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Great Books for Parents to Find Under the Tree

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Great Books for Parents to Find Under the Tree

great booksBy Linda Dobson

If you still haven’t gotten your Christmas gift wish list together – and you’d like to learn a bit more about how children learn and homeschooling – here’s a short list of possibilities for your list, in no particular order of importance…just plain ol’ (and in some cases, pretty old!) great books for parents to read!

Great Books for Parents to Find Under the Tree

In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child’s Personal Learning Style, Thomas Armstrong, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1987

This book speaks to millions of parents and teachers with children who are experiencing less than desirable success in school. Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., won’t write these kids off as “underachievers” or “unmotivated.” He shows that in most cases these children are individuals with distinct personal learning styles and explains how to help them acquire knowledge according to these sometimes extraordinary aptitudes.

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style, Mariaemma Willis, M.S., and Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A., Prima Publishing, 1999

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style shows you how to assess and nurture your child’s individual learning potential based on his or her talents, interests, disposition, preferred environment, and mroe. Inside is a step-by-step program of self-awareness tests that guide you to a better understanding of your child’s unique strengths and weaknesses, goals and interests, and inner pace.

How Children Learn, John Holt, Dell, 1967

This classic is by “the grandfather of homeschooling.” “It is a chilling paradox that in a country where the most urgent cultural value is education, the ‘educational’ experience itself is surreal and degrading, especially on the primary level. Holt’s book, a poetic, humane, perceptive account of his own teaching experiences with the very young, should be required reading.” ~ The Nation

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start,
Linda Dobson, Three Rivers Press, 2001

Are you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize their child’s school options as limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschooling. But where do you start, and how do you ensure the highest-quality education experience, especially in that pivotal first year? This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child’s specific learning style. (Through this one in to see if you’re paying attention! <g>)

Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think and What We Can Do About It,
Jane Healy, Ph.D., A Touchstone Book, 1990

In this landmark assessment of the roots of the crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines the reasons why children today are less able to concentrate, less able to absorb and analyze information, less able literally to think than the generations that preceded them.

The Lifetime Learning Companion: The Best of the Home School Source Book, Jean and Donn Reed, Brook Farm Books, 2009

“Now the best of their books, the cream of their writing, has been combined by Jean into The Lifetime Learning Companion. Jean somehow condensed and refined their quarter-century of writing together into this treasure of a book. It will grace any homeschooling parent’s bookshelf with wisdom, experience, commonsense advice and a chuckle or two along the way.” ~ Helen Hegener, Editor Home Education Magazine

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