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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Hillside Education (February 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983180008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983180005
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathylee Johnson on March 31, 2012
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I confess that I did not expect to love this book. I consider our school at home to be a classical one, and pretty rigorous. And I also confess that, having been a homeschooling parent for over twenty years, I have gone through nearly all of the worries, doubts and frustrations voiced by these remarkable women. My attitude toward unschooling has always been that it was fine for others, but that I couldn't trust that my children would learn all that they needed to learn using such an approach. Now that my eldest is 32, and his sisters are adults as well, with the exception of the youngest who is still at home, I realize that their vocations in life were not motivated by our academics, but by their inherent personalities.
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!
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Generally, when I get a good book in my paws, I inhale it like a greedy 2-year-old with a big cookie.

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.
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This book has been such a delight to read--so many homeschool parents spend a lot of time worrying about what they're covering, how they're covering it . . . and then spend a lot of time fighting with their kids in order to accomplish what they think needs to be accomplished.

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!
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Though homeschooling is fairly widely accepted as a valid educational choice for families these days, sometimes those of us who have, well, not exactly mainstream ideas about how children learn can feel very alone. These stories about families who have embraced a decidedly out-of-the-box approach to living and learning with their children are validating and encouraging. Reading Suzie's first book, Catholic Homeschooling with Gentleness, was like having a lightbulb switched on. A Little Way of Homeschooling is like seeing that lightbulb illuminating the lives of all these wonderfully unique Catholic homeschooling families who have embraced the unschooling lifestyle. A Little Way of Homeschooling has moved to the top of my list of favorite homeschooling books!
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