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Hanna, Homeschooler Paperback – January 1, 2016
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About the Author
Suki Wessling is a writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. She has worked as a college English teacher, small press publisher, graphic designer, and journalist. Her writing has been published in a variety of literary journals, magazines, blogs, and anthologies. Her nonfiction book, From School to Homeschool (Great Potential Press) was published in 2012. In 2016, she published her chapter book, Hanna, Homeschooler, through her small press, Chatoyant. Suki also teaches writing, literature, and education classes for children and adults.
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For our young protagonist Hanna, age 6 or so, homeschooling is all she has ever known. However a necessary move to a new town exposes her to alternative modes of education, mean kids, nice kids, family generational conflicts and resolutions, and many new opportunities for learning.
Through Hanna's eyes we see questioning of Hanna's home schooling by her contemporaries, her parents' friends, even her grandmother, paralleling a peek into how Hanna is gently guided and encouraged toward taking responsibility for her own learning via everyday activities in the home, neighborhood, with friends, in local businesses. Her learning includes math, history, geography, handwriting, spelling, art, music, science and literature and also making choices about whom to befriend, understanding personalities different from her own, being kind and compassionate to others, etc.
A few lessons:
Make choices right for you.
Be curious. Ask questions.
Provide a secure, loving environment for your children.
Allow your children to make and learn from mistakes.
Find the good in all efforts.
Choose friends wisely.
Find experts and learn from them.
Nourish and keep an open mind.
Model the behavior you seek from your children. Watch them practice that very behavior with younger children.
Be comfortable, strong and modest in your right choices.
ONE, the story is engaging and entertaining to kids and to adults (and does not resort to cheap over-the-top gimmicks), and TWO, the story shows, and does not just tell, the *feel* of what (for some people) homeschooling is all about.
Regarding ONE, engaging and entertaining:
My 7yo daughter, who does love tales of adventure (_Abarat_, _Usage_Yojimbo_, etc.), also loved _Hanna,_Homeschooler_, even though Hanna has no super powers and does not save anyone’s life and is never in danger of losing her life. My daughter (never a homeschooler) finished the book in two sittings, and said to me: "It was fantastic! Really good. I need another book. Can you ask her [i.e., the author] to write another one?”
As for me, the feeling I got after reading _Hanna,_Homeschooler_ is the feeling I got after reading _The_Snowy_Day_ by Ezra Jack Keats. Namely, I had a feeling of pleasure and recognition and satisfaction. [FOOTNOTE 1]
Regarding TWO, showing the feel of homeschooling:
As a father of one homeschooled boy (11yo), I think that _Hanna,_Homeschooler_ is the best book I’ve seen at showing the *feel* of what (one style of) homeschooling is all about. It is a remarkable achievement in storytelling. I think this book would be great for any reader, and I think this book would be extra valuable for any parent who is interested in possibly homeschooling her/his kids, for any kid who is interested in homeschooling, or for any grandparent who wants to understand homeschooling on a "feel" or "aha" level.
FOOTNOTE 1: From Wikipedia: _The_Snowy_Day_ was immediately welcomed by educators and critics and embraced by the public. The book is noteworthy not only as a benchmark in racial representation in literature, but also for the simplicity and elegance of the writing, which [may] be attributed to Keats’s love of haiku poetry.
My favorite chapter centers on Hanna's Gram recounting experiences during World War II: meeting her future husband, Hanna’s grandfather, his military assignment as a fighter pilot and MIA status the last two years of the war. History is not just written words in an outdated textbook, it is part of the oral history of a family. And Hanna does not discount her grandmother as a cranky, out of touch elderly woman. She is a sponge absorbing all the love, caring, insights, knowledge and history Gram offers on a very personal level.
Personally knowing little about homeschooling, this story was both fascinating and informative. Ms Wessling, in bringing a fictional homeschooled young girl to life, has created a young reader chapter book that expands the available literature recognizing all kinds of diversity.