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Why I Love Homeschooling: 24 Parents Share the Joys & Challenges of Educating Their Children at Home by [Brynn Steimle, Kathy Oaks, Mary Jo Tate, Tina Nahid, Melissa Calapp, Michelle Huddleston, Faye Badenhop, LM Preston, Crissi E Allen, Alyson Long, Dan Archibald, Glenn Ballard, Ann Barndt, Heidi Bullard, Kelley Christie, Bob Craghead, Alexis Duffin, Theresa Redfern-Hall, Lisa Kendall, Regina Merchant, Matthew Parks, Mary Paul, Carrie Pomeroy, Cara Rector]

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"The great thing about this book is that it gives you an idea of how homeschooling has worked in 24 different families, not just one. If you are considering homeschooling, your ways will be different, but at least you won't go into it thinking there's only one right way. The great thing about homeschooling, which differentiates it from traditional public or private schooling, is that it can accommodate the wonderful ways that all of us human beings differ from one another. The real leaders in any successful homeschooling program are the children. The parents learn to follow them. That message, in one way or another, runs through every one of the essays in this book."
-- Peter Gray, Research Professor at Boston College and author of Free to Learn 

"Whether you come to homeschool by choice, by accident or under duress, the combined voices of the families who share their experiences in this volume will be a source of comfort and inspiration to you! Homeschooling may be a bold choice, but it is also a natural one--and well worth the challenges. Welcome to this joyful journey! And rest assured that there are many on this path with you who are ready and willing to lend support."-- Rachel DeMille,, "An Education to Match Your Mission" 

"As interest in homeschooling soars, this collection of honest, heart-felt essays provides encouragement and inspiration for new home-schooling families--as well as those of us who have been on this educational path for a long time."-- Kerry McDonald, author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom 

"The best decision I ever made was to homeschool my children. But it was a scary decision to make, and I read lots of information before I made the leap. Brynn and Kathy have gathered so many homeschoolers in one place to create a great resource for parents considering homeschooling. This is the book you can rely on to create a realistic picture of homeschooling for you and your family. What I needed in order to start homeschooling was an extra dose of bravery, and I got it from talking to parents like the ones in this book. So pick up this book to pick up the last bit of bravery you need to make homeschooling the solution for your family."
-- Penelope Trunk, blogger, life coach, and author of The Power of Mentors and The New American Dream 

"Somewhere along the way, society began to believe that government institutions could better meet the individual needs of each child than parents could. Preposterous! Parents are the experts on their children, and it is parents who can best customize their children's education to meet their unique needs. This book tells the stories of parents who have broken from the status quo to provide their kids with the best possible chance at a great education. It is a refreshing read for parents who know there must be a better way!"
-- Connor Boyack, author of Passion-Driven Education

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CD1254K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Influence Press (July 4, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 4, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 660 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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    4.7 out of 5 stars 16 ratings

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By Tobi on July 15, 2020
I am a mother of seven. When Covid hit and we were thrown unexpectedly into homeschooling, to say I was taken off guard would have been an understatement.

I’m a rebel by nature. I don’t want to be told what to do. I want to do things on my own terms. I was stressed beyond belief, with 2 home computers, 5 middle/high school students (each with 6 teachers), several different apps and software I was unfamiliar with, and two younger children with teachers whose demands that felt impossible.

After reading this collection of essays, I realize that by sending my children to public school without any choice, I was forcing my children to do all of the things I tend to rebel against. Education can be anything we want it to be, and the perspectives and helpful ideas in this book were both helpful and encouraging.

Our school district just announced that we will be doing home-schooling at least through October. Instead of feeling shocked and disappointed, I now have a new perspective on educating my children and I am giddy with excitement for this new adventure with my children.

Thank you for bringing so many advocates together at such a crucial time. I NEEDED this book. My children NEEDED me to find this book. And I recommend it to ANYONE who is even slightly interested in making their homeschooling experience more enjoyable, adventurous, special and fun.
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