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Ruth Beechick's books are an absolute must for anyone who is home schooling, whether you are creating your own unit studies, using a hodgepodge of texts, or are locked into one curriculum provider for all subjects. Ruth tells us how to home school without ever having to purchase textbooks, and if this is the direction you want to go, she will help you do it with excellence. She gives valuable information about what children should know when, practical skills that should be taught (some of which your textbooks have probably missed entirely), and how to lighten up, relax, and enjoy teaching your children.
I found these books very freeing, as I learned from Ruth that it is OK to not do every workbook page, if the child already has a good grasp of the material. She has some wonderful ideas about teaching math concepts without having to buy the fancy manipulatives. Her ideas on teaching the Bible as literature, using the telephone book as a resource tool (did you ever page through the phone book and discover the wealth of information in it?), and newspaper reading skills were exciting and fun for us to implement. These books are down-to-earth, fast and enjoyable reading. They will give you a new confidence and enthusiasm for home schooling, and they will teach you ways to make home schooling enjoyable for your children as well.
Ruth's approach is somewhat like Charlotte Mason's, but a lot more biblically sound. You won't find any liberal psychology or belief in evolution here, as you will in the Charlotte Mason series. I appreciated Ruth's very Christ-centered focus. You will be passing these books around to all your friends. I wish I had bought two sets, because mine were loaned out so much.
The Three R's is geared toward Grades K-3. This book is actually a compilation of three of her booklets: A Home Start in Reading, A Strong Start in Language, and An Easy Start in Arithmetic. Each of them can also be purchased individually, if desired.
You Can Teach Your Child Successfully is a larger book, with Grades 4-8 in mind.
I bought both, even though my child was in the older group. I still found the information in the book for younger children valuable to me.