Discover the Rewards of Homeschooling Your Young Child Young children are full of curiosity, imagination, and a sense of wonder. They're willing to try new things and possess a natural joy of discovery. Yet in a traditional school, these natural behavior traits are too often squelched. That's why more and more parents just like you are choosing to teach their children at home during these critical years—the years that lay the foundation for developing learning skills that last a lifetime. Inside, respected homeschooling author Linda Dobson shows you how homeschooling can work for you and your young child. You'll discover how to: ·Tailor homeschooling to fit your family's unique needs ·Know when your child is ready to learn to read ·Teach your child arithmetic without fear—even if you're math-challenged ·Give your child unlimited learning on a limited budget ·And much more! "Brings dazzling clarity to the otherwise nerve-wracking confusion of early learning—and the adventure of becoming fully human. Highly recommended."—John Taylor Gatto,former New York State Teacher of the Year and author of Dumbing Us Down "Provides a much-needed introduction to living and learning with young children. Open the book to any page and you'll find inspiring anecdotes and approaches to learning that leave the reader thinking, 'That just makes so much sense!' Highly recommended for anyone who lives, works, or plays with young children."—Helen Hegener, managing editor of Home Education Magazine "An information-packed delight; I only wish it had been around when our three boys were three to eight years old."—Rebecca Rupp, author of The Complete Home Learning Sourcebook "This book brings together the experience and wisdom of a great variety of homeschooling families—tied together with warm encouragement and wonderful simplification of processes that can seem so mysterious and daunting to the beginner. A very solid resource!"—Lillian Jones, homeschooling activist, writer, and reviewer
Table of Contents
Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: The Homeschool Learning Journey Part One: Preparing for Your Family's Learning Journey 1. The Homeschool Learning Journey and Today's Family 2. Ready for Success: Learning Assets of the Early Years Child 3. The Joy of Learning with the Early Years Child 4. Getting You ready for Homeschooling Part Two: A World of Curriculum Choice Instills Lifelong Love of Learning 5. Learning to Read, Reading to Learn 6. Writing: Dear Grandma 7. Arithmetic: 12 Cookies ÷ 3 Siblings = 4 Cookies for Me! 8. Beyond the 3 R's: Covering the Rest 9. Tailoring Homeschooling to Your Family's Unique Needs Part Three: Keeping the Learning Journey Fun and Successful 10. Resources for Your Learning Journey 11. The Learning Journey Merges onto the Information Superhighway 12. Homeschoolers' Top Three Destinations 13. Accommodating Younger Learners 14. Keeping House (and Sanity!) As You Homeschool 15. Part-Time Homeschooling: Complementing Private and Public Schooling 16. Enjoying the Road Less Traveled Index
About Linda Dobson
Linda Dobson, author of Homeschooling: The Early Years, The Homeschooling Book of Answers, and The Art of Education, is the news editor and columnist for Home Education Magazine. She is also a member of the National Home Education Network. The mother of three homeschooled children, she lives in Saranac Lake, New York.
Discover the Rewards of Homeschooling Your Young Child