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Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home [Paperback]

LauraMaery Gold , Joan M. Zielinski
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Book Description

Aug. 4 2009
Provide a solid education at home without breaking the bank.

Introduced in 2000, Homeschool Your Child for Free gave countless parents the plan and peace of mind to get their kids’ education on the right track. Now, authors LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski have revised and updated their popular guide, offering their expert homeschooling advice and information, plus new tools and resources to help you and your child succeed:

• Complete curriculum plans for a comprehensive education, from preschool through high school
• Where to find free online courses; NEW!
• Ways to partner with public schools; NEW!
• Legal guidelines and compliance requirements for home educators
• Keys to graduating a homeschooler; NEW!
• Developing personal finance management and life skills; NEW!
• Teaching tips and motivators from successful homeschoolers
• Career and vocational guidance; NEW!
• And so much more!

Comprehensive and clear, Homeschool Your Child for Free gives you access to free instructional material–from reading-readiness activities for preschoolers to science projects for teens–to help build a strong foundation that will last into adulthood. You don’t need to drain your bank account to guarantee a good education for your child. With a computer and the Internet, you have the largest library and laboratory right at your fingertips–all for free!

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For Families Who Want to Splurge on Education but Scrimp on Spending

About the Author

LAURAMAERY GOLD writes a popular weekly online column for homeschoolers and operates one of the largest homeschooling lists on the Internet. She and her husband, Dan Post, are the homeschooling parents of seven and the authors of a number of books on technology, religion, and business. The family resides in Kent, Washington.

JOAN M. ZIELINSKI is the mother of four–one of whom is LauraMaery. A professional educator for nearly thirty years, Joan is a former Teacher of the Year for the Kent, Washington, school district, where she lives with her husband, Stan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an amazing resource May 17 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are so many books written regarding homeschooling and it is hard to wade through them all. I've taken out so many books from the library and been glad that I didn't invest the money in a purchase. This isn't one of those books. I will be ordered it asap because it will become a reference Bible to me.

"Homeschool your children for free" is amazing. With most homes having the internet now, families are able to find a great deal of materials to assist in their homeschooling goals, but this book points out links that I wouldn't have ever found on my own. It is far to easy to spend a fortune on curriculums and worksheets because you've exhausted the few sites that you have found! This books might be the answer for you. There are links regarding homeschool blogs, groups, free online courses, lesson plans, free books, art appreciation, skill building videos, level assessments and the list goes on and on. There are so many links and so much to see that I have only managed to look up a hand full of links within the first chapter. I've found so much already! I haven't found any links that aren't working, but as I mentioned I'm still absorbed in the first chapters suggestions. At some point it is likely that some of these links will in time be no longer up and running, but for the price of this book I hardly care.

If you buy this book I doubt you'll be disappointed!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better... June 10 2010
By Lady in the Garden - Published on
I've read the last version of this book at the library, some of it is a rehash from the first. I found so many dead links in the new version it frustrated me. While there are a few good quality sites in the book it's not worth the price of this book to come by them. I began searching the internet for my own links. I have found much better sites with a number of free things to download or print. There is a homeschooling mom who locates and publishes free homeschooling sources on her blog and her sources are much better than this book. There is nothing life changing here. If you want to homeschool economicly or start out on the right path I recommend reading When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today. With the methods described in this book you could use the library for nearly all your curriculum.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource Book for Homeschooling Parents Oct. 21 2009
By J. Sullivan - Published on
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This is my first year Homeschooling so I really need materials that I can read through easily and find information quickly. This is one of those kinds of resources. It is laid out well and we have used many of the websites recommended for many different subjects of study. My son has enjoyed the activities on these free websites included in the book and when he wants to practice math or whatever subject online he has many options to choose from. It includes preschool ages on up to High School.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Homeschooling is not as expensive as you think! March 20 2010
By Cynthia E. Downes - Published on
Homeschool Your Child for Free is a homeschooler's guide to more than 1,400 free educational resources on the Internet. Each resource listing includes a brief description of what you will find on the site, as well as its URL. The resources are organized in chapters as follows:

* Why we homeschool
* Homeschool How-tos
* Education Essentials
* Language Literacy
* Mathematics Mastery
* Art Appreciation
* History Highlights
* Music Marathon
* Social Studies Skills
* Humanities Home
* Science Scholarship
* Health Handbook
* Graduation Guidance

Gold and Zielinski prove that education doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Using this book, your local library, a computer and an Internet connection, your family will have a good start on homeschooling for free. The resources listed here cover every subject and every grade level.

I will add, however, that education is never totally free. You'll still need to purchase supplies, a computer, the Internet, the price of this book, etc. So, although you can't really homeschool for free, you can homeschool "without breaking the bank," as stated by the authors on the back cover of the book.

If you want a resource to locate these free educational resources for you, this is the book to buy. The only problem with a book consisting of Web links is that it has a tendency of going out of date quickly as Web links frequently move around on the Internet. That is the reason I gave it four stars. I found a number of links in the book that did not work; however, using the description supplied, I was able to do a Google search and locate most of them.

DISCLAIMER: As well as receiving this book free as a review copy, I also discovered, upon reading the book, that the authors have listed several links from my Web site. Neither of these factors influenced my review. My goal is to provide an honest review based on my opinion and one that will meet the needs of my readers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Free-library check out! March 17 2013
By Elaine Ursua - Published on
I took the advice from the cover and checked this out from my local library and am glad I did. Please PLEASE do not waste your money on a big book of websites. The book has great suggestions, but in the end you'll end up with a bunch of "I'm sorry the page you are looking for..." Out of the 1.400 different ways to homeschool your children I found a handful that are worth looking into. I personally do not like to spend hours and hours behind the laptop searching for websites so I thought this book would cut the time in half. It did and didn't because I spent time with the book and my laptop trying to find the sites. SO you want to homeschool for free? LIBRARY and good old fashioned paper and pencil & no fancy worksheets!
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's a Big List of Links Jan. 14 2013
By Shari H - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
That's it. Just lots of links organized by subject. I read the updated version (2009) and ran across MANY dead links. Save your money and use google instead. It's free and the links work.
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