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This is an essential handbook for families considering or just beginning home schooling. Free Range Education is full of family stories, burning questions, humor, tips, practical steps, practical advice, and resources (mostly UK). You are already your child's main educator, and in this invaluable guidebook other home educators show how it can work for you as well. They prov This is an essential handbook for families considering or just beginning home schooling. Free Range Education is full of family stories, burning questions, humor, tips, practical steps, practical advice, and resources (mostly UK). You are already your child's main educator, and in this invaluable guidebook other home educators show how it can work for you as well. They provide: -Answer questions concerning how home-schooled children can socialize; money issues; exams; and time off for parents themselves -Inspiring accounts and stories from graduates of home-schooling - their jobs, training, and lives -Resources, contacts, networks, and websites -A friendly overview of the legalities involved in home education (though it deals mostly with UK laws, it will also prove useful to parents in North America and elsewhere).


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This is an essential handbook for families considering or just beginning home schooling. Free Range Education is full of family stories, burning questions, humor, tips, practical steps, practical advice, and resources (mostly UK). You are already your child's main educator, and in this invaluable guidebook other home educators show how it can work for you as well. They prov This is an essential handbook for families considering or just beginning home schooling. Free Range Education is full of family stories, burning questions, humor, tips, practical steps, practical advice, and resources (mostly UK). You are already your child's main educator, and in this invaluable guidebook other home educators show how it can work for you as well. They provide: -Answer questions concerning how home-schooled children can socialize; money issues; exams; and time off for parents themselves -Inspiring accounts and stories from graduates of home-schooling - their jobs, training, and lives -Resources, contacts, networks, and websites -A friendly overview of the legalities involved in home education (though it deals mostly with UK laws, it will also prove useful to parents in North America and elsewhere).

30 review for Free Range Education: How Home Education Works

  1. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    I really enjoyed reading this collection of 20 families accounts of their experiences of home education. I found the day to day details of their activities interesting and enjoyable to read about. There were some interesting quotes by famous people about education and there are brief facts about home education and the law. The only negative side of this book for me was in places the views seemed too polarised. It is easy to become like that as home educators do put up with endless criticism, ster I really enjoyed reading this collection of 20 families accounts of their experiences of home education. I found the day to day details of their activities interesting and enjoyable to read about. There were some interesting quotes by famous people about education and there are brief facts about home education and the law. The only negative side of this book for me was in places the views seemed too polarised. It is easy to become like that as home educators do put up with endless criticism, stereotyping and are often subjected uninformed opinions so I can see how someone can become defensive. One example of this is a cartoon of a home educated child thinking of the negative sides of home education and it shows he has written 'no bullying, unless you bully yourself' I have seen children bully in home education groups actually much worse than I have seen in schools, there will always be people who are unkind whatever group you are in so I think it is unhelpful to suggest something is all bad or all good. I can see why they want to defend their choices though. I would definitely recommend this book to people interested in looking at different styles of education and for those considering home education.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    I love this book. Twenty British families write about home education, in an unstructured and very enthusiastic way. The overwhelming impression is that children educated at home, free from the restraints and curriculum requirements of school, are mature, well-spoken, well-rounded individuals with a wide variety of gifts and abilities. Each family in the book is different, having chosen to home educate for various reasons. Each adopts a different style, depending very much on the needs of the chil I love this book. Twenty British families write about home education, in an unstructured and very enthusiastic way. The overwhelming impression is that children educated at home, free from the restraints and curriculum requirements of school, are mature, well-spoken, well-rounded individuals with a wide variety of gifts and abilities. Each family in the book is different, having chosen to home educate for various reasons. Each adopts a different style, depending very much on the needs of the children. We read about day-to-day life in families from all walks of life, with some briefer comments from some of the children themselves. There are brief sections outlining the legalities of home education in the UK, and answering some of the frequently asked questions. But the main focus is the personal experiences which make this a very enjoyable and inspiring book. (Disclaimer: I wrote one of the chapters. The review is about the others!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I picked it up on a whim in the library, and it was ever so entertaining and readable, but hasn't taken me any further in any of my own questions about home ed. I suppose it seemed full of cliches about how a simple question about jam is in fact a full geography, history maths and science project, but also full of lazy stereotypes about children in schools, and some quite offensive talk suggesting families only send their children to school if they don't much like them. Perhaps the book is reall I picked it up on a whim in the library, and it was ever so entertaining and readable, but hasn't taken me any further in any of my own questions about home ed. I suppose it seemed full of cliches about how a simple question about jam is in fact a full geography, history maths and science project, but also full of lazy stereotypes about children in schools, and some quite offensive talk suggesting families only send their children to school if they don't much like them. Perhaps the book is really there to preach to the choir, not to persuade or sell to the agnostic. But for me, the descriptions of the amazing questions asked and thinking performed by their homeschooled children seemed just like the amazing questions asked and thinking performed by my schoolschooled child - children develop, and think, and are interesting, perhaps regardless of what we do to them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan-David Jackson

    This is the most balanced book about home schooling I've read yet. It has an overall positive tone, of course, but none of the contributing writers stayed away from talking about the difficulties they've had. It was especially helpful for me because we're considering homeschooling our kids, and what I really needed to hear is anything bad about it so I know what to look out for and how to prepare. This is the most balanced book about home schooling I've read yet. It has an overall positive tone, of course, but none of the contributing writers stayed away from talking about the difficulties they've had. It was especially helpful for me because we're considering homeschooling our kids, and what I really needed to hear is anything bad about it so I know what to look out for and how to prepare.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Artemis D Bear

    Brilliantly put together series of personal accounts of what it's like to home educate, giving an overview of the broad spectrum of the HE community. Brilliantly put together series of personal accounts of what it's like to home educate, giving an overview of the broad spectrum of the HE community.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Lister

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Woodthorpe

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma Bennet

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kiran Pruthi

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danny Butler

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ladystyx

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jo

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  18. 4 out of 5

    Naiomi Saunders

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anne-Marie

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Esther

  23. 4 out of 5

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    Debbie

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    Will

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma Jackson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Kelly

    Essential reading for potential home schooling parents. Inspiring and important.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lulubaird

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

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