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A Life Worth Living DVD tribute to John Holt
Pat Farenga created this slide show for Growing Without Schooling's 20th
anniversary conference. It was transferred to DVD and enhanced with footage not in the original show. It covers Holt's early career as social
reformer and private school teacher, to famous author and school reformer, to unschooler and homeschool advocate.
Filled with rare photographs, tape
recordings of Holt's own words from interviews and lectures over the years, and
some video of Holt, you get a view of Holt's transformation from a "high
standards" elite private school teacher, to a free schooler, to a pioneer
homeschooler. A Life Worth Living is a perfect introduction to one of the most
innovative thinkers about education. JHB
22 minutes - DVD format.
For a limited time, we will include a 7-page booklet titled, "The
Education of John Holt." It's a reprint of article that first appeared in
the December 1981 issue of Yankee magazine.
A Life Worth Living: Selected Letters
of John Holt, edited and with an introduction by Susannah Sheffer - From
the backcover: "The letters of education critic and reformer John Holt were
worksheets for his public writing as well as a fascinating record of his time.
They contain some of his most poignant insights into education and educational
reform, school, and politics. In this absorbing collection, Holt can be seen at
his fiercest - openly challenging the usefulness and wisdom of compulsory
schools, of universities, of the institution of childhood - and at his freshest,
revealing thoughts conceived in the moment of writing."
This book is now out of print, but we have been purchasing used copies. As a
result, we have a small quantity available. The copies may have creases, library
stickers, highlights, notes or a combination of any of these.
Your Own - The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by
John Holt and Patrick Farenga. When we
acquired the John Holt bookstore, we never thought we would
have the chance to carry a new book by John Holt (who died in 1985). Okay, it's
not a "completely" new book, but it is a new edition with lots of new
information. Long out of print (with used
copies often going for much more than the original purchase price!), the classic
Teach Your Own: A Hopeful Path to Education has now been updated and
The new version is entitled Teach Your Own - The John Holt Book of
Homeschooling. Appropriately enough, it has been updated and edited by
Patrick Farenga, the president of Holt Associates. Pat has combined personal
stories and the resources from his own book, The Beginners Guide to
Homeschooling, with this classic work by the father of the modern
homeschooling movement. The original was published in 1981 and was the source of
inspiration for many parents considering homeschooling. Holt's words are every
bit as inspiring today and show a timeless common-sense that will have nodding
your head in agreement as you read along.
This book will help you avoid the trap of turning your home into a miniature
school. Instead, you will be encouraged to take advantage of
homeschooling's flexibility to provide an educational experience that is nearly
impossible to duplicate in schools. If you are already homeschooling but have
ever had moments of self-doubt, or wondered how to face relatives who question
your decision, then this book will restore your confidence and remind you of the
many benefits of the path you have chosen. If you are just getting started or
only considering homeschooling, this book will help open your eyes about the
many possibilities and will supply you with a wealth of information and
resources to help you on your way.
Legal advice and suggestions for countering common objections to homeschooling
are included. An extensive bibliography and several appendices will provide you
with information on other books, correspondence programs, curriculum suppliers,
helpful private schools, homeschooling organizations, learning materials, and
opportunities and activities. This is a "must have" book for every homeschooler!
Paper, 334 pages
One-to-One, A Practical Guide to Learning At Home Ages 0-11 (revised 2nd edition) -
Once again, a customer introduced us to a marvelous book. I asked
her if she'd
write a review of the book for us and sent away for a copy. As soon as
One-to-One came in, I flipped through its pages. The comics written and
drawn by the author's children caught my eye right away and soon my children and
I were captivated. I decided I had to read this book myself before I sent it off
to be reviewed!
