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Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling, The


Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling, The

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Publisher: Hungry Minds

Author: Kathy Ishizuka

List Price: $15.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Beverly Krueger

In the introduction to The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling, Kathy Ishizuka states that the book is not based on the assumption that homeschooling is for everyone or even the right choice for the reader. As she puts it, "homeschooling is a very personal matter to be decided according to individual family needs." The book focuses on the practicalities of homeschooling, covering topics like whether you need teacher training, can you homeschool learning disabled children, finding support in your local community, choosing a method of homeschooling and determining the curricular needs of your children. And isn't that really what most beginning homeschool parents want when they ask how to go about homeschooling? This book is neither the dire warning about pitfalls that public school interests promulgate nor the rah rah, "homeschooling is perfect for everyone", mantra of a small subset of homeschoolers.

The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling gives an overview of the basic questions and concerns that homeschoolers address in their first years of homeschooling. For those who have not yet formed their own understanding of which method of homeschooling or what types of curriculum will work for their family, the book gives a sufficient depth of information in the variety of choices to allow the reader to weed out what they don't want and focus in on what they do. That alone makes the book a worthwhile purchase for beginning homeschoolers faced with a barrage of choices. The appendices list resource suppliers and additional reading so that the reader can focus in on the direction The Unofficial Guide is helping them choose.

The Unofficial Guide is not a curriculum guide. It gives information on the process of choosing curriculum rather than details about specific curriculum. The beginning homeschooler will still want to spend time reading informative catalogs or a curriculum manual such as Cathy Duffy's Christian Home Education Curriculum Manuals. Looking at specific curriculum is really step two in the process of beginning to homeschool. Sorting out your reasons for homeschooling, the methods you will use, and the general means of how you will organize your homeschool are really step one. The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling will take you through step one in a balanced and thoughtful way. I highly recommend it to those beginning homeschooling and those who counsel new homeschoolers.
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Available From: Hungry Minds
Other Notes: Paperback, 400 pages
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Beverly Krueger
Beverly Krueger is Editor in Chief of the Eclectic Homeschool Online and a homeschool conference speaker. Her publishing company, EEG Publishing, also publishes a number of helpful websites including,,,,,,, and The Krueger family also participate in the ministry of Mission of Joy, a Christian mission to the people of India.
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