Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas Volume 2

The ladies of the iHomeschool Network are back with their second volume of The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas. Written by homeschooling moms for homeschooling moms this new volume is packed with many ideas, tips, and suggestions to enlighten and encourage moms who are thinking about homeschooling or just have questions or concerns about homeschooling. This volume would be especially useful for homeschooling parents who are preparing to enter the middle school and high school years of their homeschooling journey.

Chapters in the book are:
  • General homeschooling advice
  • Teens and Beyond
  • Ideas for Language Arts and Reading
  • Suggestions to bring STEM learning into your home
  • Unique Needs 
  • Unique Homeschooling situations
  • Character education

Specific areas of advice include:

  • Planning high school courses and activities
  • Determining high school credit
  • Ideas for creating a transcript
  • Looking at opportunities to earn college credit in high school
  • Having fun while learning
  • How to's for STEM learning opportunities
  • How curriculum can be adapted to fit your child
  • Advice for dealing with family who are against homeschooling
  • Volunteering ideas
  • and so much more

The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas volume 2 is packed with 57 chapters of ideas and advice from other homeschooling parents who have been there, done that. It is a mentor at your fingertips.

The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas is available from iHomeschool Network for only $3.99 and Amazon in both Kindle ($3.99) and Print ($16,99) formats.

My Thoughts

The whole volume is great, but I think the best part of it is all the advice and ideas for middle school and high school. The internet has a lot of advice and great ideas for homeschooling elementary age children, but it is harder to find advice and ideas for homeschooling high school. The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas vol. 2 has so much for the high school level all in one place.

The book tends to be written from a secular position, but most of the curriculum suggestions given are not secular in nature. They are written from and promote a religious background. This is not noted in the text except for the case of one product. There are many more curriculum options than those written about in several articles, but I feel this is important for someone who is investigating homeschooling to know, especially if they want more secular curriculum.