|Free Range Learning|
|How Homeschooling Changes Everything|
by Laura Grace Weldon
Free Range Learning presents eye-opening data about the meaning and importance of natural learning. This data—from neurologists, child development specialists, anthropologists, educators, historians and business innovators—turns many current assumptions about school-based education upside down. The book’s factual approach is balanced by quotes and stories from over 100 homeschoolers from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, India and Singapore. These parents and kids are the true authoritieson alternative learning.
Free Range Learning demonstrates:
The simple choice to homeschool is much more significant than a homespun method of education. Laura Weldon asks us to consider this choice as participation in a cultural shift toward redefining success; and as a form of collective intelligence with major implications for the future of education.
Laura Grace Weldon writes for national publications about learning, sustainability and spirituality. She is a long-time columnist with Home Education Magazine, and an award-winning poet. Laura lives on a small farm with her husband and their four homeschooled children. Her background includes teaching conflict resolution and developing community enrichment workshops.
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The Midwest Book Review, March 2012http://www.midwestbookreview.com/ibw/mar_12.htm#Education
Natural curiosity is the biggest catalyst to education. "Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything" is a delve into home education from Laura Grace Weldon, as she argues that a home schooled curriculum could lead to a more complete education for children, as parents and would be educators can help children learn through their natural interest in the world. It also notes how to encourage learning in less favored subjects such as language arts and mathematics. "Free Range Learning" is a thoughtful delve into education and the thoughts connected to it, very much recommended.
“Free Range Learning will encourage anyone considering homeschooling, and will explain to anyone else why so many families are making this choice.”—Ron Miller, Ph.D., Editor, Education Revolution Magazine
Blogs and Online Sites
Lilipoh Magazine winter 2012
Education Revolution: The Magazine of Educational Alternatives - Fall 2009
Laura Weldon draws on the experiences of diverse homeschoolers and her own insightful observations to show why learning rooted in the family and community makes so much sense. She demonstrates that when young people are allowed to learn freely and naturally, they gain extraordinary competence, self-confidence, maturity and wisdom. Free Range Learning provides a holistic overview of family-based learning, including teaching strategies (and resources) across many subjects and aspects of child development. The approach is inclusive and inviting---it is not argumentative but simply consists of Weldon and others sharing and reflecting on their own experiences.
Reviewed by Education Revolution editor Ron Miller
Life Learning Magazine - July/August 2010
More than anyone else, life learners know that children are naturally“free range learners.” We also tend to understand that interest-based, self-directed learning is a lifestyle – often accompanied by a desire to embrace values like simpler, slower living; cooperation; and conviviality.
Those are all things that Laura Grace Weldon embodies and writes about. She lives on a small farm (www.bitofearthfarm.com) with her husband and four home-educated kids. And she is an eloquent, articulate, wryly humorous writer. All of that comes together in her new book Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything (Hohm Press, 2010).
Although the book’s 8-1/2 by 11-inch format makes it a bit hard to handle on a full read-through, it has a lively format and is an eclectic and wise reference guide to learning without school. There is a useful and affirming mix of philosophy, comments from other homeschoolers, as well as how-to tips that cover everything from academic subjects like Science and Nature; Math, Business & Critical Thinking; and Language Arts to Field Tripping and Adventure Homeschooling.
There is really something here for homeschoolers of every persuasion, although Weldon’s bias is towards real-life learning, trusting children, and preserving their curiosity about the world. In fact, her first chapter is entitled “Natural Learning Happens Everywhere.” Life Learning Magazine readers might find some chapters more helpful than others. But I really like the suggestions for finding a mentor, building learning communities, and other sorts of collaboration. And the many voices of homeschooling families from around the world that are scattered throughout the book are positive and often full of friendly wisdom.
Details are available at Laura’s website www.lauragraceweldon.com.
Review by editor Wendy Priesnitz
Campaign for the American Reader, "What's Laura Reading?" promo - May 7, 2010
Radio free school post - June 9, 2010
Homeschooling freedom interview
Book promotion and giveaway on Parent at the Helm - August 2010
ONLINE ARTICLES (based on the book)
An article on homeschooling teens in Lilipoh winter 2012