Work Title: College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling Through High School
Work Author(s): David P. Byers and Chandra Byers
Softcover $15.95 (416pp)
Reviewer: Amy Falberg
Most homeschooling parents experience some degree of panic when their children reach high school age, especially given the preparation for college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT. Chandra and David Byers, educators of their six children, have prepared a comprehensive guidebook to assist homeschoolers who have college as the ultimate goal.
College-Prep Homeschooling is the culmination of David Byers' doctoral research, and is loaded with useful information, from suggestions on how to select the appropriate courses to teaching students how to deal with typical teenage distractions. For example, one of the more difficult tasks facing homeschooling parents is grading students' (children's) work, a topic the Byers address with hard pragmatism, exclaiming that "allowing a student to do less than the best that she can do promotes laziness."
The Byers smoothly mix practical suggestions for creating a high school curriculum with traditional and non-traditional educational theory. In addition, a detailed explanation of self-directed learning is included, with information on the differences between active and passive learning and suggestions that "the goal of self-directed learning is to...