A Homeschooling Beginners Manual (Volume 1)

  • by R C Cannon
  • Narrated by Jon Turner
  • 1 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Home schooling will not be easy, but nothing truly worth doing is ever easy. If teaching your children what they need to become exceptional adults both academically and morally was easy then they would still be able to do that in public schools. The public school system is failing because they look at your child as a body that fills a seat which is worth a certain amount of money to the school system and as a mind to conduct social experimentation on. When our children stopped being God's most precious blessing and starting being guinea pigs for the state the time to take them back from the state has arrived.
Not all public schools are terrible, but not one of them measures up to home. Not all teachers are uncaring, but none of them will ever love your child as much as you do.
The material that you need is out there and this book will direct you to many online and local resources. If you believe that you cannot do it alone, but do not want to place your child at risk in the public school system we will discuss alternatives such as K12 online schooling.
Will you be brave enough to be involved in the life of your child? Will you be the one to teach them to be responsible young men and women? Will you take this moment to accept the fact that a hobby, a job or even a career has no lasting value in eternity? If the truest expression of love is to mimic those who love us then should it not be only right and fitting that we spend each day teaching our children as our heavenly father does the same for each and every single one of his.

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Very Informative

This book contains good information for new homeschooling parents or anyone looking into homeschooling.

Jon Turner did a good job narrating it.

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- LaPazBC

Mixed marks for this assignment

Generally the book covers three major topics:

- why you might want to home-school,
- how to set up and run a home-school, and
- the short falls / issues / fears with home-school

There is some good information within here, just just hidden by some really strange structure. The book flicks from topic to topic, and mixes them throughout.It doesn't move through the three topics in a structured manner, but moves back and forth between them with no obvious rhyme or reason.

The book outlines the reasons that you might want to home-school in fair detail - issues with the current school system such as overcrowding, old resources or lack of specialization for slower or faster kids, or faith-based reasons.

It spends a tonne of time talking about the issues with public school and how it is failing, then two paragraphs later, in an attempt to show that private school is too expensive, talks up public schools. It seems to be contradicting itself at least a little here.

When describing how to set up the class it provides some resources to help the home-teacher and gives some guidelines on how to structure the class. It talks about the state requirements and how to meet them, and also suggests finding other home-school families to join with and share resources.

There are some strange choices like spending a chapter on parents and babies, talking about all the things parents do with them. That has nothing to do with homeschooling, as it is at an age well before schooling starts.

There are also little statements in there that grate, like suggesting that parents who send their kinds to schools get a "6 hour holiday every day". As if most parents aren't doing huge amounts of things, or working a career, into that time. It's not a holiday.

The is a chapter or two about 'Christian homeschooling' that just seems of compared to the rest of the book. It is full of Christian buzzwords and faith-based comments that are wholly missing from the rest of the book. It just makes this chapter feel awkward and almost pandering. It should have either been less full-on, or included across the whole book. Having it siloed into such intense sections makes them stand out - and not in a good way.

When talking about why you might not want to home-school it gives some reasons - uncertainty about teaching is a major one - and tries provide comfort and resources to combat the pitfalls.

There are painfully constructed sentences throughout that take away from the book, such as: 'The requirements for homeschooling kids will vary depending on the state and the country. Home-school kids in the United States are required to take standardized tests at certain points during their academic years in certain states, such as Pennsylvania.' That is just a painfully convoluted couple of sentences.

Overall it's not a bad resource but I would have liked to see a little more structure and clearly defined outline there.

Narration by Jon Turner is okay. It is stilted and doesn't flow well, although it picks up as the book get's further in, as he finds his feet. It is easy to follow, but it's not overly engaging.
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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-31-2017
  • Publisher: cannonbooks