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GUERRILLA LEARNING IS CREATING A HOME ENVIRONMENT THAT FILLS YOUR CHILD WITH THE JOY OF LEARNINGLet your daughter read her library books instead of finishing her homework . Ask your eleven-year-old's beloved third grade teacher to comment on his poetry. Invite a massage therapist to dinner because your daughter wants to go to massage school instead of college. Give your chGUERRILLA LEARNING IS CREATING A HOME ENVIRONMENT THAT FILLS YOUR CHILD WITH THE JOY OF LEARNINGLet your daughter read her library books instead of finishing her homework . Ask your eleven-year-old's beloved third grade teacher to comment on his poetry. Invite a massage therapist to dinner because your daughter wants to go to massage school instead of college. Give your child the freedom to pursue his interests, develop her strengths, cultivate self-discipline, and discover the joy of learning throughout life.If you've ever felt that your child wasn't flourishing in school or simply needs something the professionals aren't supplying, you're ready to become a "guerrilla educator." Revolutionary and inspiring, Guerrilla Learning explains what's wrong (and what's useful) about our traditional schools and shows you how to take charge of your family's education to raise thinking, creative young people despite the constraints of traditional schooling.Filled with fun and exciting exercises and projects to do with children of all ages, this remarkable approach to childhood, education, and life will help you release your child's innate abilities and empower him or her in the wider world that awaits beyond the school walls....

Title : Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School
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Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School Reviews

  • Melissa E
    2019-01-13 04:56

    This book is rocking my world right now and totally shifting my homeschooling philosophies. I have experimented with child led learning for the past month and my we have never EVER felt so much joy learning together. This is what LIVING feels like. Have I mentioned that fact that we haven't even taken one step into our school room or pulled out any workbooks? Favorite quote so far:"It is... nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreak and ruin. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty." -Albert EinsteinThe "holy curiosity of inquiry." Isn't that a powerful thought? That our innate inborn love of learning is holy and fragile and cannot be forced? I'm still wrapping my brain around that idea. Whether or not you homeschool, the first 1/3 of this book is packed with info that might make you rethink a few things and just might blow your mind. It sure blew mine.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-06 03:53

    After reading John Taylor Gatto's book, "Dumbing Us Down," I went through a crisis of cognitive dissonance--believing that I was doing my kids a disservice by keeping them in the public school system, but being unable and unwilling to try homeschooling (summer vacation only increased my unwillingness!). If I had a million dollars, I would love to form my own school: one for children of parents like me--parents who disagree with the format, structure, and material taught in public schools; but do not see any other viable option. And then I was lent this book. It seemed like an answer to my dilemma--"How to give your kids a real education with or without school"! And so I was very eager to find out what I could do.First of all, I was relieved to discover that I already do a lot of things as a mother to help my children learn and develop their unique talents. I can do more in this area, but the book also suggests that I can do less in other areas. For instance, I can worry less when my kids don't meet grade-level requirements at school.There is one piece of advice that creeps up repeatedly in almost every chapter that I'm not sure I can follow--which is to invite all sorts of people to dinner! Invite your massage therapist! Invite your chiropractor! Invite your dentist! Invite your psychiatrist! (Just kidding. I don't have a psychiatrist--yet. But I might have a real break-down if I have to keep planning dinner parties.)

  • Christina
    2019-01-01 06:55

    As I go through the internal debate of whether or not to home-school my children, I've begun the process of researching learning, education, the current school systems, and anything else I can reasonably get my hands on. This book is for parents in all "schooling" situations who want to give their children the chance to really learn--with Home being the central place in which to do that. I have found some good reminders and some new ideas about how to create a learning environment in our home and how to help my children enjoy learning (instead of feeling pressured or rushed). Surprisingly, this book has made me feel more validated than inadequate (not a small feat). I'd recommend it.

  • Christina
    2019-01-04 07:56

    This is a must read for any parent with school age children. It's recommended for both traditional school and homeschooling parents, but there is a definite bent towards homeschooling. There is quite a bit in the beginning about the breakdown and problems in schools and an appendix on "teaching to the test", so if you are supporter of public schools or a teacher, you might be offended. I love helpful books and this one is full of great ideas, further resources and one of the best sections I've seen on learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and visual-spatial-which I've heard Cynthia Tobias refer to as global). You'll find something for every age child, different subjects and interests. Here's the premise of the book: Schools are not in charge of your child's education, you are. School is only one aspect of your child's learning and you have the authority to help your child explore their interests any way they desire. You provide the support and freedom and allow them to follow their passions as a supplement to their schoolwork. This book will open your eyes so you are looking for your child to express their interests and then you can help them broaden their horizons and find their calling in life.

