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Linda Dobson

Linda Dobson is one of our favorite authors and an all around great person! We've been fortunate to hear her speak several times and to meet her personally. We've enjoyed her writings in magazines and several books over the years, and we've even contributed to her books!

To the left is a picture of Linda with our daughter Lane and "Flat Stanley" who was sent to spend some time with us as part of a cousin's school project.

Linda has been homeschooling and writing about homeschooling long enough that some of her books have already gone out of print. Fortunately many of her books are still available and we have listed a few below. She began homeschooling her three children in New York in 1985. A nationally respected conference speaker, article and book author, she was Home Education Magazine news editor and columnist for 8 years, and currently writes the "Notes from the Road Less Traveled" column.

Always learning, Linda is a town councilperson, media contact for the National Home Education Network, and "early years" advisor for She serves as editor for the Prima Publishing Home Learning Library, and is increasing her personal patience level by attempting to master the game of golf.

The Art of Education: Reclaiming Your Family, Community and Self by Home Education Magazine  columnist, Linda Dobson. The author shares refreshing insights she has gained through a decade of homeschooling her three children. In addition to thought-provoking commentary on the need for homeschooling, the book contains interesting quotations from a variety of sources. The back of the book contains a large index of books for further reading and a list of famous homeschoolers. Very well-written.

Paper, 256 pages.

This title is out of print, and we have a limited number of copies left.

#7140 $18.95


The Homeschooling Book of Answers
by Linda Dobson (editor of Home Education Magazine's News Watch column, and author of Art of Education) - Think of the best homeschooling conference you've ever attended. Remember the excitement of meeting other people, listening to the great discussions that came up when people asked questions, and getting lots of great ideas?

Now that you have that picture in your mind and are remembering the excitement and fun of the experience, imagine putting it into a book. That's just what Linda has done! In this revised edition, she has taken 101 questions (there were 88 in the original) of the type people ask at conferences, and she has provided several answers by people you might see at conferences. The questions range from the typical beginner types about the costs of homeschooling, giving tests, and keeping up with housekeeping, to questions about how homeschooling affects your life, putting younger kids in community college, and even a section of responses from the children and young adults who have been homeschooled.

If you had lots of free time and could travel around the country attending dozens of conferences, you might hear some of these questions and similar answers, but Linda puts them all in one place for you. This is a great way to see a broad range of issues responded to by many of the most respected names in the homeschooling community. You also get biographical data and contact information on the contributors, and a listing of resources which includes addresses for support groups, magazines, catalogs and a summary of legal requirements for each state.

This one will definitely be added to our favorites shelf, and we want to make it easy to add it to your collection by offering it at a low price.

Revised edition, paper, 356 pages.

#5705 $16.95 $12.99 Special 25th Anniversary Price for a limited time.

We have one copy of the now out-of-print original edition. It has some slight edge damage.

#3779 $16.95 $10.99


Homeschooling the Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8-Year-Old Child by Linda Dobson is especially good for the beginning homeschooling family with young children (if you've already been homeschooling for a while, some of the early pages on how-to-homeschool may be redundant). Rather than focus on a list of items children should know by a certain age, Linda shows you how to maintain the natural joy of learning that began the moment your child was born. She includes chapters on reading, writing, arithmetic and other subjects, along with lots of resources.

Paper, 224 pages.

#0287 $17.95 $15.25



Homeschoolers' Success Stories: 15 Adults and 12 Young People Share the Impact That Homeschooling Has Made on Their Lives by Linda Dobson. Read the stories of young people and adults who have achieved success for themselves on many levels. This is a great book to read yourself or for those who are wondering what the “results” of homeschooling are. Success for these folks isn't just about academic achievement either. Some of the profiles: a football player, chef, internet entrepreneur, fireman, musicians and police trooper. I imagine young people would enjoy reading about the unique personal paths others have taken, and I plan on giving this book to my teen son so he can see what other homeschoolers are doing. Paper, 304 pages.
#2557 $16.95 $15.25 Sorry - Out of Print


The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start
by Linda Dobson. The first year of homeschooling is often the most daunting for parents and children. To help families who are just starting out on the adventure, Linda has written a book that answers frequently asked questions and offers ideas and timelines for starting the year with confidence. There are lists of resources and other essential tools to help new homeschoolers. Linda provides the nuts and bolts of getting started, strategies for fostering an independent learner, and more.

She enlists the help of other homeschoolers, and one of the gems of the book is the “What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me” commentaries from a variety of homeschooling parents scattered throughout the book. This is the number one book we recommend to “newbies”!

Paper, 348 pages.

#7885 $16.95


The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12  by Linda Dobson. When I first opened up Linda's new book, I expected the typical organized list of "things to do" that many idea books have. Instead, I found a paragraph or more listing each idea from individual homeschoolers themselves. Immediately, I found a great idea for a timeline that is so quick and simple it had me saying to myself, "why didn't I think of that??" Most of the ideas are quick, simple and inexpensive and are great jumping-off points that can be customized to your own situation. Kudos to Linda for continuing her tradition of gathering the ideas from a variety of individual homeschoolers, organizing it for us, and then adding to it her own very enjoyable writing. We can learn so much from other homeschooling parents, and Linda's books have given them a wider audience. This is a great book for anyone with children.

Prima's review:
Fun and Effective Home Learning Activities for Every Subject
As a homeschooling parent, you're always looking for new and creative ways to teach your child the basics. Look no longer! Inside this innovative helper, you'll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family's homeschooling needs. And even if you don't homeschool, you'll find this book a great teaching tool outside the classroom. You'll discover fun and educational activities for kids ages 3 to 12, including how to:
Create maps based on favorite stories, such as Treasure Island or The Wizard of Oz
Make letters out of French fries as an alphabet learning aid
Explore architecture by building igloos, castles, and bridges with sugar cubes and icing
Review spelling words by writing them on the sidewalk with chalk
And many more!
This comprehensive collection of tried-and-true-and generally inexpensive-ideas provides the best-of-the-best homeschooling activities that can be done anywhere, anytime, and by anyone. Paper, 400 pages
#3601 $16.95  $15.25

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