August 2010 Reading List

1.  Better than School by Nancy Wallace:  In some ways it is hard to relate to homeschooling in the pre-internet days.  Although the internet has revolutionized resources for homeschoolers, Wallace makes it clear that many of the issues and concerns remain the same.  The Wallaces mostly did interest-led learning, but I liked the point she made about how formal work daily helped keep them in touch with their kids rather than just leaving them to their own devices every day.

2.  The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner:  Bailey just called this the best book she ever read.  Since I somehow missed this during my childhood, and I can understand why she likes it.  I can understand why this book is considered a classic, and I’m glad that Bailey has found a new series to enjoy.

3.  Homeschoolers’ Success Stories by Linda Dobson:  This is a nice compilation to reassure homeschooling parents that their kids aren’t doomed by their educational choice.

4.  Insatiable by Meg Cabot:  This is Meg kind of poking fun at the whole vampire romance obsession that has taken over lately.  Another fun read.

5. God Is Not One by Stephen Prothero:  Prothero makes a good point about how it is incorrect to say that the different religions are just different paths up the same mountain.  It would be more accurate to say that religions are similar paths up different mountains.  I think he oversimplifies some religious concepts to the point of making them inaccurate (his description of the Nicene Creed comes to mind), but other wise its a pretty good read.  I love that he includes radical atheism as a religion.

6.  The Joyful Homeschooler by Mary Hood:  This was a great book by a Christian homeschooler who uses a relaxed approach to homeschooling.  There were a few times I totally cracked up with her rye observations that sometimes our ideals for homeschooling don’t quite match the reality of our lives.

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