If you are considering homeschooling your child and finding yourself in need of solid, useful and reliable information all in one place, look no further. The Homeschooling Guidebook – What Parents Need To Know! is a 73-page treasure trove of information on how to prepare yourself for homeschooling.
When I first started out researching homeschooling, I remember having to turn to every available resource online and offline – books, websites, forums and even direct engagements with friends who were homeschooling their children. It was a lengthy and tedious process of information-gathering.
With the Home Schooling Guidebook, however, all of the research has been done for you by the authors, who are homeschooling parents themselves. The authors have the necessary experience and knowledge in the homeschooling frontier, and have laid down the bare facts about homeschooling, which we may not be able to obtain anywhere else since a lot of this information comes from experience.
The Home Schooling Guidebook is very well written, concise and a pleasure to read. I love how the facts are presented as they are – objectively and realistically. The book is very well structured, beginning with a chapter on why homeschooling is a growing trend in the United States, with interesting statistics to back this claim. It ends with a step-by-step guide on what you need to do in order to get started. The last chapter on attitude is a gem!
The Home Schooling Guidebook contains a total of 17 chapters, covering frequently-asked questions about homeschooling, as follows:
Why should parents home-school their child?
Do parents need state approval to home-school their children?
Where do parents find their state’s requirements?
What are the compulsory ages for educating children?
How much time do parents need to commit?
What kind of record keeping is required?
What about cost?
Do certain subjects require specific hours of teaching?
How do parents prepare a plan to structure their teaching?
How do parents determine the length of the home school year?
Where do parents find teaching materials?
Do parents need to “grade” their child’s work?
Where are the resources to help prepare lesson plans?
What about socializing home-schooled children?
What about extracurricular sports and other activities?
Summarizing the steps to begin
Attitude is everything
While the book in its entirety is chockfull of information, I especially found the two chapters on state requirements especially enlightening. The authors have also provided various options on where to find free resources to homeschool on a shoe-string budget. As is most often the case with homeschooling parents, cost is usually an important factor to consider since financial resources are limited. The authors have helpfully listed all possible ways to keep costs down, which I believe will be valuable information for parents.
The only aspect that is not covered by the Home Schooling Guidebook is the various methods of homeschooling, i.e. Unschooling, Classical, Secular, Montessori, School-At-Home, etc. Perhaps this information was not included because the focus of the book is on each family ultimately discovering its own unique style, routine and plan that fits them best. There are no one size fits all!