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Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child [Paperback]

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Item description for Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child by Linda Dobson...

Discusses the positives of homeschooling young children in the years that lay the foundation for developing learning skills

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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
Discover the Rewards of Homeschooling Your Young Child
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 Rainbow Lake, New York.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Three Rivers Press
Pages   330
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 11, 1999
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
Grade Level  Teacher  
ISBN  0761520287  
ISBN13  9780761520283  
UPC  086874520288  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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 Rainbow Lake, New York.

Linda Dobson currently resides in Rainbow Lakes, in the state of New York.

Linda Dobson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Prima Home Learning Library
  2. Prima's Home Learning Library

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Some Good Info, but Too Limited in Scope  Feb 21, 2007
I agree with several other reviewers: the book seems geared toward folks who are considering homeschooling the *very* young child. I know the title states "3- to 8-year-old," but a LOT of the material was geared to preschoolers and very early learners. I have a kindergartner in private school and a first-grader in public school right now, so a good bit of the information contained in the book doesn't apply to us. Also, most of the familial anecdotes and advice, as well as the authorial bias, lean toward unschooling. I understand that many families think this approach is fabulous, but there are also many of us who don't. I would have appreciated a much broader scope in that regard. Much of the curricula and other suggestions I have located elsewhere, either on the Internet or in other books. I *did* appreciate the chaper on "Enjoying the Road Less Traveled." Basically, I flipped through this book in one evening and wished I'd used my dollars more wisely.
A Fantastic Resource and A Great Inspiration!  May 11, 2003
This is not yet another mere "your child should `x' at `y' age" handbook focusing on academics, but a traveler's guide to creating a family's own itinerary for the homeschooling journey. It offers an expansive view of the home education landscape, with mountains of ideas and personal experiences contributed by fellow explorers, wellsprings of inspiration, and stockpiles of resources.

Like Linda Dobson's other books, "Homeschooling: The Early Years" takes parents outside the box of "school at home" thinking, encouraging families to use their whole world as a "classroom" and to recognize that learning happens all the time-even when not regimented according to grade level or chopped into subject areas. In addition, the book instills confidence in parents of children who don't "measure up" to grade level marks by providing lively pictures of children who developed at their own pace and turned out ok anyway. These facets can help parents find an individualized homeschooling style that is relaxed and enjoyable for the whole family. What could be better than that?

The author invites readers to leaf through homeschooling's goodie basket, to taste the benefits that lie beyond academic measures. These include the luxury of spending "extra" time exploring areas of interest, homeschooling's power to strengthen the family bond and instill positive socialization and its flexibility in meeting the needs of any schedule or lifestyle, and the joy and pleasure of homeschooling while cuddling together in your jammies.

"Early Years" maps a remarkably wide territory for one modest book. It covers how to tune into your child's unique learning needs, incorporating learning with young children's natural tendencies, and overcoming fears and doubts. Included in this volume are money-saving ideas, including discovering educational materials you already have at home; homeschoolers' favorite software, helping you make good choices from among the tremendous number of materials available; in-depth information on the 3 R's; information on a variety of homeschooling methods; resources, such as periodicals, other books, Web sites and more; help for parents of special needs children, single parents, ways to include younger siblings; organizing; and even "part-time homeschooling" as a supplement to school.

Having homeschooled my now 13 year-old and 10 year-old children their whole lives, I believe "Homeschooling: The Early Years" is a fantastic resource, an inspiration, and even a quiet revolution. This book helps parents learn to trust themselves and their own perceptions, rather than always looking to "experts," because nobody knows a child better than does the parent-and that may be the most important homeschooling idea of all.

Don't bother with this one.  Apr 1, 2003
I was all excited to get Linda Dobson's books. This, as well as most of the others, have been a disappointment. I hardly ever refer to them now. They weren't all that helpful at all. Her books (including this one) lack "meat" and are way too vague. I suppose it's a good, VERY basic, rather shallow introduction. But that's about it. The main thing that I did not appreciate about the author is her heavy unschooling bias. Not everyone is into unschooling. To the new homeschooler, that can be a real turn-off.
a great early resource for beginning homeschoolers  Mar 13, 2003
This book is subtitled "Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8-Year-Old Child". It is a little less than that, since it does not contain information about specific knowledge your youngster "needs" to acquire (for that information, see The Core Knowledge series by E.D. Hirsch), but it is a marvelous book to impart the basics and instill in you a sense of confidence and enthusiasm regarding the adventure you are about to begin!

Dobson begins with a survey of 66 homeschooling parents and presents continuum information about eight variables: motivation for homeschooling, financial expenditures, level of structuredness, assessment technique, technology use, physical space, parental involvement and outside assistance. I found this interesting just to see what others were doing and, though not reported in great detail, I thought it was a promising way to begin the book.

Chapters include information on getting ready to homeschool, curriculum options, teaching reading, teaching writing, teaching arithmetic, teaching other subjects, tailoring your approach to your family, resources, computers, accommodating younger learners, running a household (and sustaining a marriage) while you homeschool, part-time homeschooling, dealing with naysayers and enjoying the experience. Each chapter ends with an outline of the major points and a list of resources, which may include books, programs, magazines, catalogues, web sites or organizations. Chapters include practical advice as well as a series of personal anecdotes from the survey respondents called "How We Did It" with specific ideas that might be helpful.

It would be simplistic to say that much of the book is cheerleading, as the author spends a lot of time telling you why this is a good idea, the benefits of your choice, and the positive effects this decision will have on your child(ren). But considering how much grief you will probably get from relatives and acquaintances, someone to cheer you on isn't such a bad thing. You won't rely on this volume for specifics, but it is inspirational and contains a lot of information about where to find more specifics. I found this book very helpful.

Full of Information  Jan 15, 2002
This book is full of information. It has stories from other families who homeschool about how they handled various situation. It has resources and confidence boosters and ideas.

I think this would be a great book for those who are just starting out in homeschooling and have a lot of questions about homeschooling the younger children. Another book I would suggest would be the The Big Book of Home Learning by Mary Pride.

My only problem with this book was that I thought I'd get more along the line of checklists of what your child should know when. Or more importanly what order some of these important skills should be taught in; for example, children who know their shapes tend to do well with recognizing letters which reads to reading. I thought this book was lacking in this type of important information.

In fact, many of the books I have been reading as I begin homeschooling my preschool child are lacking in this information. If anyone has any suggestions of where I can find that info, email me.

If I were just starting to homeschool and I had a young child at home I suggest you consider buying this book.


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