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Nebel's Elementary Education: Creating a Tapestry of Learning Paperback – August, 2001

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"I am delighted with this book. It answers my search for one organized resource [for] my children's education." -- Amy Motzenbecker, professional lawyer and mother of two

"I loved this book and its unique apprach...Highly applicable for parents as well as elementary teachers." -- Tara Ebersol, Professor of Elementary Education and parent

"This is fabulous! So comprehensive." -- Barbara ten Brink, Ph.D., Science Director, Round Rock Independent School District, Round Rock, Texas

About the Author

With a B.A. from Earlham College (1960) and a Ph.D. in plant science from Duke University (1965), my career has embraced research, teaching, and writing. I am an author of a widely use text, Environmental Science. The last six years have been a labor of love as I have drawn on a lifetime of knowledge and experience to create this volume, which will aid parents and teachers in presenting a better elementary education.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Nebel's Press for Learning (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588208923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588208927
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Learning All The Time on May 7, 2006
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I stumbled across this book when I asked the Well Trained Mind Discussion Board to recommend a program to introduce my kids to fundamentals of economics. Two people recommended "Nebels", which I googled searched, found, and purchased.

I was quite surprised that economics is just one chapter. But it is an excellent introduction, and is indicative of all the other interesting ideas in this book.

The book begins with a discussion of teaching strategies, and it is interesting to see that as a homeschooling parent, I am providing the first three methods in spades - lecturing, hands-on activities, and coaching. However, my children are not experiencing much in the way of "seminaring", or small group discussions. Reading his section, I can see how valuable this would be for my children - to help my son communicate his ideas orally and help my daughter learn to listen to others patiently and thoughtfully.

After the first chapter, the Nebels book is divided into themes.

The first theme is "Communication", which discusses strategies for teaching reading, writing and fine arts. I do wish this chapter discussed oral communication as well - recitations, public speaking, presentations.

The second theme is "Values, Purpose, History and Society", which contains three chapters. The first chapter is on virtues/values/justice. It doesn't really discuss history, other than to say use a timeline, make history relevant, and check out various scope/sequences such as the Core Knowledge Curriculum and state standards. I would also suggest the Well-Trained Mind as an excellent resource.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ann O'Neal on October 12, 2002
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I am homeschooling a gifted 5 year old who is intensely science-oriented. Every science curriculum I've looked at is either way too easy for him (the typical elementary school curriculum) or too reading/writing oriented (the typical middle school curriculum). I am delighted to have found Nebel's Elementary Education. It provides a strong and well-balanced curriculum overall, but especially so in the sciences. The science portions are simply the most complete and challenging science curriculum I have found, while still being the kind of hands-on curriculum that an active young boy needs.
There is a strong emphasis on collections, from leaves to bugs to rocks, and learning about the enormous complexity of the natural world. What I like best is the way the inter-relationships between different areas of science are stressed. No topic is studied in isolation, and the author has taken great care to connect each topic with related topics (so instead of studying the human skeleten the student studies skeletal systems across the animal kingdom) and to connect the topics with other areas of science (for example, the physics underlying the movement of the skeletal system as muscles pull on it). This makes for an extremely strong curriculum that will undoubtedly lead to a strong understanding of the natural world.
Nebel's Elementary Education is very hands-on, tons of activities and experiments, and very flexible... the scope and sequence is similar for each grade level, with the complexity and depth of study increasing each year. This is especially helpful to me, as a homeschooler, since I will be able to include my younger children in most of the discussions and activities.
Dr. Nebel has included teaching suggestions, bulletin board and wall display ideas... there is a lot of extremely good information in this book, in addition to the actual curriculum material.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By City Witch on July 14, 2007
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When you call something a curriculum, I imagine it contains lesson plans and other specifics. This book doesn't. Many people prefer to add in their own structure and details, and if so they can get a great deal from Nebel's book. Personally, I found the initial chapters on teaching to be very helpful. I'm keeping the book solely to re-read them. The organization of the themes made little sense to me, and some of the material covered seemed narrow in its scope.

So, I recommend Nebel's Elementary Ed as a how to teach book. The lists of resources after each chapter are also very nice, though since many are websites and the book was published in 2001 I don't know how many of those are still extant.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Milligan on February 18, 2003
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I bought Nebel's Elementary Education on an impulse and have been most impressed with Dr. Nebel's educational philosophy and his ideas on implementing them into a child's life. The science education that most children recieve is dismal. I am most grateful that I have Nebel's Elementary Education to help me along the way to guide my children in discovering the world around them. If you are looking for a book to help you help your child learn reading, writing, math, government, and a broad range of science areas then this is it!
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