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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Hawthorn Press (4 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903458072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903458075
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 20.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must for every home educators bookshelf. Free Range Education is a thrilling lifetime adventure. Take a good look inside this book and find out why. --The Mother Magazine

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful By claire@wadefamily99.freeserve.co.uk on 4 Jan. 2001
This book is fantastic. It explains the situation regarding Home Education in England as it stands with a no nonsense approach. I have been home educating for over a year and a half now and this is the first book I have read that I could not put down. The various families have generously given of their time and their lives to help, especially new, home educators to see just how diverse home education is. It has been a relief to see some of the problems I have found are not just mine and that there are ways out of them that I hadn't thought of. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with pre- compulsory education age so that you know that you have a choice regarding your children's education...
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2000
This is a superb book. It is informative, entertaining, down-to-earth and above all, honest. It mixes facts, figures and statistics with front-line experiences. All types and styles of home-educating are covered, there are scores of pointers to other sources of information and it is quite refreshingly not one-sided - we hear of the pitfalls as well as the joys. I have read many excellent books on home-educating and this one puts them all in a nutshell and comes across as the most human of the lot. Put simply, this should be the first choice for any prospective home-educator.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 2005
This book is excellent and worth every penny! It has helped me to answer a lot of questions as to whether home education could be suitable for my children, could I actually do this, what happens legally, what about exams..... This book is brilliant because it is written by home educators with real lives and experiences that you can relate to! If you are deciding how to educate this book is well worth getting, plus its a good read to boot! I believe I will go back to this book again and again for ideas and inspiration!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Griffiths on 10 Feb. 2009
This a must-have book for all those out there who are considering taking their child out of school. The title sums it up perfectly. It is not a treatise on how to teach, what to teach or even full of practical methods but it is full of very inspiring tales which may change the mind of even the most hardened cynic. For those of us already taking this route it is an uplifting book for the spirits. It provides a boost when you have one of those "Is this the right thing?" moments, and I suspect a lot of us have them. The range of stories in here is wide enough that at least two or three will have you nodding your head emphatically and one or two will, inevitably, make you think "Yours does THAT? Already? Aaaah." Even the latter are helpful. There are comments from those being home educated throughout as well, which is always good to read.

This, along with "The Unschooling Handbook", are my favourite home ed books. It will appeal to those who are taking the structured approach as well as those going along the autonomous one but, most particularly, I think it is brilliant for those of us who are going along with it all and adapting as we go. We are not alone and this book is great for your morale. It is also the one I think should be handed over to those family and friends who turn up their noses and spout the negative stuff. It's enough to make them think "Hmmmm".

Do buy this. You will not be disappointed and it will never sit on your shelf in pristine condition.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Merry R on 15 Mar. 2004
This book was one i didn't read until we had "made the decision" to HE - i so wish i had read it while i was deciding!!!! Its a manual of different peoples lives as home educators, many of whom i am privileged to know now and as such it is an incredibly warming, comforting book. It illustrates how differently people learn and "do" HE and yet how positive an experience all those people have.
In terms of stories and legal information, this book is an absolute MUST.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jenny A on 14 April 2007
This was the first book I bought when wanting to find out more about Home Education and wondering whether it was right for our children and I'm pleased to say it was a fantastic choice!

I'd read all the info I could find on the WWW, OK so its legal(phew), got that, you don't have to follow the national curriculum, timetables(phew) etc, got all that, they wont become social outcasts, will maintain and make new friendships,gain social skills without the 'help' of a school playground (HO HUMM).... BUT Can I do it?? Will our precious children 'fail' if we try?? Its a big decision!

After reading this I'm reassured,we've chatted with the children, found out why they don't like school ( and as we expected they echo the experiences of children and families who have contributed)

Its doable, others do it, people just like us with children much like ours so....why not us??
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Julie on 2 Sept. 2006
I loved this book and couldn't put it down! Although I had already made the decision to home educate my son when he reaches compulsory school age I was overjoyed with this book and just drank in all the information within it. It has given me tips, inspiration, resource ideas and a deeper confidence in my own ability to educate my son. A broad range of experinces and learning styles are covered by the personal family stories. There is also a very helpful legal section and a list of organisations who can provide further information. A must-read for anyone embarking on the Home Educating path!
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