9780071386173

The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companion

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    9780071386173

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    0071386173

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-06-03
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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Summary

An all-inclusive guide for the parents of the 1.5 million homeschooled children Homeschooling, once an alternative to conventional education, is experiencing a boom all across America and has become a highly valued option for more and more mainstream parents. The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companionprovides parents with a complete, authoritative, truly balanced guide to every aspect of homeschooling, from the primary years through high school. This all-in-one manual covers the different approaches to homeschooling as well as the specific methods for setting up the home learning environment, including legal requirements, supplies, and lesson plans. Individual chapters examine the stages of homeschooling: what curriculum planning involves, the indispensable tools for the home classroom, computer use, and tips and techniques on teaching all the core curriculum requirements. Special features include comprehensive treatment of standardized testing, state by state; practical counsel on integrating homeschooling and living in the outside world; 10 favorite homeschool suppliers; websites; and homeschooling laws for all 50 states.

Author Biography

Laura Saba is a former public school teacher, and has been successfully homeschooling her children for six years.

Julie Gattis is a registered nurse and occasional lecturer. She has seven years of homeschooling experience.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xv
Why Homeschool?
1(8)
Why Do People Homeschool?
1(2)
Is It Legal?
3(2)
What about Socialization?
5(4)
Is Homeschooling for You?
9(10)
Can You Make the Commitment?
9(1)
Are You Qualified?
10(2)
What If Both Parents Work?
12(1)
How Much Does It Cost to Homeschool?
13(1)
Island of the Lost Boys
14(1)
Is Your Spouse Supportive?
14(1)
Do You Have What It Takes?
15(1)
What Will the Neighbors Say?
16(3)
Single Parents and Working Couples
19(10)
Defining Your Shared Goals
21(2)
Planning
23(1)
Homeschooling and the Single Parent
24(5)
Clarifying Your Vision
29(8)
Highly Structured
30(1)
Unschooling
31(1)
Unit Studies
32(1)
Eclectic
33(4)
Taking the Plunge
37(8)
Defining Attendance
38(2)
Lesson Plans
40(2)
Transition and Deschooling
42(3)
Standardized Testing
45(10)
When Your Children Score Poorly
47(2)
Arranging for Testing
49(1)
Which Test?
50(1)
What to Do with the Results
51(2)
Preparing Your Children for Testing
53(1)
Some Sources for Standardized Tests
54(1)
Learning Every Minute
55(4)
Impulse Learning
56(1)
Units Out of the Blue
57(2)
Social Stuff
59(4)
Support Groups
60(1)
Church
61(1)
Community Organizations
61(2)
Tools of the Trade
63(6)
Reference Books
64(1)
Field Guides
64(1)
Maps and Globes
64(1)
Microscopes
65(1)
Arts and Crafts Box
65(1)
Outside Resources
65(1)
Community Colleges
66(1)
People
66(1)
Museums, Zoos, and Planetariums
67(2)
Computers in the Homeschool
69(6)
Educational CD-Roms
70(1)
Using E-mail and Internet Messaging for Writing Practice
71(1)
Getting the Most Out of Your Word Processing Program
72(1)
Internet Research
72(1)
Web Publishing
73(2)
At Home with Language Arts
75(10)
Teach Your Children to Read
75(1)
The Great Debate
76(1)
Teach Reading with Phonics
76(1)
Using the Whole Language Approach
77(2)
Teaching Writing in the Elementary School Years
79(1)
Teaching Grammar
80(1)
Your Teen Reader
81(1)
Your Teen Writer
82(3)
At Home with Math
85(8)
Teaching Math in the Elementary School Years
85(4)
Math for Teens
89(4)
At Home with Science
93(8)
Why?
94(1)
Backyard Laboratory
94(1)
A Class Act
94(1)
Backyard Genetics
95(1)
The Experimental Scientist
95(2)
Junk Science
97(1)
Science in the High School Years
98(3)
At Home with Social Studies
101(8)
History in Everyday Life
102(1)
``Real'' World History
103(1)
A Caveat
104(1)
Biography as History
104(1)
Character throughout History
105(1)
Covering It All
106(1)
Where in the World?
106(3)
At Home with Foreign Language
109(6)
Choosing a Language
110(1)
Starting Early
110(1)
Playful Things to Do
111(4)
At Home with Art
115(6)
Art History and Appreciation
116(1)
Focused Art Study
117(1)
Our 10 Favorite Art Tools
117(4)
At Home with Music
121(4)
Introducing Your Children to Music
121(1)
Helping Your Children Learn to Play a Musical Instrument
122(1)
Music Appreciation
123(1)
Teaching Your Children to Recognize Instruments
124(1)
At Home with Physical Education
125(6)
Tips for Getting Active
126(1)
Organized Team Sports
127(4)
School on the Run
131(8)
Every Trip Is a Field Trip
132(3)
Car Time
135(1)
Vacationing
135(4)
Avoiding Burnout
139(10)
Joy Days
139(1)
Break Your Routine
140(2)
Camp Weeks
142(1)
Computer Days
143(1)
Recreation
143(1)
Don't Forget the Basics
144(5)
Raising Responsible Kids
149(10)
Chores
150(2)
Self Motivation
152(2)
Supervising Siblings
154(2)
Household Projects
156(2)
The Rewards
158(1)
Making Work Count
159(8)
Volunteering
159(1)
Steps toward a Career
160(1)
Apprenticeships
161(1)
A Job's a Job
161(3)
Money in the Real World
164(3)
What about College?
167(10)
Choosing a College
169(1)
Testing
170(1)
What Do Colleges Look For in Applicants?
171(1)
About Transcripts and Portfolios
172(3)
Some Final Words
175(2)
A Few Extra Pointers
177(8)
Favorite Teaching Tools
177(4)
Games and Methods to Coax a Reluctant Learner
181(4)
Appendix A: State Homeschooling Laws 185(22)
Appendix B: Homeschool Organizations 207(16)
Appendix C: Homeschool Product Suppliers 223(8)
Appendix D: Useful Websites 231(6)
Appendix E: Scope and Sequence 237(20)
Appendix F: Glossary 257(4)
Index 261

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