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Parent at the Helm’s July 2011 Book Giveaway!

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First, hearty hearty happy happy congratulations to Kay D., the winner of our June, 2011 Book Giveaway, What Really Matters by Joyce Reed and David Albert! We’ll make arrangements for Kay to receive her book as soon as possible from the book’s wonderful publisher, Wendy Priesnitz. Thank you to everyone who entered, and you have another chance to win a great book  in the July, 2011 Book Giveaway!

For July, 2011, I am thrilled to offer you one of the most important contributions to homeschooling literature ever written – Ann Lahrson-Fisher’s Fundamentals of Homeschooling: Notes on Successful Family Living. It’s Foreword was written by…moi!…and I remember like it was yesterday how valuable I knew Ann’s book would become throughout the years ahead. Here we are today, and you have a chance to WIN this terrific book in a book giveaway!

Fundamentals of Homeschooling:

Notes on Successful Family Living

by Ann Lahrson-Fisher

FundamentalsOfHomeschooling book giveaway

What’s in a name? What’s in THIS name – Fundamentals of Homeschooling?

Homeschooling. Unschooling. Family-based education. Eclectic homeschooling. School-at-home. Auto-didacticism. Child-led learning. Unit studies. Radical unschooling. Natural learning. Extreme homeschooling. Charlotte Mason homeschooling. The Moore method. Home education.

These terms describe some of the subgroups under the big umbrella of homeschooling. Those who enter the homeschooling continuum at any of these or other points are united when they say, in effect, “We choose to trust ourselves – parents and children – to create a meaningful learning lifestyle together. We place our trust in ourselves first and foremost, not in trained professionals and experts.”

To help you find where you fit in the homeschooling continuum, this book explores the underlying habits, themes, and foundations – fundamentals – of family life that lead to homeschooling success at every point on the continuum.

Do not let the title of this book belie its content.

Fundamentals of Homeschooling is the perfect jumping off place for:
Parents beginning to homeschool at any level
Parents thinking about homeschooling
Charterschoolers and others who want to leap into fully independent homeschooling
Independent homeschoolers looking at a different approach
Homeschoolers who are content with their approach but looking for fresh ideas and materials
Parents with children of any age who want to give them a “homeschool” start

From Midwest Book Review:
…strongly recommended primer…an invaluable supplementary resource…
If you are…homeschooling, then give [Fundamentals] a very careful and thorough reading!
(To read the entire review, visit )

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From Gene Lehman, editor of Learning Unlimited Network of Oregon (LUNO):

“…This is the most detailed and handy Table of Contents I have ever seen. It serves as an appetizer before the main meal…Ann has an interesting and intriguing way of putting things. She has an extraordinary talent for writing that is very clear and readable but still realistically practical.”

Don’t wait! Register to win today!

Contest Details

CONTEST DEADLINE: July 31, 2011; 11:59PM (EDT)



HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST: To enter, please “like” Parent at the Helm on Facebook, follow parentatthehelm on Twitter, subscribe to our irregular newsletter with the link near the top of the page (this gets you a little something extra each month!), or sign up for e-mail or RSS feeds (on the left side of the homepage). Then, submit a comment on the PARENT AT THE HELM May Book Giveaway blog article which you can always reach by clicking on the book title at the top of the page. In your comment, please let us know which of the above steps you took, and anything else you’d like to tell us! If by some chance you had already previously covered all of the above steps, please let us know that in your comment (and accept our deepest thanks! [g])

You are allowed one entry per book, with the exception of BLOGGERS: I know your pain! [g]! Blog about this giveaway, include the link to your post in your comment, and you will receive an extra entry in the contest as a thank you for all of your hard work!

PARENT AT THE HELM is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by PARENT AT THE HELM on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any Web site or at any combination of these.

WINNER SELECTION: The winner shall be selected using’s “Randomizer” on or about the morning of August 1, 2011.

ODDS OF WINNING: You’ve got great odds! Odds are determined by the number of entries received.

OBTAINING YOUR PRIZE: We will contact winner by email only. PARENT AT THE HELM will make a reasonable effort to contact you on the day you are determined as winner, but we are not responsible for misdirected notification because of problems with the e-mail address you provide to us. If we cannot reach you, you may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. In addition, a winner who does not comply with the Official Rules will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

CONDITIONS: Your participation binds you to these official rules. By participating, you waive any right to claim ambiguity of said rules. All decisions regarding this contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by PARENT AT THE HELM. That decision is final. As winner you are solely responsible for any applicable federal, state and local taxes.

ANNOUNCING THE PRIZE WINNER: We’ll let you know in a blog post who was the lucky winner after the August 1, 2011, drawing.

Remember, you can’t win the book if you don’t enter the Book Giveaway!

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12 Responses to “Parent at the Helm’s July 2011 Book Giveaway!”

  1. Becky Keasler says:

    I follow you on Facebook and receive your e-mails but wasn't sure if that means I'm already entered or needed to tell you. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • grandma_linda says:

      Hi, Becky, Nothing is automatic around here, so you did right by letting me know you're interested in winning. It's a GREAT book – good luck!

  2. Cheri says:

    Thanks for all you do, your website is such an encouragement.

  3. Anna says:

    Hey, I would like the book! 🙂 Love reading this site so much, so much helpful information!

  4. trulycrazybeautiful says:

    Hi Linda, I do all of the above and am now entering the book giveaway comp. Thanks!

  5. trulycrazybeautiful says:

    PS. Is there a way to see a list of book giveaways from previous months?

    • grandma_linda says:

      Hi, Annie, Thanks so much for being here at Parent at the Helm. They're not all gathered in one place, so the best thing to do would be to use the search bar and punch in "book giveaway December" or whatever you want…they should readily come up. W/I the last 4-5 months, PATH's book reviewer, Beth Balmanno, has also been reviewing the giveaway at the beginning of the giveaway month. Those are gathered together in the "Book Review" category. Hope this helps!

  6. Heidi says:

    I would love to win the book, Email subscription and FB follower: )

  7. Holly says:

    I would love to win this great book. I'm a email subscriber, like you on facebook and follow you on twitter. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Mary Eichholz says:

    I follow you on FB and I’d love a chance to win the book.Thanks!!

  9. Colleen G says:

    I subscribe to the email and follow on Facebook

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