- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Spilled Candy Publications (October 31, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892718421
- ISBN-13: 978-1892718426
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...This book is filled with so much information, it's actually quite remarkable. Between Madden's own words and the resources she provides, the readers have an abundance of information at their fingertips." -- Lakes Region Pagans
About the Author
Raised in a shamanic home, Kristin Madden is a healer and deathwalker, assuming a role handed down in her family for generations. Deciding to offer these services outside her family, Kristin has been working as a healer since 1980 and deathwalking since 1990. She has been a member of an international shamanic journeying and healing group since 1996.
Kristin has explored Eastern and Western mystic paths since 1972. She is a Druid, tutor, and tutor-mentor for the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids and is on the Board of Silver Moon Health Services, a pagan sponsored non-profit health services organization based in New Mexico.
Her work has appeared on websites and in publications throughout North America and Europe, and she has been a guest on radio shows throughout North America.
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Heather mama of 5
If you are still "on the fence" about homeschooling your child, if you are looking for reasons why homeschooling would be okay, then the majority of this book might be helpful for you. We already knew we wanted to homeschool, and why, so a lot of it wasn't very relevant. If you have no idea how to start homeschooling - what to do, what supplies you need - then, again, you might get more use from this book. But you can also find a lot of other books at your library or on Amazon that go over the exact same material, with more in-depth help. If you don't know much about internet safety, this might help. But if you already know how to use the internet and teach your children about it, you'll have more information you don't need.
I found the chapter on "networking" very unusual, and not at all helpful. It felt like I was reading some odd business self-help book about how to make friends and influence people. I don't think I've ever, in my life, filled out a worksheet in response to a conversation I've had with someone. A networking journal? Strange.
So - finally, we get past the introductory information into the "Pagan" themed stuff. Sort-of. I shudder to think that an average pagan parent hasn't considered the basic concept of looking at the moon phases to teach their child about astronomy and religion. Or you can build a model of the solar system, gaze at clouds, cook with herbs. Really? This is the amazing revelation of pagan homeschooling? I incorporate this stuff in our lives every day. I didn't need to read a book for the same ideas every pagan should already have. The elemental chapters are equally disappointing - you can go fly a kite, candle gaze, and other Wicca 101 ideas. The festivals chapter contains a whopping average of one idea per festival - things like dyeing eggs and making paper.
Overall, I'd say there are less than a handful of original, unique ideas and rituals in this book. The content is too common-sense, very basic, not at all revelatory. I am going to keep holding out that a more in-depth book will be written by someone, somewhere, that has great ideas for schooling and Paganism, and really discusses the issues related to being a pagan family that chooses to homeschool.
Having read "Pagan Homeschooling," I must say my initial joy has not flagged even slightly. This book comfortably covers a tremendous range of topics from a pagan perspective such as the initial decision to homeschool, arranging the best curriculum for your child, how to integrate spirituality into lessons, how to make homeschool a better place to social your children, and tips for teaching through the elements and festivals.
I was particularly pleased at the lack of self-rightous, proselytizing attitude that Kristin Madden took. She emphasizes that faith is a matter of choice and good parents give their child that choice, a striking dissention from so many homeschool books out there. Her suggested lessons and activities emphasized pagan values including exploring beyond the circle.