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And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education
Praise for
And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education
by David H. Albert
Foreword by Joseph Chilton Pearce
(New Society Publishers/Holt Associates, 1999)


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"If you love being stopped mid-page by powerful observations that strike your mind like little explosions of light, get this book." (Click here to read the full review)

-- Home Education Magazine, January-February 2000
"Should now be considered the definitive work on homeschooling….an intellectual tour de force."
-- Joseph Chilton Pearce, Author, Magical Child and Evolution's End
"An utterly fascinating critique of American education, as well as a joyous celebration of the creative potential in every child."
-- Anthony Manousos, Friends Bulletin
"In this clear and often magical account of how David and Ellen helped their kids find ways to take charge of their own education, a universal lesson is written: real learning is much richer and more mysterious than any school can encompass, and institutional habits, rules, and assumption -which usually masquerade as scientific pedagogy-are an enormous handicap to growing up whole."
-- John Taylor Gatto, Former New York State and 3-Time New York City Teacher of the Year; Author, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
"This invigorating adventure story is about more than homeschooling and community-based education. It is about honoring our appetite for what is real. It is about drawing out the innate creativity and brilliance of a child. And that's good news for the child within each of us."
-- Joanna Macy, Author, Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
"David Albert's And the Skylark Sings with Me is a beautifully told story about how he and his wife are raising their daughters outside of conventional schooling, and the amazing results that they see unfolding before them. Albert's careful descriptions of what he and his wife do to nurture, support, and direct their children's learning will give heart to parents worried that before they can help their children learn about wolves, astronomy, biology, nature, math, and music-to name a few of the subjects covered-they must become certified teachers. A joyous and memorable book!"
-- Pat Farenga, President, Holt Asociates, Publisher, Growing Without Schooling
"This really is SUPERB!"
-- Meredith Bernstein, Principal, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency, New York, NY
"This is one of those books that you know, after reading one chapter, will be at the top of your list to give to homeschool skeptics, those over-caring relatives, your local superintendent, and don't forget a copy for your library. I also hope the President has received his copy by now…you might want to check. This book is destined to become a classic."
-- Jane Boswell, Home Educator's Family Times
"We are tempted to say that And the Skylark Sings with Me is of the greatest value to all homeschoolers. That would be a mistake. This articulate and moving description of care and love in education is of the greatest value to all parents and educators. May the inspiration in this book enter our hearts and minds as we honor children and life."
-- Sambhava and Josette Luvmour,
EnCompass-The Center for Natural Learning Rhythms, Nevada City, CA
"And the Skylark Sings with Me is both gentle and passionate. It expands the reader's mind while striking a chord of knowing and comfort, as it offers parents a truly expansive view of education--a picture of a journey toward children's discoveries that will lead the whole family to places which, as Albert describes, they "never would have imagined."
-- Shay Seaborne, Virginia Home Education Association
"Anyone who is excited about learning can't help but feel a desire to spend a day with David, Ellen, Ali, and Meera. Albert has provided a window into his family's world, and it seems like a wonderful place indeed."
-- Donna DePaolo, Home Education Learning Magazine
"A delightful book! A family's unschooling journey to excellence. Unlike any other homeschool book I've ever read, this one is a "Gripper". I couldn't put it down!"
-- Ann Zeise, Homeschooling Guide, A to Z Home's Cool
"This is one of the best homeschooling books I've seen. The author focuses on the many ways a homeschooling family can utilize their resources within their own family and the wider community by paying close attention to their children's expressed needs and interests. And the Skylark Sings with Me is an engaging and inspiring story, and would make a wonderful gift for any homeschooling family."
-- Jan Hunt, Director,
Natural Child Project
"This is as important a homeschooling book as has ever come out and truly worth all the exposure it has received."
-- The Link - A Homeschool Newspaper
David Albert's And the Skylark Sings with Me deserves to be considered among those truly inspirational books that have emerged from within the homeschooling community, books that show us what can be done by dedicated and loving families…. One of his greatest gifts, to his children and to us as readers, is his ability to be present to the fullness of life. Albert's heart is big, and his life philosophy beautiful, and maybe his willingness to share these with us is his best teaching of all.
-- Charlie Miles,
Paths of Learning Magazine
David Albert's account of his family's homeschooling journey is an affirming, thoughtful and practical masterpiece for parents searching for guidance in the art of listening to their children's inner voices….In Skylark, I found a voice that spoke to my longing to understand my children and allow them to blossom, becoming their unique and splendid selves. This is as much a book on parenting and lifestyle choices as it is homeschooling, though it contains a wealth of practical information and resources.
--Jennifer Eubanks,
Friends Journal
"And the Skylark Sings with Me is to homeschooling what Tom Paine's Common Sense was to the American Revolution."
-- Greg Bates, Publisher,
Common Courage Press