Homeschooling Essentials: A Practical Guide to Getting Started

Narrated by: Douglas R. Pratt
Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ready to begin homeschooling? Let hundreds of experienced homeschoolers help you on your way! This practical guide will:

  • answer the questions new homeschoolers ask most often
  • help you navigate through legal issues, academic requirements, record-keeping, and testing
  • describe various schedules, including typical (and not-so-typical) homeschool days
  • discuss different homeschooling methods, ranging from a structured, school-in-a-box approach to a very relaxed, child-directed style; provide reviews of favorite resources
  • help you with high school, from creating a course schedule to assigning grades and granting credits
  • and more!
Whether you're a new homeschooler, or just looking for a better way to learn with your children, this guide offers the answers and encouragement you need to succeed.

©2012 Dianna Broughton (P)2013 Dianna Broughton

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I should have read it

It can be difficult to find time to read but some books are better read than listened to. This is one of those books. I would have liked to sit down and taken notes it can be hard to take notes while listening during dishes or laundry. I will most likely buy the physical book so I can reread and take notes.

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Just what I needed

This book gave practical suggestions for homeschoolers and being a first time homeschooler of a 15 year old and a 11 year old it gave me a sense of relief. I felt like I could do this and be successful.

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Excellent book! The best for homeschool

Love! Love! This book!!! Very to the point and tons of details and references! I highly recommended this book to anyone interested in getting started in homeschooling or just to help guide you if you are already homeschooling.

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Great Basis, so glad it is available in audio

Most homeschooling books like these are not available in audio, since much information can be used as reference. But for someone who only has time to listen for the highlights, I am so glad this is available and will purchase written copy so I can reference in the future.

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A good read

I enjoyed how informative & clear this book was. Not full of repeat or unneeded things. O jave even been able to get some of the books mentioned at my local homeschool store.

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I'm in!

This book has given me a much more clear idea of what homeschooling is about.

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What disappointed you about Homeschooling Essentials: A Practical Guide to Getting Started?

It seems like this book would be better suited to either the physical book or eReader book. The author is female and in describing homeschool teacher she only refers to them as "she," yet the narrator of the audiobook is male. The first part of that is offensive, the second part is just plain weird. Some great information and resources but I would prefer it in book form for easy referencing.

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