I enjoyed it immensely. Unlike our reviewer, we haven't followed
the “Waldorf” approach to homeschooling, so I was less aware of its influence on
the book. The author has some very good ideas about learning and has
combined them with practical applications. Since the book was written and
published by a British author living in France, there are some European
influences (such as calling Math, “Maths,”) which made the book more interesting
Well, here's Lisa's review!:
Gareth Lewis' book One-to-One, A Practical Guide to Learning At Home Ages
0-11 is a comprehensive outline of education for homeschooling children
and is full of practical suggestions for helping children who are in traditional
schools learn at home evenings and weekends. One suggestion for parents of
public-schooled children is to lobby the teacher for no homework and if that
does not work, to do the homework yourself, as the child needs to rest and
follow his own interests when not in school. This book is written from a Waldorf
perspective, and he places arts, cooking, music and exploring the natural world
on par with reading, math, writing, foreign languages and history during the
primary years. The directions for gardening, crafts, and vegetarian cookery are
the most clear, easy to follow and thorough I have ever seen. The book is a
family project, with Mr. Lewis' wife, Lin, writing the cooking and crafts
sections and their three children providing the illustrations. Peppered
throughout the book are Mr. Lewis' thoughts on the value of play, appropriate
toys, television and computer use and institutional schooling based upon his
perspective as a math teacher in both public and private schools and as a homeschooling father. He writes, "School can never be flexible enough to meet
the real needs of each child. The frustration and boredom children inevitably
experience in school has a negative impact on their ability to learn... everyone
knows a young child learns best in a one-to-one situation."
John Taylor Gatto, author of
Dumbing Us Down
says: "One-to-One is far more than a splendid How-To guide, although it
will repay its modest cost ten times over on that score; from its graceful
plainspeak language and its intelligently inventive assemblage of good ideas you
will be able to induct a philosophy of a better life -- for yourself as well as
your children. This is a gem."
Author's Note: I wrote One-to-One over the period from 1997 to
2001. It was a collaborative effort based upon extensive discussions with my
children in which they gave their opinions about the various things that Lin and
I had done with them over the years. The result is, I hope, an honest attempt to
describe the things that worked and how to avoid the things that don't work. -
About the Illustrators: One-to-One is illustrated with 344 line
drawings by the author's children, Bethan, Wendy and Samuel. They are
self-taught artists - putting into practice the principle laid out in the book,
that given time and a certain amount of encouragement, children (and adults) are
capable of learning without being subjected to the rigours of the school system.
Unqualified Education: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home
Ages 11-18 is the
follow-up to One-to-One.
318 pages Table of Contents
Out of stock.
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.
Table of Contents
Out of stock.
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.
This delightful newsletter is written and illustrated by the entire Lewis
family, publisher of the books, One-to-One and
Unqualified Education. The
contents typically include original articles (many on education), cartoons, a
gorgeously illustrated fairytale, puzzles, stories, recipes, crafts and much
more. Each issue is truly a work of art and can be enjoyed by all family members. The following magazines are the most
Freedom in Education Magazine
Autumn 2006 - Contents: Recipe, The Importance of Play; Zeno's Paradoxes; Maze;
Johnny Appleseed; Planting Trees; The Mermaid of the Seas, Spindle,
Shuttle, and Needle; Candle Dipping; Wendy's Craft Corner (Jacob's Ladder); The True Bride;
Princess Meera Bai; Dot to Dot; The Heros of Ancient Rome; Word Searches, and
Trees in the Four Seasons.
Glossy paper, 40 pages.
Summer 2006 - Contents: Recipe; Taking the Donkey to Market;
Storytelling, Abunuwas; Socrates; Harriet Tubman; The Vegetable Garden;
Animals; Mythical Creatures; The Miller's Boy & the Little Cat; Word
Search (Mythical Creatures); Death's Messengers; Breton Story; The
Billy Goats Gruff; Wendy's Craft Corner (Shadow Puppet Theatre); Mexican
Recipes; Maze; and Spindle, Shuttle and Needle.
Glossy paper, 40 pages.
