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Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  361 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Discover the Rewards of Homeschooling Your Young Child
Young children are full of curiosity, imagination, and a sense of wonder. They're willing to try new things and possess a natural joy of discovery. Yet in a traditional school, these natural behavior traits are too often squelched. That's why more and more parents just like you are choosing to teach their children at ho
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jul 30, 2009 Adrienne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschooling
Okay, I feel like this book is manipulative and verging on dishonest. Dobson is clearly pushing her unschooling agenda without disclosing it as such. Take the passage on page 94. First she references a study funded by the National Institutes of Health that showed that children best learn to read with 1) phonemic awareness, 2)phonics, and 3) exposure to meaning (reading aloud with your child, discussing, etc.). Then she says this:

"Looks like a happy marriage of phonics and whole language, the two
Kathleen Garber
I was excited to read this book which is for homeschooling ages 3-8 because of course I've started basic homeschooling with my 21 month old and wanted to be ready for more instruction when my child gets older.

However I must say this book didn't live up to my expectations. The best part of the book was the ideas on teaching Reading, Writing and 'Rithmetic and the books and websites listed in the resources at the back of each chapter. The information itself is pretty good but the writing style is
Aug 31, 2012 Sheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dobson covered a wide range of topics, but I felt like it was more surface prep than get-your-hands-dirty useful. Perhaps it's because I was trained as a teacher, I thought this was all fairly commonsense, basically reassuring parents subject-by-subject that homeschooling is a doable option.
I don't know if this just wasn't a good book for me or if this isn't s good book. The stories I read were dry and flat so I gave up.
Jan 31, 2017 S.K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Very informative, multiple points of view. Highly recommend!
Deanna Annaed
This book is quite dated now, having been published in 1999. I'm not even sure that half the websites mentioned would work anymore. There was a lot of computer games mentioned that were probably on disks and can't even be located anymore. I think you could get all the information given in this book simply by visiting a few different homeschool blogs.
I also found the idea that the whole thing was based on a small group of families' answers to a survey kind of flawed. I had to return the book to t
Dec 09, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschooling
Great stories of homeschoolers and their journey to and through it as well as their widely varying lives and careers. I only wish that there was more depth of information included on the "lesson plan" portion of each. I'm really at the point now of putting this decision back to my girls. I think I'm ok with them transitioning to homeschooling if that is what they choose for now.
Stacey Miner
Jan 02, 2013 Stacey Miner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is just another book to read if you're trying to convince yourself to homeschool. It comes packed with tips and encouragement to make your homeschooling journey a successful one. I think the part I like best is the overwhelming abundance of additional resources (books and websites and things) listed at the end of every chapter. After reading this book, I've added a couple dozen more books to my Goodreads to-read list. I recommend this book to anyone who's still trying to decide whether or n ...more
Definitely a primer for the considering-homeschooling and newly-homeschooling parent. I didn't get much use from it personally, as I'm committed to unschooling and have been reading about homeschooling for two decades now. I do, however, recommend it to newbies. I think Dobson gives a good overview of HSing approaches as well as many resources. It's a bit "busy" for me - I prefer more focus in my reference books, but if you're just starting out this will open your mind to the possibilities.
Eh, this book was lackluster. I got a lot out of the Dobson book I read just prior to this one, Homeschooling: The First Year, or something like that. I don't know if this was just too much repeat information from the other book or if it really just wasn't as useful. It seemed a little unorganized. In fact, the author said flat out in one paragraph "I'm having a hard time organizing this information." Um, maybe figure that out before you publish the book?
Jul 06, 2010 Janaleefish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has a lot of tips for teaching the little ones. It touches on how the little minds absorb info and how best to facilitate that need. Great for those parents that feel inadequate to teach compared to those so-called "Experts" in the public school field. The book points out that teaching is easy when you take the opportunities throughout your daily routine to teach. I got a lot of ideas and a good grasp on my homeschool plan this next year with my preschooler and 1st grader.
Jul 06, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschooling
I read this book after a suggestion from a vetran homeschooler and I really enjoyed it. I found it helpful in answering some of my questions and conerns and finialized my decision to homeschool my 3 kids. It was also full of resources that I will be looking into. I am so excited to join them in their learning journey!
This is a sort of cross between The Complete Guide to Homeschooling and You Can Teach Your Child Successfully but not as good as either. I'd still recommend getting the other two instead, but this one is better than some of the others I read, & does combine some of the "how to set up/run" facets with some of the "how to teach" facets.
Book seems to be heavily tilted towards unschooling and isn't as useful a guide for early years as I would have hoped. I much prefer Terrie Lynn Bittner's books for preschool/homeschooling in general. Also chock-full of outdated resources, though that seems par for the course in the homeschooling world (which is wonderful but frustrating).
Jul 31, 2008 Elissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
I think I was expecting more from this book, although I'm not really sure what. It's a book with tips from various homeschoolers of young children about how to homeschool young children. Some of the tips are helpful, but I feel like those tips could have been listed in a few pages and saved me some time.
Nov 10, 2009 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars because the book is 10 yrs old so a lot of the website or "other book" recommends are even more outdated, but still an EXCELLENT primer to get someone started or introduce them to the idea of homeschooling... Lots of great advice & encouragement.

FYI: Picked this up from the Payette Library, so you know where to find it when I'm done :)

Feb 25, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This was a great resource. I'm looking to do some Pre-K homeschooling next year and found this book to be full of great suggestions. I found most helpful the sections on reading readiness and simple math concepts, as well as field trip ideas.

Aug 07, 2008 Ash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say that I did not learn one thing from this book. I am not satisfied with any of the homeschooling books at the public library, they are either waaay dumbed down and spend more time justifying the idea of homeschooling than actually giving you a curriculum.
Oct 12, 2010 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated the feedback from so many different homeschool families that Dobson compiled in this book. I picked up quite a few great tips and tricks from the book as well as other resources to check out and look forward to checking out her other books as my children grow older.
I gained a few helpful tips in preparing to homeschool my 4 and 6 year old, mostly from the sections at the end of the chapters which listed resources (books, websites, curricula, etc.) Would recommend this to someone who is thinking about or just starting their journey in homeschooling.
Only moderately helpful to me, but it seems like it would be very useful to someone who was just starting to explore homeschooling as an option.
I've read several books on homeschooling by this point so it is probably overkill but I like that it addresses the ages 3-8.
Mar 13, 2013 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a bit of helpful information for beginners, but frequently things are pulled out into sidebars or text boxes that are dark grey and difficult to read.
Ralene Burke
Nov 30, 2011 Ralene Burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone homeschooling ages 3-8
I loved this book. It was an inspiration that drug me out of a rut I had been in with homeschooling. It's full of ideas and stories from many different kinds of homeschool families.
Oct 19, 2010 Theresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The people in Linda Dobson's books are not representative of the wide variety of people who homeschool.
Angela Higgins
The premise was good. Validated what I am already doing. The best part of the book were the real life examples of what other homeschoolers are doing.
May 16, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool
"The early years are a child's information-gathering time, and he accomplishes this as a physical, sensory being..."
Mar 05, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good reference type of book. I enjoyed reading it, but it's hard to remember everything that I read in it. Downfall of checking books out from the library. :)
Amber Stueven
Mar 21, 2016 Amber Stueven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschooling
Some useful tips and used link guide to find some resources. More basic in design. Better for someone just starting the process. Checked out at local library.
Tammi rated it it was amazing
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