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How are millions of parents successfully helping their children learn at home using time-tested methods?
What do parents have that certified teachers do not?
This is a homeschooling book, but it's not about your child. It is about you and for you: the home-educating parent. It dissects the history, purposes, and outcomes of a standard K-12 education and shows how education at home can be a superior lifestyle for your family. You'll learn the "Six Secrets of Homeschooling," as well as what "experts" have said about education from ancient to modern times. Along the way you'll be given tools to aid your children in becoming academically successful, all of which will help you confidently embark on the journey of homeschooling.
Jennifer Georgia has wanted to be a teacher from the time she was small, but in her teens she realized that she'd rather be a stay-at-home mom. So she became a Registered Nurse instead and worked part-time in adult critical care, but the desire to teach never left her. When her oldest was four she discovered homeschooling, and began teaching kindergarten with a "this can't be too hard, let's see how it goes attitude," which grew into a "that was fun, maybe we should try first grade" response. Since this was the pre-internet mid-90's, finding resources and other homeschoolers was very difficult, and at first she clung to the traditional schooling model. Gradually, exposure to a wide variety of philosophies and methods allowed her to loosen her death-grip on her kids' education, and things went along more joyfully after that. It became clear over the years, through knowing hundreds of homeschool families, that the secret to producing really stellar kids is deeper than a curriculum or educational philosophy. Any of them can work, and a variety of them are needed for different personalities and different goals; from early college to no college, entrepreneurs to physics majors. The common denominator of homeschooling is that non-expert parents are doing a great job of raising happy, well-socialized and well-educated young people. The Georgias continued on their homeschool journey, and four of their children have now moved on to the world of college, jobs, marriage, and children. In the meantime along came another bunch of four cute little kids, one biological and three adopted. Jennifer now has the chance to be very intentional in how she homeschools, as the tiny lingering fear that perhaps her kids would be better off in school has been completely laid to rest by the happy lives of the first four. This second-time-around homeschooling is allowing her to observe the "Six Secrets of Homeschoooling" in action, and she's excited to share them with you.