Are all homeschools alike? Is there one right way to do it? Join Michael Farris as he talks with Lisa Whelchel about her new book on today's Home School Heartbeat.
Lisa, in your book, So You're Thinking About Homeschooling, you've told the stories of 15 surprisingly different families who don't practice one-size-fits-all education. Why did you take this approach?
I really wanted to free parents up and give them the confidence that they can do this. What are their goals? Are they social? Are they spiritual? Are they academic? Well, then lets just focus on those goals and the way to get there, and don't pay attention to the way you might think the perfect homeschool family accomplishes these things. Find out what works for your family. And I wanted to give them examples of how other families have made homeschooling work for them.
How did you go about finding and choosing the family styles to highlight?
I was shocked. On my website I have people that have signed up for a monthly e-letter, so I sent out to the people on my database that I was looking for homeschool families to fill out a survey of three different questions and they were, "What was your reason for homeschooling?" "What is your unique situation for homeschooling?" and "What curriculum do you use?" And they posted it all over the place; whether it was groups or bulletin boards or whatever, I received over a thousand answers to these three questions. And from there I talked to over a hundred of them personally and was able to put the composite families together.
Is homeschooling right for you? Lisa's book, So You're Thinking About Homeschooling, offers an honest look at the challenges and rewards. If you'd like to get a copy of her book, just call us toll-free at 866-338-8614. That's 866-338-8614. Or visit us online at homeschoolheartbeat.com.
From idea to ideal—learn how to homeschool for real! Offering a show-it-to-know-it approach, Whelchel introduces you to 15 families who are dealing with the challenges of home education. Gain confidence with nuts-and-bolts guidance on managing your time, teaching beyond your strengths, handling outside responsibilities, facilitating extracurricular activities, coping with learning disabilities, battling boredom, and more.
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