This ambitious reference guide lives up to its name. Practically three inches thick--and we're not talking large print here--it's packed with titles, ordering information, and Web site addresses. From where to send away for a kit to make your own Chilean rain stick to how to order a set of Elizabethan costume paper dolls, the book connects families to a world of learning possibilities. Book titles, short synopses, authors' names, publishers, and years of print make up the bulk of the guide. Classics such as The Cat in the Hat
and Curious George
share billing with lesser-known titles like Stone Fox
, the story of a legendary Indian dog-sled racer. Every entry appears with recommended ages and an icon that shows whether the item is a book, computer disc, or video; an outstretched palm denotes hands-on materials. Most of the resources seem to have been test-driven by the author and her three homeschooled sons. Rebecca Rupp, a former scientist who has been teaching her kids at home for more than 10 years, peppers the guide with anecdotes about her children's experiences in various subject areas, much of it drawn from the family's extensive journals. Along with books, magazines, and kits for reading, math, writing, science, and history, a considerable amount of space is given to computer and television resources, as well as "life skills," a broad category that includes everything from etiquette and carpentry to sewing and sex education. Like a Yellow Pages guide to knowledge, The Complete Home Learning Sourcebook
belongs on the shelf of anyone looking for new ways to spark a child's imagination. --Jodi Mailander Farrell
From Library Journal
Homeschooling is becoming the "school of choice" for more and more parents, currently involving one and a half million people. Rupp, who has homeschooled her own children, begins with some background notes on the movement, for instance, that the average homeschool family annually spends $546 per child. She gives a big plug to public libraries, calling them "an unending source of literature, information, [and] free enrichment programs." The bulk of the book provides useful names, street addresses, costs, and E-mail and web addresses for resources. All the basic topics are covered?reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, American and world history, foreign languages, the arts, and life skills?with various resources, such as books, video games, audio recordings, and web sites, for each. Although targeted to homeschoolers, this book will be useful to any parent; teachers and school and public librarians can also benefit. A good choice for most public libraries.?Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS
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