Monday, May 28, 2012

The Ultimate Guide To HomeschoolingThe Ultimate Guide To Homeschooling by Debra Bell

The Ultimate Guide To HomeschoolingThe Ultimate Guide To Homeschooling by Debra Bell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I stopped reading this book. I finished most of it so I am counting it. In the later chapters on High School and preparing your children for college I started to feel like I was giving my children an inferior education, just because I did not do things her way. There is no balance in this book on the many choices for homeschoolers, like starting your own business after high school. Also she very much recommends outside classes, and even started a homeschool school to avail her kids of other teachers in their lives. We have a few, similar, one day a week schools for homeschoolers in our area, but chose not to go that route. Because this book negatively affected my view of myself and our homeschool I chose to stop reading it. Others may find it helpful. Most of the information in the first 21 chapters was review for me... nothing new at all. I received this book as a review item a while back and never finished reading it. As I said the beginning was ok and if you advocate outside classes for your children and sending them to college then this book may help you, but it didn't help me.

I am grateful to my grown daughters and husband who helped me put things in perspective and encouraged me to stop reading this book.

Now to take a little break from reading about homeschooling and read just for pleasure... then in a week or 2 I will read a homeschool book that encourages me and does not make me feel guilty because I don't do things the way the author does them.

Just my 2 cents... take it or leave it.

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1 comment:

Kym Thorpe said...

I *just* finished (finally) her Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens, and I felt much the same way. It should probably have been titled as a guide for homeschooling exceptionally intelligent/ambitious/mensa material teens. 8-( There was a lot of valuable information in it, but I couldn't help but think that it wasn't really meant for average people with teens who haven't a clue what they want to do when they grow up and don't like school that much.

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