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Vendor: Homeschool Seminars And Pub.
Publication Date: 1999
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Leslie S2 Stars Out Of 5Good Ideas but be careful for the College BoundJanuary 27, 2015Leslie SQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2When I first began homeschooling 13 years ago, someone gave me a catalog that had some excellent articles in it. The articles covered maybe 12 pages of the book. I say this because, I feel like Barbara has managed to take those 12 pages of articles and expand them into a couple of hundred pages with no real added value.
If you have access to this book for free, it is worth browsing for ideas, if you don't have access, it is NOT worth the money.
I think the book could be summarized in 3 points: First, you as the parent have the right to choose what classes your child should take. Second, you have the freedom to grant credit for any kind of project or learning experience you wish. Third, there are many ways to learn, it doesn't always require a textbook or exams to show that learning.
To a great extent, I agree with that foundation. Even colleges grant credit for overseas trips they sponsor. And I would say a child who has read every book in the library about WW II is due credit for what he has learned from his reading.
However, if you have a child who is preparing for college, a lot of her suggestions would not provide valid work to give honest high school credit. That doesn't mean you have to use only textbooks for the college bound, but it does mean that the work has to be truly at high school level, not elementary level.
Again, the book is ok for giving some ideas, but really spends a lot of time repeating the same concepts over and over without much additional benefit. I think it is best looked at as a way to choose/create electives for your student, not how to create a true core high school curriculum.
Abby Swantish5 Stars Out Of 5June 5, 2010Abby SwantishAwesome book! I would highly recommend it to any parent preparing to teach junior high and especially high school. Lots of ideas. Lots of good stuff to think about and apply to anyone's life.
Rosalie Salensky5 Stars Out Of 5July 6, 2008Rosalie SalenskyA friend suggested I get this book because I was planning to pull my daughter out of public school and home school high school. I was a bit unsure if it was worth the money or if I would find any value in this book. But, I am so happy I bought it. I have read and reread parts of this book over and over. I have taken notes and looked up other books that were mentioned in this book as well. The most valuable aspect of this book is the organization it brings. I now feel I have a handle on how to home school high school, as well as keep records and follow a plan to stay on track. I have confidence in myself as a mother and as a teacher. It has made me rethink the values I want in my children when they leave the home and I have been reevaluating the importance of just book education vs. learning the basic life skills needed to survive and well as a trade. I love how all aspects of education is brought up in this book and they all have their place in education.
Ronnie5 Stars Out Of 5October 12, 2000RonnieI have not finished the book, yet... it isn't a quick-read, but I am loving every minute!! I am getting excited about homeschooling again! We have homeschooled for 4 years now and I was getting a little sick of things as they were. God has led us on our own path towards a Lifestyle of Learning-type lifestyle and then we received Marilyn's books ~ and I've visited Barb's website OFTEN! www.homeschooloasis.com In soooo many ways, this is not JUST a high school book. I have been able to see the big picture and am excited about finding God's long-term plans for all of our children. Being able to see the vision of high school in a relaxing atmosphere has put even grade school into a better perspective. There is no great rush to get the right amount of info into their little heads before they enter high school. Being able to see the Graduation results we want can be broken down into bite-sized pieces, not just for the preceding 4 years before Graduation, but all the way down to where each child is right now. I can see now where I want some foundations for the future studies in high school. My recommendation would be to read this book along with any other homeschooling info books. The basics and the long-term vision are both described with much needed realistic perspective. I want to thank Barb for the effort she has put into making this book a picture of a wonderful family life - and for keeping the focus on Jesus and how much God is just waiting to lavish us with His blessings!! I'm thankful for her giving so much time and effort to put sooooo much info into one place! WOW! She said somewhere in her book that books are just tools in our hands and that she has given a sort of smorgasbord for us to glean from. I'm glad she has given us the credit to sift through and let the Holy Spirit do His thing in our homes!
