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Child's Work: Taking Children's Choices Seriously Paperback – October, 1990

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From Scientific American

You will discover incredible respect for the individual ways in which children learn. Wallace is an important voice to consider whether you are homeschooling or not.

From The New Yorker

An important book for parents, teachers, and anyone interested in learning from and about children
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Associates (October 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091367706X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913677063
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,603,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Wallace's book has been in print for almost 10 years now, and there have been dozens of homeschooling books since - how-to's, diatribes, anthologies, talk with the experts, etc. - but there is no book which is more respectful of the intellgience and in-born learning quests of children. Almost uniquely, she looks at "homeschooling" (a label which does not do justice to the book) from the perspective of the children themselves, rather than from that of overanxious, or overeager, parents. Belongs in every home library dealing with "alternative education".
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By A Customer on November 20, 1998
or anyone else who has contact with children. Nancy Wallace's accounts of how her children have grown and learned without adult interference are inspiring to those of us who wish to follow in her footsteps. This book could serve as a great answer to those who say that children won't make anything of themselves unless they are forced to. The wonderful potential of children is revealed.
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An honest, well written assesment of what children are capable of achieving on their own without any coercion or interference from the adults in their lives. It thoughtfully explains how children, left to their own devices, are capable of learning about what ever subject they chose inspite of what some professional educators would have you think.
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This book is a must have! It is the most reassuring, child affirming book that I have read on homeschooling. Whenever I have doubts about what I am doing as a homeschool Mum, I turn to Nacy's book to give me the ressurance that I need. This book shows you what kids are capable of when left to follow their instincts. Nancy's honesty is refreshing and the reader is left feeling like a friend of the family.
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This is a great account of one family's experience with unschooling. Extremely well-written, insightful, and inspirational.
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