An "A" in Life: Famous Homeschoolers by Nancy &
Malcolm Plent. I purchased this title when I first started researching
homeschooling about 10-11 years ago. It was just a pamphlet then, but it has
grown into a 108-page book that lists brief biographies of successful people
from all walks of life. It's great fun reading about the different reasons
individuals left school and their experiences, and I think I'll give copies to
my still-unconvinced-homeschooling-is-a-good-idea relatives. It may not convert
them, but it will give them something to think about. Filled with great quotes
Paper, 108 pages.
And What About College?
by Cafi Cohen. The author discusses how
she helped her two homeschooled children apply to and get accepted by the
colleges of their choice. This is the newest edition with many useful ideas
for everyone thinking about college, but especially for those with
*Chapter on college at home and on-line college
*Appendix on study tips for the college bound
*Resources and web sites
*Chapter highlights to help you focus on the most important points. Paper,
This book is out of print, so it's only available while supplies last.
The special price is a limited time offer.
of Education: Reclaiming Your Family, Community and Self by Home Education
Magazine columnist, Linda Dobson.
The author shares refreshing insights she has gained through a decade of
homeschooling her three children. In addition to thought-provoking commentary on
the need for homeschooling, the book contains interesting quotations from a
variety of sources. The back of the book contains a large index of books for
further reading and a list of famous homeschoolers. Very well-written.
This title is out of print, and we have a limited number of copies left.
The Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling
by Pat Farenga is a great
book for beginning homeschoolers. It gives you just the right amount of
information on resources, answers to common questions, and provides suggestions
for record keeping and possible curriculums. A portion of the book is devoted to
some early writing about homeschooling (prior to 1977) that I found quite
interesting. The back of the book lists support groups, correspondence schools,
and recommended learning materials. This is a very practical book that is
presented in an open and easy-to-understand manner and is ideal for a homeschool
support group's library.
Paper, 124 pages.
This book is now out of print
and is only available until supplies run out. The special price is available
for a limited time.
Mason's The Original Home Schooling Series by Charlotte M. Mason -
contains the complete works, and original writing, of the British educator,
Charlotte Mason (1842-1923). The set includes over 2,400 pages of material
written on education, child training and parenting. While not light reading, the
work will stimulate your thinking regarding education. Charlotte Mason spoke
from her many years of experience with children and will guide you in areas such
as reading, writing, and - of course - nature study. An emphasis is placed on
using "living" books rather than dry textbooks.
Recognized as a pioneer in home education and major school reforms, who spent
her life improving the quality of children's education, Charlotte Mason's
practical methods are as revolutionary today as when they were first written.
The Complete Home
Learning Source Book by Rebecca Rupp is a delight - and a huge delight at
that. With 865 pages, this book is 8 ½" by 11" and almost 2" thick! The subtitle
sums up its content: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents,
and Educators, Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology.
The book is
beautifully organized into subjects of study, with subject titles printed at the
page edges in dark blocks that show even with the pages closed. Each entry is
tagged with the age group the resource is intended for, and symbols are used to
identify whether the resource is audio, game, on-line resource, hands-on
activity, curriculum, kit, video, book, software, magazine, or catalog. This is
a huge reference resource for long term use.
A few of the vast number of subjects thoroughly covered are reading, writing,
math, history, mythology, foreign language resources, the arts, sciences,
journalism, research, libraries, ethics, religion, economics, philosophy, and
life skills. The format consists of well-annotated lists of books, on-line
resources, CD-ROM's, tapes, catalogs, games, hands-on materials, and videos,
along with Rebecca's comments, insightful observations, and delightful,
thought-provoking stories about her family's own experiences.
This is one of the best resources to ever grace the home education market!
(Reviewed by Lillian Jones)
Paper, 865 pages.
Damaged Copy of The Complete Home
Learning Source Book - cover has some corner creasing. Otherwise, the
book is in excellent condition. One copy available.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeschooling by Marsha Ransom - The
Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeschooling is a step-by-step manual written for
the new and inexperienced homeschooler. The explanations, resources, and
recommendations apply to families homeschooling for a wide variety of reasons
and to families who "afterschool" their children.
