RECOMMENDED READING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

Compiled by Robyn, South Africa ã Updated November 2012

 

 

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THE HURRIED CHILD: GROWING UP TOO FAST TOO SOON (25th Anniversary Edition) by David Elkind

This book believes that children deserve a childhood.  This is not happening for a number of reasons.  Often, with the very best intentions, parents expose their children to overwhelming pressures including over competitive sport, being pushed to read earlier, expected to behave in ways that are above their cognitive and emotional development, over scheduling, standardized testing, dealing with money matters and other adult concerns too early, as well as outside influences such as television, the internet and the media.  Hurrying our children out of childhood causes emotional, intellectual and social consequences.  We expect our children to grow up too fast and be mini adults.  Sometimes we need to be reminded that childhood is so short and sweet that we should encourage and enjoy it. In this twenty-fifth anniversary edition, Dr. Elkind delivers a new introduction that puts 25 years of trends and change into perspective for parents today.

 

FAMILY MATTERS: WHY HOMESCHOOLING MAKES SENSE by David Guterson

David Guterson is a high school English teacher that also home schools his own children.  He describes both sides of the education coin - public verse home education without lecturing or sarcasm. This is not a confrontational book; rather, it is an informative book written in an engaging and warm manner.  His writing style is non-emotional, educated and well balanced.  He believes that all parents should have a wealth of choices when it comes to educating their children, and that schools should foster and assist in these choices.  Guterson answers questions about homeschooling but also reflects on broader issues, such as family life, individual fulfilment, and community.

 

HOMESCHOOLING AND THE VOYAGE OF SELF-DISCOVERY by David H Albert

David Albert's book is organized into essays that busy parents can savour in stolen moments, but you won’t be able to put it down!  A unique, wise, witty, philosophical, and thought provoking journey for parents and educators, this book is an experience and an inspiration and will change your homeschooling life!  It is a beautiful ode to the most wonderful mentors, our children.  You love your children more as you read the book!  It addresses questions such as how can homeschooling increase the quality of life for everyone in the family? And how can the process of homeschooling improve one as a human being?  It is also filled with lots of practical homeschooling advice.  There isn't another comparable work available for those seeking to enrich and expand their homeschooling journey into a life altering experience for themselves and their children.

 

TEACH YOUR OWN: THE JOHN HOLT BOOK OF HOMESCHOOLING by John Holt

“Do you remember what they taught you at school? Me neither. I learned to read very early on, mostly at home, and I still remember some math, but only because I balance my checkbook and know when I'm getting correct change at the market. All those years, isolated from the real world in the artificial environment of school, sitting at a desk all day with 30 of my same age peers, how was I to learn about what an actual life in the world is like, or about what I wanted to do with mine? I remember learning to take tests. Now I never take them. A lot of it was pleasant enough, some of it was not, most of it was boring, and somehow I never noticed that I was mostly wasting my time.”

“Now I know better having read John Holt, a sweet, caring man and a wonderful writer. He's radical, but he never rants. He persuades, gently, eloquently. He learns through years of careful, loving observation and by trial and error and he shares that with you in a way that makes it seem as though he's one of your oldest, most comfortable friends. He reminds you of what you went through in school. He makes sense. He's fun to read. And you know he's right as you read him, because we have all gone to school.”

 

DUMBING US DOWN: THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM OF COMPULSORY SCHOOLING by John Taylor Gatto

This book consists of individual essays on the education system in the US.  Any one of these essays can be read in a sitting. It is a fast read, but there will also be some time for thinking and turning those issues over in your head afterwards. Despite the occasional conspiratorial tone, much of what Gatto says rings true.  He contends that students are more programmed to conform to economic and social norms rather than really taught to think.  The first two essays are acceptance speeches for teaching awards that Gatto received.  The first, which Gatto gave while accepting a Teacher of the Year Award for New York State, addresses the seven lessons he and the school system teach students. He defines those lessons as confusion, class position, indifference, emotional dependency, intellectual dependency, provisional self-esteem and lack of privacy. His speech on being awarded the state teacher award the previous year was entitled "The Psychopathic School" - and they still asked him to speak again the next year!!!  That fact and the fact that he won awards at teaching, a field he later left because of moral issues with "indoctrination", give his theories weight.  Gatto knows what he is talking about and what he is saying is well reasoned and logical.

 

BOOK LIST Recommended by SA Homeschoolers:

* The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by Dr Raymond and Dorothy Moore

* The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson

* The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom by Mary Griffith

* Homeschooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley

* In Their Own Way - Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong

 

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