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Do you wonder whether your children are learning the right things?

Does it seem like the longer you homeschool, the harder it gets?

Do you sometimes ask yourself how other moms homeschool their children, keep their houses running smoothly and still hang onto their sanity?

Learn how you can:  

·  Get past the “public school” way of thinking by customizing lessons for each child.  

·  Boost your self-confidence by learning how to measure what your children have learned.  

·  Reduce your stress level with “115 Organizing Tips for Homeschoolers.”  

·  Free yourself of attitudes and habits that make homeschooling harder than it has to be.  

New chapters in The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling include:  

 “Top Ten Tools for Homeschooling Parents”

 “Reclaiming Your Child”

“Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs”

 “Do You Know Where Your Math Manipulatives Are?”

“The Freedom You’d Have If You Sent Your Kids to School”  


The Imperfect Homeschooler’s
    Guide to Homeschooling


During nearly twenty years of homeschooling my children, there were times when I became so overwhelmed that I almost gave up.

Getting through those tough times taught me strategies for making homeschooling easier. The habits I established and the mindset I developed turned me into a “homeschooler for the long run.”



I am so glad I never gave up on homeschooling! I want to encourage you to hang in there, too. That’s why I want to share my strategies with you.    



The Imperfect Homeschooler’s

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Packed full of information and advice,

The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling is

 based on Barbara Frank’s 25 years of homeschooling experience.

Here is a complete look at the Table of Contents:

A 25-Year Homeschool Veteran Reveals How to Teach Your Kids, Run Your Home and Overcome the Inevitable Challenges of the Homeschooling Life




 ix       Preface


 1        Confessions of an Imperfect Homeschooler

Why the Imperfect Homeschooler? • What I Know About Homeschooling


 11      Homeschooling 101

Where’s the Schoolroom? • How Many Hours?

What I Did On My Summer Vacation……School?          

Top Ten Tools for Homeschooling Parents

Oldies But Goodies • Have You Heard About That Book?

Keys to a Successful Homeschool Convention Experience


 35      Teaching Specific Subjects

Does It Count As School? • Incorporating Nature in Your Homeschool Current Events and Homeschooling

Making Friends and Projects with a Homeschool Sewing Class

Teaching Your Children About Disabilities


 53      Teaching Techniques and Ideas

Patience • Rewind, Please • Boosting Problem-Solving Skills

Testing Your Homeschooled Child 

Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs


 71      Covering All the Bases

What are the Bases? • Who Determines the Bases?

The Scope and Sequence • Obtaining a Scope and Sequence

Using a Packaged Curriculum • Designing Your Own Curriculum

What Should Your Children Learn? • Using Your Own Experience

Looking at Today’s Children • What Are Your Goals for Your Children?

What Do Your Children Want to Learn? • A Customized Scope and Sequence • The State and Your Customized Scope and Sequence

How Much Time Should Be Spent On Each Subject?

But What If They Don’t Want to Learn About ____ (fill in the blank)?

Which Subjects Are the Most Important? • Beyond the Basics

Is Timing Really Everything? • Watching for Signs of Readiness

What If We Leave Something Out? • Achievement Testing

A Final Bit of Encouragement


95      Overcoming Obstacles to Homeschooling

Personal Habits • Personality-Driven Obstacles 

Circumstances as Obstacles • Once the Obstacles are Gone


 119   Coping with Changes and Challenges

Changing My Game Plan • If It’s Going to Be, It’s Up to . . . Who?

Reclaiming Your Child

When Your Friend Has a Child with Special Needs

Taking a Break to Prevent Homeschool Burnout 

Scheduling Time for Yourself

The Freedom You’d Have If You Sent Your Kids to School


 143  On the Home Front

Do You Know Where Your Math Manipulatives Are?

Top Ten Tools for Homeschooling Homemakers 

The Homeschooling House • 115 Organizing Tips for Homeschoolers


 177  Index

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What would the perfect homeschooling book look like? Well...for me, it would clearly be written by an experienced homeschooler. It would also be written to me - meaning both that it would not be above my head and it would cover topics that are pertinent to me personally. It would also contain plenty of practical advice and concrete examples.


 Gee...sounds like The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling.


 …Honestly, this is the best I've read in a while. Frank approaches her topic openly and honestly, with a voice that sounds more like your best friend's than some vaunted homeschool speaker's.


Larissa McKay

Eclectic Homeschool Online

I recommend her guide to new homeschooling parents. It’s neither dryly theoretical nor boastfully self-congratulating. It’s practical, encouraging, and unintimidating, without

underestimating all that homeschooling involves. If you’re not new to homeschooling, but low on energy and enthusiasm for it, this guide is for you, too.


Carol Goudie

Otherways Magazine

It is easy to start homeschooling with high energy, fresh ideas, engaging lesson plans and lots of really good curriculum and soon find our energy exhausted, our ideas stale, our lesson plans diverted, and our curriculum the wrong match for our particular learner.  That could certainly prove to be discouraging and might even cause some to drop homeschooling all together.  That would be unfortunate, because the truth is there is no perfect home school. Even though I know that already, how empowering it is for me to read Barbara Frank’s book The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling.  Having graduated 2 children already I trust her advice is solid as I found her words reassuring. I shared some of her ideas recently with a group of moms from my local support group and one of the mom’s even went right to the bookstore to buy it (unfortunately she lucked out as I had an advance review copy and the book is only available from Barbara’s website).  Some of the discussion points in 175+ page book include the overview of the basics, how to teach specific subjects, general teaching techniques, and overcoming obstacles.  This guide is an excellent resource for both for those just starting out and the rest of us that need some good old-fashioned encouragement and empowerment.


 Kathy Davis

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... I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book,"The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling." I read it all yesterday and recommended it to my homeschool co-op group.  I have three girls, 14, 11, & 9.  My oldest will be doing 9th grade work next year so reading up on all things high school has been my priority last and this summer.  Not all homeschool help books are interesting.  Yours was easy to read and gave help in a positive and encouraging way.  I laughed out loud relating to some areas of my own homeschool experiences over the last 10 years.  I was touched by your Reclaiming your child chapter and recommended your book to friends who have pulled older children out of public school and those with disabilities.



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