Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

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This book was published in 2004 after Mary Pride had several years of successful books on homeschooling.  I believe it was meant to encompass everything that was in all of her other books and it does this well.  At a whopping 620 pages, Complete Guide to Getting Started in  Homeschooling is pretty complete.  The author discusses different types of homeschooling, where to find resources, where to find other homeschoolers, what things you should consider before embarking on a particular type of homeschooling, and pretty much everything else you could possibly think of.

Although it’s been out of print for nine years, you should be able to find a copy at your local library.  If not at the library, then try to get a copy through interlibrary loan.  There are several used copies floating around for sale online but they’re outrageously priced.  Some homeschooling groups keep copies of older homeschooling books.  As a last resort you  might try one of those.

My favorite part of Mary Pride’s book is the section on Unit Studies.  She also includes a section on what to do if a social worker shows up at your door.  I will include that in my next post because it’s important that every homeschooler know their rights.

Overall Grade:  A+

I wish this book was still in print.  At least half of it didn’t really apply to me but would be good for any new homeschooler to know which is why she included it.  It’s always good to know what other homeschoolers are doing and what options are out there.

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