Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"Real-Life Homeschooling" by Rhonda Barfield

Rhonda Barfield's "Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home" tells the true stories of these families, who range from conservative Christian families in the South to homeschoolers by necessity in the backwoods of Alaska.

For anyone worried about the legality of homeschooling (not much of an issue in most states anymore, thanks to the dedicated homeschoolers who came before you), this book provides general references and discusses how individual families in different areas dealt with everything from courtroom drama and meddling in-laws to social pressure and disapproval at church.

If you are wondering if homeschool is only for those folks with a religious background, this book will definitely convince you otherwise. On the other hand, if you are considering homeschooling for religious reasons, this book gives you insight into families who have succeeded with flair.

Stories of a family homeschooling their Down's Syndrome child will have you on the edge of your seat as will tales of the Alaskan family skinning a moose!

An awesome and inspiring book. Definitely a must-read for anyone considering homeschooling, but it is also a fabulous book for parents and teachers in general.

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