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Unqualified Education: A Practical Guide to Learning
at Home Ages 11-18 by Gareth Lewis. The Lewis family has done it
again! They have created a book full of informative text and delightful
illustrations similar to One
to One but for ages 11-18. It is authored by dad Gareth, but it is a
true family creation, with illustrations by his children Bethan, Wendy and
Samuel. Their mom, Lin, is more involved with the publishing end, but her
influence is throughout.
Gardening, sewing and cooking get equal space along with the arts, math,
literature, history, science, geography, and technology. This is a nice
feature and reflects a philosophy that family life is integral, and not just
secondary, to learning.
Because the author is British, the history section has a slightly different
presentation than a book written by a U.S. author (U.S. history is given its
own special section.) There are a few terms that may also be slightly
different, but I enjoy this aspect of the book.
Unqualified Education, like its companion book
One to One, is a unique
and useful book for homeschoolers. The text is easy to read and informative,
while the illustrations are an absolute delight (funny comics, attractive
illustrations, and helpful diagrams abound). Paper, 346 pages.
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Beautifully illustrated by Bethan, Wendy and Samuel Lewis, Unqualified
Education continues in a similar friendly, down-to-earth, and approachable
style to One-to-One: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home, Age 0-11.
Unqualified Education is both a parent's guide to home education with an
emphasis on self-directed, self-motivated and enthusiastic learning, and a
mini-text book, complete with lesson plans.
Gareth covers every subject and offers useful teaching advice, helpful
hints, lesson guides, practical information, and clear guidelines that will
enrich the learning experience. The fantastic black and white line drawings
are delightful and will encourage children to use this book.
Ideas and information for studies in Literature, History, Geography,
Languages, Science, Technology, Music, Mathematics, Art and Craft can be
used as a springboard to further explorations, with Cooking and Gardening
covered in two separate chapters. Gareth peppers the text with sensible home
educating advice and tips, and devotes a final chapter to practical matters
such as Timetables, Curriculum, Qualifications, Work and Employment. Unlike
many home education books which list specific resources, the chapter
Educational Resources covers the basics, such as the Internet, television,
libraries, etc, and how they can be used to enhance your learning program.
Buy both One-to-One and Unqualified Education together as a set and receive
a free copy of a past edition of the Lewis education magazine! Exclusive offer.
Gareth Lewis' daughter, Bethan, has recently written and illustrated her own
book of fairytales! Click
here to read more about it.