It includes a history of homeschooling, interesting stories of famous
homeschoolers, advice on how to teach subjects you don't understand, the fact's
about unschooling - an interest-oriented, real-life approach to learning.
This guide provides practical advice from an author who has homeschooled four
Paper, 410 pages. 9"x7.5"x.8".
Out of print; one copy available.
Us Down: The Invisible Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by (10th
Anniversary Edition) by
Taylor Gatto. Contains essays based on some of John's speeches about school
and education. While not a book about homeschooling, it makes some shrewd
observations about the failures of public schooling and how to re-engage the
family's involvement in learning. An eye-opener for those still unconvinced of
the benefits of homeschooling. I believe Gatto's credentials, in part, win
over (he was New York City and New York State Teacher of the Year). I simply
enjoy his passionate voice and concise analysis of the problems with compulsory
The 10th Anniversary edition contains a new
afterward by the author in which he reflects on the past 10 years and updates
you on some of his current projects.
Paper, 104 pages.
A Free Range Childhood: Self Regulation at Summerhill School by
Matthew Appleton - In 1921 Summerhill School was founded by A.S. Neill.
Believing children to be inherently "good," Neill created an environment in
which children had the widest scope possible to express themselves without adult
constraints. At Summerhill adults and children have an equal say in community
meetings, and lessons are non-compulsory.
Much has been written about Summerhill over the years. Neill's own Summerhill:
A Radical Approach to Child Rearing was an international best-seller in the
1960s and '70s. Appleton's book, A Free Range Childhood, is the only
first-hand account to emerge from the school since Neill's death in 1973.
Matthew Appleton was a houseparent at Summerhill for nine years. He has lectured
and written extensively on his experiences. He works as a psychotherapist and
craniosacral therapist in England.
Paper, 280 pages. 8.5"x5.5"x.9" A limited number of copies
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of Homeschooling: Notes on Successful Family Living by Ann Lahrson-Fisher.
What a well-written and informative book! The author's basic premise is that
successful homeschooling comes from living a satisfying learning lifestyle and
the family is the foundation. Within the family, there are certain "habits" of
success: play, conversation, togetherness, and growing up. The book further
expounds on these habits and along the way discusses fundamentals such as
reading, writing, math, music, art, and much more. She covers both the joys and
the pitfalls, and her years of experience shine through.
The book is 429 pages
of well-organized material, broken down in easy-to-handle chunks. Lots of
resources are included!
Paper, 429 pages.
Limited quantities available.
Collections of some of the best stories in GWS Magazine, on two of their
Life After Homeschooling contains stories about homeschoolers
moving into the wider world. Detailed accounts of the college admissions
process and of alternatives to college, all from homeschoolers' perspectives.
Paper, 14 pages.
Transition from School to Homeschool. Leaving school is the first step, but
adjusting to a new way of learning and living is an ongoing process. These
stories - several by young people themselves - take you inside that process and
offer reassurance and insight.
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Guidance Manual for the Christian Home School: A Parent's Guide for Preparing
Home School Students for College or Career by David Callihan - This manual is a comprehensive guide to preparing for life
after home schooling. It provides specific tools, plans, and procedures that
help parents make progress in getting their children where they want them to go
as they prepare to lead them into the wider world.
Paper, 262 pages. 10"x7"x0.6".
Homeschooling: A Family's Journey by Gregory and Martine Millman -
From inside the book's jacket: This intimate, eminently practical story of a
successful homeschooled family of six children illuminates today's most exciting
choice in education and shows how it works from cradle to college.
What is it that homeschoolers do that the public schools can't or won't? There
are at least as many answers as there are studies. But nothing can capture the
homeschooling experience in all its richness like the story of a real family
that homeschools its children in middle-class America. Here is a remarkable
portrait of the magic that occurs when a home - and, in the truest sense, the
world - is transformed into a living classroom.
