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Vendor: Homeschool Seminars and Pub.
Publication Date: 1999
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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low ExpectationsAlex Harris, Brett HarrisMultnomah Books / 2008 / Hardcover$12.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 129 Reviews Video
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The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to HomeschoolingBarbara FrankCardamom Publishers / 2008 / Other$14.945 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
TimsArmyWIfey5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best! ! Highly recommend, a must read - even FOR college bound!October 30, 2016TimsArmyWIfeyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I can't say enough about this book. She does a fabulous job of allaying the fears that can come with high-school planning. Non-Traditional homeschoolers don't have to become traditional to succeed and succeed well. Great stock of forms, insight, and help. We have used this with all 4 of our kiddos (2 of which have college degrees and 1 is still in high school) and I'm so glad I found it when I did. To often we freak out and don't trust that the God who has seen us through their younger years will also see us through high-school and Barb does a great job of reminding us of that whilst supplying a plethora of ideas about meeting college requirements, testing, graduation ideas, etc. A Must read!
Home school Formula5 Stars Out Of 5Senior HighApril 1, 2016Home school FormulaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this book. It freed me from thinking with the thoughts I was left with from my own high school education. I have used it for 4 of my children, whom we homeschooled K-12, graduating them with more than enough credits and a love of learning. I still have 2 to go through high school and this book is my ever constant companion. It is a big book with a lot of info, but if one can put in a little time, it saves time in the end.
Rebecca D.5 Stars Out Of 5Speaks right to me & not afraid to say it.November 8, 2015Rebecca D.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Leslie S.- by your review I'm pretty sure you haven't even read the book, especially since the author explains how the college bound can succeed too.
Will this book be helpful for everyone? No & the author states that fact within the first couple of pages.
However, there are people, who you may have scared off now, that this would be the key to help open their mind to the possibilities that are out there for them.
What you have done is the equivalent of standing in the grocery store, warning people against the nasty broccoli because you didn't like it. Since you don't want anyone else to go through the "horror" of trying it, you stand there, blocking access. Unfortunately, you haven't thought to consider that there are people out there who will like broccoli and desperately need the content that the broccoli contains.
This may not have been the book for you, but I've really got alot out of it & think many people would benefit from it. I especially like how it will work in my large family.
Rebecca, mom of 6 & homeschooling for 17 years.
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.
Author: Barbara Edtl Shelton
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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