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A compelling story about one family's journey into the unknown territory of homeschooling, told with skill by Alison McKee, a gifted teacher with a wide experience in traditional education and a special sensitivity to the individual needs of children. Trusting her own children to "show me the way" was a difficult challenge - but one that gave unexpected and rich rewards. Anyone familiar with the writings of John Holt will be interested to learn how things worked out for a family that decided to test his belief that children are the best directors of their own education. McKee offers the reader insights on how children learn, plenty of illustrations and practical advice about how "unschooling" works, and thoughtful commentary on the state of education today. This book will reassure parents considering homeschooling that nurturing children's natural desire to learn can empower their children to become enthusiastic life-long learners.
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Author Alison McKee, has written numerous articles on homeschooling which have appeared in "Growing Without Schooling," "Home Education Magazine," "Homefires: The Journal of Homeschooling," "The Relaxed Homeschooler," "F.U.N. News: Family Unschooling Network" and others. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband. For twenty three years she homeschooled her two children, Christian and Georgina. Subsequently they have entered and graduated from college. Today, as community liaison for H.O.M.E. (a support group she began in 1984), she continues to offer, on a local as well as national level, support to individuals who seek information about homeschooling. She is also an advisor at Homeschool.com. Ms. McKee has been interviewed for newspaper, radio and television. She has also made numerous homeschooling presentations in teacher education classes at the University of Wisconsin, parenting groups, and various homeschooling conferences across the country.Review:
...Important book!...Should be a staple, not just for homeschoolers, but...anyone who has interest in how children learn. -- Elena Reyes, Reference Librarian, Madison Public Library
Alison McKee writes with...authenticity about the...triumphs of child-directed learning...This book is nourishing bread for the homeschooling journey. -- Mothering Magazine, Melissa Chianta, managing editor
An honest and touching account of how homeschooling leads to new attitudes and possibilities for learning -- Patrick Farenga, editor, "Growing Without Schooling"
Many...tinker with "unschooling"...Only a few have taken this uncharted path...Alison's work is paramount in this field. -- Rose Sias, The Tutor Shop
This is a vivid, complex, powerful, triumphant, reassuring and moving account of a whole family's education. -- Grace Llewellyn, author of "The Teenage Liberation Handbook"
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