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A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion Paperback – October 25, 2006
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Diann's writing style and easy-going approach to homeschooling will leave you feeling totally in control and not wandering around in the dark forest of philosophy. Her systems are easy to use and her language is easy to read.
Janine Bolon, financial coach, speaker, radio talk show host, and author of [ASIN:1411643437 Money...It's Not Just for Rich People!]]
Because of the brilliant and clear, well reasoned writing by Mr. De Mille, I have been inspired to turn off the dreaded TV, organize my home, and return to the study of the great works of Western Civilization, from Euclid to Hugo (and beyond)in the hopes of becoming a better citizen and inspiring my family to follow suit in becoming the stewards of their own educational destinies. Every homeschooling parent must read this book, but I would go further and say that every parent must read this book, and perhaps every individual committed to a functioning democracy - because that is what this book is really about. I was not inclined to homeschool my children (who are not yet school-aged) before I read this book, and although I am now considering it, I know that they will benefit from a Thomas Jefferson Education in their lives regardless of where they spend their days. If you enjoy this book, buy and read Mr. De Mille's other works, including the Home Companion, which is a practical application of the Thomas Jefferson Education ideology in a family, and the Core and Love of Learning audio series, which is also excellent in that it provides even more detail for those stages of development.
The sections about Mom Schools and The Jeppson Plan to get kids playing, working, and learning with the family were the most interesting and helpful to me. There is also a useful appendix listing examples of simple classes to teach children adult skills, like baking, preparing meals, grocery shopping, household chores, basic auto maintenance, and more.
I would bet that anyone with children older than mine (my oldest is seven years old; both my children are in Core Phase) would get even more use out of this book. I intend to keep re-reading it as my kids get older.
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This book is my favorite resource book so far for homeschooling ideas. It is an easy read and I love the book lists and actual sample plans that it provides. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian and Sarah
Thomas Jefferson Education (TJEd) is a Mormon educational system that will steer your children toward a far-right, neo-conservative, Evangelical Christian/Mormon mindset and... Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Chxlive
This book gave me the opportunity to get my feet wet with the Leadership Education model of teaching. I appreciated the resource and would recommend it.Published on January 29, 2014 by giraffeandre
There is much detail here on how you go about helping young people, and yourself, gain a truly excellent education. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Stan Wells
I bought this book for my daughter-in-law to use for home schooling. She had requested it and just loves it.Published on December 2, 2011 by Erlene R. Cooper
This book has been extremely helpful in my journey with homeschooling. It is a masterful product for seeing how to implement ideas in the Thomas Jefferson Education way. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Amelia Jean
Make sure to download the sample before purchase. The formatting seems all wrong. You can tell where the pages ended in the actual book, because right in the middle of a sentence... Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by BJ
I didn't think I needed this book after reading Phases of Learning, but the ideas in here are inspiring and a great "spring board" for me to find ways that this works for my familyPublished on August 31, 2010 by Jen
I am glad I got both this book and "A Thomas Jefferson Education" Both were very helpful. I will be continuing to study themPublished on June 8, 2010 by Holly Field