This family's journey emphasizes "freedom, innovation, autonomy,
self-organization, and creative collaboration," following the interests of each
child and fitting "the educational system to the child, instead of forcing the
child to fit into a system."
Hardcover, 304 pages. 8.4"x5.7"x1.2".
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High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission (1st edition) by
Jeanne Gowen Dennis Homeschooling High School - Homeschoolers will find answers to
their questions about grading scales, diplomas, prerequisites, entrance exams,
financial aid and scholarship eligibility, application procedures ... all while
reaching their family's ideal balance between autonomy and accountability in
their home high school.
Forward by Michael Farris. Christian
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One copy available.
Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves by Alison McKee is the author's
reflection on her family's adventure in homeschooling, her work as a
schoolteacher, and the insights she gained from both. After reading about some
of the frustrations Alison directly experienced within the school system, you
may better understand why so many teachers don't send their own children to
“...An unusual and clear-headed examination of what children
need--and why even well-meaning schools can't supply it.”- John Taylor Gatto.
Paper, 168 pages.
Homeschooling Book of Answers by
Linda Dobson (editor of Home Education Magazine's News Watch
column, and author of Art of Education) - Think of the best homeschooling
conference you've ever attended. Remember the excitement of meeting other
people, listening to the great discussions that came up when people asked
questions, and getting lots of great ideas?
Now that you have that picture in
your mind and are remembering the excitement and fun of the experience, imagine
putting it into a book. That's just what Linda has done! In this revised
edition, she has taken 101 questions (there were 88 in the original) of the type
people ask at conferences, and she has provided several answers by people you
might see at conferences. The questions range from the typical beginner types
about the costs of homeschooling, giving tests, and keeping up with
housekeeping, to questions about how homeschooling affects your life, putting
younger kids in community college, and even a section of responses from the
children and young adults who have been homeschooled.
If you had lots of free time and could travel around the country attending
dozens of conferences, you might hear some of these questions and similar
answers, but Linda puts them all in one place for you. This is a great way to
see a broad range of issues responded to by many of the most respected names in
the homeschooling community. You also get biographical data and contact
information on the contributors, and a listing of resources which includes
addresses for support groups, magazines, catalogs and a summary of legal
requirements for each state.
This one will definitely be added to our favorites shelf, and we want to make
it easy to add it to your collection by offering it at a low price.
edition, paper, 356 pages.
Special 25th Anniversary Price for a limited time.
We have one copy of the now out-of-print original edition. It has some slight
by Heart: A Mom's Road Map for Making it All Work by Kristina Krulikas is a guide for mapping out life's journey and designing a homeschooling
lifestyle for seasoned moms, as well as beginners. The author wrote the book to
help parents concentrate on making homeschooling a way of life, not merely
bringing school home. She is a Christian, so there are references to the Bible
Includes: a study guide to lead your heart towards home, ideas to slow down your
pace, home organization tips to simplify, reproducible charts and forms, tips
for instilling a love for learning, curriculum for K-Highschool, activities for
young learners and toddlers, recipes, and much more.
The author also talks about spanking as one method of discipline, which I
personally do not believe in, but there is other useful information and resources
Paper, 238 pages.
One copy available.
the Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to
8-Year-Old Child by Linda Dobson
is especially good for the beginning homeschooling family with young children
(if you've already been homeschooling for a while, some of the early pages on
how-to-homeschool may be redundant). Rather than focus on a list of items
children should know by a certain age, Linda shows you how to maintain the
natural joy of learning that began the moment your child was born. She includes
chapters on reading, writing, arithmetic and other subjects, along with lots of
Paper, 224 pages.
the Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to
18-Year-Old by Cafi Cohen.
