And the Skylark Sings with Me - Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based EducationDavid H. Albert  
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A clear and magical account of how David and Ellen helped their daughters find new ways to take charge of their education... A treat you should not miss.?John Taylor Gatto, 1991 New York Teacher of the Year and author of Dumbing Us Down
Progressive-minded parents considering homeschooling their children but turned off by fundamentalist or unschooling approaches will be inspired by this engaging account of home-directed community-based education.
Acting on their conviction that to educate a child well is to enable her to find her destiny, David Albert and his partner Ellen listened carefully, with respect and with love, to how their children expressed their own learning needs. Leaving traditional homeschooling methods behind, they followed their daughters' unique knowledge quests - from astronomy and botany, to opera and mythology - and then went about finding the resources and opportunities to meet those needs within their community. And the Skylark Sings with Me is reassuring to any parent who feels they must have an education background before homeschooling their children. While Albert pays special attention to science and nature - the subjects parents feel the most inadequately prepared to teach - he humbly admits that despite a "fancy" education, his knowledge areas rarely overlapped his daughters' evolving interests. The real challenge is not to "teach," but to find new ways to access the community - its people, its resources - as a flexible learning institution.
Gracefully written, And the Skylark Sings with Me passionately illustrates that real learning is much richer and more mysterious than any school can encompass.

"I recently received the copy of And the Skylark Sings With Me, and am savoring it. I love reading about your daughters' musical progressions. Reading them aloud is very encouraging to my musically-oriented 6 y.o. Thank you!
"As I read your educational philosophy, I feel affirmed and stretched at the same time. Affirmed, because you articulate so well what had been for me a nebulous sort of gut-feeling. Stretched, because you prompt me to expand that further. This is the same kind of response I've heard from a few other people who are reading your

Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow.: Homeschooling and the Curriculum of LoveDavid H. Albert  
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Education is not so complicated! Gently and passionately, homeschooling advocate and author David H. Albert insists that the curriculum of love is not about externals. It is about what is essential in each individual human being and in every child. Its code words are communication, inquisitiveness, acceptance, joy, honesty, courage, and, curiously, perhaps above all, intimacy. It demands that we assist our children in seeking to embrace a world that is their own.

Internationally renowned homeschooling speaker, magazine columnist, author, and father of two, David H. Albert carries forward the ideas of John Holt and John Taylor Gatto and empowers parents in the process. He lives in Olympia, Washington.

Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-DiscoveryDavid H. Albert  
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Are children empty boxes into which we pour knowledge and wisdom? Or are they naturally predisposed to acquire these things? David H. Albert presents a collection of articles laden with gems, -including the single most important lesson to teach a child. -Topics include:

How children learn to read.
"Perfection"—Why children are perfectionists and how to respond.
How to encourage your child to seek greater challenges and achievements.
Teens and what to do about them.
Why the testing is destroying our schools.

"Once again David Albert applies his genius to children."—John Gatto, -author of the bestseller, Dumbing Us Down

David H. Albert is the author of And the Skylark Sings with Me.

Billy Sunday, Home Run to HeavenRobert A. Allen, Louise H. Rock  
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A professional baseball player, Sunday's enthusiasm for sports carried through to his religion.

How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening to Your FamilyDan B. Allender  
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Parenting with Humility...We often realize that we learn as much from our children as they learn from us. So why don’t parents approach the task of child-rearing as a learning experience, rather than a mandate to make sure their kids succeed in life?

To reduce the pressure and enjoy greater closeness in your family, turn your parenting upside-down by allowing God to use your children to help you grow up. Imagine what would happen if you began to prize what you’re being taught by your children’s quirks, failures, and normal childhood dilemmas, rather than worrying about whether you’re doing everything right as a parent. Now you can let go of the pressure to make sure your children succeed, and instead learn to grow into spiritual maturity by listening to your children.

From the Hardcover edition.

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of LearningKaren Andreola  
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A thorough chapter-by-chapter overview of the inspiring teaching principles of Christian educator Charlotte Mason, this book reveals the practical day by day method of how to teach "the Charlotte Mason way". The author offers friendly advice, and humor, along with the joys and struggles of real homeschool life. The book covers education, parenting, homeschooling and lots of encouraging advice for mothers.

CinnamonV.C. Andrews  
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Cinnamon loves the shadows, because that's where no one can find her...

For Cinnamon, dreaming of imaginary worlds and characters is her only escape from her mother's breakdowns. Her grandmother's overbearing control. Her family's turmoil. But Cinnamon is discovering something special about herself, a gift from deep within that sets her apart: a talent for the theater that would finally give her a truly escape.

