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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567513700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567513707
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Internationally renowned homeschooling speaker, magazine columnist, storyteller, author, and father of two, David H. Albert carries forward the ideas of John Holt and John Taylor Gatto to a new level, and empowers parents in the process. He is the author of Homeschooling: A Voyage of Self-discovery

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Now David has written a book he titles, in a very no-nonsense manner, Have Fun.
Helen Hegener
This book will force you to stretch your thinking and expand the context within which you consider your own family's learning endeavors.
Jean Reed
David Albert does a superb job of inspiring the reader to embrace learning and living fully!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Ball on January 11, 2006
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David Albert is without a doubt, one of the most refreshing voices in the alternative education movement. He shows you what is possible in educating our children; and does it with infectious joy and good humor. Life should be fun! Learning should be fun! Why do we make such a drudgery out of it? Why do we torture our children so? I am speaking mostly to myself here, lest anyone take offense. David's book are the first ones I grab off the shelf when I am having a drag out the workbooks and sample tests kind of day. I just pray that I will have the courage to keep fighting against (and it is a fight) the old tired ways of doing things that I was subjected to. I hated it; and David's books help me remember that. I am lending, and/or buying copies for all my homeschooling friends. God Bless you David.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Reed on October 6, 2005
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I am a life-long educator, with many years experience as Assoc. Dean in an Ivy League institution. I am also the parent of five home-schooled college graduates. My heart leaps up with anticipation when I read David Albert's writing. The wealth of his experience embroiders and highlights the essentially simple, pure-hearted truth he expresses: the value of respect and honor for the minds of young people, fresh beings grappling with this very complicated and often difficult world. Most important to me is his compassionate vision of the possibilities for learning, for relationships that are available to beings of all ages on this planet, and his romping enthusiasm and exuberance about the joys of learning -- for all of us, everywhere.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth McCullough on October 24, 2005
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Imagine the revolution in parenting and education that would occur if our society took heed of David Albert's assertion that "childhood is not a problem to be solved, or an illness to be cured, but the germ of power straining to be unleashed." From the medicalization of childbirth to the pathologization of curiosity and rambunctiousness, today's child is assaulted on every side by experts trying to cure him of the disease of being young. Take all that expert intervention away, though, and what are you left with? How about learning? Fun? Growth? A curriculum, if you will, of love:

"The curriculum of love is not about externals. It is about what is essential in each individual human being, and in every child. Its watchwords are communication, inquisitiveness, acceptance, joy, honesty, courage, and curiously, perhaps above all, intimacy.It is about surprises, unveilings, moments of spontaneous recognition, journeys completed and new ones waiting to be undertaken. It is about being at home - in oneself - and going home - to a larger world that awaits us all."

This curriculum of love is not something you can order from a catalog or buy at the local teachers' store. It's different for every family, and even for different children in the same family. It's easy to talk about, but difficult to describe, and it doesn't lend itself to handy subject divisions or lesson plans. It's as easy as simply living and as hard as truly listening. The essays that Albert has collected in Have Fun, Learn Stuff, Grow are a good place to begin to get a taste of it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jean Reed on October 6, 2005
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And I thought it was just another homeschooling book. Not here! Have Fun. Learn Stuff, Grow. is a delightful mix of philosophy, metaphor, and storytelling. But it's not just about or for the kids. Albert challenges you to think about your outlook toward living and then gently, sometimes playfully, often deeply, exposes ways for you to grow.

For readers specifically looking for information about sane attitudes and approaches to math and spelling (and other "school" subjects), there is entertaining reading that is informative and should be mandatory for all parents and teachers. Read this book if you've ever wondered about the power of video games or listened to parents debate their value.

This book will force you to stretch your thinking and expand the context within which you consider your own family's learning endeavors.

Jean Reed, Author, The Home School Source Book, 3rd edition
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. B. on October 23, 2005
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As a homeschooling mom, I always find David Albert's writing nourishing and inspiring in a way that 'how-to' books never are. Do you ever have those grey days of burnout, where you feel like you're just fitting your feet in yesterday's footprints? Ever feel like you're running your life like a triage station, trying to decide between this crisis, that crisis, the laundry, your work, and -- oh yes, the kids? If so, then you'll find your focus and inspiration again with David's book. He doesn't give readers a long list of learning outcomes or lesson plans for us to force on our children. Instead, with wit and thoughtfulness, he lights our imaginations again so that we can forge ahead.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Priesnitz on October 11, 2005
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David Albert has written perhaps his most important book yet about children and learning. His gift is to capture the complicated in a simple way, describe the complex in understandable terms, lighten the onerous with humor and unmask the obvious truths in the obfuscations of the so-called "experts". David understands that education is a personal and often private matter, which can't properly be accomplished with the interference of other people's agendas (no matter how well meaning or professionally vetted), standardized tests, grading and all the other managerial tools foisted on kids in the name of systematized education. So he eloquently describes a better way. The essays in Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. communicate the essence of how parents can lovingly nurture their children in life and in learning, and that is to recognize them for whom they are and to take them seriously. Feel able to do that, and you and your children are well equipped to embark on the adventure of education without school.
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