Homeschooling For Dummies

Wiley (Verlag)
  • 2. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 6. August 2020
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  • 432 Seiten
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* Select the right curriculum
* Create the perfect homeschooling space
* Design a schedule that works for you

What you should know to become a homeschooling pro!

Interest in homeschooling was booming even before the coronavirus pandemic inspired many parents to consider the homeschooling choice as an alternative to in-person classroom learning. Fully updated with new resources and technologies, this guide is just what you need to help you decide whether homeschooling is right for your family. Learn about the rewards and challenges presented by homeschooling, how to ensure that your children receive a well-rounded education, where to find tools that help you develop appropriate curricula, and how to connect with the homeschooling community.

* Creating a curriculum
* Meeting state and federal guidelines
* How to encourage socialization
* Using online courses
* Tips for keeping life in balance
* Creating or joining a homeschooling community
* Caring for special needs
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978-1-119-74084-1 (9781119740841)
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Jennifer Kaufeld has nearly three decades of homeschooling experience. She is a regular speaker at state and regional homeschooling and education conferences, and frequently contributes expert advice to several communities on Facebook and elsewhere online.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • About This Book
  • Foolish Assumptions
  • Icons Used in This Book
  • Beyond the Book
  • Where to Go from Here
  • Part 1 Heading to Homeschooling
  • Chapter 1 Answering the Big Questions
  • Getting to This Point
  • Knowing Not to Know It All
  • Affording It
  • Hanging in There
  • Signing up for the long haul
  • Staying at home forever
  • Breaking the News to Mom
  • Addressing Socialization, the Hot Homeschooling Buzzword
  • Social outlets
  • Socialization
  • Presenting the Issue of the Year
  • Chapter 2 Taking the Leap
  • Realizing That Anger Is Not Enough
  • Ensuring educational excellence
  • Meeting your child's special needs
  • Retaining religious convictions
  • Accommodating family lifestyle
  • Determining What's Best for Your Family
  • Creating Solutions for Special Situations
  • Working around your job
  • Dealing with special learners
  • Beginning the Journey
  • Choosing the perfect time of year
  • Deciding at what age to begin
  • Assigning homework
  • Making homeschooling more than school at home
  • Using the extra time
  • Chapter 3 Complying with Uncle Sam
  • Conducting Yourself (Yes, Ma'am) in Accordance with State Law
  • Locating Your State's Law
  • Counting Out the School Days
  • Calling a Truce: Interacting with Your Local School
  • First: Know your law
  • Second: Make sure your ducks are in a row
  • Third: Know your law
  • Chapter 4 Pulling Them Out and Starting from Scratch
  • Making Those First Days Count
  • De-stressing the children
  • Easing into coursework
  • Rebuilding Your Family Unit
  • Setting your schedule
  • Working together
  • Dad's or Mom's role in your homeschool
  • Starting from the Very Beginning
  • Teaching in small blocks
  • Using the objects you own
  • Drawing on Your Strengths and Filling in the Gaps
  • Speaking to your strengths
  • Teaching them what you don't know
  • Part 2 Tackling Kids of Any Age
  • Chapter 5 Teaching Your Toddler While You Change Your Baby
  • Juggling Primers, Preschoolers, and Diapers
  • Surviving Life with a Toddler
  • Teaching with a toddler
  • Teaching your toddler
  • Covering the Preschool Basics
  • Teaching with a preschooler
  • Teaching your preschooler
  • Chapter 6 Covering the Elementary Years
  • Setting Out with Elementary Students
  • Learning through Language Arts: Reading and Grammar
  • It's as easy as A, B, C
  • Beyond the basics
  • Going on to the heavy hitters
  • Eating Your Way through Math
  • Going beyond "Our Community Helpers"
  • Firing Up the Bunson Burner
  • Timing Is Everything
  • When timing is off
  • While you wait
  • Chapter 7 Handling Junior High
  • Beginning in the Middle
  • Keeping Track of It All
  • Putting Grades to the Test
  • Chapter 8 Help! I Have a High Schooler
  • Starting at the Eleventh Hour (or Eleventh Grade)
  • Switching before the Last Bell
  • Deciding your academic approach
  • Changing courses midstream (or at winter break)
  • Dancing the High School Subject Tango
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • History and social studies
  • Languages
  • Driver education
  • Electives
