Friday, February 26, 2010

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!

Several weeks ago I received a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell from Apologia Press in order to write this review.  It was a fun package to receive because this is one HUGE book.  Including the notes section, the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is 509 pages long.

This is a very thorough book about homeschooling and its methods.  I was excited to receive it because I have a dear friend who is beginning her first homeschool journey with her 10 year old next year.  She is currently in the "research phase" of her homeschooling and I KNOW that this book will give her LOTS of information.

Mrs. Bell is a veteran homeschooler with a lot of experience not only homeschooling her own children but also teaching for years in classroom and co-op situations.  Her book is easy to read and I'm not a great non-fiction reader.  

One reason it's an easy read is that it's very graphic and filled with personal stories to support statements and explanations.  You can view a 10-page sample of the book and see what I mean here.  I just loved the way the book was arranged.  The headlines/title chapters and little insets really add to the pleasure of reading this book.

I do want to leave two quotes with you.  I have not always met with total support of homeschooling our boys.  But I've always known that homeschooling is God's plan for our little family.  We are a very close family.  We don't even do extra-curricular activities unless all four of us can be together as a result of the activity.  This goes against the cultural norm where many families are all off "doing their own thing."  The following quotes really spoke to me and validated how God has led us to structure our family.  This is actually from the introduction.  Yes, I'm that girl who reads the introductions.  I read acknowlegements too.  Here are my two favorite quotes from the introduction where Mrs. Bell is discussing homeschooling:

" It's a proactive stand against a disintegrating culture that splinters families apart and exalts self-absorbed individualism."


"I do believe it is an example of the creative solutions God can be counted on to supply when we feel out maneuvered by cultural forces.  Homeschooling is a defense against the relentless and pernicious assault upon traditional family life.  More than that, it is a traiining ground from which future redemptive leadership can come forth.

If you are new to homeschooling, or if you want to try out a new homeschooling method, you should read The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell.  I would even suggest reading this book just as a refresher or encouragement.  It is so full of tips and ideas.  I am sure that the most veteran homeschooler can find something new IN The Ultimate Guide.  You can purchase your copy from Apologia Press for $20 plus shipping and handling.  You will find lots of parental support products from Apologia Press here

As always, please read the reviews of the other crew members.  Mine is never the only opinion!  You will find many other reviews here.

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