
Rank:1200005
Description:
Homeschooling Essentials ”This book provides a unique insight into homeschooling, its pros and cons and steps that will help you make an informed decision about whether to homeschool your children.” – Pablo “This is the most complete guide to home schooling that I have come across.” - Rob Are you trying to decide if Homeschooling your child is right for you? Choosing to homeschool your child isn’t a decision you want to take lightly. As parents, teaching your child is second nature. You teach them to talk, walk and educate them about what to eat. It is fairly natural to want to be in charge of their formal education as well. I’ll help you navigate the ins and outs of the process before you’re committed so you know exactly what to expect. Maybe you’re struggling to get organized in your homeschool effort. It is absolutely crucial to your child’s learning success for you to stay organized. Creating a space that encourages learning and differentiating it from the rest of the home is a great first step. I have devoted an entire chapter to helping you get organized. Homeschooling Essentials is your one-stop resource for making your homeschool experience a success. If you are leaning in the direction of homeschooling your child, you will feel confident you have all the facts after reading this book. I have included proven steps and strategies on how to take on the all-important role of your child’s teacher. And I should know, I have homeschooled all 3 of my children with great success! I have packed in numerous resources for finding materials to make sure this is the only tool you need to give your child everything they require to succeed. Record keeping and standardized testing concerns are fully addressed to help you feel comfortable with your decision to teach your child at home. You will learn unique and established techniques for making your homeschool experience a rewarding adventure. Effectively sourcing curriculum is covered in chapter 3 so you will be confident with whatever program you choose. I’ve even included chapters covering teaching your child from preschool through high school so you can make the best decisions possible no matter what age your child is. Here Is A Preview Of What’s Inside...
  • Choosing the Right Curriculum
  • Getting Organized
  • Finding Materials
  • Homeschooling from Preschool to High School
  • Socialization Concerns
  • Field Trips: Getting Out of the Classroom
  • Standardized Testing – What You Should Know
  • And much, much more!
Nothing in here is sugar-coated. There are going to be days you struggle a bit, but know you are making the best decision for your child based on your values, opinions and your research. Overall, this book is intended to help you make an informed decision about homeschooling. One more thing: The “S” Word… How will your child survive without Socialization? Whenever the word homeschool is mentioned in certain circles, there is a noticeable gasp as people express their concerns for the poor child who does not get the chance to socialize, learn from his peers, or experience life like a “normal” kid. All of this is covered in this book. Buy this book now so you can begin making the best decisions regarding homeschooling your child. You’ll be glad you did. FREE GIFT with purchase of this book! Just my way of saying “thanks.”

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