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Subject: Who are your favorite homeschool gurus?
Date Posted: 8/18/2009 7:13 PM ET
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Which authors do you read for encouragement and help in developing your educational program?  My two favorites are Sally Clarkson and Ruth Beechick.   Clarkson's advice is very helpful for finding my vision and for settings goals, Beechick helps me more with the nitty-gritty how to advice.


Date Posted: 8/19/2009 9:39 AM ET
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I will second that vote for Ruth Beechick as a favorite.  She gives straightforward, practical advice we sometimes make homeschooling so complicated for ourselves.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 10:23 AM ET
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Not so much homeschooling, but education in general:

Dr. William Bennett




E.D. Hirsch



Date Posted: 8/19/2009 11:03 AM ET
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Joyce Herzog. Her philosophies and methods transformed our son's life and ours as well. He is 14 now and doing well but at the time, his needs overwhelmed us! We considered putting him in school. The district insisted it wanted him to go to a special-ed school. I knew he didn't belong there. Through prayer and much effort and Joyce's good advice, he has accomplished much, especially in the last year, where he went to state finals of the National Geography Bee and attained Life Scout rank in Boy Scouts.




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Date Posted: 8/19/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I love Ruth Beechick for grade 3 and younger. Have not read her advice for older kids.

Love Kathryn Stout, runs a company called Design a Study, has a website, books & gives HS lectures.

Like The Well Trained Mind for other advice, I take some and I leave some.

Those are for practical advice on how to homeschool.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 10:32 PM ET
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My favorites are Charlotte Mason and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. Charlotte Mason's philosophies, at the time, weren't specifically written and built around homeschooling, but she has been described as having been a founding influence in the homeschooling movement.

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 9:17 AM ET
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John Holt. His books about how people learn reminded me of all the pedagogy I learned about in college while training to be a teacher, then had to immediately ignore when teaching in school. John Holt was responsible for the extremely helpful but now defunct magazine "Growing Without Schooling," which I pored over during the early years of homeschooling my children.