What is Education? Part 1: Book List

What is Education? Part 1: Book List

Oh, I am such a nerd! Wait, you read my blog; you probably already know that. Anyway, I get a little weak in the knees when I see discussions about books, discussions about educational theory, and especially discussions about books on educational theory. I told you, I’m a nerd. So it was when I stumbled across this post at Karen Edmisten’s blog responding to some questions Michele’s been asking about homeschooling.

I’m not homeschooling yet; but I’ve been writing about homeschooling since before Bella was born. That’s almost three years now. I haven’t written on the topic much lately, though. Nor have I read many books on the subject recently. I’ve continued to read a bunch of homeschooling blogs, though. And lately I’ve been having urges to revisit the topic and even review where I’ve been in my homeschool researching in the last three years. No posts that have actually come to light; but now that Michele’s started a discussion, I thought I’d jump in just for fun. Because that’s the kind of nerd I am.

And I think I’ll follow Karen’s example and break this into a few posts. Otherwise I’ll never post anything.

What have you read?

I’ve listed these roughly in the order I read them in. I’ve written reviews of most of them somewhere on the blog; I’ll put in links of the ones I can find.

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer (my review here)

Catholic Education: Homeward Bound : A Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling by Kimberly Hahn and Mary Hasson (my review here)

Catholic Home Schooling by Mary Kay Clark (my review part 1 here and part 2 here)

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum, by Laura Berquist (my review here)

“The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers (my review here)

Real Learning by Elizabeth Foss (my review here)

A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola (my review here)

Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax (my review here)

How Children Learn, by John Holt (review here)

How Children Fail, by John Holt (my review here)

The Catholic Homeschool Companion, compiled by Maureen Wittmann

A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison (my review here

Haystack Full of Needles by Alice Gunther (my review here

The Latin Centered Curriculum by Andrew Campbell

Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth G. Hainstock (still working my way slowly through this one.)

books on my shelf not yet read:

The Secret of Childhood by Maria Montessori

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaffer Macaulay (Actually, I’m not sure now if I’ve read this one or not.)

The Trivium by Sister Miriam Joseph

Teach Your Own by John Holt

Never too Late by John Holt

Formation of Character by Charlotte Mason

And of course I’ve read blogs, blogs and more blogs. In some ways they have ben as influential as any books. I love the way different bloggers give glimpses of how various methods and philosophies play out in real homes with real children and real families.

I’ve also read huge chucks of Charlotte Mason’s Original homeschooling series excerpted and discussed on blogs.



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