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post #141 of 159
The Homeschool Liberation League by Lucy Frank is a relatively new young teen fiction book about a middle schooler who decides she wants to go from public schooling to unschooling.
post #142 of 159

Lousa May Alcott books about homeschoolers

This is a fun forum.

In Little Women, by L.M. Alcott, only Amy, the youngest, goes to school. The oldest sister works as a governess, the second sister works as a companion to her aunt and reads to educate herself, and the third sister does "lessons" at home. Their neighbor, Laurie, has a tutor.

In Eight Cousins, the main character, Rose, is educated at home.

In An Old-Fashioned Girl, the two girls, Polly and Fannie, don't attend school.

Little Men is about a very unconventional school, and is very critical of typical schools of the day.

The author experienced a mix of school and home education. Her father, Bronson Alcott, ran an unconventional school for a short time, but the children seem to have been primarily educated at home. One of Bronson's best friends was Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa had free rein in his library. Other important figures in Concord, MA at the time were also frequent guests, such as Henry David Thoreau.
post #143 of 159
I recently came across a website that reviews books. They review books about homeschoolers and books by homeschoolers. It's worth looking at.

Kathi
post #144 of 159
This sounds really great. I have seen the Wright On Time books and plan to look at them more closely. It is so important for our kids to have books that do not involve helping them get ready to go to school or dealing with all the problems that occur at school. But a lot of the homeschool books that I find have a very religious basis. Not all homeschoolers are religious or at least are not christian. It would be good to find books that are about homeschoolers and do not have a christian viewpoint.

The site I mentioned a couple of posts back reviews books by homeschoolers and books about homeschoolers. The teen son of a friend of mine has just submitted his first book to the site for review. Terror of Porridge is written for 6 to 10 year olds and can be found through lulu.com. I have not read it yet, but I want to order it soon. Maybe for a holiday gift for my 8 year old.

Kathi
post #145 of 159
Has anyone read And Then Mama Said...It Takes Time to Learn to Read
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/193...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
post #146 of 159
I searched this thread and didn't find any mention of a book that we have read recently - so I apologize if this has been mentioned before in the book discussions.

"The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and the first book in the 39 Clues series, has a main character who is homeschooled. The two main characters are brother and sister who have lost their mother, the sister goes to live with grandparents and the brother travels around the world and is homeschooled by his dad, an archeologist. There is a bit of conversation between the bro and sis about how he sometimes wished that he had been to a normal school, and then she wished that she had been taught by her father. It is in the background, however, and not really part of the main story line.

Now we are big fans of the Percy Jackson series and I do not think the Red Pyramid was nearly as good, but the kids enjoyed it as a read aloud. We were excited to finally finish it and get to the new Percy Jackson book, "The Lost Hero". As I was reading in this book, one of the characters tells her father that she wants to be homeschooled! Now this is too much, because you can read a thousand books of fiction and never see the word homeschooling, and in two books in a row! Too much!

So I got curious and googled Rick Riordan and homeschooling and found that this famous and successful children's author homeschools his son! Here is a link to his blog where he talks about it.

http://rickriordan.blogspot.com/2006...xperiment.html

I think this is very cool! And we are enjoying this new book very much!

Gem
post #147 of 159
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I searched this thread and didn't find any mention of a book that we have read recently - so I apologize if this has been mentioned before in the book discussions.

"The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and the first book in the 39 Clues series, has a main character who is homeschooled. The two main characters are brother and sister who have lost their mother, the sister goes to live with grandparents and the brother travels around the world and is homeschooled by his dad, an archeologist. There is a bit of conversation between the bro and sis about how he sometimes wished that he had been to a normal school, and then she wished that she had been taught by her father. It is in the background, however, and not really part of the main story line.

Now we are big fans of the Percy Jackson series and I do not think the Red Pyramid was nearly as good, but the kids enjoyed it as a read aloud. We were excited to finally finish it and get to the new Percy Jackson book, "The Lost Hero". As I was reading in this book, one of the characters tells her father that she wants to be homeschooled! Now this is too much, because you can read a thousand books of fiction and never see the word homeschooling, and in two books in a row! Too much!

So I got curious and googled Rick Riordan and homeschooling and found that this famous and successful children's author homeschools his son! Here is a link to his blog where he talks about it.

http://rickriordan.blogspot.com/2006...xperiment.html

I think this is very cool! And we are enjoying this new book very much!

