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The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 101 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices

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Up-to-date answers to all your homeschooling questions!
More and more families today are turning to homeschooling to teach their children. But where do they go to find honest, practical answers to questions such as: Can I afford it? Or, how will my child make friends without going to school? Look no further. This invaluable guidebook—completely updated to include the 101 mo
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1998)
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Sep 06, 2009 Ami rated it did not like it
Shelves: homeschooling
I did not find this book to be useful. I thought this book would be a large comprehensive look at the nuts and bolts of homeschooling. Instead, I found it to be little more than a diatribe, railing against public schooling, structure, and orderliness. Most of these "respected names in homeschooling" seem quite, ahem, militant and narrow in their scope.
Ii appeared that the only method or approach to homeschooling that received any validation was the "unschooling" or delight-led learning approach.
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Apr 08, 2016 Shira and Ari Evergreen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: unschoolers, homeschoolers, parents, kids
I was left feeling kind of weirded out by some of this book's hyperbolic claims and the at times intense anti-government vibes (which often seemed to be combined with a kind of ignorance of the needs of, say, single poor working parents). It feels very Libertarian and Christian and privileged in its overall tone, and not self-conscious enough of that fact. As I read I felt a bit concerned that some folks reading this book will be enabled in sheltering their children and giving them a skewed view ...more
Feb 16, 2010 Melody rated it it was amazing
Excellent for preparing and how to learn about your laws.
Sep 28, 2008 Elissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2008
This book was poorly done, I thought. It is so completely biased toward homeschooling and against traditional schooling that it was very off-putting to me. I guess I should have guessed at the bias, considering in the title "homeschooling's most respected voices," but I think the book would have been more helpful and less offensive if there was a less judgmental attitude to the writing. It seems to me this book was written for established homeschoolers by homeschoolers, when it appears their int ...more
Dec 31, 2007 Rhiannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschooling
I am ALMOST done with this book. What I really like about it is that it's written by several different people and so gives a wide range of answers to very common questions regarding homeschooling. It does seem to be heavy on the unschooling side of things but that is a very big trend right now. I am, as usual, highly skeptical of trends. I know that I will utilize a lot of unschooling ideas in my homeschooling, but there seems to be an accompanying permissiveness that borders on child neglect th ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Jeanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfic, homeschooling
I think this book may have been more useful to me if I had been more at the beginning of trying to decide about homeschooling. It was also rather outdated (hey, that's just what happens to lots of books that refer to internet and its use--two years later, it's changed too much to be super relevant). And finally, I think I just fall too much in between a lot of the homeschooling philosophies. I'm not all unschool, not all classical, etc., etc. Oh, speaking of which, though--it seemed pretty highl ...more
Mar 09, 2009 Joselle173 rated it liked it
Shelves: home-schooling
As I read through this it's did a decent job of getting my brain working and thinking about the whole topic of homeschooling, but to get a full picture I'll have to read other books. This book is obviously a pro-homeschooling only book, and I guess that makes sense since it's written by homeschoolers. It would've been nice to hear from people who have a bad day once in a while instead of all this "it's lovely all the time" business.
Nov 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
If you saw what I read previous, then you probably know where this was going. This is quite informative about what the whole homeschooling thing is all about. I haven't decided if/when I can really do this, but it is good information and helps make an informed decision about it.
Feb 06, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it
This book provided some interesting info regarding homeschooling. It is a good reference book. It does lean more towards the unschooling method over other methods, but they also stress to do what works best for your child and family.
Nov 30, 2007 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definite bias in most of the answers, but with that in mind, very interesting views on the positive aspects of homeschooling. Insightful ideas for anyone considering homeschooling as a viable option for their family.
May 11, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Some decent basic info and lots of resources in the appendix, but this did seem very biased in the unschooling direction.
Jun 28, 2008 Tamlynn rated it liked it
Pretty good. Mostly valuable for encouragement. Definitely unschooled bias.
Aug 07, 2007 Gea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: newcomers to home schooling
A very basic book on the most asked questions regarding home schooling.
Feb 13, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Ok. Not the best book out there, but answers some questions.
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