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The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start (Prima Home Learning Library) [Paperback]

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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 24, 2001
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
ISBN  0761527885  
EAN  9780761527886  

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Presents a comprehensive guide to home schooling, with information on such topics as how to get started, developing an effective curriculum, assessing progress, navigating local regulations, and strengthening social relationships.

Publishers Description
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,
"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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More About Linda Dobson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Linda Dobson currently resides in Rainbow Lakes, in the state of New York.

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This book sets your mind at ease  Apr 26, 2010
If you are really nervous or worried about beginning your homeschooling adventure, this book can really help. It set my mind at ease. I ordered about 8 books to review to see what we were getting ourselves into, and this book was the one that really relaxed me.

There are so many home school methods and this book gives you the basic run down from 'unschooling' to unit studies, to standard methods, to the value of a co-op or group. Learning about how co-ops or groups work really helped me see that I want to be a part of one or eventually start one soon.

But this book has lots of feedback from other parents and what they wish they knew their first year after going through it all. The consensus from most was 'don't worry'. I realize that sounds easy, but after reading the parent feedback, the different methods, and also seeing a whole week of each plan (granted many seemed lite), I realized that it is really survivable and not that hard.

I sat down and really thought about all the subjects the kids learn in school and thought about my oldest (going on 10) and most difficult child.
This book really let me see that while she probably won't be covering exactly everything she would in her normal school, she will be able to cover enough more in depth at home in a positive environment. And it also showed that there are ways to encourage a child to learn without blatantly forcing them to 'study'. I know that is more effective when you stimulate the curiosity rather than making it an obligation for the child.
Glad I Read This  Nov 28, 2009
I've been homeschooling my child for over a year now, for a variety of reasons. I saw this book at our library, and decided to check it out. I wanted to compare my first year to other homeschoolers, just out of curiousity.

The first few chapters discuss reasons to homeschool, and preparing yourself and your family for the changes that will take place as a result. While the stories of the families were interesting, I had trouble relating to the families with multiple children, since I am the mother of an only child. Many of the parents discuss juggling different ages and grade levels.

The rest of the book tackled the issues and obstacles that are most common among first-year homeschoolers, such as that annoying question, "what about socialization?" The author also offers advice on how to avoid being overly defensive, and just take setbacks in a stride.

Throughout the book, there are highlighted boxes with "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me During My First Year of Homeschooling," from homeschoolers using a variety of teaching styles. (I thought the explanations of unschooling was the most informative.) While a lot of the comments were similar to those you would find on message boards, it was still a nice touch to the book.

There were lots of other useful books mentioned, so I added them to my future-reading list.

Another homeschool resource that I've found useful is Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,200 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Home Education on the Internet and Beyond.
exactly as described  Aug 31, 2009
I read this book front to back in less than a week. It is an excellent source of inspiration and encouragement. I would recommend it to all new Homeschoolers and those even just considering it.
I found this book to be FULL of insightful and encouraging stories that made my desire to homeschool my two young children increase. Although my children are still very young, 2 years and 6 months, I am even more encouraged that homeschooling is the way to go for them, especially after reading this book!
Very Helpful for Anyone Interested in Homeschooling  Jan 4, 2009
I picked up this book at the library a few weeks back. Honestly, I think I read it a few years ago when my children were very small and I was first considering homeschooling as a possible educational alternative. Now that I am actually in my first year of homeschooling my children, I looked at it with a whole new perspective. This is a book I would recommend heartily for anyone who is considering homeschooling. Dobson does a commendable job of presenting what homeschooling is actually like. While every homeschooling family is different, she explores the various main styles of homeschooling and provides profiles of how each style works in a family. She offers help in figuring out your child's learning style, recovering from a bad school experience, as well as special circumstances that some families may have to cope with in homeschooling. She also devotes a whole chapter to countering homeschooling myths (socialization, anyone?) She also includes quotes from families under the heading of "What I Wish Someone Had Told Me During My First Year of Homeschooling." These are honest and helpful segments. This is a very helpful, informative introduction to the homeschooling way of life.

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