HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice On Learning Styles
Authors: Paul and Gena Suarez, editors
Publisher: B and H Publishing Group, 2006
Related website: www.broadmanandholman.com (publisher)
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: For parents
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Suarez, Paul and Gena, editors. Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice On Learning Styles (published in 2006 by Broadman and Holman Publishers; 127 Ninth Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37234). The editors of this book also serve as publishers of The Old Schoolhouse, a quarterly homeschooling magazine, and homeschool their four children in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. With material on Charlotte Mason, Classical, Wholehearted Learning, Unschooling, and the Principle Approach, it is described as “a homeschooling convention in a book.” When I received my copy and began thumbing through it, I found it so interesting that in one evening I worked my way through the entire book, reading large portions that I found especially applicable to our situation and carefully perusing all the other sections.
For parents who are thinking about homeschooling, the whole idea can seem a bit daunting. Even after the decision to homeschool is made, there are still many questions to be considered, one of the most important of which is how to find out what method will work best for their own family. This book explores the ten most popular home education methods to help parents in determining which one will meet the needs of their situation. This great resource features articles by several individuals experienced in the field of homeschooling and includes a lengthy special needs section. It provides information for new and for veteran homeschoolers from nationally recognized authors and speakers who know homeschooling, such as Dr. Ruth Beechick, Christine Field, Clay and Sally Clarkson, Diana Waring, and others.
For example, if you would like to give your children a classical education, there is advice from Douglas Wilson and Christine Miller. If the Principle Approach appeals to you, you can read suggestions by Katherine Dang and James Rose. Jenefer Igarashi and Heather Allen explain the traditional textbook approach with information about homeschool co-ops by Jennifer Pepito. Catherine Levinson discusses the Charlotte Mason Method while Jessica Hulcy and Jennifer Steward talk about unit studies.
Those who have special needs students will want to find out what Christine M. Field and Sherry Bushnell have to say. If you travel a lot, Dianne Flynn Keith takes homeschooling on the road with Carschooling. Maggie and Tyler Hogan and Diane Waring help readers understand the Eclectic Method. You can learn about delight directed studies with Raymond and Dorothy Moore and Mary Hood. And Ruth Beechick and Clay and Sally Clarkson conclude with a section on whole-hearted learning.
Learning styles among children are widely varied. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Each mind has its own method.” Homeschoolers have found that one size does not fit all when it comes to education. The well-researched facts and experiences presented by the different contributors in this book will help parents to determine their own educational philosophy and then decide which teaching method or methods will serve their family. I highly recommend this book.