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post #21 of 159
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Originally Posted by RiceMomma
Not preschool, but Joey Pigza Loses Control has a homeschooled character in it. And Joey has to homeschool for a while. By Jack Gantos
You mean he gets to, right?

Great list!! Thanks, mama's. I'll be adding some books to our collection.
post #22 of 159
great list! I was wondering if there were any books out there. I'll be making a trip to the book store now. (dang!)
post #23 of 159
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Not preschool, but Joey Pigza Loses Control has a homeschooled character in it. And Joey has to homeschool for a while. By Jack Gantos
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You mean he gets to, right?
Ya know, now that I think about it, I can't remember if he "gets to" or "has to." I'm just in a "has to" state of mind right now after chatting with a friend who "has to" hs her son until he catches up and goes back next year. I tried to turn her on to some unschooling type methods, but she was very closed to the idea, which is sad, because a child will not learn unless they are inspired.

Anyway, just thought of another book, again not preschool. This is a young adult novel. Feed by M.T. Anderson. I loved this book!

Happy reading!
post #24 of 159
If you liek the Gary Paulsen books and the My Side of the Mountain ones, then another good one is Island of the Blue Dolphins (again, girl survies on her own on an island.)
post #25 of 159
While we're speaking of books for older kids, Princess Kaiulani from Kaiulani: The People's Princess (from the Royal Diaries series) was schooled at home. She had a tutor/nanny though, and she was sent to a private girls school in England at 13. The book speaks quite a bit of her taking control over her own learning and having a say in what she studies. There is a lot of sadness, especially towards the end, but it is based on the true story of Princess Kaiulani so the sorrow is unavoidable.


Dd was given this book as a gift. She wanted me to read it to her almost every night. She (we) loved it so much that it is now one of her treasures.



BTW, I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins. Plan to read that one with dd soon.
post #26 of 159
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Originally Posted by PJsmomma
what a super thread! I'm going to print this list and see if we can find some around here. My 4 yr old is enamored with riding the school bus :LOL so I need to show him how fun homeschool will be
Wow, we're in the exact same boat! My 4 yo thinks that school is all about riding on the big yellow bus and playing with other kids on the playground. I'll be checking out some of these preschool aged titles. Thanks!
post #27 of 159
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Originally Posted by ShannonCC
Nim's Island is my dd's favorite book

We liked this one http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846 It's a picture book. May be scary for sensitive children (an orphaned baby is found after her parents die at sea). The book just casually mentions that the main character is homeschooled.
Shannon,
I came here today to mention this book, but I see you already had. We also like Snowflake Bentley which you recommend elsewhere in this thread. Guess I shouldn't be surprised that our taste in books is similiar to you and your dd's - your posts often make me think we and our dds would be friends.
post #28 of 159
Yup Heck of a drive for a playdate, huh? :LOL
post #29 of 159
Oh I don't know - I've made the drive in 2 days! We could even meet in oh say, Tennessee? :LOL
post #30 of 159
I really,really love this list
We've read quite a few of them and I notice this strange trend where a few of the books are about kids who misbehave in public school and are put in some sort of homeschool/unschool situation. I just find that amusing. It's like the school sees the action as punishment and hmm...the kids turn out all right in the end. Amazing,isn't it? LOL

Oh...and ditto on the 4 year old who is enamored with the school bus and such. Although,she's excited about homeschooling...she just wants to ride the bus . Maybe I should buy one of those little school buses? :LOL
post #31 of 159
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post #32 of 159
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Warning: the first few books of the series have *horrendous* sentence structure -- fragments galore! They get a lot better a little way into the series; parents and teachers must have complained! They aren't great literature, but they're fun and can provide ideas for further study of history or geography.
That's interesting! I ordered the first three because I'd heard such great things about them; they're in my "for sale" stack now. I also didn't like that the boy constantly says (or perhaps it was once...but it bugged me) about his sister, "I'm gonna kill her!" It's nice to know the later ones are better.
post #33 of 159
RiceMomma,

Feed is not about homeschooling though...the characters do go to school, don't they? Or something resembling it? Or if not, it's because they have all this info programmed into their heads already.... I actually thought that book was really depressing....lol.



Nancy
post #34 of 159
Nancy- No, I didn't mean the feed resembled homeschool or replaced education, ect... One of the main characters is homeschooled. The others do go to "school." Actually, school(tm). Yes, some might find this a depressing book. I loved it, though. :LOL
post #35 of 159
Oh right...I can't remember the girl's name, but she was homeschooled.

I think the book was based on a great idea and well written...just kind of a bummer world to read about.
post #36 of 159
I think her name was Violet. The depressing part to me was how completely real the book was. I got this erie feeling that it could really happen.
post #37 of 159
What about the Shoes books by Noel Streatfield?

In Ballet Shoes, the girls are homeschooled at first by their Guardian (Garnie), later by professional educators who live in their home with them. They do go to an Arts academy for dance & drama training (and Petrova goes even though she doesn't really want to), but all their academics are done at home. And they are always complimented on the excellence of their education when they have to get certified for permission to perform professionally.

I'm pretty sure that Dancing Shoes and Skating Shoes feature similar home-based but fairly academic tutor-led schooling. Probably some of the other books do too but I can't remember the details.

These books are also nice because the academics are only a limited part of the kids' educations, and every kid proves to have her own talents, whether artistic, athletic, mechanical or whatever.
post #38 of 159
Awesome list, my 4 yr old is enamoured with the concept of going to school because that's what all her friends are doing ... and she likes the idea of the school bus too. I've been looking for books that have homeschooled characters in them and this is the first list I've seen! So thanks!

Grumpy!
post #39 of 159
Thank you for info. I printed it off. DD is four and she wants to go to school like her friends. (We only have playtime with one other homeschooler) She's starting to understand homeschooling better, but the books will help.
post #40 of 159
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Originally Posted by lemon

I'm pretty sure that Dancing Shoes and Skating Shoes feature similar home-based but fairly academic tutor-led schooling. Probably some of the other books do too but I can't remember the details.
In Dancing Shoes there's Mrs. Stern, the wonderful teacher who comes and teaches Hilary, Rachel, and Dulcie... that's sort of like school-at-home homeschooling, I think.

I think in the rest of the books she's written, the kids go to school... I've read most of them. The Academy becomes an actual school later, teaching academics, and I think its Theatre Shoes where the kids go there...

Oh, in Streatfeilds's Gemma books Gemma had been taught by a tutor for years, until she came to live with her cousins at around 11... and she was horribly behind and had to work hard to catch up... same deal with Circus Shoes, where Santa and her brother had been taught by tutors and now were around 10 and 12 and completely ignorant...

Dar
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