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Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home (Review Two)


Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home (Review Two)

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Publisher: Fireside: Simon and Schuster

Author: Rhonda Barfield

List Price: $14.00

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Kelly Crespin

Chances are if you're reading reviews on this site, you're either currently homeschooling or seriously considering homeschooling. While there are dozens and dozens of books written that show you how to homeschool, this is one of the few books that "takes you there" like a fly on the wall. This book is about 21 families.all of them different. From the families with one child each to the families with 11 children each, all their experiences are so very different and unique. This book visits each family and finds out what drives them down the homeschool path, why homeschooling works for them and maybe why it doesn't, and what makes them stick with it.

While many books focus on a single aspect of homeschooling (e.g., religion, methods of instruction, unschooling, etc.) this book, in a sense, randomly lets you see inside the lives of 21 families, each different from the family before it. These 21 families have nothing in common with the others except the fact that they all homeschool for various, personal reasons.

Real-Life Homeschooling is written in a narrative format with lots of stories, examples, and anecdotes. Each family is asked for their favorite Bible verse, their favorite homeschool resources, their best and worst advice, and their favorite saying. What the book doesn't include, that I would have liked to have seen, is examples of organizational tools, charts, lessons, etc. that the families have used with success. When I read about the families (yes, there are more than one!) with 11 children, I sit there in awe at what those parents must go through to maintain their sanity. While I only have 2 children, my life is busy enough. The thought of homeschooling 11 children is just an incredible concept. Any concrete ideas that I could take with me would certainly be helpful and appreciated.I also would have enjoyed more family photos and photos of field trips, activities, etc., but there is only one photo of each family and these photos are black-and-white and not of the best quality.
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Kelly Crespin
Kelly Crespin has her BS in Elementary Education and a MS in Gifted and Talented Education. She now homeschools her daughters, writes test questions for standardized tests, and runs scrapbookinghomeschoolers, which is a Yahoo Groups list for those who enjoy both pursuits - scrapbooking and homeschooling.
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