- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Not Avail (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965780627
- ISBN-13: 978-0965780629
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...Important book!...Should be a staple, not just for homeschoolers, but...anyone who has interest in how children learn. -- Elena Reyes, Reference Librarian, Madison Public Library
Alison McKee writes with...authenticity about the...triumphs of child-directed learning...This book is nourishing bread for the homeschooling journey. -- Mothering Magazine, Melissa Chianta, managing editor
An honest and touching account of how homeschooling leads to new attitudes and possibilities for learning -- Patrick Farenga, editor, "Growing Without Schooling"
Many...tinker with "unschooling"...Only a few have taken this uncharted path...Alison's work is paramount in this field. -- Rose Sias, The Tutor Shop
This is a vivid, complex, powerful, triumphant, reassuring and moving account of a whole family's education. -- Grace Llewellyn, author of "The Teenage Liberation Handbook"
About the Author
Author Alison McKee, has written numerous articles on homeschooling which have appeared in "Growing Without Schooling," "Home Education Magazine," "Homefires: The Journal of Homeschooling," "The Relaxed Homeschooler," "F.U.N. News: Family Unschooling Network" and others. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband. For twenty three years she homeschooled her two children, Christian and Georgina. Subsequently they have entered and graduated from college. Today, as community liaison for H.O.M.E. (a support group she began in 1984), she continues to offer, on a local as well as national level, support to individuals who seek information about homeschooling. She is also an advisor at Homeschool.com. Ms. McKee has been interviewed for newspaper, radio and television. She has also made numerous homeschooling presentations in teacher education classes at the University of Wisconsin, parenting groups, and various homeschooling conferences across the country.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a former teacher for 7 years in public and private schools, I can relate to the agonizing experiences of having to encourage frustrated students to struggle through concepts for testing, while having to limit time children spend on activities that are meaningful to them.
I have facilitated an unschooling environment for 5 years now at home. This is the first written material I have read that successfully enlightens nonhomeschooling families as to what life learning can be. By drawing on her own traditional school experience, both as a student and a teacher, Alison McKee is able to engage the skeptic and appeal to his/her own realm of learning experiences.
For the families that are unschoolers already, the book refreshes our spirit, guides us to be confident in our beliefs, and informs us that there is a beginning movement of Life Learning within the homeschooling community.
I have recommended this book to other homeschooling families and have purchased a mini stockpile to give to relatives that critique our evolution as natural learners.
This book has also guided us from being an unschooling family to one that is passionate about the life learning movement. It is an easy read cover to cover and a valuable resource.
The author had worked in the public school system before she homeschooled her own children, and she gives a lot of insights on the way schools so often discourage children and stifle their natural love of learning. I had no doubt as I read her story that her children were happy, successful, and well-adjusted individuals because of the freedom they were given all of their lives to learn in their own way, unhindered.
However, I still am left with some doubts about whether or not this would work for everyone. Were her children more self-motivated than the average child? This also took place in the eighties, before the internet, hi-tech computer games, etc. Would it be as easy today to create such a home environment conducive to learning, or would you have to have an "unplugged" household with no cable TV, no internet, and no complex computer games in order for the children to not get distracted from real learning? I notice that television is never mentioned in this book, so I wonder if this family even had one.
She definitely does not try to "whitewash" unschooling, however. At one point, her 14-year-old son tells her he's bored, and that she's responsible for his education. She gives him the choice of enrolling in public school, following a boxed cirriculum, or finding something on his own. Given that choice, he does manage to find something to study that he absolutely loves and gets back on track.
In summary, this is an excellent book for anyone interested in unschooling, and also helpful for anyone who believes that homeschooling in general is a better option than traditional schooling.