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Top Customer Reviews
Last March, my husband passed away quite suddenly, and suddenly I wasn't in control anymore. I was numb - mentally, physically and emotionally. We unschooled because that was all I could manage. We held each other close and read favorite books, took walks and allowed nature to begin to heal us. We planted flower and vegetable seeds and tended our garden. How I wish I'd had this book then. Not only are the essays comforting in the way that walking into a good friend's house and sitting down for a friendly cup of tea is comforting, but it is also reassuring in the sense that your child is not going to suffer long-term deprivation if you skip Latin for a few months. The last two essays, by Suzie Andres and her husband, are full of the gentleness and love and quiet confidence that they advocate as the necessary foundation of teaching. So I did love this book, and intend to share it among my non-unschooling friends! I highly recommend it!
So when I read a book slowly, it's to savour it. To digest it as I go. To pray it, ruminate on it as I take it into my mind. And if a book is good enough for me to read slowly, really tasting every bite, then it's a truly special book, and they don't come often.
I just finished a book which I read veeeeery slowly. It took me 7 days to read a volume I could have read in about 4 hours. Because I didn't want it to end. Because it was like having a cup of tea after a rough day with just the person who had just the right things to say. The book left me at peace, deeply at peace with myself. My only regret is that I didn't read this book before placing my book orders this summer.
Suzie Andres has done it again. With humility, simplicity, and the sharpness of a fine sword, she cuts through every fear in my mother's heart, even the ones I didn't know were there. Her first book (Homeschooling with Gentleness) was revolutionary. Utterly revolutionary.
But the critics were there, in the wings, ready: O sure, for a highly educated and well-read family that might work. O sure, if you only have 2 kids, spaced 10 years apart that's a nice idea. O sure, if....
But here is a collection of writings from over a dozen women who let natural learning happen in their homes. Homes with a child or two; homes with a dozen or so! Homes where very different types of children have grown up to become intelligent, peaceful individuals with happy, productive lives.Read more ›
This book shows a gentler way that is still very much a *Catholic* way, in which we can follow our children and trust the Holy Spirit. Suzie points out that this unschooling doesn't mean unparenting or unlearning--but it does mean that we don't have to live in fear over meeting standards or tracking grade levels.
The contributors have all impacted me greatly in their honest sharing of how they have worked this out in their families' lives--some use more or less structure, but all are flexible and sensitive to the Spirit.
A great read for anyone who is feeling discouraged or frightened in the trenches of homeschooling!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After years of bullying at school, we finally tried homeschooling my son's sophomore year. The first semester of strict curriculum was mind-numbingly boring for both of us. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CDville
Very encouraging to see how doing your own thing in homeschooling, going with student passions, following your own instincts is a pathway to freedom and real education.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think every homeschool parent has those times when they worry about how they're doing, how the kids are faring. This book gives me support and confidence and peace, every time.Published 13 months ago by Mimi7002
Great book! If you are curious about what 'unschooling' can look like for different people, wonder if it can work for you or just need some encouragement, you will find it here! Read morePublished 21 months ago by mom of b and b
If you've ever had any questions about whether unschooling is compatible with Catholicism, this is a must-read. Read morePublished 24 months ago by AmazonCrazed
This is not simply a book about offering up the little (or huge exasperations!) that come with homeschooling that you would expect from the Title. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by David Cools
Our book club read this book and it sparked some great discussion on our ideas of holiness and education. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by HRyan
I liked reading about home schools where personalized learning in an atmosphere of love and faith has blossomed in a variety of ways. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Fiona Spring
A beautiful, balanced approach to homeschooling. When I read this book I just knew this was the right way for our family. Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by lizgrace07