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Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started – Review

Homeschooling 101 review www.thecurriculumchoice.comWelcome New Homeschoolers! ——Do you ever find the number of  homeschooling resources, websites, etc, to be just a bit overwhelming?  Or maybe you are looking for a little help with your homeschool explorations?  Homeschooling 101, by Erica Ardst, gives that kind of guidance with a step-by-step, easy-to-follow approach.  From writing a homeschool mission statement, discussing homeschooling methods, to household management tips, Homeschoolng 101 provides you a complete introduction to the world of homeschooling!


Homeschooling 101 Review

What is included in Homeschooling 101?

Homeschooling 101 consists of 23 chapters, and an appendix. Here is a sampling of topics that  are covered in the chapters:

  • Choosing Curriculum
  • Getting Organized
  • Homeschooling Your Preschooler
  • Homeschooling Mulitple Grades
  • Standardized Testing
  • Homeschooling on a Budget
  • What about Socialization?
  • and many more!

Throughout the book, the author speaks in a conversational tone, which makes the ebook very approachable, as it covers all the basics of homeschooling. For example, in the chapter on Planning, Erica says, “I set aside some time each week for planning time.  I think having a plan and not sticking to it, is far superior to having no plan to start with!  But that’s just me, how I roll.”

Tips from the author, an experienced homeschooler, color the pages of this ebook.

Tips from the author, an experienced homeschooler, color the pages of this ebook.

There is a section for each level of homeschooling, full of tips and guidance.  This includes homeschooling your preschooler, K through elementary, middle and high school years and also chapters on how to handle multiple grades, and only children. There is help for choosing your curriculum, setting up your homeschool schedule, dealing with housework, working with siblings, testing, and so much more!  When reading this ebook, it feels like you are meeting with the author over a cup of coffee!  And everything is laid out in a step-by-step approach.

Another helpful aspect of this ebook is its Appendix. It includes resources and handmade charts. A sampling of which is listed below:

  • Notice of Intent to Homeschool Form
  • Behavorial charts
  • Scheduling charts
  • Curriculum Plan Overview
  • Crafts supply list
  • Assessment Forms
  • Homeschool Planner

home101If you are looking for a well organized, step-by-step introduction to homeschooling, my family recommends Homeschooling 101. For more information on this ebook, and instructions on its purchase, please go to www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com.

Betsy is a writer, blogger, veteran homeschooler, and mom to her 18 yo, who just started college.  She writes Our Steps to College, and everything homeschooling at BJ’s Homeschool.  Betsy offers homeschool help here.

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Betsy is a christian blogger and veteran homeschooler, who blogs at BJ's Homeschool about everything homeschooling, from the early years to high school, and Our Steps to College, too. She is mom to her always homeschooled 18yo, who is now a freshman in college. She and her husband flew to China to adopt her, when she was only 1 yo, a precious gift from God. When she is not writing or going on road trips with her family, she enjoys growing veggies, quilting, and photography. Betsy also offers homeschool help to families, including special needs here.

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  • Renata October 7, 2013, 6:43 am

    I love seeing how other Mums organise and run their homeschool and I am always after ideas of how to make ours better!

  • Ellen October 7, 2013, 8:14 am

    I love resources like this that help newbie homeschoolers along the path to success. In the beginning, everything seems so overwhelming, but following advice of veterans smooths the way. Thanks for the great review, Betsy!
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  • Bonnie October 7, 2013, 8:20 am

    I am hoping to fill in any gaps that I might have about homeschooling.

  • Meredith October 8, 2013, 2:42 pm

    I don’t homeschool, but a friend is planning to. I’d love to give this book to her.

  • Andrea October 10, 2013, 11:43 pm

    I love getting new ideas on homeschooling!
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