Educational Philosophies – Summer Reading for Parents

Educational Philosophies

Are you looking to learn more this summer about a specific educational philosophy? Summer is a great time to read more! In Overdrive we have some tried and true titles as well as some new ideas in Education for you to read about. We are truly blessed at HCOS that we have the support to embrace a wide variety of philosophies and styles. Enjoy exploring!

The Absorbent Mind

The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori as well as The Montessori Method and the Montessori Reader

The Absorbent Mind was Maria Montessori’s most in-depth work on her educational theory, based on decades of scientific observation of children. Her view on children and their absorbent minds was a landmark departure from the educational model at the time. This book helped start a revolution in education. Since this book first appeared there have been both cognitive and neurological studies that have confirmed what Maria Montessori knew decades ago.

A Biblical Home Education

A Biblical Home Education by Ruth Beechick

One of the most trusted homeschool voices today explains why and how the Bible should be the center of classroom learning and provides teaching helps for parents.

The Case for Classical Education

A Case for Classical Education by Douglas Wilson

America’s public schools are failing. Douglas Wilson advocates are turn to classical Christian education with its discipline, hard work, and recovery of the ancient division of learning geared to child development stages.

Every Child Can Succeed

Every Child Can Succeed  and The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

This enlightening source shows parents how to utilize a “learning styles” approach to help their kids live up to their potential and find success in life.

The Everything Homeschooling Book

The Everything Homeschooling Book by Sherri Linselbach

Homeschooling isn’t about teaching—it’s about learning together with your child. In this indispensible guide, author and homeschooler Sherri Linsenbach provides you with the encouragement, inspiration, and ideas you need to explore this option for your family. It’s packed full of ideas to make the experience easy, affordable, and, most of all, fun. Even veteran homeschoolers will find new ideas and techniques that help keep home education interesting and exciting.

Family Matters

Family Matters by David Guterson

An honest, perceptive discussion of children, education, and our common life as a nation by the bestselling author of Snow Falling on Cedars. A high school English teacher, Guterson and his wife educate their own children at home. “A literate primer for anyone who wants to know more about alternatives to the schools” (Kirkus Reviews).

Home Learning Year by Year

Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp

Finally, homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum, from one of the country’s foremost homeschooling experts. , Rebecca Rupp presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure, Home Learning Year by Year features:

The integral subjects to be covered within each grade

Standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level

Recommended books to use as texts for every subject

Guidelines for the importance of each topic: which knowledge is essential and which is best for more expansive study based on your child’s personal interests

Suggestions for how to sensitively approach less academic subjects, such as sex education and physical fitness

Homeschooling Methods

Homeschooling Methods by Paul and Gena Suarez

Details the most viable homeschool education models, helping parents formulate an educational game plan and choose teaching methodologies.

Reviews by Overdrive

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