By Deborah Markus
Secular Homeschooling Press
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Don't Worry! reassuringly addresses the questions and concerns friends and relatives of homeschoolers often have. It tackles common myths and misconceptions about homeschooling, as well as spelling out what homeschooling is and isn't.
You care about the homeschoolers in your life -- I hope this book will help you understand what they're doing and why
A Word About the Word "Homeschooling" (and a few others)
What Isn't Homeschooling?
Common myths and misconceptions about homeschooling: it isn't legal, it's just another word for truancy, homeschoolers are always at home, they don't know how to socialize, they're anti-school, they're only doing it for religious reasons, they're all prodigies
Why We Homeschool
Most homeschoolers have more than one reason for homeschooling. Some of the most common, including (but not limited to) logistical, academic, moral, religious, and health reasons, are explained here in anecdotal detail.
Theory Into Practice: Just What Is Homeschooling?
Various homeschooling methods are described: school at home, classics-based homeschooling, unschooling, unit-based homeschooling, community based home learning, public school programs (charter schools, etc.), private tutors, and the ever-popular eclectic option.
Worries and Concerns
Here are some common questions non-homeschoolers have about homeschooling. How do we know the kids are learning if they don't get grades? How can someone teach her children if she doesn't have a teaching degree? What about teaching difficult subjects like chemistry or higher mathematics? Doesn't homeschooling make kids too dependent? How will homeschoolers learn about the real world? How will they go to college?-- and so on...
Twelve Great Things About Homeschooling
The good news! Small class sizes, minimized peer pressure, fabulous field trips, family closeness, etc.
Do's and Don'ts
Some things homeschoolers would love our friends and families to know.
The End, or One of Two
Even though you never expected to have a homeschooler in your life, we hope you'll still love and accept us, and support our educational choice.