Homeschooling your teen is not as difficult as you may imagine! This book will
give you ideas on how to help your teen create their own unique learning
experience and discover their best vocational path, including selecting a
college. Many more answers to questions both parents and teens may have are
answered by Cafi's book. Using real-life stories and examples from dozen's of
homeschooling families, you gain not only the insight of the author's experience
but a variety of ideas from other parents of teens. Where Cafi's other two books
focus on college, this book goes into detail about creating your teen's unique
learning experience upon which the credits for college are based.
I Learn Better by
Teaching Myself and Still Teaching Ourselves (2 classic books now combined
in one volume!) by Agnes Leistico. These two books explore how a homeschooling mother learned
to trust her children - and herself - to learn in new ways, from elementary
school to high school.
I read both books when my children were young and especially enjoyed reading
the author's questioning and searching for answers during her family's
homeschooling journey. The way the author handled her own doubts allowed me to
listen and learn from my own (trust me, it's okay to have doubts!)
These books are especially good for anyone wrestling with
questions about how much structure to impose. Both are classics that have inspired many homeschoolers, especially those of us who believe in learning by doing.
This double volume is now out of print, so it's only available while supplies
last. It's also available for a limited time at a special, low price.
All the Time: How Small Children Begin To Read, Write, Count, and Investigate
the World, Without Being Taught by
John Holt. John was working on this book before his death, and it was
completed using his articles in Growing Without Schooling and other
previously uncollected writing. As with all of his books, this work exhibits the
great respect he had for children and insights into how they learn.
explores how children learn and think and demonstrates that children can and do pick up
"the basics" (reading, writing, math) from the world around them. I find many of his ideas very
practical, not just theoretical, and every so often I pick up and skim this book
to help remind me that my children are, indeed, learning all the time. Paper,
Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School by
Grace Llewellyn. Author of the
popular Teenage Liberation Handbook, Grace Llewellyn
edits this book of firsthand accounts written by teenagers about the things they
can do when given the opportunity. It is reassuring for parents and kids to hear
the voices of "real-life" teenagers. It is also fascinating to read all the
different teenage stories and see the variety of interests they have and the
different educational experiences they've gone through.
We have the
Eleven-year anniversary edition, with updates from all the writers).
First published in 1993; updated in 2005.
Nominee, Best Books for Young Adults 1994 (American Library Association)
Includes index, appendix, recommended resources, and black & white photographs.
From the publisher:
In 1993, eleven homeschooled teenagers described their lives in rich detail,
and Real Lives quickly became a homeschooling classic. Erin's favorite teacher
was her horse Nick, blind in one eye. Kyla flew to South America in September of
what would have been her senior year alone, except for her mountain bike.
Jeremiah and his sister Serena published a newsletter on peace issues. Patrick,
who hoped someday to design video games, had spent the past few years compiling
portfolios of his writing and artwork. Rebecca worked at homeless shelters and,
through Habitat for Humanity, built houses for people in need. Anne tended
honeybees and plucked a bluegrass banjo. Ayanna kept pace with 50 pen-pals
mostly in Africa while Kevin talked with people all over the world on his ham
radio. Amanda performed with a violin quintet and worked through the mail with
her writing mentor. Vallie answered questions at a marine science center;
Tabitha answered the phone at a crisis line, and helped midwives at births.
Now those eleven homeschoolers have grown up and engaged the territory of
adulthood, college, and career and the new edition of Real Lives includes
updates from all of them. From gaining admission to an Ivy League institution
without taking the SAT to crafting a simple life centered on writing and
gardening, they tell where life has taken them and where they have taken life,
and offer hindsight and advice for others choosing to learn outside of school.
This is great reading for teenagers (schooled or unschooled), homeschoolers of any
age, educators who want to broaden their understanding of how people learn, and
anyone who is curious about what homeschooled kids think of homeschooling--and
what those same "kids" think eleven years later. Lots of black/white action
Paper, 320 pages. Updated & revised edition.
