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Dear Readers:

This issue of The Way Home, we focus on "unschooling" a usually-misunderstood term that was coined by the late educator John Holt of Boston. Holtís skilled assistant, Patrick Farenga, a homeschooling dad of three grown daughters in his own right, is the author of one of our articles: "The Root of Education." Our second article by Darlene Lester "An Unschooled Boy Grows Up" discusses the journey of one of her sons who seems to have been a born unschooler and successful at it, too! We hope you enjoy and benefit from these stories by homeschooling parents or children; that they illuminate your own path. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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By Mimi Rothschild

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video which is made up of millions of pictures worth?


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The Root of "Education"
by Patrick Farenga (Copyright 2013, all rights reserved.) http://www.johnholtgws.com/

One can view the history of education as an ongoing struggle between those who feel education is something to be done for someone and those who feel it is something people do for themselves. Educationists love to point out that their job is to draw forth the latent talents of their students, to push and expose them to ideas and experiences they feel are necessary for children to know. Educationists find the origin of the English word "educate" in the Latin word, educere, meaning "to draw forth." Our English word, educe, has the meaning "to make something latent develop or appear" according to Wordís on-line dictionary, so it is not surprising that educationists find their justification for pulling out studentsí potential in that word. Indeed the political idea of "universal compulsory schooling" and the pedagogical concept of "making students learn what we think they ought to learn" are rooted in the educational concept of "drawing out," even by force of law. This model of education is all about doing something to someone,≠ whether they want it or not.|

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Allsaid & Dunn - The Reading Game
By Santiago Soto

The process in teaching a child to read should be simple, fun, and effective. The Reading Game by Allsaid and Dunn, incorporates all three of these elements into a learn-to-read game for children ages four and up with guidance from a teacher or tutor.

The contents of the game include six decks of color-coded playing cards that correspond to an animal-themed story book. They are: red with skunk, orange with snake, yellow with bear, green with penguins, blue with unicorn, and purple with zebra. Within each colored/animal deck of 60 cards, there is a subset of 10 cards, each labeled from 1-6. It is by playing with each of the colored/animal decks that a child can play his way to learning and retaining some of the most-commonly-used words in the English language.

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An Unschooled Boy Grows Up
by Darlene Lester

I had intended to teach our son, Ben, the same way I taught his older brother with a curriculum, but Ben had other ideas. He always seemed to know what he wanted to do with his time, and he definitely did not want to be taught anything. He was very good at finding things out on his own. So, taking his lead, we forged unfamiliar territory in his education, eventually learning to call it "unschooling."

It was traditional for me to read novels to my children at bedtime. All four of our sons would pile around me on the bed and listen attentively while I read. And then, along came our new baby, Ben, who contentedly nursed during these sessions, gradually weaned and ended up on the floor building with Legos while I read to the others. This is how he always chose to listen to stories, and when I asked him if he was listening, because he certainly did not appear to be, he would accurately recite the last couple of sentences I had read. But, he seemed clearly more interested in whatever he was building than what was happening in the story.

As it turned out, Ben was not a book lover as his brothers were. He would much rather be actively creating something with his hands than passively reading. My many attempts to teach him his letters and their sounds at ages five and six fell on deaf ears. Oh, he learned them but had no interest in turning them into the skill of reading and resisted any attempt I made to help him do so. I didnít push. I figured he would let me know when he was ready.

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About a year ago I was in Florida for my sonís wedding and had the TV on while getting dressed. I happened upon one of my all time favorite shows, "Leave it to Beaver." In this episode, Wally was helping Beaver with his English homework, and Beaver was really struggling. Finally, in exasperation Beaver whined "English is really hard. Why do I have to learn this stuff anyway?" Wally replied "People judge you by the words you use Beav, and if you use crummy words, people will think youíre a creep!" I knew instantly that I was going to use those words. But you know, Beaver was right. Why is English so hard? Well, for starters itís HUGE. If you Google "number of English words", you will find estimates from over 500,000 to over 1,000,000 words. Unlike many other languages, there seem to be at least 2 words for just about everything in English. Sometimes there are 3 or 4. Why is this? For the answer to that, we need to go back to merry olde England in the year 1066. During the summer of 1066, you might have heard the following in many English households: Pu ure faeder, de eart on heofonum; Sy bin nama gehalgod. Cume din rice. Sy din walla on eordan swaswa on heofonum...

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