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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd Revised edition edition (26 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393067084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393067088
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent resource for any family.

An excellent resource for any family.

[Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer] are thorough and pragmatic, offering a detailed curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12, as well as opinions on everything from Latin (an indispensable language) to the Internet ('a mixed blessing').

An A for Home Schooling... a remarkable compendium of information designed to help home-schooling parents give their children a traditional liberal education.

This book would be entertaining simply as the story of how Jessie, then a schoolteacher, decided to teach Susan, who now teaches literature at the College of William & Mary, at home.... But it's so much more than a good yarn. It's a mind-stretching tome. --Robert Holland

This book has caused a revolution within the homeschool community.

An invaluable road map.

Homeschooling parents on a mission to find the ultimate resource or parents of traditionally-schooled children interested in an excellent supplement are all well advised to peruse the pages of Wise and Wise Bauer's classy guide to classical education at home.

An invaluable road map.

An invaluable road map. "

An excellent resource for any family. "

[Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer] are thorough and pragmatic, offering a detailed curriculum for kindergarten through grade 12, as well as opinions on everything from Latin (an indispensable language) to the Internet ('a mixed blessing').

An 'A' for Home Schooling... a remarkable compendium of information designed to help home-schooling parents give their children a traditional liberal education.

This book would be entertaining simply as the story of how Jessie, then a schoolteacher, decided to teach Susan, who now teaches literature at the College of William & Mary, at home.... But it's so much more than a good yarn. It's a mind-stretching tome.--Robert Holland

Has caused a revolution within the homeschool community.

Homeschooling parents on a mission to find the ultimate resource or parents of traditionally-schooled children interested in an excellent supplement are all well advised to peruse the pages of Wise and Wise Bauer's classy guide to classical education at home."

About the Author

* SUSAN WISE BAUER teaches literature at the College of William & Mary. Her mother, JESSIE WISE, a former teacher, is a home education consultant, speaker and writer.


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This book is very impressive, and I have found it extremely useful. I homeschool my children in English, as we live in Europe and they go to school in another European language. With the help of this book's comprehensive presentation of the resources available by subject and age, I found the writing course I teach my children from. I also found great critical thinking materials. She gives a guide to materials in each subject for each year.

Susan Bauer's homeschooling programme is very ambitious. It would yield a far, far better education than almost any school. However, I think it's possible. It wouldn't require expertise, because there are resources available (some better than others), and she covers the field and points you very specifically to the ones she likes; but it would be most of a very demanding full-time job and require self-discipline and commitment. However, it's possible to take aspects of her approach and apply them. This is what I've done.

I also got an incredibly useful insight from this book, which transformed my understanding of my children's learning processes. She presents a child's education as a succession of three developmental stages: first, up to age 11, when children absorb data, lots of it, and are learning to reason from the particular to the general (which is intuitive and easy); second, age 11-c. 14, when they should be taught to manipulate what they've learned and to analyse, play with structure, in other words to think down from the general to the particular (which is much harder, and which they aren't capable of when younger); and third, age c. 14 upwards, when they learn to manipulate arguments, to write, to persuade, to write from a point of view. I think this is absolutely, totally right.
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This is a great book. I originally borrowed it from a friend and then bought the latest edition. Its a very inspirational book. We have never planned to home educate in a school at home manner and its unlikely we ever will, but discovering this book has given us a very usable spine to keep in the back of our minds and also some great ideas and lists of resources. I really like the passion with which the book is written. It is very thorough and I have now invested in some of the other titles by the same author such as Story of the World and Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading.

I would recommend this to all home educators, its a great read even if you don't plan to follow it exactly or at all. The reviews of resouces are very helpful.
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This has been like a bible to me. I have not followed it to the letter but its guidance has been invaluable. I refer back to it when I feel like I am losing my way and it puts me back on track. It can be used verbatum - very comprehensive, or as a general guide. Glean from it what you want. Curriculum/source suggestions. Have recommended it and will do again.
(Whilst it is faith based it does not push faith in any way and can be used for non-christians just as well.)
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I would recommend anyone who is considering homeschooling their child(ren) to read this book, which is why i gave it the maximum star rating available, because although it is based around the American education system it still gives really useful information. This book will give the reader some ideas of what they can use for the kids when their homeschooling and I know that I will be using some of the things when I am homeschooling my son. From reading this book I have seen that once I start homeschooling my son I have realised that I will be an eclectic homeschooler because I will draw things from all different schooling theories as well as curriculums etc..
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Love this book for planning a homeschool curriculum. Would also be good for additional education for a schooled child. Since reading this book I have totally changed my schooling plan and realised that so MUCH MORE is achievable!!
I baulked a little at the price but the book is huge and comprehensive. It is written for American families but very adaptable for elsewhere - you just have to tweak the American history ideas for your own country.
Recently I got an email saying I could trade this book on via Amazon but I would never sell!!! Good to know that you can do this though if you are considering a purchase.
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EVERY home should have this book ... Keep those precious youngsters AWAY from the government indoctrination camps ... ESPECIALLY if they are oppressing pupils by using "Common Core" which can cause long-term brain malformation and neurological / psychological conditions in pupils with a natural propensity for free-thinking and curiosity ... nuff said ;)
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This book was really helpful in seeing the big picture for my 5 year old (she's around first grade level) and two younger children. I had never really looked into the 'why?' behind a classical education but read this book because of the popularity and reviews.

It has given me an excellent idea of what to expect at each stage, how to manage studies of many different periods, literature and science topics in a way that is manageable and helps develop their language and writing skills at the same time.

Although I only have one at homeschool age right now, I want to start as I mean to go on to ensure I don't burn out with all three of them at school age. The plan laid out in this book will allow me to do one on one tutoring for the necessary subjects and then bring the children together for the others in a way that allows us to explore together without rushing, while also knowing what to ask of each child through the three stages of the trivium outlined in the book.

One note, however, is that even the authors themselves (on the website) state that the recommended times per subject are really high and only put in there because the publishers wanted it. I think this may come from the U.S perspective of having to meet certain hours for homeschooling. The same goes for the amount of notebook pages suggested. Fortunately in Scotland we don't have such a requirement, although I will be implementing the notebook pages with narration/dictation. I will definitely not be covering three hours of science per week at first grade level!

The ideas for using certain books as a 'spine' for our learning was really useful and I feel it has given me a way to do some interest-led learning while actually having a systematic plan (which the kids don't even need to realise!).
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