  • Planning for the Tidy Transcript
  • Check your state's requirements
  • Start at the end and work backwards
  • Choosing courses that count
  • Prepping for College
  • ACTing on Your InSATiable Desire for Standardized Tests
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Chapter 9 Completing Twelfth Grade Doesn't Mean It's Over
  • Spreading Their Wings and Earning Their Keep
  • Continuing to college
  • Marching in the military
  • Studying at a trade/vocational school
  • Entering the workforce
  • Strapping on the Tool Belt
  • Continuing Homeschool through College
  • Staying at home
  • Finding a suitable program
  • Part 3 Choosing Your Cornerstone: Basic Curriculum Options
  • Chapter 10 Orbiting as a Satellite School under the Umbrella
  • Riding the Satellite
  • Opting for a Complete Curriculum across the Distance
  • Pinpointing a Program
  • Elementary through junior high and beyond
  • High schools
  • Matching Your Needs with Their Offerings
  • Chapter 11 Does Classical Education Mean Teaching Vivaldi?
  • Classifying It Classical
  • Trying the trivium
  • Forming the foundation with literature
  • Assembling Your Classical Curriculum Components
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • Latin
  • Foreign language
  • Gathering More Information
  • Chapter 12 Reading Real Living Books with Charlotte
  • Calling Charlotte Mason
  • Leaping through living books
  • Nuzzling up to nature studies
  • Putting Together Your Package
  • Language arts
  • Math
  • Nature science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • Foreign language
  • Chapter 13 Mining the Montessori Method
  • Exploring at Their Own Pace
  • Guiding your children
  • Combining academics and life
  • Setting Up Your Space
  • Walking through the Day
  • Mathematics
  • Language arts
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Culture
  • Chapter 14 Wandering through Nature with Waldorf
  • Working Together with Head, Hands, and Heart
  • Enjoying the outdoors
  • Making things by hand
  • Flowing with the day
  • Locating a Waldorf-Style Curriculum
  • Picking favorites
  • Opting for similar goals
  • Chapter 15 Teaching Them What They Want to Learn
  • Unveiling the Integrated Unit Study
  • All unit studies, all the time
  • Locating unit studies
  • Making them last
  • Changing Pace with Unit Studies
  • Focusing on Project-Based Learning
  • Short- and long-term projects
  • Designing a project to suit the learner
  • Designing Unit Studies
  • Subject-ing yourself to this?
  • Digging for topics
  • Calling all units . . .
  • Chapter 16 Unschooling: A Walk on the Relaxed Side
  • Raising Eyebrows and Suspicions
  • Fitting the Bill
  • Learning through the Course of a Day
  • Filling Your Home with Unschooling Tools
  • Books
  • Games
  • Software
  • Technological and building toys
  • Videos
  • Recording Their Progress
  • Chapter 17 Hitting the Road with Worldschooling
  • Roadschooling versus Worldschooling
  • Engaging the environmentally curious
  • Following your dreams full or part time
  • Planning is everything
  • Choosing Your Academic Approach
  • Ditching the books . . . or not?
  • Living on and off the 'net
  • Chapter 18 Charting Your Own Academic Course Eclectically
  • Knowing Whether Your Kid's Kinesthetic
  • Pulling from Different Publishers
  • Starting with what you know
  • Pulling from the stacks
  • Writing a Curriculum from Scratch: The Diehard Approach
  • Chapter 19 Special Concerns for Special Students
  • Considering Yourself Capable
  • Guiding the Gifted
  • Taking different paths
  • Rounding up gifted education resources
  • Teaching the Medically Fragile
  • Getting the Goods You Need
  • Special equipment and services
  • Individualized Education Program
  • Information
  • Part 4 Nailing Down the Details
  • Chapter 20 Defining Your School Space
  • Making Room for Chalk
  • Setting aside the optimal amount of space
  • Buying too far in advance increases storage needs
  • Deciding between the Den, the Dining Room, or the Whole Darn Place
  • Gathering around the kitchen table
  • Setting aside a special room
  • LEGO bricks in the living room and homework in the hall
  • Chapter 21 Cutting the Costs and Searching for Stuff
  • Slashing Curriculum Prices
  • Choosing an inexpensive curriculum
  • Finding free, the least expensive of all
  • Locating used curriculum
  • Writing your own curriculum
  • Sourcing Your Curriculum
  • Looking at your local store
  • Avoiding the malls: Ordering via Internet or mailbox
  • Attending a Homeschool Conference
  • Hearing It from the Horse's Mouth
  • Tapping the Fountain of Fellow Homeschoolers
  • Borrowing books long term
  • Buying as a group
  • Asking for the Discount
  • Breaking Out the Library Card
