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Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School Paperback – August 1, 2001
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""...In Guerilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver focus on homeschooling, or education outside the traditional classroom, but they too contend that when adults embrace life with wonder and excitement, the children observing them as role models will be more likely to as well. Guerilla Learning means ""taking responsibility for your own education"" and supporting your children as they learn to do the same."" (Linda Stankard, BookPage, August 2001)
Llewellyn, a lecturer on the subject of home schooling and author of the classic Teenage Liberation Handbook, who teaches parenting workshops, have come together to write this how-to book for parents who want to become more involved in their children's education--whether through home schooling or by supplementing traditional instruction. The authors offer five fundamental principles--opportunity, timing, freedom, interest, and support--that, they claim, will transform the way we relate to our children and greatly assist them in growing up to be joyful, passionate creators. Useful for parents and teachers alike, this valuable book closely examines how young people learn and illuminates its practical advice with many stories that make for both insightful and enjoyable learning. Whatever schooling venue parents choose, this book will help them instill a lifelong love of learning in their children. For large public and school libraries. --Samuel T. Huang, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (Library Journal, September 2001)
""One of the most important books yet written on education and our current school-child crisis."" (Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of Magical Child)
""...it is a good, calming read..."" (Adoption Today, April 2002)
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The authors show how parents can help their children can get a real education by helping the child find something about which they are interested, and proceed from there. The process includes five phases:
OPPORTUNITY-Don't just expose your kids to life's possibilities (arts, science, history, community, etc.) without overdoing it, the parent should also stay passionate and involved in learning. The enthusiasm will be contagious.
TIMING-If your child is not progressing according to some school bureaucrat's schedule, don't panic. Not every child learns at the same speed. Early bloomers may need extra stimulation to keep them interested. Late bloomers may simply need time and extra help.
INTEREST-Honor your child's passions, even if it something of which you disapprove. Children are her to grow into the best person they can be, not what the parent or anyone else thinks they should be. Also know when to back off.
FREEDOM-Give the child the chance to take on projects and solve problems. Make it clear that promises are expected to be kept, and also make clear the consequnces for broken promises.
SUPPORT-Be there for your kids. Supporting children does not equal martyrdom. Check to see how much support they need or want. Make sure their goals stay theirs. Well-being is most important.
I learned a lot from this book. It easily reaches the level of Highly Recommended, especially for any parent whose child is having problems in school.
I'd still recommend it to people who are disenchanted with the public school system but I know now not to recommend it so much to my fellow homeschoolers.
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I purchased the Kindle version, and the paragraphs/pages were all mixed up. Sentences/paragraphs would start on one page and end a couple of pages later! Read morePublished 13 months ago by MitziW
Good for home schooling, or just enriching your student or child. I would reccomend this book. There is too much to know about this world, and learning should be fun.Published on April 26, 2013 by Kandice S Wallace
Great for those parents like myself who really believe in unschooling but are not brave enough or do not have the support to go all the way. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I would highly recommend this book to any parent, educator, or young person. The book is about showing parents a new perspective on education. Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by Henry
I read this book in time to help me remember to remember unschooling. As an adult, I have unschooling for a bit. Unschool, I believe works for adults too! Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Jarik25
This book provides a good, practical view of children's education and learning, regardless of where this takes place. Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by R. Phelps
As a certified teacher and a Homeschool mom I found this book to be a great work cumlinating many important aspects of Education in general. Read morePublished on April 28, 2007 by Harry Tuttle