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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (August 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158542661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585426614
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.7 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The parents of six children home-schooled in Plainfield, N.J., the Millmans offer a positive, encouraging overview of their own efforts and of the nationwide movement, though with scant hands-on specifics. Living on one moderate income in a blighted town with terrible public schools in the early 1990s, the Millmans started their eldest children in the local Catholic school, but were put off by the rigidity of the teaching methods. The only luxury they could afford was a full-time mom. Fueled by a distaste for public school education and a healthy mistrust for institutions in general, they gradually began to inform themselves about what home-schooling entailed: gathering curriculum and materials, then tailoring a program for each child. The authors put great store by serendipity and randomness, that is, letting life provide the teachable moment instead of adhering to strict schedules and plans, and they emphasized free reading, learning languages such as Chinese, music and travel rather than writing and textbook use. However, their insistence on freedom and spontaneity poses the question: how was the day structured, accommodating the needs of six children of different ages, and by one overtaxed mother? Still, the Millmans produce impressive rates of home-schooling success, and have three kids so far in college. Their cheerleading approach, while sometimes defensive, is accessible and resource-rich. (Aug.)
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“Every so often a book comes along that raises the bar on a certain subgenre of homeschooling literature. . . . This one is the best and most thoughtful of the lot.”
—Helen Hegener, publisher of Home Education Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Thank you, Millmans, for sharing your life with the world!
Heather J. Keimig
If you are a home schooling family looking into interest-led home schooling, I highly recommend you read this book.
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I just finished this book and it was very informational, easy to read and very encouraging.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. M. VINE VOICE on September 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"This," HOMESCHOOLING: A FAMILY'S JOURNEY continues, "is a goal that schools do not and cannot share." So, Gregory and Martine Millman made the decision to teach their six children themselves. These two admitted contrarians believe in the parents making "a perpetual self-gift" of love to their children; they gave (and continue to give) their offspring the commitment of time and attention required to make daily family life itself education. Improvisational teaching moments can come from watching tree surgeons cut branches in the front yard, or from cooking a Burmese meal and reciting Kipling's "Mandalay" at the table, or from traveling to Pompeii to see archeologists continue to excavate the site. A one-income family by choice, the Millmans aren't fixated on conventional "success" -- they say "We have chosen to be free and to educate our children in freedom." Their convictions are grounded in living economically and in the moment. They believe example leaves the most enduring impression on young minds, and they strive to be worthy role models. The Millman parents demonstrate ingenuity and wisdom in the way they teach. They also make prudent use of outside facilities and organizations to extend and enrich their children's social skills and sense of responsibility.

HOMESCHOOLING is the Millman's warm and conversational passing on of their hard-won experience. They provide a loose, common sense guidebook, offering others who may have begun, or wish to begin, this adventure solid advice and ideas, including a chapter on applying to colleges.

Like good teachers, the Millmans tend to review and repeat material throughout the text, and although the book's structure easily absorbs and even practically necessitates the repetition, it can lead to a bit of reader impatience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Dieterlen on November 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book and it was very informational, easy to read and very encouraging. It tells the story of how someone who intended on using the public/private school setting was guided into the world of home schooling. Gregory and Martine Millman do a great job looking back over the journey and conveying it with humbleness and honesty. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to learn about home schooling, or who needs some encouragement. I borrowed this from the library, but will be adding it to my home library very soon!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Weber on September 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is about homeschooling, but more than this, it is about life. It is about reflecting on life and critically thinking about how we are moving, as individuals and as families, through it. It is profound, it is funny, and it is difficult to put down- I was up until 3 AM finishing it.
Beautifully written, insightful and inspiring. If you are a homeschooler, or contemplating homeschooling, read this book. If you are not thinking about homeschooling, read this book. It is phenomenal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on April 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gregory and Martine Millman are a Catholic family midway through their homeschooling journey. They have three grown daughters in college and three still being homeschooled. In "Homeschooling: A Family's Journey" they share their story of their homeschooling journey, from their reasons to homeschool to their college searches. They have much wisdom to offer. They have fully embraced their lifestyle, taking advantage of a more relaxed schedule to travel and experience all life has to offer.

The Millmans cover many topics related to homeschooling, including taking part in homeschooling groups, socialization, choosing curriculum, and using travel as part of homeschooling. For those considering homeschooling, they have much to offer although I would caution new homeschoolers not to be overwhelmed by their example. They have done some amazing things, yet not every homeschooling family needs to do all those things to be successful. For those already in the homeschooling trenches, the most valuable part of this book is the chapter on getting ready for college and searching for the right one. They have so much great information to share.

This book is well-worth reading by anyone interested in or taking part in homeschooling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley on August 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm so grateful that I came across this book at my library. This family came to see the folly of relying on so-called experts by seeing what was happening in the world of business and finance. My family came to that place, where one questions everything, from losing our faith in modern medicine.
The best part of this book is that it really helps you ask the right questions.
I'm sure the answers will be different for each family, but asking and answering them is of the utmost importance.
This book was such a pleasure to read. I laughed, I cried - I didn't want to put it down.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ScoutTN on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Great book. A compelling read - especially the narrative part in the early chapters. This family, a very intellectual Catholic couple in NJ came to homeschooling because of bad school experiences and fell in love with the life. They offer thoughtful criticism of traditional school and encouragement for anyone considering homeschooling. Their situation is perhaps not typical - a father who works from home (freelance writer), is very involved in teaching and has many travel opportunities, but I think their story will resonate with many, many families. The chapter on college is super for anyone with children high school age. The Millmans are ecclectic style homeschoolers whose journey is fun and inspiring to read about.

"Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire."
W.B. Yeats
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