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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, Homeschool.com
"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
With the constant concern about the safety and quality of our nation's schools, many of today's families are opting to teach their children at home. The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child offers readers the essential tools they need for getting on the right track their first year of homeschooling -- and staying the course throughout the entire homeschooling experience. Linda Dobson reveals the challenges and rewards the homeschooling parent will face in the crucial first year, whether children are in kindergarten or high school. This is also a commonsense guide to creating a strong academic and social foundation for the future. Readers will discover:
-- When, why, and how to get started
-- Detailed teaching and learning ideas for all age levels
-- How to navigate the local regulations
-- Strategies for avoiding burnout and strengthening family relationships
-- And much, much more!
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
1. Thinking about Homeschooling?
2. Homeschooling as Grand Experiment
3. Homeschooling Nuts and Bolts for Every Parent
4. See, Hear, Touch? Catering to Your Child's Learning Style
5. In a Way That Fits Your Family, Begin Where You Are
6. A Week in the Life
7. Half a Dozen Homeschooling Myths
8. What to Expect When Starting at the Beginning
9. What to Expect When Bringing a Child Home from School
10. First-Year Hurdles
11. Gold-Medal Hurdle Jumpers
12. After Your First Year
Appendix A: Homeschooling Resources
Appendix B: State-by-State Information