- Age Range: 5 and up
- Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
- Series: Innovators in Education
- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann (November 6, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867093684
- ISBN-13: 978-0867093681
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Do I Do Monday? (Innovators in Education)
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About the Author
John Holt (1923-1985) writer, teacher, lecturer, and amateur musician, wrote ten books, including What Do I Do Monday?, How Children Learn, and How Children Fail. His work has been translated into fourteen languages and has become standards in the field of education. For years a leading figure in school reform, John Holt became increasingly interested in how children learn outside of school. The magazine he founded, Growing Without Schooling, continues to reflect his philosophy.
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He doesn't just argue against these methods, though. He also provides some alternatives. This book is packed full of great ideas for helping (not making!) children to follow their natural learning inclinations. I particularly love the way he explained certain Maths concepts. Not being mathematically minded myself, this is perhaps the first time in my life that I have fully understood some of these concepts!
This book is a must-read for anyone embarking on the homeschool journey, but I also recommend it to parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else who cares for the children in their life.
He then continues on with different teaching techniques, which is also surprising since the unschooling movement generally refer to him as the source of their inspiration, but say you should not "teach" children, letting them learn as they become motivated to do so. So if you're looking for unschooling information you won't find it here. It also has odd references like to a school in which teachers express anger to the students to make things "real" and children seem to be allowed to hit each other sometimes.