One Minute Book Review: The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson



I don’t really have a cute little summary to fit this in to, but as a mother who is planning to homeschool her five year old next year, I can tell you that a part of you gets a little bit stressed out. You doubt yourself as the person who can best teach your child, and how do you know you’re teaching your child all the things they need to know anyway? This book will help you through that, taking you through a logical progression of questions and answers to help you through the process of thinking through and deciding whether Homeschooling is the right path for you and your child(ren).

What I Liked About It:

I like the logical progression of it. It started with the kind of legal and “can I really do this” and “how can I do it” questions that you start with, through to what curriculum to choose, etc. It also had a chapter with kids answering questions, which I think is an argument for homeschooling in itself. It also really did answer every question and doubt I may have had.

What I Didn’t Like About It:

At times I felt that it kind of advocated unschooling. I’m not against unschooling, nor am I a huge proponent of unschooling, so it wasn’t something that bothered me, per se. But I know that I would be doing a book review on this book, and with that in mind, I could see that someone could be turned off by this. Perhaps future editions could address a few of the more popular methods of homeschooling, especially since there seem enough different approaches to fill a chapter.

The Verdict:

It was easy to read (though a bit dry at times) and I did feel that it answered all my questions about homeschooling, so I would definitely recommend it if you’re thinking about homeschooling.

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