The Everything Homeschooling Book: All You Need to Create the Best Curriculum and Learning Environment for Your Child

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2/18/2010
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corp
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When you homeschool your children, you can shape their education according to your own standards, values, and ideals. But homeschooling isn't just about teaching-it's about learning together with your child. In this completely revised edition of the acclaimed classic, author and homeschooler Sherri Linsenbach provides the encouragement, inspiration, and practical know-how you need to make the experience easy, affordable, and most of all, fun!

Table of Contents

Top Ten Benefits of Homeschoolingp. x
Introductionp. xi
Homeschool Expectationsp. 1
Preparing to Homeschoolp. 2
A Brief History Lessonp. 2
Parents as Teachersp. 4
The Student-Teacher Connectionp. 5
Time Required for Homeschoolingp. 8
Scheduling Strategiesp. 9
Cost of Homeschoolingp. 11
Benefits of Homeschoolingp. 14
Learning Styles and Teaching Methodsp. 17
Educational Theoristsp. 18
Popular Learning Stylesp. 20
Your Child's Learning Stylep. 23
Your Child's Strengths and Weaknessesp. 24
Individualized Patternsp. 25
Finding Your Teaching Stylep. 27
Help for You, the Teacherp. 29
Resources on Learning Stylesp. 30
Getting Started Homeschoolingp. 31
Legal Requirementsp. 32
State Departments of Educationp. 33
Homeschool Groupsp. 34
Withdrawing Your Child from Schoolp. 36
Registering for Homeschoolingp. 36
Determining Educational Philosophies and Goalsp. 37
School Support for Homeschoolersp. 39
Resources for Getting Startedp. 41
Types of Homeschoolingp. 42
Structured Learningp. 43
Eclectic Learningp. 43
Unschooling and Deschoolingp. 44
Secular Homeschoolingp. 46
Faith-Based Homeschoolingp. 47
Umbrella and Satellite Schoolsp. 49
Charter Schools, Vouchers, and Cooperativesp. 50
Independent Study Programs and Virtual Learningp. 52
Year-Round Homeschoolingp. 55
Resources for Eclectic Learning and Unschooiingp. 57
Answering the Socialization Questionp. 58
Social Skills and Child Developmentp. 59
Socialization Opportunities for Homeschoolersp. 61
Socializing in the Real Worldp. 64
Maturity Levels of Homeschooled Childrenp. 65
Studies on Socializationp. 66
Family Values, Morals, and Etiquettep. 67
Preparing for the Futurep. 69
Resources for the "S" Questionp. 69
Understanding Unschooling and Unit Studiesp. 70
Unschooling: A Way of Lifep. 71
Deschooting Each Dayp. 75
Children as Teachersp. 76
Unit Studies Year-Roundp. 78
Theme Studies and the Core Curriculump. 79
Combining Methods: Eclectic Schoolingp. 80
Resources for Unschooiing and Unit Studiesp. 81
Fun Learning Activitiesp. 82
Language Arts Activitiesp. 83
Math and Reasoning Activitiesp. 85
Science Projects and Experimentsp. 87
History, Geography, and Social Studiesp. 88
Arts, Music, and Craftsp. 91
Life Skills and Social Skillsp. 93
Resources for Weekly Lessonsp. 95
Frugal Homeschooling Hintsp. 96
Libraries as Classroomsp. 97
Free Books and Educational DVDsp. 99
Learning Through TV and Moviesp. 100
Field Trips and Expeditionsp. 101
Sharing Lab Equipmentp. 102
Online Education and Workshopsp. 103
Lessons Through Everyday Eventsp. 105
Resources Around the Homep. 106
Choosing a Curriculump. 110
Curriculum Guidelinesp. 111
Packaged Curriculap. 111
Designing Your Own Curriculump. 112
Creating Your Own Lesson Plansp. 115
Free Educational Resourcesp. 117
The Student's Inputp. 118
Handling Advanced Subjectsp. 119
Resources for Creating a Curriculump. 120
Homeschooling Schedulesp. 121
A Plan That Worksp. 122
Flexibility in the Homeschoolp. 123
Learning Naturally Every Dayp. 125
Scheduling Suggestionsp. 127
Time Management Tipsp. 130
Time for Rest and Relaxationp. 133
Resources for Organizing Your Homeschoolp. 133
Homeschooling One or Severalp. 134
Homeschooling the Only Childp. 135
Homeschooling Multiple Childrenp. 136
Assistance from Siblingsp. 137
Keeping the Schedule on Trackp. 138
Time Off for the Teacherp. 139
Typical Homeschool Daysp. 142
