Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions

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9781937645076: Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions

Countless families are making the bold choice to educate their children at home, moving away from that one-size-fits-all approach that is so commonly seen in institutional schools. Whether you've already begun your homeschooling adventure and you're looking to fine-tune things, or you've just started considering it for your family, the key to successful homeschooling is knowing your options and knowing your students.

There is a whole world of different philosophies and methods for teaching out there. In Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions, former public school teacher turned homeschooler Skyla King-Christison gives you a tour of the world of homeschooling, offering an overview of major educational philosophies, including the Montessori method, Waldorf education, Trivium, Charlotte Mason education, and unschooling. She also gives you a broad-based introduction to ideas like whole and part instruction, multiple intelligences, learning styles, and child temperament. Finally, she helps you understand how to put it all together in a tailored home education plan. Rather than tell you what your children need, Skyla helps you assess your children's individual needs for yourself, showing you the variety of options you have to challenge your students throughout their homeschooling years.

Home Field Advantage features insights from Skyla's training as a professional educator, her own everyday homeschooling experiences and epiphanies with her three children, and her illuminating interviews with over 15 families that successfully homeschool.

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Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions was written specifically for parents who want to learn the best of the popular educational theories out there-- and bring it home. It offers advice on designing a customized home education that draws from multiple educational frameworks and teaching methods usually accessible only to teachers and specialists. Learn to be an "eclectic" homeschooler and pick and choose what works for each of your children from any number of methods-- so that you can devise an educational plan that is tailored to your family.

Self-education is the key to becoming a confident homeschooler. The more you know, the more you can improve your teaching at home. Use Home Field Advantage as your quick reference guide to help your family embark on the not-so-average adventure called homeschooling!

As your all-in-one educational primer, Home Field Advantage walks you through the popular and alternative educational philosophies and methods and breaks them down for you. You'll tackle several schools of thought on teaching and get a crash course on concepts that your average education major studies before receiving a teaching license. Get the education basics on a home-spun level so that you can decide for yourself what will work for you and your family.

Learn how to:

  • Individualize every lesson, drawing from different schools of thought, mixing and matching methods to create a more personalized educational experience for your children.
  • Implement methods that don't go against your own beliefs and practices, but also don't simply mimic your natural teaching style.
  • Meet the distinct needs of your children with a confidence that can revolutionize their homeschooling experience.
  • Pick and choose the elements of education that best meet your educational goals.
  • Create the academic environment that you envisioned when you took that first, brave step towards educating your family at home.
Find and explore:
  • Case studies of families that employ the Montessori method, Waldorf education, Trivium, Charlotte Mason education, and unschooling at home.
  • Lists of the most highly recommended, tried-and-tested books, websites, and online groups and communities focused on homeschooling and home education methods.
  • A practical, step-by-step guide to designing a home education, from budgeting and scheduling, to deciding on and shopping for curricula.
  • Broad-based introductions to educational methods and theories related to: "whole and part" instruction, multiple intelligences, learning styles, child temperament, and more.
  • Creative suggestions for activities and lessons that can be easily adapted to the homeschooling environment.

About the Author:

Skyla King-Christison has been teaching for over 10 years. She has a bachelor's degree in education and has given lectures to college students, taught in elementary, middle school, and special education classrooms in both Tennessee and Oregon. After all of that, she turned a sharp corner in her teaching career. Choosing not to send her own kids to school, Skyla teaches her three children their full range of studies right in their own home, using the skills that she developed in both the university and classroom setting to tailor lessons to meet the distinct needs of each of her children.

When she's not teaching or lesson planning, Skyla maintains a popular blog, At Home with Momma Skyla (athomewithmommaskyla.blogspot.com), where parents from around the world visit to read stories from her daily life and get tips for blending the roles of teacher and parent. There, she shares lesson ideas, discusses challenges unique to homeschooling, and answers questions from other parents in addition to musing about the goings on of daily life. She also teaches classes for groups of homeschooling children in her town, nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Utah.

Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions is her first book.

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