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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Book Review: Homeschooling Methods

I received a complimentary copy of the Homeschooling Methods book for review. The book is edited by Gena and Paul Suarez, publishers of The Old Schoolhouse homeschooling magazine. The purpose of this book is to examine various popular homeschooling methods such as:
  • Classical Education
  • Principle Approach
  • Traditional Textbook
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Unit Study
  • Special Needs
  • Carschooling
  • Eclectic
  • Unschooling or Delight Directed Studies
  • Whole-Heart Learning
The layout for each method is as follows:
  • A chapter that presents a short summary or an overview
  • A chapter written by a major proponent of the method discussing the theoretic aspect
  • A chapter written by another proponent of the method discussing the practical or the "how-to" aspect
I think this is a wonderful book for those who are searching for the right homeschooling approach for their family. Many of the contributers are veteran homeschooling parents so their writings not only encompass the description of the technique but also their candid homeschooling experience. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in homeschooling. It should prove especially those who are a bit confused as to what method or technique is the right one for their family.