Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling   -     By: Brad Miser
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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling

Prentice Hall / Penguin Putnam / 2005 / Paperback

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Organized into four parts, The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling focuses on a different stage in the "homeschool journey:" making the decision, preparing to homeschool, managing a homeschool, and helpful homeschool resources. Sidebar boxes warn you of things to be cautious of, notes with relevant information, tips on getting things done, and summarize the take-away from each chapter. Learn what's needed to homeschool, legal requirements, how to respond to criticisms, where to connect with other homeschoolers, creating schedules, assessments, obtaining curriculum, keeping documents, taking tests, and more. Advocating what desks and a flexible traditional approach, discover the basics of homeschooling. Written in 2004; website information has not been updated.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 312
Vendor: Prentice Hall / Penguin Putnam
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.0 X 7.5 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 0789732777
ISBN-13: 9780789732774
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Publisher's Description

Who knew how simple Homeschooling could be?

Tens of millions of parents like you have decided that the best way to prepare their children for life is by educating them at home instead of at a traditional private or public school. No matter the reason you are considering homeschooling for your children's education, Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling outlines all of the legal, social, educational and logistical considerations that are part of the decision. With helpful and easy-to-read advice about everything from building curricula and setting up a home school classroom, to incorporating extracurricular activities like sports and field trips, this book will provide valuable help and ways to expand your children's homeschooling experience.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling will help you decide if homeschooling is the best choice for your children's education and then guide you to the curriculum tools and community resources you need to make the most of at-home classes and activities. Here's a small sample of what you'll find inside:

  • Tthe benefits and drawbacks of homeschooling
  • The legal and educational requirements for the state you live in
  • Valuable lists of resources like homeschooling organizations, curriculum providers, and networking groups
  • Different ways you can test your child's true educational level, personality type and learning style
  • Sample plans to set up your homeschooling classroom including workstations, a library, audio-visual equipment, computer access and progress testing
  • Examples of field trips, sports, music, work or volunteer activities, online courses and tutor or mentor programs
  • Author Bio

    Brad Miser has written many books, most of which teach people how to use computers and other technology. The books Brad has written include: Absolute Beginner's Guide to the iPod and iTunes; Special Edition Using Mac OS X, v10.3 Panther; Mac OS X and iLife: Using iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD; iDVD 3 Fast & Easy; Special Edition Using Mac OS X v10.2, Mac OS X and the Digital Lifestyle; Special Edition Using Mac OS X; The iMac Way; The Complete Idiot's Guide to iMovie 2; The Complete Idiot's Guide to the iMac; and Using Mac OS 8.5. He has also been an author, development editor, or technical editor on more than 50 other titles. He has been a featured speaker on various topics at Macworld Expo, at user group meetings, and in other venues.

    Brad has been involved in homeschooling for more than 10 years. He and his wife homeschool their three children, whose ages range from 9 to 15. Brad has been active in helping with curriculum decisions, testing and evaluating progress, teaching, and other activities. He has also attended homeschool conventions and regularly interacts with many other homeschool families.

    Brad is the senior technical communicator for an Indianapolis-based software development company. Brad is responsible for all product documentation, training materials, online help, and other communication materials. He also manages the customer support operations for the company and provides training and account management services to its customers. Previously, he was the lead engineering proposal specialist for an aircraft engine manufacturer, a development editor for a computer book publisher, and a civilian aviation test officer/engineer for the U.S. Army. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo (1986) and has received advanced education in maintainability engineering, business, and other topics.

    Once a native of California, Brad now lives in Brownsburg, Indiana, with his wife Amy; their three daughters, Jill, Emily, and Grace; and their guinea pig, Buddy.

    Brad would love to hear about your experiences with this book (the good, the bad, and the ugly). You can write to him at bradmacosx@mac.com.

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