I love to read and to do research, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I’ve read a little about homeschooling too. I read The Home School Source Book last year which was um…interesting. The authors share a few of my views (attachment parenting, natural family living) but I could’ve done without reading their religious, racial, and political views. I bought it mainly based on the above mentioned shared views, but found it dated. I can see how it might have been a handy resource 15 or more years ago before the internets was huge.
I started The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick this week. I haven’t gotten very far into it, but I really like her no nonsense, no curriculum needed ideas about K-3 education. I totally want to be Zen and just believe that I don’t need any more tools than the ones I already have to teach my children. But then I go on the WTM forums and that all goes out the window…
I also paged through Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day as I’d been wanting to read it for a while. In AP circles, the term “Waldorf” gets thrown out a lot. So, many of the ideas in the book I was already familiar with (family rhythms) or practice myself (blessings and/or recitations before or during activities). I did learn a few new blessings which was nice, but I think this would be better book for a parent with a very young child (under two) who knew virtually nothing about Waldorf and/or needed tremendous guidance. I’m not really a “by the book” parent. In fact, I read an article recently that mentioned that while you may read parenting books, babies sure don’t!
Today, I started Trust the Children: An Activity Manual for Homeschooling and Alternative Learning which I picked up at the library yesterday. I already love it. I rarely buy books anymore, but I’m going to purchase this one for sure. Kealoha starts out with an explanation of her own background as a homeschooler/alternative schooler. She goes on to mention everyone from Dewey to Neill in a short (two page) history of alternative education. I find her proposed educational utopia wherein schools become year round public learning centers akin to libraries where children can come and go as they please a fascinating and wonderful idea. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. Lillian Jones has a much more thorough review here.