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Design-A-Study in a nutshell

Design-A-Study was founded in 1988 by Kathryn Stout. After eight years of teaching in public schools, Kathryn retired in order to raise her two small children. She began homeschooling officially in 1984 at a time when few materials were available. Eager to encourage a love of learning, she used methods and materials suited to each of her children's learning styles, making regular use of the library and other free or inexpensive resources. She created unit studies, found interesting projects, and used approaches that motivated her children to work toward mastery. Trained to teach with specific objectives in mind, she was frequently able to target the same goals for both children in spite of their 3 year age difference.

Pressed by other homeschoolers who wanted to do as she did, Kathryn wrote the Design-A-Study guides to provide both a framework of objectives and detailed methods for teaching basic subjects effectively. Having seen the frustration, boredom, and discouragement that too often results from trying to make students fit a curriculum instead of adapting a curriculum to suit them, Kathryn hopes to encourage parents to teach according to each child's interests and abilities, equipping each one for his very personal future.

Teaching Help Column

Check out the March/April 2007 column, Independent Activities for Middle School Science"If we give kids something to investigate and the opportunity to share that information, they will not only have the benefit of developing research skills, but they will also gain confidence in their own ability to learn."

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Academy Adonai

Kathryn's umbrella/covering school, Academy Adonai, for Delaware homeschoolers now has its own web site. Visit www.academyadonai.com. Once there click "More Information" for fee and other information or click "Visit Design-A-Study" to return to this page.


Design-A-Study is committed to offering affordable curricula and resources that allow parents and educators the flexibility necessary to meet individual learning needs.

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Design-A-Study offers a money-back guarantee for books returned in resalable condition within thirty (30) days. Audiocassettes are not returnable, but may be exchanged if defective. Please note: when shipping is free due to a special offer, postage is deducted from the price of returned items before the refund is issued.