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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 Wed 21-Aug-13 12:54:50


ommmward Wed 04-Sep-13 21:16:08


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ringaringarosy Tue 01-Oct-13 14:18:49

Moving a puddle,a collection of essays by sandra dodd

ringaringarosy Tue 01-Oct-13 14:19:04

The big book of unschooling sandra dodd

ringaringarosy Tue 01-Oct-13 14:19:43

Life without school,by Veronika sophia robinson editor of the mother magazine.

Sulis Fri 11-Oct-13 21:37:06

Does anyone know of any books about home ed specifically for secondary age, apart from the Gareth Lewis one? I'm in need of an enthusiasm/confidence boost now I have a year six-er who is older than her age!

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julienoshoes Sat 07-Dec-13 20:46:44

bump for newbies

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IncognitoErgoSum Fri 11-Apr-14 08:25:00


morethanpotatoprints Thu 08-May-14 16:07:45

bumping for newbies, or oldies who need to revisit.

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Saracen Tue 23-Jun-15 23:10:05

"Young Children Learning: Talking and Thinking at Home and at School" by Barbara Tizard and Martin Hughes.

I'd recommend this book to any HE parents who are worrying that they
might not be giving their young child enough education at home. The authors recorded conversations between four year olds and their mothers and compared these with conversations between the same children and teachers at school.

They found that the conversations the children had with parents were far longer, more frequent, more meaningful, more varied, and more interactive - in short, much more educational in every sense - than those which they had with teachers. This was true at every socioeconomic level, even when the mothers did not place a high value on the conversations they were having, and even when the mothers were very busy with jobs, housework, and younger children.

It isn't really a how-to book and doesn't contain any
specific information likely to help you educate your child, but it's
very reassuring in the numerous examples it gives of the educational
value of ordinary interactions between children and their parents.
The authors repeatedly observe that these types of adult-child
conversations are very rare in school settings.

Of course, I take issue with the authors on some points. For
example, they don't dispute the value of school for developing
certain skills such as social skills. And I think they overlook the
fact that children have a lot to teach each other. However, they do
see that the contribution parents make to their children's education
in the course of everyday life has been massively underrated. They
show that this is true in working class families as well as middle-
class ones, so debunking the idea that some children need nursery in
order to overcome the educational shortcomings in their home

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