(The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling) [Read] ¶ Debra Bell
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This is probably the best homeschooling book I ve read to date and I ve read ALOT The book is an actual guide through the process of deciding to homeschool what ou need to homeschool and lesson planning for homeschool Debra Bell is the first homeschooling author that has the guts to publish the downside to homeschooling and some of its ugly side effects on the mom This book is a very realistic look at homeschooling with great information and tons of additional resources listed I may actually need to buy this book Has some good strategies and suggestions like how many assignments and what kind are suggested for a 1 credit course or honors course that CLEP tests are FRIENDLY ENEMIES year round and in subjects than AP and the MIT Open Content movement is making homeschooling easier Also touches on transcripts record keeping etc There is a very religious tone to it which doesnt help me but the overall information is good Chock full of useful information I almost took it back to the library when I saw it was a Christian based book and I m glad I kept it Her beliefs do not distract from the fact she is a trained and experienced educator who also has extensive homeschool experience I stopped reading this book I finished most of it so I am counting it In the later chapters on High School and preparingour children for college I started to feel like I was giving my children an inferior education just because I did not do things her way There is no balance in this book on the many choices for homeschoolers like starting our own business after high school Also she very much recommends outside classes and even started a homeschool school to avail her kids of other teachers in their lives We have a few similar one day a week schools for homeschoolers in our area but chose not to go that route Because this book negatively affected my view of myself and our homeschool I chose to stop reading it Others may find it helpful Most of the information in the first 21 chapters was review for me nothing new at all I receiv. Now with updated lists of available resource materials and the latest information on homeschooling technology this manual is our access guide to homeschooling maximizing family li.
Ed this book as a review item a while back and never finished reading it As I said the beginning was ok and if ou advocate outside classes for our children and sending them to college then this book may help Crochet you but it didn t help meI am grateful to my grown daughters and husband who helped me put things in perspective and encouraged me to stop reading this bookNow to take a little break from reading about homeschooling and read just for pleasure then in a week or 2 I will read a homeschool book that encourages me and does not make me feel guilty because I don t do things the way the author does them Just my 2 cents take it or leave it This was a hard book for me to rate there was some excellent teaching advice but there was also constant Christian religious instruction which would have been acceptable if it had been the Ultimate Christian Guide to Homeschooling I read the whole thing because I found some good tidbits but I was disturbed by some areas like her husband searly review of her homeschooling and marriage In some books I might have felt this was a teasing way to look at the discussion but in the context of this book it really seemed like she felt he was in charge of her and evaluating her There were also lots of mentions to Biblical discipline which at first I didn t know what she meant by until I realized it was a euphemism for spanking Which she says is necessary but was also defensive about She also made it very clear that it should be the mothers homeschooling and all mothers should be home Personally I believe it is a chose in every family and if they choose to have a parent stay home this can be any parent She also gets political in places when I was just looking for homeschool tips not her political beliefsThe author seems like a very good teacher and mother and I felt like I not only learned a few homeschooling tips but got insight into the thoughts of evangelical home educators especially that religion was their main purpose for homeschooling So realizing how much Fe while providing a uality education for children With wit and wisdom gleaned from ears of experience Debra Bell sets forth a compelling vision for the joys of home based learnin.
Learned about others viewpoints made me reflect and raise my rating overall The reason for my lower than typical review is due to the author s christian bias and how dated some of the material isoriginal publication date is 1997 Other than that I feel the book was good I also acknowledge I am likely not the author s intended audience Well this did not get off to a promising start as right off the bat the author tells us not to even bother trying to home educate without the guidance of the Lord Of course navigating the largely Christian homeschool universe as an atheist is nothing new and I ve got a very thick skin about it but this seemed insistent than usual Still I soldiered on because I really needed some guidance and this had gotten such great reviewsWhat a wealth of information Not to mention meticulously organized easy to read and brutally honest about how challenging the next four ears might be I had just finished another book on the same topic that was incredibly disappointing and I was really hoping that wasn t typical of the genre I feel well informed now and the information contained just in the appendices makes this book worth the cost of admission Yes there is a Christian theme throughout but the author is never self righteous and seemingly without effort so it never feels packaged for a wider audience There is an authenticity to the viewpoint that is not sacrificed for the sake of consumerism I find that easy enough to navigate This is actually a great book for any parent of a middle schooler looking to plot a course for their child s academic future But for a homeschooler it is really an invaluable tool Get one Started reading this a ear ago I will be referring to this book a lot in the next several ears The copy I read was orange I m not sure what edition it was pub Apologia November 2009 I am glad I read it I m not sure if I need a copy to own This one is a library book I need to write down all my thoughts later This will be a good reference for the upcoming ears. G and the essential tools for success The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is a great tool for those who are merely thinking about homeschooling as well as for veteran homeschoolers.
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