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julienoshoes Wed 15-Apr-09 14:46:58

Updating Home Ed books thread to bump up for information.

Free Range Education: How Home Education Works Terri Dowty (ed) Hawthorn Press

It is a UK book (many are American) and each chapter is written by a different family about their experience - it gives a good idea of the range of experience.

A handbook for families considering or starting out in home education. The book is full of family stories, resources, burning questions, humour, tips, practical steps and useful advice so the reader can choose what best suits his or her family situation.

julienoshoes Tue 19-Jun-12 11:06:05


adrianbeckett Thu 28-Jun-12 10:28:49

Hi. I would suggest these books. I am a Maths tutor and I've found these books really useful:

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling, Holt

How Children Learn, Holt

How Children Fail, Holt

A Radical Approach to Education, Neil

Good luck.

chocolatecrispies Thu 28-Jun-12 11:09:53

I really like Learning All The Time by John Holt.

julienoshoes Sat 14-Jul-12 15:54:30


julienoshoes Thu 30-Aug-12 22:18:47


julienoshoes Wed 05-Sep-12 12:24:06

bump for all of the people whose children are unhappy in school right now

julienoshoes Sat 22-Sep-12 13:53:05


julienoshoes Fri 05-Oct-12 16:47:46

bumping because there seems to be an awful lot of new home ed families around

julienoshoes Fri 02-Nov-12 15:30:54


julienoshoes Fri 02-Nov-12 15:31:18


SDeuchars Tue 04-Dec-12 10:53:48


julienoshoes Mon 10-Dec-12 11:07:22


curlyshirley67 Thu 13-Dec-12 09:18:19

I'd like to recommend the books by Ross Mountney.

'Learning Without School' is a great intro to all the aspects of home education, answers all your questions. It's the one first book I'd always recommend.

'A Funny Kind of Education' is her newest book, tells the story of her family's start in HE. Funny and informative.

She has a page on Amazon where you can buy both - search for her name.

Or look at her blog here

hamstered Mon 31-Dec-12 22:17:59

Julienoshoes you are a gold mine for information. I'm a newbie am am wondering what to buy and what not to buy. My budget is tight as having to give up work so your reviews are literally a life saver. My oldest DD is dyslexic too so thanks smile

Busyoldfool Mon 14-Jan-13 13:57:00

Bump - just thinking of taking the plunge so will get some of these. Thank you for the work you have done

julienoshoes Mon 21-Jan-13 21:51:28


MariscallRoad Thu 31-Jan-13 11:59:20


julienoshoes Wed 13-Feb-13 21:11:41


SDeuchars Wed 13-Mar-13 22:35:21


ommmward Fri 19-Apr-13 13:09:47


Saracen Fri 19-Apr-13 16:38:36

"Better Late Than Early" by Raymond S Moore and Dorothy Moore.

This book doesn't exactly advocate home education in general or go into HE methods. It is an argument in favour of delaying all formal education until the child reaches the age of ten or so when, the authors claim, children are far more developmentally ready for it.

The authors adopt an effective scattergun approach, throwing dozens of unrelated arguments into the pot. It's hard to come away from this book with the conviction that five year olds need to be in school.

Originally published in the 1970s, the book is a bit dated in some respects and downright cringeworthy in a few places. Specifically, the Moores appear to think that children with any sort of disability or special need are an exception to their general rule, that parents are unlikely to be able to cope with the early education of such children, and that they may as well be consigned to school. The authors also freely dispense detailed advice on every aspect of parenting; I found it rather off-putting to be given a sleep schedule in a book about education!

Another drawback is the inclusion of some pseudo-scientific arguments which simply don't hold water.

Nevertheless, where this book is good it is really good, and I am ready to overlook these flaws.

ToffeeWhirl Wed 08-May-13 14:15:07

bump for Nikk.

julienoshoes Tue 04-Jun-13 10:58:00


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