Gem
Thanks so much
post #148 of 159

 

Wasn't this a sticky before the transition? It would be a shame to lose such a great resource list. 

 

 

post #149 of 159


 

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I searched this thread and didn't find any mention of a book that we have read recently - so I apologize if this has been mentioned before in the book discussions.

"The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and the first book in the 39 Clues series, has a main character who is homeschooled. The two main characters are brother and sister who have lost their mother, the sister goes to live with grandparents and the brother travels around the world and is homeschooled by his dad, an archeologist. There is a bit of conversation between the bro and sis about how he sometimes wished that he had been to a normal school, and then she wished that she had been taught by her father. It is in the background, however, and not really part of the main story line.

Now we are big fans of the Percy Jackson series and I do not think the Red Pyramid was nearly as good, but the kids enjoyed it as a read aloud. We were excited to finally finish it and get to the new Percy Jackson book, "The Lost Hero". As I was reading in this book, one of the characters tells her father that she wants to be homeschooled! Now this is too much, because you can read a thousand books of fiction and never see the word homeschooling, and in two books in a row! Too much!

So I got curious and googled Rick Riordan and homeschooling and found that this famous and successful children's author homeschools his son! Here is a link to his blog where he talks about it.

http://rickriordan.blogspot.com/2006...xperiment.html

I think this is very cool! And we are enjoying this new book very much!

Gem


Ha, the second I read this thread I thought of Rick Riordan!  Actually in all his books he never seems to be very excited about schools (they are always a bad fit for the main characters) and it seems the farther you go along (like in the Lost Hero now) he becomes more and more positive about homeschooling. I always wondered if that reflected on his own personal homeschooling journey.  I'm definitely going to check out his blog (we won't be able to be homeschoolers but I'm very supportive of it)!

post #150 of 159

Weslandia by Paul  Fleishman

Technically he goes to school, but it's all about how much better things are when you learn while not in school. My older ds loved that book the first time we found it at the library!

post #151 of 159

The Moody series..... http://www.titus2.com/moody-series/index.php .... a series of fictional novels written by a homeschool graduate.  There are five books in the series right now.  My older kids (6, 10) love for me to read them as read-alouds to them. 

post #152 of 159
Has anyone mentioned the Magyk book? In it, the Heap boys are homeschooled...more of necessity, though.
post #153 of 159

Just wanted to add, my library had a copy of The Reluctant Dragon that was retold as a picture book.  My DD is 5yo and enjoyed it, I think because she also enjoys St. George and the Dragon, and St. George is a character in this book.  This is the version my library has:

http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Dragon-Robert-San-Souci/dp/0439455812/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1300313361&sr=1-1

post #154 of 159

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post #155 of 159

Wow, this is a great thread!  Here are some of our favourite story books from a list I keep, from memory I tried to pick ones that do not mention school.

 

One Morning in Maine - Robert McCloskey (I would say this is an unschooly one:)

Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey  (actually, I think none of  books from this author mention school, and they are all good)

Roxaboxen - Alice McLerran (this is a must read!)

Ox Cart Man - Donald Hall

Island Boy - Barbara Cooney

Keep Running Allen - Clyde Robert Bullon

Big Sarah's Little Boots - Paulette Bourgeois

Tillie and the Wall - Leo Lionni (characters are mice, no people)

Bear on the Train - Julie Lawson

Katy and the Big Snow - Virginia Lee Burton (Katy is a snow plow that plows out a town, so she probably plows past a school...really great book though)

The Green Ship - Quiten Blake (I think it might mention the kids are on summer vacation)

The Courage of Sarah Noble - Alice Dalgleish

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain - Alice Dalgleish

Billy and Blaze - C.W. Anderson (about a boy and his horse, can't remember is school is mentioned)

A Chair for my Mother - Vera B Williams

Timothy Robbins Climbs a Mountain - Alvin Tresselt

Sadie and the Snowman - Morgan

The Snow Parade - Barbara Brenner

The Very Last First Time - Jan Andrews

Whales Passing - Bunting and Davis

Clara and the Bookwagon - Levinson

Gracie the Lighthouse Cat - Ruth Brown

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie - Peter and Connie Roop

My Side of the Car - Kate Feiffer

Annie and the Wild Animals - Jan Brett

Owl Moon - Jane Yolen

Dancin' in the Kitchen - Wendy Gelsanliter

Night Tree - Even Bunting (mentions Christmas)

 

 

Some others that I thought of for older children

Swiss Family Robinson

The Sign of the Beaver

The Lion's Paw (my hubby read this with kids and they all really liked it.  About two orphans who run away and meet up with a teenage boy, they live on his boat.)

post #156 of 159
I have been trying to expand my list...thank you. I will enthusiastically add Eloise. Some oppose her bratty behavior but it has not been a problem in our house.

