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Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"... a must-read." -- Carlo Ricci, PhD, editor, Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning;Prof. of Graduate Education, Nipissing University
"About so much more than homeschooling, this book incorporates wonderful philosophies such as slowing down, kindness, cooperation, the dangers of materialism, & creating a heart-centered lifestyle. A beautiful read." -- Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., co-author: Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World
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So what did this homeschooling mom think? Well, let me start off by saying that I ascribe to a Charlotte Mason/Eclectic method of homeschooling. I am by no means an unschooler or a free range parent. I am a bit of a free spirit and a rule breaker yet it is tempered by a desire for organization and routine. I also believe in a firm hand of discipline when raising children.
Am I doing a good job keeping you guessing? Well....ahem....I have to say...that...well....Laura Grace Weldon's book is RIGHT ON! I was not sure what to expect but when I opened those pages to read how a child learns and how to encourage a child to retain a curiosity and a love for learning, I was hooked. This book is NOT about some free willy nilly way of spending your days in the sun in hopes it teaches your child science. This book promotes the freedom to learn and express yourself naturally and creatively. A child is free from restrictions of traditional means of learning which has been proven to be less than educational.Read more ›
I fell in love with Laura's book right from the onset. Her book is an excellent combination of real-life "case studies" - home-schooled kids and their parents talking in their own voices about their experiences - and scientific data gathered over a number of years to support this style of learning and teaching.
In addition, as a foreign language educator, I have spent a great deal of time working to understand "learning" versus "acquiring." Learning, in this context, is what we do in a controlled classroom environment. Acquiring, on the other hand, most closely resembles how babies and children learn about the world - not only speaking, but all modes of behavior. They are immersed in experiences and take everything they can from it. Why is it that in traditional schooling, we reach a point where we decide that tests and worksheets should replace actual experience? Acquisition has been shown over and over to be a far more effective means of conveying any subject matter. Homeschooling offers far more opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge they need, and this book is an excellent place to start.
In my opinion, the ultimate goal of any educational experience should be to learn how to think - to analyze, synthesize, and create novel ideas and world concepts. Free Range Learning is an excellent guidebook for helping our children achieve this goal.
Free Range Learning has excited me for the opportunity that homeschooling has to help shape my children's attitudes and experiences with daily, lifelong learning.
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This is an excellent "go to" resource not only for theoretical inspiration but also for practical advice on homeschooling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy
Our daughter home schools and she liked a lot of ideas from this book.Published 6 months ago by Parnassus
My favorite homeschool learning resource. Loads of tips and ideas for teaching/guiding nearly everything. Suggestions, success stories, resources - it's all here. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauren Z.
Good ideas, but just so much.... might be better in smaller books but great info.Published 6 months ago by Margot K
I have enjoyed this book. The author has given me many new ideas.Published 11 months ago by Melanie B
I found this book very inspirational. I'd already made the decision to homeschool prior to reading this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lorbear
I would highly recommend this book to parents considering homeschooling their children. Extremely comprehensive and engaging. I will refer to this book on s regular basisPublished 15 months ago by Julie Campbell
Great book. Has really good information about homeschooling and the thinking behind it.Published 16 months ago by Victor
This book was for me, the best book I have read about home schooling and what it truly means to be a family. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jean Barber