Homeschoolers Are Not Hermits: A Practical Guide to Raising Smart, Confident, and Socially Connected Kids

Homeschoolers Are Not Hermits: A Practical Guide to Raising Smart, Confident, and Socially Connected Kids

by Kathy Oaks


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Want to bring fun and ease to learning? Feeling hesitant about homeschooling?

Would you like to homeschool but think you can't because your kids are so social? Do you think homeschooling would benefit your child but you're worried about trying to teach everything yourself? Are you already homeschooling and need some advice and encouragement? Relax! This accessible book will give you the confidence to take the leap and see why so many people love homeschooling.

Homeschoolers Are Not Hermits answers these questions and many more:

  • Why homeschool?
  • What if I don't have a degree?
  • How do I keep my kids from being hermits?
  • What if my child has special needs?
  • Where do I find the time for everything?
  • What if all they want to do is play video games?

With plenty of practical advice, mindful parenting techniques, and examples from real homeschoolers, Kathy shows that you don't have to be super-mom (or dad) to give homeschooling a try. You don't have to spend tons of money buying educational materials, you don't have to spend hours every day prepping and teaching, and you certainly don't have to turn into hermits to be successful homeschoolers.

You will learn:

  • How every experience is a learning experience
  • How and why to "deschool"
  • How to choose a homeschool style that works for your family
  • How to lower educational stress and reconnect with your kids

Using mindful parenting techniques, a zest for knowledge, and tried and true conflict-resolution tools, Kathy gives examples of how to bring joy to learning while sharing an honest look at the successes and failures of homeschooling their three boys.

No need to wait. Look up the relevant laws, file your forms, and take your kids out of school.

About the author:

Kathy Oaks is a photographer and educator who is passionate about travel and education and is dedicated to helping parents and kids who want to take a non-traditional approach to education. Kathy wrote Homeschoolers Are Not Hermits to support families as they make the transition from conventional schooling to something completely different, bringing fun, mindfulness, and flexibility to the adventure of homeschooling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732273108
Publisher: Katherine Oaks
Publication date: 11/02/2018
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 719,969
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents



Why do people homeschool? 17

A brief history of education and homeschooling 31

Is homeschooling legal? 34

Can I really teach my own kids? 38

There’s so much out there... Where do I start? 41

How do I keep my kids from being hermits? 48

Where will I find the patience? 56

Resources and References 61


How do I choose a homeschooling style? 63

Our homeschooling style changed over time 71

How do I find time for everything? 76

How do I find other homeschoolers and activities? 82

Resources and References 84


How do I get friends and family on board? 87

What if I don’t have a degree? 90

How will they learn anything? 95

What if they hate math? What if I hate math? 98

Isn’t homeschooling expensive? 101

What if all they want to do is play video games? 104

What if my kids argue with me all the time? 108

What if my kids argue with each other all the time? 115

Resources and References 117


How do I find time for me and my spouse? 121

What if homeschooling isn’t working? 125

Can I keep homeschooling through high school? 130

But won’t they miss prom? 134

Will they be able to get into a good college? 136

Will my kids really succeed in life? 140

Resources and References 142


Where do I find good resources? 145

Learning styles and multiple intelligences 150

Does my child have to take yearly tests? 159

What about extracurriculars? 164

How will my child learn to drive? 168

What if my child has special needs? 170

Resources and References 176


References and Resources for Sexual Education 189


What do kids like best about homeschooling? 193

Our typical homeschooling day...or week 195

What would I do differently in retrospect? 200

Homeschool parents chime in 203

Resources and References 206


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