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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Hunt Press; First Edition edition (May 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615208770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615208770
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend that book to anyone, even those who don't homeschool, but are curious.
Tamara Weidenfeller
It's my hope, that this book will help you find the fearless homeschooler that you have in you, and let it shine through.
Sandra Foyt
After reading Tammy Takahashi's wonderful book I realized that maybe my children don't need to deschool, but I sure do!
SlingMommy

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Foyt on September 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read many school and homeschool "guidebooks." It's my job, as a parent and home educator, to find out about the best practices and resources within school settings, as well as the diversity of options outside of traditional or alternative schools.

Unfortunately, so much information can leave a bewildered parent educator frantically trying to make one perfect choice amongst a forest of great options.

This is where Deschooling Gently is invaluable. Before addressing the concerns of new, or experienced homeschoolers, Tammy counsels the reader to:

Use what works, and leave the rest. Find the part of yourself that might be afraid, but moves forward anyway. Everything you need to make homeschooling work is already inside you. It's my hope, that this book will help you find the fearless homeschooler that you have in you, and let it shine through.

In each chapter, Takahashi describes the following steps to relaxed homeschooling:
1. Create a Foundation before Deschooling
2. Redefine Curriculum
3. Exploring Options in the Real World
4. A New Kind of Schedule
5. Teach Your Child As If No Other Exists
6. Creating Family Educational Goals
7. Get Hooked Up, Get the Kids Hooked Up
8. Become a Student of the World
9. Don't Keep Records, Keep a Journal
10. Evolve Gently Into a New Homeschooling Life
11. Step Away from "Deschooling"

Each of these chapter is a gem, but there were a few items that truly resonated with me.

On doubts and fears:

Among others, Tammy hit on my greatest fear: What If My Child Misses Something?

Fortunately, she also provides a sensible response.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SlingMommy on September 2, 2008
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I bought this book because it was highly recommended by both a friend and a homeschool magazine that I greatly respect, not because I had a particular interest in the subject of deschooling. My children have never been to school so the subject wasn't at the forefront of my thoughts. After reading Tammy Takahashi's wonderful book I realized that maybe my children don't need to deschool, but I sure do! Through her book Ms. Takahashi helped put to rest some of my uneasy feelings about homeschooling. She gave me the power to really put into practice some of my ideas about homeschooling, unschooling in particular, that I've been too insecure to implement thus far.

Here's an overview of just some of the chapter titles (these were my personal favorites) - "Exploring Options in the Real World", "Teach Your Child As If No Other Exists", "Creating Family Educational Goals", and "Become A Student Of The World".

I highly recommend this book to homeschoolers both new and old who may or may not think they need to deschool. Even if you know all there is to know on the subject you'll get something out of stepping into Tammy Takahashi's fantastic book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Scott on December 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have to start by saying that I've really enjoyed this book. The tone is very readable and it's knowledgeable without being dry.

As for the content, this book is unique in that to covers one aspect of homeschooling--deschooling--in greater depth than most homeschooling books I've seen (some touch on it, but here it's really well-covered), but it touches on broader issues of homeschooling, parenting and family balance (even inner balance) through that lens, and shares something valuable that I believe most homeschooling families (even 'veterans'!) can benefit from. Where many other books share a new paradigm that should be followed, quoted, and adhered to fairly strictly, this book really does help you find your own way and feel good about what you're doing. (It's like the difference between being in school and told what to think, and being homeschooled and encouraged to think for yourself!) Tammy offers guidelines, information, resources, and new ways of seeing things, but she also offers support and an open attitude that encourages the reader to trust her instincts and find her own way. (Kind of reminds me of the Sears books on baby parenting.)

I think that one thing that's most difficult for new homeschoolers is knowing that what they're doing is 'okay', that they're doing it the right way, and this book really addresses that.
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My wife and I really appreciated this book. We are new to homeschooling and were trying to find a way to homeschool our kids and provide enough education but not be too structured in our approach. This book presented a very well thought out and practiced method - deschooling - that meets our, and our kids, needs.

It clearly takes the reader through the process of deschooling and helps with recognizing the good and the bad aspects and how to work with them. We used some ideas directly from the book to deal with doubting friends and parents.

I would highly recommend the book!
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