High: A Home-Designed Form+U+La by
Barbara Edtl Shelton - The tendency at the high school level is, as one
homeschool mom said, to "just buckle down, take the textbooks by the horns and
just DO it!" But as this mom sadly added: "The joy went right out the window!"
For those just starting out, and even for seasoned homeschoolers who, up until
high school, have taken a more creative approach, this book has
inspiration and practical help for homeschooling through high school:
record-keeping ideas, what to do about requirements, how to translate real-life
learning into senior high classes and credits, how to set up your own high
school Master Framework Plan, creative grading guidelines, masters for
transcripts and diplomas, learning guides for many subject areas, complete
how-to's for setting up a student notebook, and many many samples to use as
bouncing-off points. Christian-based.
Paper, 425 pages. 8.5"x11"x1". Cover has a small wrinkle.
Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah
Sheffer. If you've been discouraged by recent books and reports asserting that
the self esteem of adolescent girls plummets during their teenage years, A
Sense of Self will encourage you. The 55 in-depth interviews Susannah
Sheffer conducted with homeschooled girls ages 11-16 show that these
homeschoolers are holding onto the strengths they had as children.
This book is now out of print, but we have a few used copies. Your
copy may have creases, library stickers, highlights, a combination of all or
Liberation Handbook: How to quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
by Grace Llewellyn. This is a
terrific book! Written especially for teenagers and people with teenagers in
their lives, it is also helpful for anyone who has ever gone to school. Grace
discusses how to regain the natural ability to learn and be excited about it,
ways of going to college, volunteering, apprenticeships, and more. Leans toward
an "unschooling" approach, which Grace is able to superbly articulate. Popular
for teenagers who plan on taking charge of their education, whether they are
currently homeschooling, planning on homeschooling, or moving on to college.
Highly recommended. Paper, 443 pages.
This is the complete,
international, revised and expanded edition. There is another less-expensive
version available, but it only contains about 1/3 of the content. This edition
has more anecdotal material and background information included for each topic
and is recommended by the author.
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Underachieving School by
lays out his basic arguments about how schools fail our children and offers a
wealth of inspiring ideas for what to do about it.
The Underachieving School is a collection of essays and articles written
and compiled by Holt, each brimming with inspiration and ideas on how to teach
children. Taking into account how children actually learn, this book shows us
the difference between learning and schooling through his original thinking;
clear, thoughtful writing; and firsthand accounts of what does and doesn’t work
Paper, 164 pages. 8.5"x5.5"x.5".
“Education is something a person gets for himself, not
that which someone else gives or does to him.” John Holt, from The
Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
by Mary Griffith -Just from the
cover, you can tell this is not your typical homeschooling book - and not just
because it has "unschooling" in the title!
The colorful cover shows a drawing
of a family driving past a zoo, the beach, a capitol building, and a museum.
They are smiling and pointing; obviously enjoying their journey and many
interesting things along the way. Just like life should be! Inside, Mary has
provided lots of good information, including resources for different subjects,
real-life examples of what people do, and lots of great explanations.
If you or someone you know doesn't understand this whole unschooling idea,
then this may be the book to convince you (or them) to try it. If you are
already an ardent unschooler, it will still give you lots of good tips and
insights into what other unschoolers may do, and lots of information to help you
explain and defend your unschooling decision.
Paper, 230 pages.
What Do I Do Monday? by
Holt. This is Holt's classic answer to teachers who asked, "How can I put all
your ideas into practice myself, with my kids?" The book contains hundreds of
things to do or try - "measuring speed," "measuring strength," "fractions,"
"recording talk," "writing for ourselves," "writing for others," and much more.
It is also a hard-hitting look at what's wrong with marking and grading, at what can
help troubled children, and at the difference between "teacher as cop" and
"teacher as guide." Holt wrote that of all his books, he felt that this was the
one homeschoolers would find most practical.
Paper, 300 pages. 1995 edition.
Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-8 by
Ruth Beechick -
This classic home education book
gives practical help to parents. IT includes sections on reading, writing, and
arithmetic, as well as subjects beyond the three R's.
