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Real-Life Homeschooling 
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Real-Life Homeschooling, by Rhonda Barfield, Fireside (Simon & Schuster), 2002, 292 pps., $14

For parents considering educating their children at home, or those who've already begun the process who want to gain additional insight and ideas, Real-Life Homeschooling is for you.

A homeschooling mother of four and the author of two previous books, Barfield has compiled 21 fascinatingly individual homeschooling stories in a reader-friendly format. She chronicles the challenges and rewards of these families, who come from all walks of life and all areas of the country.

Readers of Real Life will meet urbanites, surburanites, rural families, small-town dwellers, a homeschooling family in the wilds of Alaska, and a few brave parents who are educating their special-needs children. It becomes obvious from the first few chapters that there is no such thing as a "typical" homeschooling family.

Most of the parents profiled are deeply religious, which influenced their decision to homeschool; others simply wish to instill their personal values and beliefs in their children. All 21 families are firmly committed to helping their children reach their full potential, and all view public schools as inadequate for the task. Some fear that their children would be shortchanged or even harmed in public education; others seek to provide the individualized instruction that conventional schooling cannot.

Real Life also includes references to specific curricula. Visit www.lilac publishing.com or write the author at P.O. Box 665, St. Charles, MO 63302.

Homeschool Double Play! 
Video of the Month 
Home-based Education: The Informed Choice, 106 min., $19.95

This important new video by Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute makes an interesting, fact-filled case for home-schooling. An expert on homeschool research, Dr. Ray offers practical proof of the overwhelming success of home-schooling and shows why 1.5 - 1.7 million children are currently home educated in America.

Dr. Ray touches on the five major reasons parents homeschool, and shows why homeschooled students are rocketing past their peers on all measures of academic achievement. A real gem!

Order online at www.nheri.org or call 503/364-1490.

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