Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book a Week: Things we wish we'd known

My new book is Things we Wish we'd Known, which is a collection of writings from many different authors, some you probably know from elsewhere, including such people as:

- Jessica Hulcy (KONOS)
- Jane Clair Lambert (FIAR)
- Valerie Bendt (Reading & Unit Studies made Easy)
- Katherine Von Duyke (Author of a number of books, plus editor of KONOS helps)
- Clay and Sally Clarkson (Educating the Wholehearted Child)
- Debbie Strayer (LLATL)
PLUS lots, lots more wonderful people
The Book is compiled by the well known Bill & Diana Waring.

Basically the whole book reads like a Who's Who of the homeschooling community, so I am eager to dive into this one!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Book a Week: The Three R's

The Next book on my list is The Three R's by Ruth Beechick.

This will be a quick scan/quick read. If I like the book, I will come back another time to read it after letting it digest, and will then write stuff down (first time through books, I just pick up initial impressions and note down an interesting idea or two)

05/21: I finished this book today since it was only a quick read. I love how this whole book is set out, and am definitely keeping it on my shelf alongside my other favourites (Home Learning year-by-year, Well Trained Mind, Home Learning Sourcebook, Core Knowledge etc) and it will be one of the books I refer to throughout the year.

Next Up: Things We Wished we'd Known.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Book a Week: Big Book of Unschooling

Since I seem to be falling behind with both my blog and my school book reading, I decided to create my own Book-a-Week posts to remind me.

The first book I need to finish is the Big Book of Unschooling by Sandra Dodd.

This is basically a collection of her website in book format (although I purchased the PDF version, and am thinking today of printing it as I cannot seem to concentrate on her book when I have "fluff" stories I can read on my kindle instead).

I will update this post as I read through the book.

4/20 UPDATE: As of Monday night, I have finished this book. Yippee!

Thoughts: Its not as good as I was thinking it would be :( I was hoping for inspiration, and encouragement, and although the book has that, its not exactly in the sense I was looking for. The book is basically one (sometimes two) page summaries on a particular topic that are from Sandra Dodd's view and experience. Simple factual topics. I think this may be a great book for the complete newbie to unschooling, but as I tend to research about a particular subject long before I get a book on it (thank you internet) I usually hope for hints, tips and things beyond basics/out of the ordinary.

Next Up: The three R's by Ruth Beechick