Beechick is a highly experienced teacher and curriculum developer, she believes
that parents are the best teachers of their children. She sweeps away the
mystery that surrounds education. After reading this book, you no longer will
feel that teachers know secrets that are hid from you.
Paper, 296 pages. 8.5"x5.5"x1.2".
#9042 $14.00 $10.99
Living is Learning Curriculum Guides by Nancy Plent
These guides were put together by Nancy Plent, founder of the
Unschoolers Network in New
Jersey and a long-time homeschooler. She reviewed the scope and sequence charts
and curriculum guides of dozens of schools in various states, then combined the
highest standards of elements from each to create these guides. Why purchase
these curriculum guides? 1) They may help you to fulfill your state's legal
requirement to provide an educational plan 2) They allow you to see some of the
highest standards for schools at various grade levels, just in case you are
curious about what the schools expect or are anxious about what you are doing 3)
They provide record-keeping space that can help organize a portfolio.
Besides providing a checklist under each subject, Nancy offers suggestions on
how to translate real-life experience into curricula goals. She also lists
resources from a variety of companies. Each guide covers two or more grade
levels. The first four are in comb binding, while the high school guide is in a 3-ring
|#UN01 Living is Learning Guide, Level I (PreK-1st)
|$20.00 $17.99 |
|#UN02 Living is Learning Guide, Level II (2nd, 3rd)
|$20.00 $17.99 |
|#UN03 Living is Learning Guide, Level III (4th, 5th)
|$20.00 $17.99 |
|#UN04Living is Learning Guide, Level IV (6th-8th)
|$27.00 $23.99 |
|#UN05 Living is Learning Guide, High School (9th-12th)
|$25.00 $22.50 |Out of stock
Nebel’s Elementary Education: Creating
a Tapestry of Learning by Bernard J. Nebel, Ph.D. is a low-cost K-5 unit
studies curriculum that emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning. Topics are
open-ended and encourage children to venture further into their areas of
interest, providing the benefit of structure for those who like it but leaving
room for plenty of flexibility. Written by a botanist, it is very much
science-oriented, and yet it also emphasizes reading, writing, fine arts,
values, purpose of living, history, society, earth science, biology, ecology,
anatomy and physiology, avoiding substance abuse, measuring, problem solving,
water cycle, physics, critical thinking, relating knowledge to the real world,
This book is designed to offer a solid foundation on which children can build
throughout their lives. Being an unschooler, I did not follow this or any
curriculum, but “Elementary Education” was a key resource when my children were
younger. We browsed its pages for information and project ideas. My girls
eventually outgrew it, and I gave away my copy a few years ago. When I opened
the box containing my review copy, viewing the cover of the book was like seeing
the face of an old friend; I remembered the hours of enjoyment my children and I
experienced while engaged in the activities Dr. Nebel presents.
Dr. Nebel’s philosophy appeals to many homeschoolers: he believes that “true
learning with understanding...is a process of building mental structures”
through “lessons reinforced with experiential activities in a...sequence such
that each one builds on the preceding knowledge/experience and in turn serves as
a stepping stone to the next." Even preschoolers "are far from ‘blank slates."
Children have a “wealth of knowledge gained from their everyday experience and
self-motivated explorations and observations.” This book is a rare find that
should be on every homeschooler’s table. - Reviewed by Shay Seaborne
When asked if he is developing a guide for older learners, Dr.
Nebel says "Older children may read the text by themselves and benefit
significantly by filling in gaps in what they have learned previously and then
moving forward. Then, covering the material in the text will give kids a solid
foundation of subject material and learning techniques such that they can pursue
topics in greater depth and breadth largely on their own. Thus, beyond the
elementary level I envision students being able and motivated to tailor and
pursue their studies according to their own interests. I have no plans for
developing specific materials for more advanced grades."
Paper, 429 pages. 10.9"x8.3"x1".
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