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The Colfaxes don't purport to be experts; they don't prescribe a formula for their success. Rather, their experience is described as a trial-and-error effort, with some of their mistakes offered up as lessons for others. The value of critically examining textbooks in advance, for instance, is learned after one son falls behind in algebra using a schoolbook that touts "new math" principles. The Colfaxes' philosophy is that every child is gifted. Parents don't need to be certified teachers to teach them (although it does ward off doubters). But, despite the contention of some homeschoolers, the Colfaxes do caution that teaching at home requires much time and money--and they don't advise it for single parents or most working women. Any parent interested in connecting with his or her child, however, will find the Colfax take on life an enjoyable and enlightening read. The couple closes the book with an appendix of suggested references for building a family library and a delightful list of their children's favorite books. --Jodi Mailander Farrell
It really underscores the fact that children WILL learn without being forced into a one-size-fits-all box.
When we were considering how best to give our own children a thorough and safe education we read this book and learnt much from it.
He went on to graduate Harvard and them medical school, as well as becoming a Fullbright Scholar to New Zealand.
As a pre-parent looking into the concept of homeschooling (and a certified state teacher) it's a delight to get a perspective outside from people who have 1) done extensive... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leanne
Unlike the reviewer who said "Yuck!" about this because she was a Christian homeschooler, I LOVED IT! (And I'm a Christian). Read morePublished 18 months ago by badgerfan
exellent book for the ones that are reaserching information regarding homeschooling. I was trully inspired by their story. Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by MarcelaBest
The Colfax parents did a thorough job compiling compelling evidence in the case for homeschooling, including excellent products of their own homeschooling efforts. Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by Teaching Mama
When we were considering how best to give our own children a thorough and safe education we read this book and learnt much from it. Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by In Memory of W. G. Simms
I loved this book. I've read it once and will be re-reading it again in a few weeks as a refresher. It opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and things I had not thought of. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by AMG
Micki and David Colfax are wonderful writers as well as educators. The book is written in easy to understand language. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by Amy M. Earls
I threw away my copy after reading it. If you are looking for a book on homeschooling by a Christian family, this is NOT the book.
What a waste of money.
We start homeschooling next year. The Colfaxs' approach was refreshing, and added a lot of insight to what homeschooling can be like without the formal curricula. Read morePublished on November 20, 2006 by G. L. Quetel