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Homeschool Rising

Shattering Myths, Finding Courage, and Opting Out of the School System

Christy-Faith, C.-F.


1. Edition March 2024
288 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-394-19153-6
John Wiley & Sons

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Take a good look at the reasons why homeschooling can help today's kids thrive

Homeschool Rising is a guide for anyone interested in homeschooling their children, regardless of background. It busts through the myths surrounding homeschooling, reveals the failures of our current school system, and demonstrates how home education and loving, motivated parents can provide a solution for students and families everywhere.

There are many assumptions made about homeschooling--that the child will be "socially awkward" due to lack of social interaction, that parents are not equipped to educate their children, that homeschooling is only for White, Christian, middle-class parents, and more. In Homeschool Rising, educator Christy-Faith offers insights from more than 20 years in the field and her experience working with thousands of students to debunk these myths and misconceptions.

The truth is, homeschooling sets today's students up for success in a way that traditional schooling no longer can. This authoritative yet casual and accessible guide provides parents the tools, courage, and knowledge to opt out of the school system and take charge of their children's education.
* Clear up the confusion and misconception surrounding homeschooling
* See why homeschooling is a great option for kids of any race, religion, and background
* Gain the knowledge you need to start your kids off on the right foot with homeschooling
* Make sure your homeschooled kids are getting the support they need academically and socially

New and experienced homeschoolers looking for support, as well as educators, psychologists, and others who work with homeschooled children, will love the clear, evidence-backed, and conversational information in Homeschool Rising.

Author's Note xi

Foreword xiii

PART I Rethinking Childhood 1

CHAPTER 1 The Most Dangerous Question: What Makes for a Great Education? 3

CHAPTER 2 The Homeschool Revolution: Why Parents Are Pulling Out Their Kids in Droves 21

PART II The Great Experiment 49

CHAPTER 3 In Plain Sight: The Juicy History and Enduring Legacy of Public Schooling 51

CHAPTER 4 From Helpful to Harmful: What Changed in Education and Why It Matters 77

PART III The Extraordinary Potential of Homeschooling 101

CHAPTER 5 The Homeschooling Edge: Where Possibilities Flourish 103

CHAPTER 6 Understanding Homeschooling: What It Is and Why People Do It 121

PART IV Insight into Homeschooling: Separating Fact from Fiction 137

CHAPTER 7 Flipping the Script on Socialization: The Most Common Objection Is Our Greatest Strength 139

CHAPTER 8 Hitting the Books: Educational Myths about Homeschooling 165

CHAPTER 9 Moving Beyond the Shadow of Doubt: Common Homeschooling Hang-Ups and Fears 183

PART V Finding Your Why and Leaning into Hope 207

CHAPTER 10 Deschooling: Your Bridge over Anxious Waters 209

CHAPTER 11 You Are Enough 233

About the Author 241

Notes 243

Let's Connect 257

Index 259
"Christy-Faith lays down such a watertight homeschooling case that you'll WANT to educate your kids at home. This book gives concrete evidence how this method not only creates a solid foundation for a brighter future but also fosters development for a well-rounded, responsible, socially adept, and independent lifelong learner."
--Jean Burk, CEO, College Prep Genius

"Homeschool Rising is just what parents need as they jump headlong into the adventure that homeschooling can be. Christy-Faith is a natural encourager who backs it all up with sound research and a warm heart for the parents she knows will benefit from reading this timely book. Occasionally we doubt our choices as parents, and this book provides the right combination of helpful reminders, new ideas, and the inspiration a homeschooler needs to see their child's education through to the end. It will be a welcome tool in the hands of any parent - whether they're already homeschooling or are just thinking about getting started."
--Colleen Kessler, M.Ed., Author of The Homeschool Advantage: A Child-Focused Approach to Raising Lifelong Learners and Raising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent Families

"Every parent should read this book as they make educational choices for their children. Christy-Faith reminds us that we don't have to be fearful while we return to the roots of individualized education. Instead, we can confidently impact the future of our children one homeschool at a time."
--Sarah Collins, MSOT, OTR/L, Owner of HomeschoolOT

"Homeschool Rising is the comprehensive, well-researched encouragement I wish I had fifteen years ago when I began homeschooling. With her vast experience in education, Christy-Faith dispels common misconceptions, equips parents, and sheds a bright light on the value and benefit of choosing the transformative educational path of homeschooling."
--Marni Love, Certified Parent Coach and Homeschool Mentor
Top homeschooling advocate CHRISTY-FAITH has more than two decades of academic and administrative experience, ranging from kindergarten to higher education. She co-founded and ran a premier educational center and consulting firm in Los Angeles before transitioning to the homeschool arena. Today, she supports families in their homeschooling journeys through her membership community, podcast, and social media channels. She lives in Colorado with her husband Scott and four homeschooled children.