The ideal homeschooling reference book would be many things: encouragement to begin or continue homeschooling, ideas for shaping a child's character and strengthening his mind, practical methods of integrating homeschooling and family life, insights into different teaching and learning styles, and comments on different educational materials and suppliers. This book delves into each of these areas and uses an informal, informative and unique format. The main text is contained in a 5-inch column towards the inside of each page. A wide outside margin shows noteworthy quotes, comments on educational products, and helpful hints. Many pages include an "in our home segment giving personal insights into various aspects of homeschooling life in the Clarkson household. You are not likely to tire of reading this book; it's the type that you can pick up again and again and find fresh ideas and friendly encouragement.