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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book that will benefit any parent!
What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling is a book every parent can benefit from reading. It offers heartfelt advice and valuable tips from a number of highly experienced homeschooling parents who have put a lot of thought (as well as trial and error) into supporting their children in learning and growing. There are many misconceptions about how homeschooling, but...
Published on November 1, 2003

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2.0 out of 5 stars Short on substance
I wish I could say this was a great book to inspire understanding of homeschooling for others, and provide the tools to start homeschooling for those who are considering it. Neither is the case. I commend the author on providing inspiration to create a "learning lifestyle" hence the second star. However, the fuzzy treatment of learning and inspid analysis of learning...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book that will benefit any parent!, November 1, 2003
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This review is from: What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling: How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge (Paperback)
What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling is a book every parent can benefit from reading. It offers heartfelt advice and valuable tips from a number of highly experienced homeschooling parents who have put a lot of thought (as well as trial and error) into supporting their children in learning and growing. There are many misconceptions about how homeschooling, but this book provides clarity on the subject, offering tried and true, practical ideas on how a parent can similarly support a child who is in a school setting. It's amazing how fun and easy it is to provide a wonderfully rich educational environment for a child, but it involves putting aside preconceived ideas about how learning works--this book is a great help in that regard. A very thought provoking book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Touchstone and Resource, May 19, 2005
This review is from: What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling: How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge (Paperback)
As a wanna-be homeschooler/unschooler with children in a fairly traditional school, I find myself continually returning to this book to re-center myself and to put my role in my sons' education back into the right perspective. It's very accessible and a wonderful compilation of ideas set forth by homeschooling advocates from John Holt on. The suggestions for enhancing school curriculum at home are excellent and have served our family well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultivate a love of learning in your child, March 26, 2011
This review is from: What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling: How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge (Paperback)
I don't think anything in this book was revolutionary but it put into words the philosophy my husband and I already have with our boys and gave some more concrete examples of things we can do. The main premise is that the primary responsibility of parents is to help their kids develop a love of learning and help them access more information about topics that interest them, not drill facts into their heads or use rote learning techniques.

The author is a homeschooler herself and has written many books on homeschooling. There is a bias for homeschooling present in the book but it wasn't so prevalent that I couldn't overlook it.

I recommend this book for parents of traditionally schooled children who want to make sure that school doesn't quash the love of learning in their children or for parents of children who have lost their love of learning and need it rekindled.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short on substance, July 5, 2009
This review is from: What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling: How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge (Paperback)
I wish I could say this was a great book to inspire understanding of homeschooling for others, and provide the tools to start homeschooling for those who are considering it. Neither is the case. I commend the author on providing inspiration to create a "learning lifestyle" hence the second star. However, the fuzzy treatment of learning and inspid analysis of learning styles was disappointing to say the least. The author advises that we should learn to maintain a sense of wonder...develop trust in and respect of your child... teaching is not essential to learning... the magic of childhood... put experts in their place... yada yada.

The author promotes self-directed play and self-directed exploration of the natural world. Super. That could have taken maybe 5 pages out of this book (and would still be hardly informative to any engaged parent.) The author's own theories and worldview are the bulk of this book, with little in the way of how to correct reading deficiencies, for example, or which reading programs are most effective. Rather, pop-edu-psych jargon on learning styles and personal theories abound.
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