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Title:
Fundamentals of home-schooling
Author:
Lahrson-Fisher, Ann.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Carson, Wash. : Nettlepatch Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xvii, 429 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
pt. 1. Play -- 1. Keynote : play, the root of learning -- 2. Why children play -- 3. Enhancing early learning -- 4. Enhance learning with games and puzzles -- 5. Modifying classic games -- 6. Game list, the tried and true -- pt. 2. Conversations -- 7. Keynote conversations -- 8. Early reading and writing -- 9. The laptop approach to reading -- 10. Writing toward reading -- 11. Early math conversations -- 12. Math whiz basics -- 13. For the love of learning -- pt. 3. Togetherness -- 14. Keynote homeschool = togetherness -- 15. Social learning -- 16. Exploring homeschooling styles -- 17. Learning activity centers -- 18. A learning calendar -- 19. Against the flow : handling criticism -- 20. Joyful disruption -- 21. A surplus of attention -- 22. Eleven, going on twenty-one -- 23. A toddler in the homeschool -- pt. 4. Growing up -- 24. Keynote growing up -- 25. Rites of passage -- 26. Family friendly evaluation -- 27. Avoiding standarized testing traps -- 28. Ready for college and work -- pt. 5. Explorations 1 : the big picture -- 29. Keynote : creating habits for learning -- 30. Field tripping -- 31. Learning clubs -- 32. Apprenticeships and mentoring -- 33. Teen medley -- pt. 6. Explorations 2 : subjects -- 34. Keynote choosing the right stuff -- 35. Exploring math -- 36. Exploring science -- 37. Exploring social studies -- 38. Exploring vocabulary and spelling -- 39. Exploring literature and books -- 40. Exploring writing -- 41. Exploring music -- 42. Exploring arts and crafts -- 43. Exploring foreign languages -- 44. Learning by computer -- 45. Considering textbooks?
ISBN:
9780964081369
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...comprehensive, reader-friendly...inclusive of all who might choose this alternative education...a wealth of wisdom...Publishers Weekly, 01/12/04


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Home-schooling parent Lahrson-Fisher (Homeschooling in Oregon) presents a comprehensive, reader-friendly tome on home-schooling. Its scope is inclusive of all who might choose this alternative education, as well as of every aspect of home-schooling from curriculum materials and legal support services to home schooling organizations. Prospective home-schooling parents (and even parents of children who attend school) will appreciate the book's wealth of wisdom on child development, learning and family life. Part One, "Play," continues in the tradition of David Elkind (The Hurried Child) and Neil Postman (The Disappearance of Childhood) with its sensible argument for allowing children the time to develop their imaginative and expressive selves through play. Part Two offers reassuring advice for parents worried about how to approach the basics of literacy and mathematics with their children. Subsequent sections are more specifically oriented to home-schoolers and offer tips on family life and the organization of the living/school space, evaluation and testing, getting ready for college and other important issues, including how to respond to the inevitable criticism from family and friends. What Lahrson-Fisher's book lacks in theory, it makes up for in common sense, clearly rooted in the author's personal experiences. Although slightly redundant, the book will remind readers of the benefits of living a life that celebrates the simple things: "play, conversation, togetherness, and growing up." (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Linda Dobson
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
Introduction--A Note From the Authorp. 1
Habits of Successful Family Living
This Book is About Habits
Play
Conersation
Togetherness
Growing Up
Exploration I The Big Picture
Exploration II Subjects
Part 1 Play
1 Keynote: Play, the Root of Learningp. 7
Before Play
Creating a Play-Friendly Environment
Social Consultant
Playtime General Manager
Playtime Protector
Activities Scheduler
The Right Amount of Free Play
Imagination Blooms
2 Why Children Playp. 15
Elements of Free Play
A Sublime Sense of Timelessness
A Sense of Power and Control
Creative Outlet and Self Expression
Life Skill Practice and Imitation
Essential Time for Processing New Knowledge
