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    Hi everyone, apologies if this has been addressed somewhere I missed...I just finished reading The Homework Myth and I have to admit, Mind Blown! I saw so much of my own school experiences in the book and recognized a lot of my own institutionalization in the discussion. (And I had what would be considered a highly successful school experience) I'm wondering if there are any books you'd recommend to the new homeschooling parent to help "deprogram" from our own school experiences?

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    Hi Amanda!

    Its hard to find stuff sometimes in the archives!

    Heres a thread for you:
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Thanks alexsmom! I just ordered a couple of the books mentioned in the thread. I'm at the preparing-to-homeschool stage, and my library does not have any resources! I will be requesting some from other libraries in the system.

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    My most used resource has been: Rebecca Rupp - Home Learning Year by Year. It's one that's worth owning.
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    The Rupp and Dobson books were my favorites - and I recommend not reading Well Trained Mind until youve read other books so the crazy psychotic way they talk about things doesnt scare you away from homeschooling.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MNDad View Post
    My most used resource has been: Rebecca Rupp - Home Learning Year by Year. It's one that's worth owning.
    Oh, yes. Any Rebecca Rupp is worth owning. She is my absolute favorite. That said, her books are older, so many of the resources she recommends are hard to find. Still, she's inspiring and has contributed much to our family's homeschool experience.
    Skrink - mama to my 14 yo wild woman

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    Thank you everyone! I have started a wish list and I have a few new books arriving today!

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    Following this thread as well as looking at the archives now, thank you!
    May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave. Learning at Home with Me
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    I tried reading The Well Trained Mind, got about 12 pages in, and said "Nope".

    I am reading "Beyond Measure" right now. It isn't about homeschooling, but it relates for me, regarding the artificial "busy-ness" that we heap on kids: piano, dance, sports, art lessons, youth groups, martial arts, blah blah blah. I think it's important to consider how "busy" you want your kids (and by extension, you), to be. I know of a lot of homeschoolers that are involved in so many structured ctivities every week. It makes me dizzy!

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    I like this one: The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start: Linda Dobson: 9780761527886: Books It is great for letting you know the different philosophies of education at home and gives you ONE family's view of what a week with that looks like. (Reality is, each family WILL be different based on the needs of child or how many children you are schooling.

    To really succeed at will need to go with what your children need. If you have any learning differences, you may need to throw things out and do things differently. You may love school at home....but if you have an active kid, you may need lots of breaks. That curriculum that spells everything out with lots of manipulatives....may just bore your child to tears. Stay flexible, give everything a try for a while to get used to it, but then if it doesn't work....find something else.

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