  • Understanding Copyright: What Is Fair Educational Use?
  • Chapter 22 Teaching Your Traditions
  • Christian Curriculum
  • Publishing all-in-one, Protestant style
  • Science and other individual courses
  • Adding Bible to the day
  • LDS curriculum choices
  • Roman Catholic curriculum options
  • Jewish Resources
  • Islamic Resources
  • Pagan Resources
  • African American Resources
  • Native American Resources
  • Chapter 23 Turning Chaos into Organization
  • Tracking Your Week with a Planner
  • Seeking the Paperless Society
  • Thirty Days Hath September . . .
  • Scheduling for Sanity
  • Keeping Your School Spotless
  • Feeling the Burnout
  • Chapter 24 Making the Grade
  • Deciding Whether to Keep Grades
  • Writing the tests to make the grades that you record in the house that Jack built
  • Figuring the grade
  • Tracking Those Unit Studies
  • Keeping a State-Required Portfolio
  • Testing Standardized's Validity
  • Chapter 25 Plugging in Your Schoolroom
  • Schooling at Home . . . But Online
  • Coursing through the Internet
  • 'Net-ting Resources
  • Touring the World without Leaving Your Desk
  • Enhancing Your Subjects with Electronic Errata
  • Chapter 26 Connecting with Like-Minded Souls
  • Finding Homeschoolers Online Who Share Your Passions
  • Facebooking your way to friends
  • Finding the best blogs
  • Pointing toward podcasts
  • Networking Isn't Just for Computer Geeks
  • Associating and Consorting
  • Praying for Guidance
  • Getting Together for Socialization
  • TEAM: Together, Everyone Achieves More
  • Gathering informally
  • Formalizing your group
  • Part 5 Making Your Year Sing with Extras
  • Chapter 27 Adding Spice with Special Classes
  • Making Time for the Extras
  • Bringing Out Their Inner Artists
  • Music
  • Art
  • Go Ahead - Be Dramatic
  • Speech and debate
  • Drama
  • Homeschool groups
  • Taking Some Laps
  • Cooking Up a Storm
  • Bantering about Birds and Bees
  • Parlez-vous Greek?
  • Cleaning the House and Calling It Schoolwork
  • Chapter 28 Making It Adventurous with Activities and Groups
  • Dirtying Your Hands with a Project
  • Dissecting an owl pellet
  • Playing amateur archaeologist
  • Creating a garden
  • Building a train layout
  • Burying yourself in papier-mâché
  • Assembling a model
  • Pretending It's Le Louvre
  • Getting Past Bugs Bunny
  • Volunteering Builds Compassion
  • Packing Up the Minivan
  • Seeing the Sights or Staying at Home
  • Finding an Organization That Helps You Grow
  • Thinking about Playing or Playing to Think?
  • Ante Up
  • Thrilling the Engineer's Heart
  • Part 6 The Part of Tens
  • Chapter 29 Ten Educational Games That Enhance Your School Day
  • Anti-Monopoly
  • Evolution
  • Forbidden Island/Desert
  • The Garden Game
  • How Do You See the World?
  • Into the Forest
  • Krypto
  • Periodic
  • Spell Smashers
  • Wingspan
  • Chapter 30 Ten Common Homeschool Fears
  • My child will never make friends if I homeschool.
  • I don't know enough to teach my child.
  • My child will miss out on socialization.
  • I will buy the wrong curriculum.
  • My child will learn less at home than he does at school.
  • I'll never have free time again.
  • My child may not be learning at the right pace.
  • I won't be able to do it all.
  • After I start, I have to do this forever.
  • I'm not keeping the right (or enough) records on my child's progress.
  • Part 7 Appendixes
  • Appendix A Homeschooling Curriculum and Resources
  • Abeka
  • Artes Latinae
  • Behrman House
  • Brave Writer
  • California Homeschool Network Records and Resource Guide
  • Christian Book Distributors
  • Cricket Media Magazines
  • The Critical Thinking Co.
  • Great Books Academy
  • Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
  • Mary Frances Books
  • MindWare
  • MisterArt
  • National Black Home Educators
  • Pandia Press
  • S&S Worldwide
  • Studies Weekly
  • Scotch Thermal Laminator
  • SEA Books and More
  • Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Appendix B State-by-State Homeschool Associations
  • Appendix C Speaking the Language: Educational and Homeschooling Terms
  • 2E
  • accelerated learning
  • advanced placement (AP) course
  • auditory learner
  • CLEP exam
  • consumable
  • correlated to state standards
  • distance learning
  • dual credit
  • educational game
  • elective
  • fine arts
  • grade level
  • inclusive
  • intent to homeschool
  • kinesthetic learner
  • lesson plan
  • living books
  • low for grade level
  • neutral science
  • online education
  • PSP (Private School Satellite Program)
  • real books
  • reproducible black line masters
  • standardized test
  • teacher's guide/teacher edition
  • transcript
  • visual learner
  • Index
  • EULA

