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9/22/15 9:42 A

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Hi Betsy!!!!!!
I just got back on spark. Perhaps I'll hear from you soon!

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9/13/15 9:31 P

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I love reading through catalogs, too! Even if you don't buy from the company, you can learn to recognize a good homeschooling book or tool when you see it at the thrift shop. I love the Managers of Their Home books. . . Managers of Their School, etc. and Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Heart, all by the Maxwells. I don't follow everything she recommends, but I like a lot of her practical "how-to" suggestions on scheduling several activities at several age levels all at once. I'm not quite where she is on the whole "entertainment" issue, but her practical suggestions have been helpful. I also like Douglas Wilson's homeschooling books, although I'm guessing he's eccentric. (I love his sense of humor.) Greg Harris has a great book called The Christian Home School, which might be helpful.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23


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9/9/15 12:11 A

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While visiting my mom in the hospital, I noticed my sister left her book there so I began reading it on my visits. This one is The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell. I think I'm the 2nd person to suggest this one. So far I really like it and it comes highly recommended by Michael Farris, president of HSLDA. I happen to be a big fan of Raymond and Dorothy Moore's books. I like their general ideas but don't use all of them. They give you a general idea about which topics to teach at approximate ages and then let you find 'living' books to teach it. :) My kids are ages 22 down to 9yrs old and I want to make sure I share what Ihave learned: DON'T FREAK OUT WONDERING IF YOU ARE TEACHING EXACTLY HOW YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO. Why? Because a few years ago I read THREE books by professional educators and they ALL taught differently and they ALL thought they knew best. Find what fits for you and go with it and be blessed-not stressed! :)

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5/1/11 10:44 P

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The two books I always recommend are The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell and The Home School Manual by Theodore E. Wade Jr. & Others. Debra Bell's book is an excellent overview and has been a source of encouragement for me. The Home School Manual has chapters about a lot of different homeschool topics and recommends you read the ones that apply to your current objectives (It even has a set of chapters recommended for those investigating the idea of home schooling).

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4/19/11 12:34 A

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So far I have only read Lisa Whelchel's book~"So you want to do Homeschooling?" She is a born-again Christian and I like how she illustrates with a chart how she homeschooled all three of her children and what each child was doing while she worked with another one.~Betsy

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
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The sheep of HIS pasture.
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4/16/11 12:40 P

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Titles I typically recommend to new homeschoolers or those seriously considering homeschooling are:

Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell. This is the single best overview book I've ever seen (and I've read a LOT of homeschooling books).

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy. This is one to read when you are pretty sure you will be homeschooling, but it has a lot of great information on how children can be different kind of learners and how you can help ensure success in your homeschool by choosing curriculum with how your child learns AND with how you prefer to teach in mind.

Anything by Ruth Beechick (my most favorite homeschool author), but specifically her book The Three R's if your children are 2nd grade or below or You CAN Teach Your Child Successfully if they are 3rd grade or above. The Three R's is a shorter book, so if your kids are borderline go with it.

Read homeschool catalogs too. I recommend requesting Sonlight, Timberdoodle, Queen Homeschool Supply, ABeka, Bob Jones, Veritas Press, Christian Book Distributors, and possibly a few others (this list will give you a wide variety of homeschooling styles/philosophies to read over and look at).

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4/16/11 12:30 P

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thanks Susan! Yes, we definitely plan to raise them with Christian belief. I will definitely check those out!

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Homeschooling: The Right Choice by Christopher Klicka gives you a overview of what public schools tend to teach and homeschooling is a better choice, at least if you plan to raise them with a Christian belief. (Mr. Klicka passed away a few years ago, so this book is a gem and worth buying. He was a lawyer at Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and had 8 children, I believe. If you want an experienced man's perspective, this would be great. Lots of advice.
I just finished Bringing Them Home. Can't remember the author's name. I know she is Canadian. But you can find it at Vision Forum's online catalog. It was written in 'story form' about a couple's view of homeschooling, how their children were while in public school, then considering other options and finally bringing them home to teach. It was very real life. And I really related to it. There is a sequel in the works. I think it's the first of it's kind. Most of the ideas were from her family's own experience.
It's really great for people considering home education.

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Life.
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4/16/11 10:28 A

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I am really considering homeschooling my two boys, but would like more books to read on the subject. The Successful Homeschool Handbook and Homegrown Kids have both been suggested to me but I was wondering if anyone had read any other good books...possibly not by the Moore's. Thanks! ~Jenny

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