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Pagan Homeschooling Paperback – October 31, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-1892718426 ISBN-10: 1892718421

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Spilled Candy Publications (October 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892718421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892718426
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #776,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...This book is filled with so much information, it's actually quite remarkable. Between Madden's own words and the resources she provides, the readers have an abundance of information at their fingertips." -- Lakes Region Pagans

About the Author

Kristin Madden

Raised in a shamanic home, Kristin Madden is a healer and deathwalker, assuming a role handed down in her family for generations. Deciding to offer these services outside her family, Kristin has been working as a healer since 1980 and deathwalking since 1990. She has been a member of an international shamanic journeying and healing group since 1996.

Kristin has explored Eastern and Western mystic paths since 1972. She is a Druid, tutor, and tutor-mentor for the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and is on the Board of Silver Moon Health Services, a pagan sponsored non-profit health services organization based in New Mexico.

Her work has appeared on websites and in publications throughout North America and Europe, and she has been a guest on radio shows throughout North America.


More About the Author

Obviously, I'm an author but I am also a homeschooling mom and the Dean of Ardantane's School of Shamanic Studies (www.ardantane.org). I'm a Druid and tutor for the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and a licensed Avatar Master. In my spare time (hahahaha), I rehabilitate wild birds and co-lead a children's peace group.

I was raised in a shamanic home of spiritual explorers. Since 1972, I have been trained in a variety of Eastern and Western mystic paths and New Age technologies. I live with my wonderful family and assorted (and ever-changing) menagerie of creatures in the desert Southwest.

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This book I would recommend not just to pagan families who want to home school but to anybody.
ms bunny
With so many of us homeschooling, thinking about it, or just looking to add more spirituality to what our kids get in School, it is About Time for a book like this!
SilverKat
This book provides handy tips and ideas for doing so within a non-traditional spiritual framework, and is one good resource for the Pagan home educating family.
K. Abbott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By FroggyMama on September 28, 2010
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I bought this book because we homeschool, and we're pagans. I didn't really get much out of it. As a first-of-its kind, I wanted this book to be great, but I have been disappointed. I paid seventeen dollars for a bibliography - because that is really all the use I've gotten from this.

If you are still "on the fence" about homeschooling your child, if you are looking for reasons why homeschooling would be okay, then the majority of this book might be helpful for you. We already knew we wanted to homeschool, and why, so a lot of it wasn't very relevant. If you have no idea how to start homeschooling - what to do, what supplies you need - then, again, you might get more use from this book. But you can also find a lot of other books at your library or on Amazon that go over the exact same material, with more in-depth help. If you don't know much about internet safety, this might help. But if you already know how to use the internet and teach your children about it, you'll have more information you don't need.

I found the chapter on "networking" very unusual, and not at all helpful. It felt like I was reading some odd business self-help book about how to make friends and influence people. I don't think I've ever, in my life, filled out a worksheet in response to a conversation I've had with someone. A networking journal? Strange.

So - finally, we get past the introductory information into the "Pagan" themed stuff. Sort-of. I shudder to think that an average pagan parent hasn't considered the basic concept of looking at the moon phases to teach their child about astronomy and religion. Or you can build a model of the solar system, gaze at clouds, cook with herbs. Really? This is the amazing revelation of pagan homeschooling? I incorporate this stuff in our lives every day.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2003
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This book is an incredible resource. I don't homeschool. I'm fortunate enough to have a terrific elementary school 2 miles from my home and my older kids are in a wonderful high school honors curriculum. Like I said, I'm fortunate. What I use the book for is not the pages and pages of homeschooling resources and contact info which I'm sure other people will find useful but for the tips, crafts, and ritual information I can use with my children in their daily lives and in our family life. I based my daughter's menarche ritual on material in this book and I've spent rainy weekends with my youngest, trying out different fun ideas and talking about how a particular craft relates to my beliefs. I hope to see many more books like this from the author and her publisher.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By SilverKat on November 21, 2002
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With so many of us homeschooling, thinking about it, or just looking to add more spirituality to what our kids get in School, it is About Time for a book like this!
This book is so full of information, it will take me months to just check out all the resources let alone try all the experiments, crafts, and games. Her suggestions on learning with the Elements and Festivals were fantastic.
It has great information on learning to network and how to decide if homeschooling is for your family. I really enjoyed reading about the author's experiences and those of the other homeschoolers she polled. She certainly did her homework on this one and I'm going to definitely get more of her books.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Simmon on September 9, 2008
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When I began to consider homeschooling as an option for my children, I was daunted by the scarsity of secular, non-Christian books out there, let alone material that catered to those who followed other paths. Nevertheless, I slogged through the most promising of books I could find (and quite a few not nearly so worthwhile.) So when I saw a book written for pagan homeschooling by an Actual Pagan Homeschooling Mom, I could not have been more ecstatic.

Having read "Pagan Homeschooling," I must say my initial joy has not flagged even slightly. This book comfortably covers a tremendous range of topics from a pagan perspective such as the initial decision to homeschool, arranging the best curriculum for your child, how to integrate spirituality into lessons, how to make homeschool a better place to social your children, and tips for teaching through the elements and festivals.

I was particularly pleased at the lack of self-rightous, proselytizing attitude that Kristin Madden took. She emphasizes that faith is a matter of choice and good parents give their child that choice, a striking dissention from so many homeschool books out there. Her suggested lessons and activities emphasized pagan values including exploring beyond the circle.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Hawkes on August 13, 2007
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I really liked this one. A nice easy book on introing Paganism into your homeschooling life. Good ideas. I really like the chapter on Teaching the elements and also the chapter on teaching with festivals.

Heather mama of 5
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JCB on May 21, 2006
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ideas that is. :) I read this book before I even had the wonderful pleasure of meeting and getting to know Kristin. I loved that it was filled with ideas not only for the pagan homeschooler but also for anyone who wanted to teach their children from a more natural/nature based approach.

This book became even more wonderful to me after getting to know Kristin because it's like it came alive for me and my family. Seeing Kristin and Karl and watching how they just live their lives is a wonderful example of how well her thoughts and ideas work.

I consider this woman, her son, and her teachings a wonderful blessing and addition to mine and my childrens' lives. Her books are well worth the read.
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