Trust The Children

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

List of Books

In the last month or so, I have found myself with a little extra time. With that time, I felt impressed go back to the roots of home schooling and read. Before home schooling was really even a movement, there were people who were speaking out about in support of educational reform. I mean back in the 40's, 50's and 60's. Never really formally organized, they read each others works and drew from each other. It has been fruitful. Also, along the way, there have been a few books that have really helped us gain the confidence that 1) it was ok to bring our kids home and 2) we as parents could do this even with our weaknesses and educational holes. So here is the beginning of a list of books to consider.

School Can Wait - Raymond and Dorothy Moore (He actually lives in Washougal, WA near us.)
Reasons why government schooling may be unnecessary for the early years at least
7 Kinds of Smart - Thomas Armstrong
Identifying and developing your Many Intelligences. In other words Intellectual intelligence isn't the only intelligence to
value in a child.
Home Schooling for Excellence - David and Micki Colfax
About a family, and how their choices propelled their children to success.
The Teenage Liberation Handbook - Grace Llewellyn
You can't help but feel here unabashed enthusiasm for what teenagers CAN do at home, instead of school. Her subtitle
is "How to quit school and get a real life and education."
Real Lives - Grace Llewelln
Eleven teenagers who don't go to school
The Homeschooling Book of Answers - Linda Dobson
The 88 most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's most respected voices.
Dumbing Us Down- John Taylor Gatto
The hidden curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
Saxon Math - Totally sold on this.
Anything by John Holt - Growing Without Schooling
A Way Of Being - Carl Rogers
Pay Attention to the Children - Sydney Clemens

So this is a good start.


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