Chapter 1

Answering the Big Questions


Thinking about homeschooling

Knowing it all - or not?

Affording the adventure

Schooling as long as you like

What about socialization?

Perhaps you just found out that your best friend intends to homeschool his children next year, and you want to know more. Maybe you're thinking of pulling your children out of the local school and want to know about your options. You may be a veteran homeschooler who always taught from the textbooks and now want to add different subjects or unique learning opportunities into your day. Maybe you've heard one particular term over and over, such as "unschooling," and want to know more about it.

Whatever your reasons for picking up this book, start here if you want to begin at the beginning. This chapter answers those big questions that are uppermost in almost every new homeschooler's mind, including a discussion about that elephant in the room, socialization. Find a comfortable chair, settle in, and begin your journey into the world of home education.

Getting to This Point

Stunned, you look up one morning over your cup of coffee. How did you get from being a perfectly happy public or private school parent to someone contemplating homeschooling? When did the feeling begin to dawn on you that you weren't ready to send your bundle of preschool joy out into the school world, and you also aren't entirely sure he's ready to go, either?

You may be tired of spending four hours on homework after your child returns from a full day at school. Reteaching the skills at night to a child who passed the daytime hours at school is exhausting and frustrating for both you and your child. You're both tired, you want to get the work done and out of the way, and you may even quietly resent the intrusion into what used to be your family time.

Maybe the escalated violence in elementary, middle, and high schools worries you. You hear reports of guns and knives in school, police patrolling the halls, and you want to ensure (as best as you can) that your children remain safe. Or violence may have already touched your community, and you feel the need to react in a positive way while you still have time.

Perhaps you see your family values, traditions, or religious beliefs lessening as your child spends more and more time in an institutional setting, and this bothers you. Children function best from a strong foundation, which is hard to build when they spend six to eight hours per day outside a parent's care while they're still young. Parents see amazing changes even after bringing high school students into homeschooling from a troubled school setting, but building the foundation when they're young is easiest. In this case, homeschooling builds (or rebuilds) strong families, which in turn provides balanced adults for society.

Your child's lack of academic progress may concern you. As every parent knows, each child develops in her own time and in her own way. School materials are designed for the mythical middle-of-the-road child who learns certain skills at certain times. If your child fits outside the mold, she may fall behind in classes or show signs of stress. Pulling this child out of public or private school and teaching her at home takes the pressure off and allows you to spend as much time as necessary working through specific subjects or skills.

Perhaps family work or activity schedules clash irreparably with school schedules. Although not the most common reason for homeschooling, this is certainly as valid as any of the others. If one parent travels several months of the year or a family business or passion, such as stage or athletic performing skews your weekly schedule, then homeschooling may prove to be the optimal solution for your family. It allows you to be together, do what you need to do, and still meet your state's educational requirements.

