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#1 of 159 Old 03-22-2005, 01:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone know of story books for preschoolers about children who homeschool? I am trying to balace all the Vera's First Day of School books out there that make 'going to school' look so exciting with some showing what homeschooling can be like.

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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

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



Also, there is a tv program on Nickelodeon called "The Wild Thornberries", they travel all over, they are homeschoolers.

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Great list! Can I add The Boxcar Children?

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Three more:

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

Mountain mama to three great kids and one great grown-up

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Mamas, thank you!!
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Great list! Can I add The Boxcar Children?
Oh, yes! Of course!

My middle son collected those, how could I forget, LOL.
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Wow- you all are awesome!

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cross referencing with my library's catalog right now. You ladies ROCK!!!

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In the printer now. Thanks everyone.
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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.
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Well, they aren't homeschoolers, but I appreciate that Jack and Annie of the Magic Tree House series almost never mention school during their adventures. They read, research, take notes, follow their instincts, meet and talk to interesting people, etc. All outside of school -- just for fun!

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.

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I needed this list! Thanks!
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Snowflake Bentley http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

It's a true story about a man who photographed snowflakes. We were reading it last night and I was taken by surprise to read

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Willie's mother was his teacher until he was fourteen years old. He attended school for only a few years. "She had a set of encyclopedias," Willie said. "I read them all."
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Great list! Can I add The Boxcar Children?

The first book might qualify, but once they move in with their Grandfather they go to school -- the books are just set during their vacations.
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chitty chitty bang bang? (well, the movie at least-)
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I'd add:

Seven Silly Eaters (one for littler children)
Ida B (about a girl, 5th grade or so)
Biography of Robert Browning

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I'd add:

Seven Silly Eaters (one for littler children)

That book is awesome, but we always point out that if the mama had breastfed the seven silly eaters they (1) may not have been so picky and (2) probably wouldn't have been so close together

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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
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Wow

Thanks mama's, list printed and : our library will have some
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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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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.
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great list! I was wondering if there were any books out there. I'll be making a trip to the book store now. (dang!)

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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!
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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.)
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Yup Heck of a drive for a playdate, huh? :LOL
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Oh I don't know - I've made the drive in 2 days! We could even meet in oh say, Tennessee? :LOL
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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
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