Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Carnival of Cool Homeschoolers is up

The latest Carnival of Cool Homeschoolers is up at Homeschooled twins. To submit to the next Carnival of Cool Homeschoolers use the carnival submission form.

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Tiffanie said...

Does anyone know of any great homeschooling books I should read? I finished going through 100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum, and that was so helpful, encouraging and motivating for me! I feel like I want more. We are pretty much rookies at this, with just over a year under our belts. My kidos are Pre-K and 1st grade. One topic I'm really interested in learning more about and how to do effectively is unit studies.

P.S. I'm learning tons, getting new ideas and really enjoying the Carnival of Homeschooling!

Henry Cate said...

Your children are young enough that I wouldn't push academics. Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child's Education explains why it is best to let children develop naturally and then around age eight start "teaching" them.

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home was one of the first homeschooling books we read and opened our eyes to how wonderful an education could be.

If you ever need reassurance that homeschooling is a good idea, you might read Inside American Education. The first 100 pages cover problems with public education in K through 12. Scary.

Home Educated and Now Adults is a summary of a survey of adults who had been homeschooled. It gives you some idea as to how homeschooled children turn out.

Does that help?

Tiffanie said...
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Tiffanie said...

Thanks a ton, heading over to Amazon now! I'm really interested to see what that first book has to say. I've had others mention the philosophy, but really struggle with not wanting my kids to "be behind". I already feel like there are a ton of six year olds and even five year olds who can read at a much higher level than my 1st grader. And I'm pretty sure that it's cause I am already pretty relaxed w/ our schooling. He's been reading every day this summer though, and I am seeing improvement. Anyhow, thanks again for all the suggestions.

Henry Cate said...

Our oldest daughter really didn't start to read until she was eight, and then our second daughter didn't click until she was nine. But with in two years they were both reading at tenth grade and above.

Often when a child is pushed to read at a young age they come to see reading as a chore, not a fun activity. They'll be OK readers for the rest of their lives, but they won't enjoy it.

One of our daughter's favorite activity is getting new books at the library and coming home to feast.