Reviews: Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love
"One of the most dynamic and prolific homeschooling writers today is David Albert, homeschooling father of two, popular speaker at conferences across the nation, regular columnist for two major homeschooling publications, and author of two of the most highly acclaimed homeschooling books ever published - And the Skylark Sings With Me and Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery. Now David has written a book he titles, in a very no-nonsense manner, Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love.
"The title says it all. Almost. David doesn't just write about homeschooling your children. He pokes and prods and questions and insists that you join him in analyzing the whys and wherefores of what you and your kids are doing every day. He wraps his writing in a warm sense of humor and adds plenty of his own life experiences, and somewhere in the middle of reading one of his books you start wondering why it feels as though you are reading the writings of an old friend. It's a comfortable feeling; encouraging, reassuring. Words have power, and David Albert knows how to harness that power and use it to help you help your children become who they are meant to be.
"Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow." You'll do all three with David's newest book on homeschooling.-- Helen Hegener, Editor and Publisher, Home Education Magazine"As if channeled from the highest archangel, David Albert's new book Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow offers a fresh, crystal-clear look at the very essence of love and learning, and the critical importance of love for nurturing learning. Insightful, unique, and perceptive, the book is a gift for all homeschooling families and those considering it for the first time."-- Jan Hunt, Author, The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart, and Director, The Natural Children Project"My heart leaps up with anticipation when I read David Albert's writing. The wealth of his experience embroiders and highlights the essentially simple, pure-hearted truth he expresses: the value of respect and honor for the minds of young people, fresh beings grappling with this very complicated and often difficult world. David is a skilled wordsmith and a graceful and generous storyteller. Most important to me is his compassionate vision of the possibilities for learning and for relationships that are available to beings of all ages on this planet, and his romping enthusiasm and exuberance about the joys of learning, for all of us, everywhere. David Albert's Curriculum of Love works, and we all know it in the center of our being."-- Joyce Reed, retired Associate Dean, Brown University, and mother of five homeschooled college graduates"David Albert's Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love is fun and provocative to read. His attention to children as independent learners combined with his ideas for helping children learn, demonstrate, as he notes, "that what we learn from the best teachers is simply how to teach ourselves."-- Pat Farenga, Co-Author, Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling
"And I thought it was just another homeschooling book! Not here. Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. is a delightful mix of philosophy, metaphor and storytelling, and "how to" homeschool in freedom. But it's not just about or for the kids. Albert challenges you to think about your outlook toward living and then gently, sometimes playfully, often deeply, exposes ways to grow through stories from his own life.
"For readers specifically looking for information about sane attitudes and approaches to math and spelling (and maybe all other "school" subjects), there is entertaining reading that should be mandatory for all parents and teachers. Read this book if you've ever wondered about the power of video games or listened to parents debate their value.
"Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. will force you to stretch your thinking, and expand the context within which you consider your own family's learning endeavors."-- Jean Reed, Author, The Home School Source Book"David Albert has written perhaps his most important book yet about children and learning. His gift is to capture the complicated in a simple way, describe the complex in understandable terms, lighten the onerous with humor and unmask the obvious truths in the obfuscations of the so-called "experts". David understands that education is a personal and often private matter, which can't properly be accomplished with the interference of other people's agendas (no matter how well meaning or professionally vetted), standardized tests, grading and all the other managerial tools foisted on kids in the name of systematized education. So he eloquently describes a better way. The essays in Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow. communicate the essence of how parents can lovingly nurture their children in life and in learning, and that is to recognize them for whom they are and to take them seriously. Feel able to do that, and you and your children are well equipped to embark on the adventure of education without school.-- Wendy Priesnitz, Editor, Life Learning Magazine, and Author,
School Free and Challenging Assumptions in Education