Answers for Homeschooling (Download)

Answers for Homeschooling (Download)


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The decision to homeschool is difficult. There is so much to learn, and there are often radical changes that take place in your family. Unfortunately, not everyone will be supportive.

Well-meaning friends and relatives may believe you are going to “ruin your child.” How can you make sure that you have laid a good foundation for your child’s future? How can you respectfully defend your choice to those who disagree with you?

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SKU K110-6
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 0.00
Title Answers for Homeschooling (Download)
Subtitle Top 25 Questions Critics Ask
Contributors Israel Wayne
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC

You’ve made the decision to homeschool. Suddenly, you find that some of those who were once in your corner supporting you are now questioning your competency as a parent and maybe even your sanity. Their lack of confidence may sting, but in reality, the critic provides a wonderful opportunity to replace fear and stigma with truth and reality. This book equips you to answer the critic in your life with resolve and confidence.

ANSWERS to help you become confident in your homeschooling journey!

  • Socialization
  • Qualifications
  • College
  • Legality
  • Academics
  • Sports
  • Affordability
  • Competency

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Is Homeschooling Legal?
  • 2. Are You Qualified to Teach Your Child?
  • 3. How Can You Afford to Homeschool?
  • 4. Is That How It’s Done in Public School?
  • 5. What about Accountability?
  • 6. What about Socialization?
  • 7. Isn’t Sheltering a Child Harmful?
  • 8. What about Being Salt and Light in Public School?
  • 9. Is Homeschooling Elitist?
  • 10. Will Homeschoolers Be Good Citizens?
  • 11. What If I Don’t Have Enough Patience?
  • 12. What Does Dad Do in Homeschooling?
  • 13. Can Every Family Homeschool?
  • 14. Are You Cut Out for This?
  • 15. Won’t I Be Wasting My Own Education?
  • 16. What about Public School at Home?
  • 17. What about Vouchers for Homeschoolers?
  • 18. How Can You Teach Multiple Grades?
  • 19. What about Special Needs Education?
  • 20. What about Extracurricular Activities?
  • 21. What about High School?
  • 22. What about College?
  • 23. How Can You Find Time for Everything?
  • 24. Do You Know What Causes That?
  • 25. How Should I Respond to Opposition?


Israel Wayne has written a book that has been needed since the renewal of the homeschool movement 40 years ago. This book is the Walmart or Costco of consumer information for homeschoolers. For the new homeschooler or investigator of homeschooling, this book will give you everything you need to know, and more, in one book. The answers to the critical questions every homeschooler has at one time or another are found in this book and are easy to understand. The bottom line is that Israel’s book is the first place any homeschooler should go to have their questions answered. And it could be the only place that one would have to go for this critical information about the homeschool world. Israel is owed a great deal of gratitude for finally giving us what we have needed for years. I also recommend that you look into partnering with HSLDA as they are committed to preserving and protecting our precious freedom to homeschool. Go to for information about how you can be involved.

Mike Smith, President of HSLDA

We have worked with Israel Wayne since our first event in 2012. Each year, he has been a tremendous blessing to the homeschool families that hear him speak. Now, he has distilled the wisdom and knowledge he offers in his workshops into an incredibly helpful book called Answers for Homeschooling. By weaving historical information and statistical data with incredibly practical advice from a homeschool veteran, Israel gives you solid answers to questions you may not even know to ask yet. Every year more and more Teach Them Diligently families discover just how wonderful Israel Wayne is, and with Answers for Homeschooling, he has written a “must read” for homeschool families.

David Nunnery, founder of Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions, and Leslie Nunnery, author of Teach Them Diligently: Raising Children of Promise

Do you or the people around you have some concerns about homeschooling? Israel Wayne’s book answers those concerns in a thoughtful and concise manner giving you the confidence to homeschool your children. Israel is a product of the early homeschool movement and a leader in the current movement. His book, Answers for Homeschooling is a must read for anyone considering, or in the thick, of home educating their children.

Todd Wilson, “The Familyman,” author and conference speaker

I have known Israel for many years and appreciate his desire to teach and encourage families. As I began reading this book I was impressed by the scholarship and practical nature of his insights and counsel. Even though we began teaching our four sons at home in the early 80s, and I know most of the history and key players in the home education movement, I was captivated by the information and found myself looking forward to reading more. I particularly enjoyed the pluses and minuses of each educational option. Israel has done his homework, and coupled with his experiences of being home taught himself and teaching his own children speaks with depth and practicality. This book is a wonderful resource for parents considering home education and those who are engaged in the special journey of teaching their children to love forever. I heartily commend it to you.

Steve Demme, the creator of Math-U-See, founder of Building Faith Families, and a frequent speaker at home education conferences

Many families fail to consider homeschooling seriously because of misconceptions about what homeschooling involves. In Answers for Homeschooling, Israel Wayne and his wife, Brook, dispel those misconceptions by answering nearly every question about homeschooling that parents might have. There has never been a time when it has been more vital to rescue our children from the intellectual, moral, and spiritual pathologies of government schools, and I am convinced that the information provided in Answers for Homeschooling will lead many more families to experience the joys and rewards of homeschooling.