I find it tough because many books don't differentiate between orphan, abandoned, and homeschooled. And so books like Nims island (I think) & boxcar children are on their own as opposed to lovingly homeschooled. My three year old pointed it out adding, "that's not the same thing, right?" Since then I try to be sensitive and say self-learner vs Homeschooler as my son loves the books with kids with NO adult supervision aka orphaned.

Also...not sure this counts but I'm pretty sure the dinosaur train dinosaurs are homeschooled.

I think most of Paulsen's characters are homeschool...preschool? I dunno

Chronicles of Narnia...(religious overtones?)

The homeschool detectives (religious undertones?)

Lenmy snickets books...dark humor...orphans

Hugo cabert & wonderstruck both by Selznick are definitely worth it. For Cabret he has resources to expand on. Love his books but both boys are orphaned. I was forced to read Cabret all in one day (he wouldnt let me stop and ate triscuits for lunch so i could keep reading...that was a conflicting day for me) and the next day had to read it again (but made it go 4 days...with heavy protests and tears)

My fathers dragon series, right? He's a runaway.

Swiss Family Robinson...I feel morally obligated to add this book. My son (5) really didn't enjoy this book...I dare you to find a sentence in the first chapter that doesn't have "God" in it...and was their one animal they saw they didn't kill? (Not all for survival)

Here is a list...but not all appropriate for preschool.
http://nancextoo.livejournal.com/167361.html
post #157 of 159
Oh...and little bear, right? He's homeschooled...right?
post #158 of 159
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Swiss Family Robinson...I feel morally obligated to add this book. My son (5) really didn't enjoy this book...I dare you to find a sentence in the first chapter that doesn't have "God" in it...and was their one animal they saw they didn't kill? (Not all for survival)
 

 

You are right.  We started this book and didn't finish it....then we watched the movie and that is what I was thinking of.

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Oh...and little bear, right? He's homeschooled...right?

 

I came back on to add this one!  lol

 

Yes, I would say Dinosaur Train dinosaurs are homeschooled.

 

I find a lot of children's books are about orphans!  Especially the older ones.

post #159 of 159
I wanted a list for me and thought I'd share...it is just a condensed version of this post. Many have reviews so you may want to hunt and find the post. I tried to make note of religious affiliation and such. If I get bored, I will try to condense the list and categorize by homeschooled vs orphaned or not in school or school not mention as I'm interested in books where they are actually homeschooled. I may also put it by age at some point for us...Thanks...sorry for repeats or typos...did it on tablet so...

These are of all different reading levels.

A Time to Fly Free - Stephanie Tolan

Allison's Story: A Book about Homeschooling - Jon Lurie

Alice, I Think - Susan Juby

Armageddon Summer - Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville

Brian's Hunt - Gary Paulsen (this is a trilogy)

I am a Homeschooler - Julie Voetberg

Kandoo Kangaroo Hops Into Homeschool - Susan Ratner

Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Monster of the Month Club (Series) - Dian Curtis Regan

My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durell

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George

Olympus: It's Not Just a Game - Scott W. Somerville

Pippi Longstocking (Series) - Astrid Lindgren

Ruby Slippers School (Series) - Stacy Towle Morgan

Sarah, Plain and Tall (Series) - Patricia MacLachlan

Skellig - David Almond

Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli

Surviving the Applewhites - Stephanie Tolan

Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen
Islander by Cynthia Rylant (~ages 8-12)

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr (~ages 6-11)

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (~ages 8-12)

Miranda

The sea chest by Toni buzzeo

Snowflake Bentley

Joey pigza series (also ADHD)

Island of the blue dolphins

My side of the mountain by paulsen

Ballet Shoes by Noel streatfield (?)
Dancing shoes
Skating shoes

Feed by mt Anderson

The giver by Lois Lowry

Road to coorain by Jill ker Conway

Ida b... By Katherine hannigan

Wise child by Monica furlong

The golden compass by Phillip Pullman (trilogy might offend Christians)

The boxcar children (only #1)

"Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbit,
"Journey" by Cynthia Rylant,
"The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleishman
"The Education of Little Tree" (some are offended this book was written by a klansman so is considered controversial for this reason)

Allison's Story: A Book about Homeschooling - Jon Lurie

Kandoo Kangaroo Hops Into Homeschool - Susan Ratner

The Year I Didn't Go to School by Giselle Potter

biographies about Thomas Edison, Agatha Christie, wright brother, Alexander Graham bell, Abe Lincoln, di Vinci,
Bright Island

Chicken friend

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman

'momo' - by michael ende

the moomin books by tove jansson

'the reluctant dragon' by kenneth grahame

American Girl Kaya, Josefina and Felicity, Jess

The Adventures of Lil' Wolf, Twinkie, Toes, and Flower Girl in the Homeschool Forest by Jacqueline R. Campos (religious: Christian)

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech.

Tarragon Island by Nikki Tate

The Mixed-Up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by E.L. Konisburg

The borrowers
The Littles
Oz series

"How I Live Now" by Meg Rosoff

both by Elizabeth Gouge: The Little White Horse, and Linnets and Valerians

Diana Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci books: Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, The Pinhoe Egg

Tamora Pierce's YA fantasy books

Operation Red Jericho and Operation Typhoon Shore, by Joshua Mowll.

Skellig by David Almond (unschooled friend, main character schooled)

Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand


We listen to books on tape all of the time. My 7 year old dd has liked all of these books:
The Little House series

Drift House

The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo

The Conch Bearer series by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Secret Garden
The Elsa Bescow books are beautiful picture books,
Grimm's Fairy Tales do not mention schools.

"The Tide Knot" by Helen Dunmore

The Noisy Village series of books "Children of Noisy Village." (?)

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

Shouldn't You Be In School? by Angelina Hart

Dancing with Dragonflies by Jack Francis Gorfien

Tonia of Trelawney: A Buccaneer Girl by Jacqueline C Grant

Firefly and the Quest of the Black Squirrel (one of the Fairy Chronicles series by JH Sweet)

What To Do About Alice by Barbara Kerley, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham

How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen

I Am Learning All The Time

Dear Pirate, the Buried Treasure Mystery (Postcard Mysteries) by Carole Marsh

Where the red fern grows

The Homeschool Liberation League by Lucy Frank

In Little Women, by L.M. Alcott,
Eight Cousins
An Old-Fashioned Girl

"The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan

Magyk

The Moody series

One Morning in Maine - Robert McCloskey (I would say this is an unschooly one:)
Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey (actually, I think none of books from this author mention school, and they are all good)
Roxaboxen - Alice McLerran (this is a must read!)
Ox Cart Man - Donald Hall
Island Boy - Barbara Cooney
Keep Running Allen - Clyde Robert Bullon
Big Sarah's Little Boots - Paulette Bourgeois
Tillie and the Wall - Leo Lionni (characters are mice, no people)
Bear on the Train - Julie Lawson
Katy and the Big Snow - Virginia Lee Burton (Katy is a snow plow that plows out a town, so she probably plows past a school...really great book though)
The Green Ship - Quiten Blake (I think it might mention the kids are on summer vacation)
The Courage of Sarah Noble - Alice Dalgleish
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain - Alice Dalgleish
Billy and Blaze - C.W. Anderson (about a boy and his horse, can't remember is school is mentioned)
A Chair for my Mother - Vera B Williams
Timothy Robbins Climbs a Mountain - Alvin Tresselt
Sadie and the Snowman - Morgan
The Snow Parade - Barbara Brenner
The Very Last First Time - Jan Andrews
Whales Passing - Bunting and Davis
Clara and the Bookwagon - Levinson
Gracie the Lighthouse Cat - Ruth Brown
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie - Peter and Connie Roop
My Side of the Car - Kate Feiffer
Annie and the Wild Animals - Jan Brett
Owl Moon - Jane Yolen
Dancin' in the Kitchen - Wendy Gelsanliter
Night Tree - Even Bunting (mentions Christmas)
Swiss Family Robinson
The Sign of the Beaver
The Lion's Paw

Chronicles of Narnia...(religious overtones?)

The homeschool detectives (religious undertones?)

Lenmy snickets books

Hugo cabert & wonderstruck both by Selznick

My fathers dragon series,

Little bear

Tv/movies that have books
Wild thornberries
Chitty chitty bang bang
Dinosaur train
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