From Publishers Weekly
Home-schooling parent Lahrson-Fisher (Homeschooling in Oregon) presents a comprehensive, reader-friendly tome on home-schooling. Its scope is inclusive of all who might choose this alternative education, as well as of every aspect of home-schooling from curriculum materials and legal support services to home schooling organizations. Prospective home-schooling parents (and even parents of children who attend school) will appreciate the book's wealth of wisdom on child development, learning and family life. Part One, "Play," continues in the tradition of David Elkind (The Hurried Child) and Neil Postman (The Disappearance of Childhood) with its sensible argument for allowing children the time to develop their imaginative and expressive selves through play. Part Two offers reassuring advice for parents worried about how to approach the basics of literacy and mathematics with their children. Subsequent sections are more specifically oriented to home-schoolers and offer tips on family life and the organization of the living/school space, evaluation and testing, getting ready for college and other important issues, including how to respond to the inevitable criticism from family and friends. What Lahrson-Fisher's book lacks in theory, it makes up for in common sense, clearly rooted in the author's personal experiences. Although slightly redundant, the book will remind readers of the benefits of living a life that celebrates the simple things: "play, conversation, togetherness, and growing up."
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" - a work of great good sense that will enlarge your imagination...a potent package." -- John Taylor Gatto, author
"...This book bursts with creative ideas and resources that every homeschooling parent will find valuable." -- Mothering Magazine, July 2003
"...a rich and eloquently personal look at how children learn...well organized and easy to dip into..." -- Life Learning Magazine January/February 2003
"...excited to see this title...how to [educate the kids while building a strong family] with love and togetherness." -- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, 2003
"...makes so much sense. I am reminded of the clear, common-sense observations of another great homeschooling writer: John Holt." -- Helen Hegener, publisher,
"...respects parents' common sense and wisdom, honors children's amazing power to learn...tackles its subject with thoughtfulness, insight..." -- Home Education Magazine January/February 2003