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Beechick Basics

A Home Start in Reading (Grades K-3)
by Dr. Ruth Beechick

Includes when to start reading, how to begin, and step-by-step instructions through fluency. A parent guide that removes the mystery from teaching a child to read. Want to teach your child to read? This is the only book you need. Really!

Beechick Basics

A Strong Start in Language (Grades K-3)
by Dr. Ruth Beechick

This book starts by pointing out that YOU are an effective language teacher. Think how much your child has already learned! Emphasizes the natural way of learning language including guidelines for all language components at each level.

Beechick Basics

An Easy Start in Arithmetic (Grades K-3)
by Dr. Ruth Beechick

Here we learn the different attitudes we need to be aware of when we teach math, the different ways we “see” math, what we can do in the early years, real math, and teaching suggestions at each level.

Beechick Basics

The Three R’s
by Dr. Ruth Beechick

This is the above three titles together in one book. Sometimes you’ll do better purchasing this one book, at other times it may be more cost effective to simply purchase the three individually.

Beechick Basics

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully
by Dr. Ruth Beechick

What a wealth of useful information! From reading, writing, and arithmetic to history and social studies, science, music, art, and Bible, Dr. Beechick includes lessons, spelling lists, math charts, mechanics, and grade-level guidelines — all in a common-sense, easy-to-understand style. Very practical!

How to Write Clearly

How to Write Clearly
by Dr. Ruth Beechick

What if writing was actually very simple? What if the key was — much as we learn to walk by walking, or we learn to talk by talking, or learn to read by reading — simply to learn to write by writing? Those familiar with Dr. Ruth Beechick will be quite familiar with this phrase and the natural method of learning to write it connotes. Many of her ideas on writing are summarized in this book. Read our full review.

Evaluating for Excellence
by Teresa Moon

Too often we evaluate without knowing where we started. We evaluate using arbitrary evaluation tools that cannot tell us if we have met the goals we were working on.Using this simple diagnose-plan-guide-evaluate model, we can adequately assess our children’s progress in any area and develop a truly individual program for each child. You’ll appreciate the author’s light and encouraging tone throughout this book – along with all of the examples and forms!

How Children Learn by John Holt ~ Review

How Children Learn
by John Holt

Holt was obviously a very gifted individual. His principles will work very well for gifted children. Other children, for one reason or another, may need some hand holding to move toward using their skills and learning all of the time.

In the end, the works of John Holt (who died in the 80s) became associated with the “unschooling” movement. Like every other thought theory out there, there are things we can learn from unschooling. We don’t have to accept the whole. We can pick and choose those elements that work for us in our environment. In addition, all children need training. As mentors, we can provide a framework that keeps them moving toward.

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Tools for the Homeschool Handy-Mom

At DIY Homeschooler we provide encouragement and resources to those homeschool handy-moms paving their own way — solutions to help you “do-it-yourself” when it comes to tutoring your children. Learn more.

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