- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Hunt Press; First Edition edition (May 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615208770
- ISBN-13: 978-0615208770
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, so much information can leave a bewildered parent educator frantically trying to make one perfect choice amongst a forest of great options.
This is where Deschooling Gently is invaluable. Before addressing the concerns of new, or experienced homeschoolers, Tammy counsels the reader to:
Use what works, and leave the rest. Find the part of yourself that might be afraid, but moves forward anyway. Everything you need to make homeschooling work is already inside you. It's my hope, that this book will help you find the fearless homeschooler that you have in you, and let it shine through.
In each chapter, Takahashi describes the following steps to relaxed homeschooling:
1. Create a Foundation before Deschooling
2. Redefine Curriculum
3. Exploring Options in the Real World
4. A New Kind of Schedule
5. Teach Your Child As If No Other Exists
6. Creating Family Educational Goals
7. Get Hooked Up, Get the Kids Hooked Up
8. Become a Student of the World
9. Don't Keep Records, Keep a Journal
10. Evolve Gently Into a New Homeschooling Life
11. Step Away from "Deschooling"
Each of these chapter is a gem, but there were a few items that truly resonated with me.
On doubts and fears:
Among others, Tammy hit on my greatest fear: What If My Child Misses Something?
Fortunately, she also provides a sensible response.Read more ›
Here's an overview of just some of the chapter titles (these were my personal favorites) - "Exploring Options in the Real World", "Teach Your Child As If No Other Exists", "Creating Family Educational Goals", and "Become A Student Of The World".
I highly recommend this book to homeschoolers both new and old who may or may not think they need to deschool. Even if you know all there is to know on the subject you'll get something out of stepping into Tammy Takahashi's fantastic book.
As for the content, this book is unique in that to covers one aspect of homeschooling--deschooling--in greater depth than most homeschooling books I've seen (some touch on it, but here it's really well-covered), but it touches on broader issues of homeschooling, parenting and family balance (even inner balance) through that lens, and shares something valuable that I believe most homeschooling families (even 'veterans'!) can benefit from. Where many other books share a new paradigm that should be followed, quoted, and adhered to fairly strictly, this book really does help you find your own way and feel good about what you're doing. (It's like the difference between being in school and told what to think, and being homeschooled and encouraged to think for yourself!) Tammy offers guidelines, information, resources, and new ways of seeing things, but she also offers support and an open attitude that encourages the reader to trust her instincts and find her own way. (Kind of reminds me of the Sears books on baby parenting.)
I think that one thing that's most difficult for new homeschoolers is knowing that what they're doing is 'okay', that they're doing it the right way, and this book really addresses that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! It has been so helpful, supportive, and therapeutic in my new journey of homeschooling.Published 18 months ago by Greta Stillwell
I think for me the information wasn't as relevant because I tend to do all those things anyway. But I do believe they are important tips so I passed the book on to my daughter.Published on December 26, 2013 by Mom
Excellent! This book was instructive and thought provoking. The author gives much concrete guidance on how to gently approach the transition to homeschooling, as well as... Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Laptop user
This was the first book that gave me my aha! moment for HOW to deschool and HOW that would/could lead into unschooling/relaxed schooling approach. I'm grateful I found this book. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by M. Buckroth
Fantastic book, a great help in preparing me for the challenge of homeschooling my 10 year old son. I feel that I know what to expect, and I have more confidence choosing a style... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Mands
I found this book when just beginning homeschooling. It was just what I needed to ease my worries. With just the right amount of encouragement and tips it really helped me get... Read morePublished on June 24, 2011 by A. Lowdermilk
This book was amazing. It was a big help in my style of homeschooling. She answered questions, gave suggestions and did it in a way that was non-threatening, and encouraging. Read morePublished on March 10, 2009 by Tammy w
My wife and I really appreciated this book. We are new to homeschooling and were trying to find a way to homeschool our kids and provide enough education but not be too structured... Read morePublished on March 3, 2009 by Thomas Mericle