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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 – Aug 4 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
"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!
Save your time and your money.
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* 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.
Since it's mainly based in internet resources, this means that several of its resources are not working anymore.
I bought it specifically to help my kid who is going from second to third grade, to find videos that would teach him Math.
After buying the guide, I went straight to the chapter about teaching Math, and tried to find resources with videos (since videos and YouTube is all that matters to boys 8 years old).
The only link that had videos (alas, no YouTube channel) was mathtv.org
I went to my computer and...the site is no longer working, the domain is for sale!
It is a pity, as the concept of the book is fantastic, but it needs to be updated at least every other year.