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Parent at the Helm’s August Book Giveaway!

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Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

by Laura Grace Weldon


That’s right…you have the opportunity to win Laura Grace Weldon’s premiere book, enjoying wonderful reviews around the world!

Free Range Learning seeks to restore meaning to a central place in education. It speaks to the importance of educating the whole child.

It takes an empathic look at childhood, emphasizing how a child learns, not just what a child learns. Clear examples show that young people thrive on timetables uniquely suited to their abilities and interests. This authoritative handbook on natural learning provides a wealth of ideas and resources that help to preserve curiosity, awe and intellectual vigor as lifelong attributes.

Free Range Learning confirms and celebrates the promise of each new day. It affirms the value of living each moment, connecting to nature, enjoying free play, finding purpose in work and sustaining one’s ethics.

This gentle book doesn’t shy away from data. It cites research by neurologists, child development specialists, anthropologists, educators, historians and business innovators. It also offers contributions from more than 100 people around the world who are the true experts on alternative learning.

Free Range Learning also takes a look at the personal, family, community and global impact of our educational choices. It asks the reader to consider alternative education as a cultural shift that is redefining success and reshaping the future of schooling. Free Range Learning asserts that innovative and ethical young people who are accustomed to critical thinking will be the best equipped to meet the challenges of our changing world.

Just a couple of many endorsements:

“My heart began to sing after reading the first paragraph of this book. I became thrilled and hopeful as I kept reading. Thrilled that the author so beautifully captures the essence of how children learn and hopeful that more parents will have the opportunity to understand and respect how exciting learning can be for children.

This book should be read by every parent, teacher, and school administrator as the beginning of education reform that includes respect for the learning process of every child.

Therapists might be out of a job if every child could experience an environment where different strengths are understood and respected and failure is never an issue. Homeschooling parents who have any doubts will be filled with confidence and encouragement.

This book is about much more than homeschooling. It incorporates beautiful philosophies such as slowing down, kindness, empathy, cooperation, the dangers of materialism, creating a heart-centered lifestyle, and much more. It is also filled with valuable resources for homeschooling parents. It is a beautiful read.”

~Jane Nelsen

co-author of Positive Discipline in the Classroom

and Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World

“A book of many voices. A swelling chorus of the real life experiences of parents and children, buttressed with science, that powers a fresh, but ancient, way of looking at how children learn.

Laura Weldon shares her view of the rich experiences of children learning in a free range setting.

A resource for parents; an inspiration for all of us.”

~Robert Wolff

author of Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing

Don’t wait! Register to win today!

Contest Details

CONTEST DEADLINE: Aug 31, 2010; 11:59PM (EDT)


HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST: To enter, submit a comment on the PARENT AT THE HELM August Giveaway blog article.

You are allowed one entry per book, with the exception of BLOGGERS: I know your pain! [g]! Blog about this giveaway, include the link to your post in your comment, and you will receive an extra entry in the contest as a thank you for all of your hard work! PARENT AT THE HELM is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by PARENT AT THE HELM on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any Web site or at any combination of these.

WINNER SELECTION: The winner shall be selected using’s “Randomizer” on the morning of September 1, 2010.

ODDS OF WINNING: You’ve got great odds! Odds are determined by the number of entries received.

OBTAINING YOUR PRIZE: We will contact winner by email only. PARENT AT THE HELM will make a reasonable effort to contact you on the day you are determined as winner, but we are not responsible for misdirected notification because of problems with the e-mail address you provide to us. If we cannot reach you, you may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. In addition, a winner who does not comply with the Official Rules will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be selected. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

CONDITIONS: Your participation binds you to these official rules. By participating, you waive any right to claim ambiguity of said rules. All decisions regarding this contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by PARENT AT THE HELM. That decision is final. As winner you are solely responsible for any applicable federal, state and local taxes.

ANNOUNCING THE PRIZE WINNER: We’ll let you know who won on this blog after the September 1, 2010, drawing.

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31 Responses to “Parent at the Helm’s August Book Giveaway!”

  1. debra says:

    I have known Laura for many years. Her writing is eloquent and right on the mark. What an asset to our community!

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  3. Laurie says:

    I've read bits of this book, and would love to own it! Great giveaway!

  4. Jill C says:

    sounds like a fascinating book! definitely adding to my "need to read" list.

  5. Karen Ford says:

    Thanks for this opportunity. It sounds like a really great read and I am prompted to go and buy it…that is if I don't win this drawing :o)

  6. Donnie says:

    Sounds like a must have book 🙂

  7. Heidi says:

    good book!

  8. Sylvia says:

    Looks like a good book!

  9. lindsay says:

    the library doesn't have this valuable looking book yet, so if I will, I'll donate it after I've read it!

  10. Barbra says:

    I would love to have this book, it sounds so interesting.

  11. Kirsten Goa says:

    Oh another one I haven't read! I call my kids "free range" and I'd love to read this book!



  12. Natalie says:

    Sounds like another great book to add to my reading pile!

  13. Kelly Perry says:

    I associate my parenting style with the Free Range Movement and would love to read this book!

  14. I love adding to my library.This sounds like an interesting read.

  15. Jodi A says:

    Looks great!

  16. I have been wanting to read this ever since I first saw it advertised in Home Education magazine!

  17. Deborah in IL says:

    I'd love to have this book to share with the young parent's in our unschooling group!

  18. Deborah in IL says:

    I'd love to have this book to share with the young parents in our unschooling group!

  19. Dawn says:

    I cannot wait to read this book!

  20. Suzy says:

    Sounds interesting!

  21. Janna says:

    I was able to hear Linda speak at the HSC conference this past weekend. She was great! I am interested in any books that she would recommend.

  22. Meghan Anderson-Coat says:

    I would love to add this book to my collection for parent education! Our homeschool group has started a library for parent education (alongside our library of homeschooling materials for the kids!).

  23. Kari says:

    Would love to be considered! Looks like a good read!

  24. Summer Fountaine says:

    I love how you share the newest info-I would LOVE to win this book!!!!!

  25. Jodi Plume says:

    Even though I am coming closer to the end of our homeschooling journey *sniff sniff*, I'd love to own and read this book. 🙂

  26. Ani Karetka says:

    It was so fun receiving Angel Park and reading it, I'd love to add this one to my collection too!

  27. Tera Regnier says:

    Free Range was a big topic with the moms I traveled with to the MHA conference. It was all about Linda for us…LOVE HER!

  28. Hi, Tera!

    Thanks for such a nice comment – I was so happy to be in Minnesota with so many wonderful people. I'm feeling so blessed to have had so many people appreciate the work I love. Thank you.



  29. Mary Hickman says:

    This looks like a great read. It is now added to my list of books to lookover!

  30. lynnsdecor says:

    Just found you! My girl is 4 and we have decided to home educate…I need books to read about it because everyone we talk to in our family is against us!

    • grandma_linda says:

      Hi, Lynn, and welcome to Parent at the Helm and the wonderful lifestyle of homeschooling! I'm sorry you're not getting support from your family, so I'd recommend researching any support groups that are in your area. Have you looked at the "Linda's Book" page on this blog? There are several that are PERFECT for you: HSing the Early Years, The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child, and The Homeschooling Book of Answers. They should get you enthused and help you deal with the nay-sayers! Thanks for being here…I look forward to hearing about your adventure!

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