Where In The WorldAristoplay  
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DESCRIPTION - from the game
Acquaints players with geographical locations as well as cultural and
economic information about all the countries of the world.
Card Game: Crazy Countries:  Played like crazy eights.  Introduces
players to the countries of each continent.
Board Games: Statesman, Diplomat, Ambassador:  Players learn about
the countries and to locate them on the region boards.    

7 (Seven) Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple IntelligencesThomas Armstrong  
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Based on psychologist Howard Gardner's pioneering theory of "multiple intelligences," the original edition of 7 Kinds of Smart identified seven distinct ways of being smart, including "word smart," "music smart," "logic smart," and "people smart." Now, with the addition of two new kinds of smart—"naturalist" and "existential"—7 Kinds of Smart offers even more interesting information about how the human psyche functions. Complete with checklists for determining one's strongest and weakest intelligences, exercises, practical tips for developing each type of smart, a revised bibliography for further reading, and a guide to related Internet sites, this book continues to be an essential resource, offering cutting-edge research for general consumption.

In Their Own WayThomas Armstrong  
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This book speaks to the millions of parents and teachers with children who are having difficulty in school. The author shows how to perceive children as individuals with distinct learning styles (linguistic, kinetic, interpersonal, etc.) and how take full advantage of their hidden aptitudes.

In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple IntelligencesThomas Armstrong  
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Does your child have a favorite subject, activity, or hobby? Children learn in multiple ways, and educator Thomas Armstrong has shown hundreds of thousands of parents and teachers how to locate those unique areas in each of our children where learning and creativity seem to flow with special vigor.

In this fully updated classic on multiple intelligences, Armstrong sheds new light on the "eight ways to bloom," or the eight kinds of "multiple intelligences." While everyone possesses all eight intelligences, Armstrong delineates how to discover your child's particular areas of strength among them.

The book shatters the conventional wisdom that brands our students as "underachievers," "unmotivated," or as suffering from "learning disabilities," "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder," or other "learning diseases." Armstrong explains how these flawed labels often overlook students who are in possession of a distinctive combination of multiple intelligences, and demonstrates how to help them acquire knowledge and skills according to their sometimes extraordinary aptitudes.

Filled with resources for the home and classroom, this new edition of In Their Own Way offers inspiration for every learning situation.

Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, 2nd editionThomas Armstrong  
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"To respect the many differences between people"—this is what Howard Gardner says is the purpose of learning about multiple intelligences (MI). Now, in the 2nd edition of "Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom," Thomas Armstrong has updated his best-selling practical guide for educators, to incorporate new research from Gardner and others. Gardner's original studies suggested that the mind comprises seven intelligences—linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.

This new edition includes information on the eighth intelligence (the naturalist), a chapter on a possible ninth intelligence (the existential), and updated information and resources throughout the text to help educators at all levels apply MI theory to curriculum development, lesson planning, assessment, special education, cognitive skills, educational technology, career development, educational policy, and more. The book includes dozens of practical tips, strategies, and examples from real schools and districts—as well as solid outcomes of MI, including improved test scores and discipline. Armstrong provides tools, resources, and ideas that educators can immediately use to help students of all ages achieve their fullest potential in life.

Thomas Armstrong, an educator and psychologist from Sonoma County, California, has more than 27 years of teaching experience, from the primary through the doctoral level. He is the author of two other ASCD books, "Awakening Genius in the Classroom" and "ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom."

The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing: Making the Words Come AliveThomas Armstrong  
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We normally think of reading and writing as skills that are a part of linguistic intelligence. In The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing: Making the Words Come Alive, Thomas Armstrong shows how involving the other seven intelligences-logical-mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic-will help students acquire reading and writing skills, especially those students who are not particularly strong in linguistic intelligence.

The Multiple Intelligences of Reading and Writing appeals to all educators who work with reading and writing skills, from the preschool teacher leading the class in phonemic awareness activities to the post-graduate professor helping students examine kinesthetic imagery in Shakespeare's plays. The book combines Howard Gardner's MI theory and recent brain research on reading and writing with historical, anthropological, biographical, and psychological perspectives on literacy. Armstrong pulls the research together to show you how to engage students by infusing the study of words with imagery, logic, oral language, physical activity, emotion, music, social involvement, and nature experiences.

Armstrong provides hundreds of ideas, strategies, tips, and resources for teaching everything from grammar and spelling to word decoding and reading comprehension. His strategic approach synthesizes the best reading and writing methods for application in preK-12 classrooms, literacy programs, speech and language pathology groups, one-to-one tutoring sessions, and all other settings where words are the focus of learning. Armstrong shows you how to empower your students with literacy skills for life.