Terri5 Stars Out Of 5October 6, 2000TerriI just wanted to say that I find this book to be extremely helpful and enjoyable. I don't find Barb's style to be preachy or pushy at all!!! On the contrary, by her being so REAL, she is extremely helpful and I believe the love and life of the Lord is being seen through her writings. I am glad for every tidbit Barb put into this book. It is loaded with very practical help, as well as spiritual and scriptural guidance. But she is not at all overbearing with it. She is very loving and full of GRACE. She is not flashy or showy, but just "herself". I didn't feel at all "pressured" to have to do everything in the book. But it has given me some great ideas that I can use as a framework to work around. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Located in: Longview, WA
Submitted: October 14, 2000
Tell us a little about yourself. I along with my wonderful husband, Dave, operate a ministry to homeschoolers out of our home in Longview, WA. Dave is the "back (and funny) bone" of our family and of our business/ministry; one could call me the "heart" of it. But that analogy is pretty limited, as God is the LIFE behind and through it all! My books and seminars ~ and that fact that almost NO one else was homeschooling when we began (we knew of two other families in our entire city) ~ resulted in my inadvertently becoming a "homeeschool pioneer." I have written 8 books for homeschoolers thus far (and am working on others), but thats the easy part; Dave does all the producing of these books, as well as all the processing of orders, and all wholesale distribution. He is truly the "wind beneath my wings," my prayer support, our business manager, and an awesome Dad! We were married 25 years ago as of last summer (of 2000), and we've been homeschooling since 1982 18 years as of fall of 2000. Our three precious children are Sharnessa, 23; Tory (male), 21; and Carlianne, 14. As of this last August (2000), we are also the delighted parents-in-law of not one, but TWO more "children"! One is a dear man named Samuel Sandén who Sharnessa married on August 19th, and the other is Chrissy, Tory's delightful wife as of one week later!
What was your motivation behind this project? I was ~ and AM ~ especially excited about helping those trying to recover from ~ or wanting avoid ~ the pitfalls of listening to the loud and numerous voices of the world, and hear the voice of the Lord for their own unique children. I want to be used of the Lord to refresh and equip the brethren (or "sisteren") and help them discern and grasp God's vision for the education ~ the *true* education ~ of their children. My book, "Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+la," presents several flexible frameworks for doing high school on an independent basis. There are 160 duplicable forms to use in organizing and documenting your student's high school experience, for them to use in the learning process, and to help explain concepts in the book. But it's much more than just forms and frameworks! I share insights from the Word that the Lord has opened to me that have helped free me up to hear and follow HIS voice, and not feel compelled to be bound to the world's priorities. In it I also open up my ~ and my family's ~ lives and experiences in hopes that they may be of use to others. I am careful all through the book to make it clear that this is just what *we* did and is *not* what I am suggesting for anyone else. I have made my life an open book ~ literally! ~ to give them real-life examples of how to implement the concepts, and to show how they look in real life. My heart is simply to try to free people up to follow the leading of the Lord in their own lives ~ which looks different from family to family ~ and not copy *anyone* else's experiences ~ including mine! Also, being that I am a strong (-only-in-Jesus) Christian, everything in the book is non-apologetically from that perspective. If that is not the reader's bent, there is still PLENTY that they will get out of it.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? When people read my book(s), my hope is that they'll be challenged, and moved to think and re- think their views about education, and best of all, get set free (or freer) in Jesus! To that end, my writing is very conversational, as if we were having a good, heart-to-heart talk over a cup of [choose favorite beverage], grappling over some hard ~ and heart ~ issues. I have heavily sprinkled the pages with humor, girded them with scriptural truth, and loaded them with practical forms, ideas, and encouragement. If the reader is closer to Jesus by the end, my mission is accomplished, because HE is the Author and Finisher of your faith-walk through education, and will take you far past the pages in my book to His perfect will for your family!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The major influence on my thinking in the areas of education and relationship with God has undoubtedly been Marilyn Howshall, the developer of the Lifestyle of Learning message. She has opened my eyes to so much, including the fact that true education has very little to do with academics, and mostly to do with the parents' own walk with God, and educating themselves and their children as part of that process ~ not something separate, or apart from our "real life." I have also learned and gleaned much from Gregg Harris, Dr. Raymond Moore, John Taylor Gatto. As for my favorite artist? Mmmm, that's easy! The new Christian pop band called V*Enna! Our oldest daughter, Sharnessa, homeschooled from start to finish, is one half of it! (Visit them at www.v-enna.com.)
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: All of my speaking and writing reflect my "lite" approach to homeschooling that is based on the verse in Matt. 28:11 in which Jesus says "My yoke is easy, my burden light." Using a combination of vulnerability, humor, and God's Word, my heart is to inspire parents to pursue God's unique plan for the education of their children, and I offer much practical help in doing so. Those wanting to find out if they connect with my message can start at out website at www.homeschooloasis.com. In particular, check out the Article Chart (which has a high school section) and the "Season of Re- education and Renewing of the Mind." These will give you a good glimpse into the heart of my message.
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