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Do keep in mind that finding the average from the low end to the high end doesn't mean there's one ideal. I've heard of 2 yr. olds learning to read more or less on their own and very bright 9 yr. olds struggling at in spite of having been exposed to a love of reading from parents in a positive and enthusiastic way all their lives. It's highly individual - and most children are reading by the time there's anything all that special for them to read. If parents read a lot...
  I'm absolutely stunned. And misty. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to provide that feedback.    Lillian
The first two that always come to my mind are Guterson's Family Matters and Gatto's Dumbing Us Down - both books are really powerful persuaders. An all volunteer state organization of homeschoolers I used to work with has an excellent and broad introduction to homeschooling that has been built over quite a few years and includes good articles: Homeschooling Help - I know you can find some very helpful stuff there. And part of that is an extensive page of...
 Wow! You all made my day. I was just about to go to bed and thought I'd drop in here first and see what's new. I'm so moved to know people are using and enjoying the BestHomeschooling site - that gives me the impetus to get in and do some updating. I have a few new articles to add and lots of new links. The site was created, by the way, specifically to help people find a quiet and peaceful orientation away from all the hype and commercialism and razzmatazz that has...
  Well said! I heartily agree with all of this - and she may need even more time to recover than you would imagine. And that's fine - there's absolutely no hurry. She'll need very little at this point, and you can find tons of things in the library when the time comes. Enjoy! Congratulations on your decision.  :)   Lillian
You have quite a lot of time for helping him with the few skills he'll need by the time he goes back to school - it won't take long later even if you let him just relax this year with the things he likes to do. He's so lucky to get this extra time to grow and mature and just be a 5 yr. old - even his writing will come easier after this time out to play and develop. Maybe getting him some chalk and child sized triangular colored pencils could help with that.    Just...
  Ah! You might enjoy this article by The Alliance for Childhood - Crisis in Education, Why Children Need to Play in School. Be sure to read A Call to Action on the Education of Young Children in Appendix A, page 63 - it's signed by some pretty impressive, well known educators.     - Lillian
I hadn't thought of that one - but I think it's definitely one of the best books  - if not the best - you'll find on the subject! Here's a page of reviews on it:    What Really MattersLillian
There are a few things I don't like about that book too, but I think it's still well worth just ignoring the introductory philosophical opinions that may feel irritating and going on to suggestions about how to go about finding resources and ideas for learning. I'm not quite clear, though, on whether you're looking for resource suggestions or for unschooling philosophy support. There are two other books that are also written by the same author, but they might have less...
I just want to add a point of view my own experience. My son learned a lot when he was that little, although none of it had to do with letters or numbers but with the expansion of his imagination and his growing body in play, his immediate world around him, and some of the wonders of nature. His routine had to do only with the various kinds of play and exploration he was involved in, and he enjoyed hearing stories and having books read to him. When he learned to read...
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