What Is a Typical Day?p. 143
Recording Your Typical Dayp. 143
Breaking the Monotonyp. 145
Attaining a Well-Rounded Educationp. 147
Examples of Typical Homeschool Daysp. 147
Keeping Faith Each Dayp. 152
Tips from Homeschool Familiesp. 152
Resources for Typical Homeschool Daysp. 153
Record Keepingp. 154
Planning Aheadp. 155
Your Lesson Plan Bookp. 156
Keeping a Daily Logbookp. 158
Maintaining a Homeschool Portfoliop. 160
Assessment Alternativesp. 162
Recording Grades and Credits Earnedp. 163
Resources for Homeschool Recordsp. 165
Organizing Your Homeschoolp. 166
A Place for Everythingp. 167
Storing Homeschool Suppliesp. 167
Creating an Idea Filep. 170
Activity Centers and Lab Stationsp. 171
Quiet Corners and Librariesp. 172
Keeping Home and School Separatep. 174
Resources for Organization Helpp. 175
Homeschooling and the Single Parentp. 176
Single-Parent Homeschoolsp. 177
Educational Options and Alternativesp. 178
Special One-on-One Timep. 181
Weekend and Evening Homeschoolingp. 181
Flexible Work Optionsp. 182
Single-Parent Support Groupsp. 185
Help from Family and Friendsp. 185
Child-Care Optionsp. 186
Resources for Single Parentsp. 187
Homeschooling and the Two-Career Familyp. 188
Balancing Work and Familyp. 189
Flexible Work Schedulesp. 191
Homeschooling Dadsp. 191
Involving Relativesp. 192
Dividing and Organizing Responsibilitiesp. 193
Homework by Day, Homeschooling by Nightp. 195
Weekend Learning Activitiesp. 196
Family Field Tripsp. 197
Resources for Working Couplesp. 198
Homeschooling in the Early Yearsp. 199
Toddlers and Preschoolersp. 200
Learning Through Playp. 202
Creating a Stimulating Environmentp. 203
Socializing with Othersp. 204
Ready for Kindergartenp. 205
Daily Educational Activitiesp. 207
Length of Homeschool Dayp. 209
Resources for Early Learningp. 209
Homeschooling in the Elementary Yearsp. 210
Teaching Children to Readp. 211
Ready for Mathp. 212
Living Historyp. 214
Scientific Explorationsp. 216
Art and Musicp. 217
Testing and Test Resultsp. 219
Socialization Opportunitiesp. 219
Resources for Lessons and Activitiesp. 220
Homeschooling in the Middle Yearsp. 221
Moving at Your Child's Pacep. 222
Overcoming Weaknessesp. 222
Enhancing Comprehension Skillsp. 223
Exploring and Learning Togetherp. 225
Time for Educational Interestsp. 225
Self-Directed Learningp. 227
Socialization Skillsp. 227
Volunteering in the Communityp. 229
Resources for Weekly Learningp. 229
Homeschooling in the Teen Yearsp. 230
Living with Teensp. 231
Teaching High-School Coursesp. 231
Subjects Required for Collegep. 233
Driver Educationp. 235
The Social Lifep. 235
Volunteering and Apprenticeshipsp. 237
Working Part Timep. 238
College Preparationsp. 239
High-School Graduationp. 241
Resources for Teen Education and Graduationp. 241
Homeschooling Special-Needs Childrenp. 242
Learning Disabilitiesp. 243
Helping Learning-Challenged Childrenp. 245
Support and Resourcesp. 248
ADD and ADHD Informationp. 249
Dyslexia Supportp. 250
Autism Assistancep. 250
Down Syndromep. 250
Vision-Impaired and Hearing-Impaired Helpp. 251
Gifted Childrenp. 251
Resources for Special-Needs Childrenp. 252
Veteran Homeschoolers and Burnoutp. 253
Encouragement for Your Homeschool Journeyp. 254
Rekindling the Firep. 255
Staying Motivated and Inspiredp. 257
Reconsidering Curriculum Choicesp. 258
New and Refreshing Ideasp. 260
Handling Unexpected Challengesp. 261
Explaining Goalsp. 262
Taking Time Offp. 263
Happy and Successful Homeschoolingp. 263
Resources to Keep Home Education Funp. 264
College and Beyondp. 265
Colleges Welcome Homeschoolersp. 266
College Considerations and Preparationsp. 267
Transcripts and Documentationp. 268
Entrance Exams and Interviewsp. 269
Online and Distance Learningp. 271
Resources for Continuing Educationp. 271
Life after Homeschoolp. 272
Options for Homeschooled Graduatesp. 272
Travel Adventuresp. 273
Continuing Educationp. 275
Life after the Nest Is Emptyp. 277
Resources and Websitesp. 279
Curriculum Providers and Programs for Homeschoolersp. 285
National Homeschool Organizationsp. 286
Indexp. 287
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