Bruce Shortt, author of The Harsh Truth About Public Schools

When my friend Israel asked me to review his new book, Answers for Homeschooling, I raised the very question he said his readers would probably ask, “Why another book on homeschooling?” As I started to read the book, however, I found myself saying, “Yes! This book is needed!” Like Israel (even though I wasn’t homeschooled), my late husband Chris Klicka — who Israel mentions in his book — and I taught all seven of our children at home in the early days of the modern homeschool movement. Chris’s legal work with HSLDA in the 1980s and his books on homeschooling in the 1990s, The Right Choice: Homeschooling and The Heart of Homeschooling were instrumental in helping to create a free and supportive climate homeschooling families now freely enjoy. However, that freedom isn’t guaranteed. Because of this, Israel not only makes a compelling case for why we need to learn about the roots of this truly miraculous movement of parent-led education in America, he helps parents understand how very possible it is for them to provide best what their children need. He invites you to raise the challenging questions many ask concerning home education, and then adeptly answers them. This book will help equip you, the parent, as you consider embarking on one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys with your children!

Tracy Klicka, homeschool writer and director of development for the Home School Foundation

As the home education movement is growing by the millions of children in America and around the world, many parents have questions. Homeschooling pioneer Israel Wayne provides helpful and balanced answers to the most common questions posed. This book will help parents avoid common pitfalls and help them to succeed in the discipleship of their children.

Kevin Swanson, Generations Radio Host

Perfect for new homeschool moms
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I am just starting homeschool and I am very happy I found this book. It touched on a lot of very important points that really got me excited and reinforced the idea of why I’m doing this for my kids.
Didn’t agree with some points but it was also good to see other people’s view point.
Lots of great advice about opposition from people about homeschool, which I found very helpful.

Very interesting and helpful book.
Very helpful
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This book answers a lot of great questions that any beginner homeschooler would really benefit from. Wish I would’ve had it when I first started!
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(I read the print copy, but the review would be the same.) I have always felt the urge to homeschool my children because of not having such a good experience in the public school realm myself and wanting to protect them from it. This book gave me many more reasons why I should homeschool my children and helped me have a defense for those who would criticize me for that choice.
great to share
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This is a good book to share with others (or to recommend for download). So many people are considering taking the jump into homeschooling, and this concise book gives some clear answers and encouragement. Highly recommend. I didn't find this useful for myself (because we have been homeschooling for 6 years) but for someone "new" this is excellent. I think it's a good resource to have on hand to loan out...when approached by people interested in it.
This book is great for fairly new homeschoolers
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My first response to seeing this title was, "WHY do we need another book about homeschooling?" It was amusing to see that Israel Wayne addressed that question right away. His point resonated with me. He was homeschooled himself, and he and his wife have been homeschooling from the beginning with their children, the oldest of whom is 17, I believe.

In other words, he isn't labeling himself as an expert simply because he has been homeschooling his 9 year old ever since he pulled her out of school in 2nd grade.

He isn't even really labeling himself as a total expert.

That is refreshing.

I didn't agree with everything written here, but I didn't find myself feeling defensive about that. There was enough conversational, "this is what works for us" tone going throughout, that I didn't feel I was being judged for making some different choices.

I found the book to be encouraging. A reminder that I am on the right track. A bit of food for thought about some issues regarding doing sports at the local public school. I am glad I read it.

Very Encouraging and Informative Resource
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This is a great resource for Christian families considering homeschooling, who are unsure about certain aspects or capability, as well as for those actively homeschooling who don't know how to respond to critical comments. It is written in a conversational manner, and includes references to other beneficial resources for new homeschool families.

I appreciated learning the history of homeschooling, and the great risks of many homeschool pioneers in gaining this freedom. This foundation was a great way to begin the book, as it left me with a deeper awareness and gratitude of this privilege.

I am also especially impacted by Israel Wayne's commentary on socialization, which comes up frequently in my own experience. He lays a persuasive biblical foundation of the quality of companionship within the social experience, and the necessity of having proper relationships in place for learning to be possible. The argument of being "salt and light" in the world (public/private schools) is similarly addressed in a compelling manner.

Some sections caused me to think differently about certain aspects of homeschooling (e.g. whether or not to accept government funding--I hadn't considered some of the negative implications). Other areas were less relevant to me (e.g. I'm not concerned about my teaching/academic capability, although many readers may find this very encouraging; and my husband and I have a system in place regarding our educational roles, which is different from the author's suggestion, but works for us personally).

Overall, I was surprised by the helpfulness of this resource in addressing issues I would not have considered to ask, and providing new information interwoven with spiritual encouragement and a biblical precedent for homeschooling. I am more inspired than ever by our commitment to this form of schooling, and found the book freshly edifying.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Master Books.
An exceptional addition to Mr. Wayne’s selection of homeschool books!
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We’d love to see this book in the hands of every homeschooling family. Whether new, struggling, or merely needing answers for those skeptics in your own learning adventure, Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask offers something for everyone. We pray the Lord blesses this book, and uses it to reach many for His glory and their benefit.

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