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    Honestly, I think you should read as much as you can about homeschooling. Read Well Trained Mind, and read blogs, and read Sandra Dodd and John Holt,and everything in between. Some of it will resonate with you, and some won't, but it will give you more insight on what you believe as a homeschooler.

    And then you will actually try to implement your ideas, and realize your kids didn't read the books, and you will need to rethink everything. But that is ok.

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    I just requested The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child from the library. I found it in one of the links mentioned. Thanks for going to the trouble of doing a deep search for my topic! I will read The Well-Trained Mind, too.

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    Melissa, I hope you enjoy those!

    And read the other books first, before the WTM one. Or else you might think that homeschooling is supposed to be a drag, and that art, music, and science shouldnt be included in 2nd grade. But Dante's Inferno should.

    As far as Dobson goes, isnt that one of IEF's friends? As in, IEF refers to her as Linda?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I must confess that I initially passed over Linda Dobson's books when I was searching my library catalog, because there are so many religious homeschoolers and I thought she was connected with the conservative Christian James Dobson.

    I know The Well Trained Mind is about a very particular kind of homeschooling. I would never use the program straight out (I also prefer science to a predetermined, "culturally important" set of literature), but I've read a bit of Charlotte Mason and a bit of unschooling, and it seems like something to explore.

    This is why I need to be on here even though my kid is four. There is so much to plan. Even if we were waiting until five and a half, I would need this long to decide how to do it.

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    I was so much the same way, Melissa.... but I didnt have here.

    and FWIW, my allerjesus werent bothered by any Dobson book. I dont think shes related to THOSE Dobsons.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Nope, no relation. Poor girl, I'm sure she's lost a lot of book sales just because of an unfortunate name.

    THIS is the Linda Dobson Muddylilly was talking about:

    Parent At The Helm

    and it was her name first; she was writing for HEM (Home Education Magazine) in 1988.

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    Another option is podcasts. I used to like the Savvy Homeschool Moms - they're secular and had a long 'chit chat' at the beginning of their episodes that annoyed some people, but gave a real insight into the day to day of homeschooling. One I like because it's realistic and lovely (although from a religious perspective) is Your Morning Basket (blog and podcast). It's all about integrating some of the aspects that often can get rushed past in the academic focus - art, music, poetry etc.

    4th year of homeschooling DS, now 9!

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    Oh, yes, I am sorry I thought that about Linda Dobson now. I am looking forward to reading her book.

    Elly, I love podcasts! I listened to part of Savvy Homeschool Moms yesterday on your recommendation. I liked it. The chitchat did not bother me. I am not always looking for chitchat, but in this case, it was the best way for me to get a sense of the homeschooling lifestyle. I will listen to more when I am able.

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    I like Teach Your Own by John Holt. I don't know if it fits all your criteria..
    Kids are so much more than a test score.
    Qualities not measured by a test: creativity, persistence, curiosity, humor, self-discipline, empathy, humility and so many more!

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