Protecting Playtime
3 Enhancing Early Learningp. 25
General Tips
Sample Activity Centers
Housekeeping Center
Dress-up Comer
Reading Center
Writing Center
Art Center
Play Center
Science Center
Math Center
School-Type Centers
Materials Lists
Resources
4 Enhance Learning With Games and Puzzlesp. 35
Card Games
With Games and Puzzles
Board Games
Trivia Games
Mental Games
Simulation Games
Video and Computer Games
Homemade Games, value added
Self-testing Games
Puzzles
Jigsaw Puzzles
Problem Solving Puzzles To Try
Other
5 Modifying Classic Gamesp. 51
Tips for Modifying Games
Cooperate, Don't Compete
Play as Teams
Moral Support
Team Play
Surrogate Play
Modify the Rules
Reduce the Game
About Competitiveness
About Thinking Skills
6 Game List, the Tried and Truep. 55
Homeschooler-Approved Games
Reading Writing, Grammar, Language
Math--Strategy, Logic, Skill Practice
Resources
Part 2 Conversations
7 Keynote Conversationsp. 61
Optimal Learning through Family Chitchat
Knowledge as Conversation
Bridging Conversations
Interpersonal Conversations
"Family Size" Group Conversations
Inner Conversations or Self-talk
The Skilled Listener
The Skilled Reader
8 Early Reading and Writingp. 69
Learning Conversation - Conversationally
A Reading and Writing Environment
Models--Parents and Others Who Read and Write
Materials for Reading and Writing
Read Aloud Together
Point Out Print Wherever You Are
Think Out Loud About Reading
Parent Patience--Wait and Observe
Special Concerns
Children Who are Inclined Toward Literacy From Birth
Older Blooming Readers
9 The Laptop Approach to Readingp. 81
On the Floor, Across the Room-Together
Choice of Materials
When Your Child Reads to You
Teach Skills with Mini-Lessons
Semantics
Syntax
Correct Word Usage
Phonics
Rhythm and Flow of Language
Sight Words
Advanced Skills
Reading for Information
Critical Thinking
Resources
10 Writing Toward Readingp. 91
Learning to Read by Learning to Write
Spelling Words and Reading Words
But First, Handwriting
Forming Letters, Making Words
Writing Without Handwriting
Fluent Handwriting
Left-handed Writers
Encourage Writing Activities
Write, Edit, and Publish
Learning to Write by Reading
Resources
11 Early Math Conversationsp. 99
Jump Start Math Understanding
Use Collections
What About the Calculator?
Use Measurement Tools
Ask Provocative Questions
Point Out Math Ideas Wherever You Are
Think Out Loud
Write Math Stories Together
Read or Make Children's Math Books
Use Math Symbols
Worksheets Are Optional
What About Drill?
When Your Young Child Wants to Know More
Resources
12 Math Whiz Basicsp. 111
Essential Math through Everyday Life
Counting and 1-1 Correspondence
Number--Seeing Numberals As Symbols
Sequences and Ordinal Numbers
Spatial Relationships
Patterns
Shapes
Measurement
Symmetry
Fractional Parts and the Whole
Estimation
Telling Time
Calendars
Money
Basic Operations: Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide
The Multiplication Table
13 For The Love of Learningp. 123
Rousing Curiosity through Talk and Example
Listening
Demonstrating
Thinking Out Loud
Demonstrating Self Control
Responding to Mistakes
Learning through Trial and Error
Learning from Factual, Process, Careless, or Safety Errors
Conversing to Stimulate Thinking
Saying Nothing at All
Storytelling
Using Words and Language
Literature
Logic Puzzles and Brain Teasers
Arguing Debating, Negotiating
Making Decisions
Questioning Strategies
Part 3 Togetherness
14 Keynote Homeschool=Togethernessp. 137
Family Learning as Family Living
15 Social Learningp. 141
Getting Along With Others
Individualizing Social Experiences
Derailing Bully Behavior
Drawing Out Shy Students
Peer Pressure
Private Time
16 Exploring Homeschooling Stylesp. 151
Seeking a Life-style for Full Family Expression
Child-Specific Developmental Styles
Unschooling
Study, Entrepreneurship, Service
A Smidgen of This, A Dab of That
Curriculum-based Styles
School-at-Home
Dual Enrollment
Parent-Partnered Programs
Finding Your Style
Observe Real Families
Read "How-we-did-it" Books
Parental Styles
Start Now, Adjust Later
Avoid Burnout
17 Learning Activity Centersp. 163
Optimizing The Home Environment for Natural Learning
Kitchen
Dedicated Project Room
Laundry or Sewing Room
Rough Space--Garage, Basement, Shop
Outdoors
Living Room
Studio or Home Office
Children's Rooms
18 A Learning Calendarp. 171
Finding a Rhythm
Learning Idea List
Annual Events
Holidays
Scheduled Activities
Family Life Events
Academic Goals
The Master Calendar