No matter what your reasons are for wanting to homeschool your children, if they center around what's best for your family right now, then your reasons are valid and worth pursuing. Home education is all about meeting your child's needs. If the school no longer meets those needs, and you're willing to take the plunge and give it a try, then you may find homeschooling a perfect fit.

Knowing Not to Know It All

No one knows it all, not even the teachers in the schools. Many schools assign teachers to lead classes on subjects they were never even trained to teach. At the beginning of a school year, these teachers, scrambling as much as anyone else, read the teacher's manuals to determine what in the world fifth-grade science is all about.

You don't need to know it all. You come to homeschooling with certain strengths and specialties. The topics you love and those things you do well become natural subjects in your homeschool. If you love to cook, for example, home economics class becomes an effortless and fun way to spend close teaching time with your children in the kitchen while passing on something that excites you. There's a good chance that they'll learn to cook well, too, as they catch your excitement and internalize it.

In the beginning, until you develop a support network of other families with specialties of their own, you teach what you know and use teacher's manuals or library books for the rest. If your children are older, you can even turn them loose in the library to research a subject that you know nothing about and then ask your students to report back to you after they learn about it. This way, you both learn something new.

With a good textbook in your hand or a sound idea of what you want to teach or learn and access to a decent public library or the Internet (almost every community has a good library these days), a homeschool parent learns alongside the student. Most homeschoolers, after three or so years teaching the kids at their houses, say, "I had no idea I'd learn so much along with them!"

After you meet a group of homeschool families who have children roughly the ages of yours, a natural networking begins to take place. You may offer to teach cooking to a group of kids whose parents think that the family can opener is a prized possession. In return, if you don't know a bass clef from a quarter note, another homeschool parent may be willing to hold an introductory music class for the group. By joining together and sharing skills, nobody needs to know it all. You spend less time fussing over the teacher's manual, and you still get it all done.

Affording It

The truth doesn't always make good news stories. News media relies on the sensational and the bizarre, while normal, run-of-the-mill life generally doesn't qualify as news. Homeschool media stories that tout homeschooling as expensive, elitist, and only for the wealthy are simply not true. The truth, which is that anyone can homeschool for nearly free if they need to, doesn't make splashy headlines.

Many people manage to homeschool their children for about $500 per child, per year, on the average or less. Some swing it on $500 per family. A few manage to teach for nearly free, but they're the truly dedicated bargain shoppers. Five hundred dollars per child, per year, is a good round figure for estimation because you can get a good number of books, supplies, and even a few extra goodies like field trips for that amount. Now, opting for a $500 budget means that your child won't be using the coolest, newest whizbang textbooks for every subject, but it also means that you can provide a more-than-adequate education.

Set a budget for homeschooling supplies at the beginning of the year, but remember that you're bound to pick up some fun stuff along the way. So include that in your estimates. Setting up a reasonable budget can give you realistic boundaries while also letting you know that you can do this. Keep in mind that preschool and kindergarten are relatively cheap educational years. After you stockpile construction paper, glue, crayons, kiddy scissors, and some read-aloud books, you're most of the way there.

As you rise through the ranks, however, books get more and more expensive, until you reach the high school level where a new science book may cost you $90 or more. With more than one child, however, your costs go down every time the next child in line uses that $90 book. Planning a $90 purchase when three children can use the book in turn gives you a sturdy text for $30 per child in the long run.

When you think about pulling your child out of a private or public school system, don't forget to consider all the items that you currently pay for that will become irrelevant, such as

  • Book rentals
  • Club fees
  • School lunches
  • Tuition (for private school)

You can apply that money to the extra costs that you now have, such as textbooks and lunches at home. Even clothing costs take a dive when you realize that you can homeschool in your sweats and no longer need school-appropriate clothes for each day of the week.

If you opt for low-cost or almost-free homeschooling, you find yourself trading time and energy for the money you'd normally spend on curriculum. Trips to the library take time; you may spend hours writing math practice sheets for your first grader or searching for them on the web so you can print them out. Buying the books you...

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