Weekly and Daily Planning
Review, Revise, and Re-prioritize
Planning
Resources
19 Against the Flow: Handling Criticismp. 181
The Problem
Three Assumptions
Respond Calmly to Criticism
20 Joyful Disruptionp. 187
Guiding with Kindness and Gentle Humor
The Liberating World of Joyful Disruption
When and How to "Joyfully Disrupt"
Disruptions to Try with Young Children
Desperation Days
Opening Doors for Teens
When You Are Stuck
21 A Surplus of Attentionp. 197
Living with Children Who Resist Change
How Kids Cope
Multitasking
The Motion Kid
Deep Engrossment
Withdrawal
Procrastination
Helping Your Child Adapt to Change
Reducing Activities
Adjust Beginnings and Endings
Keep Group Activities Small
Follow Interests and Passions
Find a Balance
22 Eleven, Going on Twenty-onep. 205
Rethink Your Teen's Curriculum
Respect the Teenage Need for Privacy
Independence Projects
Rethink Your Relationship
Spend Time Together
23 A Toddler in the Homeschoolp. 211
Lose Your Lap
Baby as Math Project
Baby-proofing in Reverse
Baby-talk
Baby's Own Curriculum
Materials
Outdoors
Field Trips
Bite-sized Activities
Part 4 Growing Up
24 Keynote Growing Upp. 221
How homeschooled students make their way into the world
25 Rites of Passagep. 223
Honoring Maturation through Celebrations, Awards, Mementos
Kick-off Activities
Camps and Conferences
"Not-Back-to-School" Events
Day Trips
Culminating Activities
Accomplishments
The Prom
Graduation
Yearbooks
26 Family Friendly Evaluationp. 231
Helping Children Know What They Know - Parents, Too
Types of Evaluation
Natural Daily Evaluation
Periodic Evaluation
Reflection and Self-Evaluation
Written Narrative Evaluation
A Learning Journal
Traditional Grading Systems
A Simple Portfolio System
Special Collections
27 Avoiding Standardized Testing Trapsp. 239
Some Dehumanizing Side Effects of Testing
Minimizing Negative Side Effects
"Unlearn" Negative Attitudes
Alternatives to Tests
How to Prepare
28 Ready for College and Workp. 247
How Homeschooled Students Enter the Mainstream of Life
Entrepreneurship?
Work?
Joining the Military?
College Bound?
Types of Proof
College Entrance Exams
The GED
Transcripts and Credits
College Credit Through Testing
Community College
Interviews
Resumes
College Through Work
Resources
Part 5 Explorations I - The Big Picture
29 Keynote: Creating Habits for Learningp. 265
For Exploring the World
30 Field Trippingp. 269
Learning on the Road and in the Community
Sample trips
Planning Tips
Pretrip
The Day of the Trip
After the Trip
Are We There Yet?
Sibling Issues
31 Learning Clubsp. 279
Creating Successful Group Learning Experiences
Characteristics and Advantages of Clubs
Creating a Club
Types of Learning Clubs
Resources
32 Apprenticeships and Mentorshipsp. 289
Bring Community Experts and Students Together
How to Create Apprenticeships
Look for Connections in Your Community
Making It Work
Resources
33 Teen Medleyp. 295
Options for Independence-seeking Students
Work/Volunteer
Self-Education
Interscholastic Activity
High School/Diplomas
Community College
Resources
Part 6 Explorations II - Subjects
34 Keynote Choosing the Right Stuffp. 305
Finding Materials that Help Students Explore Deeply and Broadly
35 Exploring Mathp. 309
Moving Beyond the Basics
Handling Errors
What about Mastery?
Resources
36 Exploring Sciencep. 317
Getting to know the world
Family Science Notebook
Resources
37 Exploring Social Studiesp. 323
Bringing Life to History and Geography
Suggestions
Resources
38 Exploring Vocabulary and Spellingp. 329
Tips for Building Vocabulary
Tips for Improving Spelling Skills
Resources
39 Exploring Literature and Booksp. 337
Nonfiction
Use Book Lists
Picture Books
Write Your Own
Resources
40 Exploring Writingp. 345
Pre-Writing
Editing
Publishing Student Writing
Resources
41 Exploring Musicp. 355
Can You Afford Not To?
Suggestions
Resources
42 Exploring Arts and Craftsp. 359
Learning with the hands and heart
Suggestions
Resources
43 Exploring Foreign Languagesp. 363
Suggestions
Resources
44 Learning by Computerp. 369
Common Computer Uses
Myths About Computer Use
Resources
45 Considering Textbooks?p. 377
Textbooks Are Not Necessary
Using Textbooks
Tips for Selecting Textbooks
A final note from annp. 383
About the authorp. 384
Appendix I Legal Compliance & Finding Supportp. 385
Legal
Support
Organizations
Appendix II Bibliography/Parents' Bookshelfp. 392
Periodicals
Books--How-to
Books--Why-to
Appendix III Curriculum Resourcesp. 403
Schools, Programs, Guides
Catalogs
Indexp. 413