  • Shawna
    2018-12-29 10:08

    The target audience for this book is parents who have not contemplated homeschooling, but who would like to make a difference in their kids' education. There are plenty of suggestions for ways to support your kids while they are in school and then every once in a while they will make a passing comment about how this would be even easier to accomplish if the kids were homeschooled. I actually found it to be quite useful, despite not being part of the target audience. They focus on supporting real learning through opportunity, timing, interest, freedom and support. Even more than "Teach Your Own", this gave me greater insight into the unschooling philosophy.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-12 04:20

    This book contains everything I believe about relating to others, parenting my children, and helping them learn. It was wonderful to have everything I believe in as a mother and a teacher and as a person said so well throughout this book. I love the organic ways it suggests for knowing and understanding and teaching your children, all with a hands-off yet disciplined approach. Delightful. I look forward to going over all my marked up pages again.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-28 07:54

    Mostly common sense, but some good stuff in here. It's strange how school systems follow curriculum rather than readiness cues, how acquiring skills outside the regular age range is considered a gauge of brilliance (beginning with babies), how none of these things really matter if you respect your child and do your best to support their interests. It's more important that my daughter comes out of school with her love for learning intact rather than a good report card.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-18 06:54

    a good book on education. i really liked the idea of not worring so much about grades but letting your kid learn what they really want.

  • Adriane Devries
    2018-12-27 07:06

    “Education is about the only thing lying around loose in the world, and it’s about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he’s willing to haul away.” George Lorimer, Letters of a Self-Made Merchant to His SonJohn Holt quote: “Teaching does not make learning...organized education operates on the assumption that children learn only when and only what and only because we teach them. This is not true. It is very close to one hundred percent false. Learners make learning. Learners create learning. The reason that this has been forgotten is that the activity of learning has been made into a product called ‘education.’”The educational philosophy of these authors suggests that school and education are not synonymous, and are, in fact, opposites. The problem with schools, and we can all admit there is something incredibly wrong with our schools, is that they are…schools. Due to government regulations that determine which schools get money, it is the students’ “job” to perform well on tests that in turn direct more money to their bureaucrats’ salaries, er, to their school funding.When an organization becomes as large as our school system, and that’s whether public or private, its primary goal is to remain lucrative. Helping kids learn to love to learn is nowhere on the list.These authors purport, and are supported by gobs of evidence as well as common sense, that learning happens best when it is in a meaningful context, is interest-led by the child, is best when led within the family, Schools should be treated as a tool in the overall context of learning that happens in a home, rather than the only place where learning is permitted to happen. “Like many other things in life, school can be a poor master but a good servant.” These authors show us how to deflect the myths of a system whose sheer size forces it to make funding its primary priority, not the actual divvying of knowledge. When funding is at stake, the education process is made into a financial transaction

  • Heather
    2019-01-20 04:08

    This book really encapsulates the way children learn and ways parents can help them find joy in learning. I love their working definition of an educated person: " who loves learning and is capable of continuing to partake of the shared human creative endeavor without being forced." The book is a bit dated, but it doesn't affect the content at all except where the internet is concerned, and it would be easy to extend their recommendations to include internet resources. There are a number of stories from families doing guerrilla learning, and it is helpful to see all the possibilities. As someone who obsessed over grades until grad school, I found this book very refreshing and liberating. Real learning doesn't require having good grades; in fact, many kids who are truly engaged in learning will "let grades slip" in order to pursue their passions. This book explores all the possible ways kids can find that joy of learning, whether they are in public or private school or homeschooled.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-27 06:23

    Straightforward with plenty of resources for additional reading. This book was pretty much perfectly written for my family. My son is currently 4 in a public montessori program and we have the long term goal of sending him to the same residential high school my husband and I attended. I think this book summed up how we should (and do) treat school, education and learning in our family in order to raise a educated adult who can learn for a life time. This book will not appeal to all families, especially ones who feel that traditional education is the only/best way to learn.And, if this wasn't enough, I really liked that their are questions posted in each chapter for reflection. My husband generally won't read this kind of book for us to discuss but he will do the discussion questions. We plan to do the questions over the next 2 weeks.

  • Tara
    2019-01-17 09:59

    I really liked this book. Part of my mind tells me homeschooling is crazy, run away from it, etc. But the other part really agrees with becoming a life long learner and along with my children, taking over (or at least being super involved) in their education. I felt like I got a lot of little reminders (because really the information wasn't totally revolutionary to me) of how I can enrich my children's lives. Here are the 5 keys to Guerrilla Learning: 1) Opportunity 2) Timing 3) Interest 4) Freedom and 5) Support. I feel like I am pretty good with 1 and 5, and definitely need to figure out 2-4 and how to apply them with my own two girls. Anyway, thanks, Melissa, for your enthusiasm. I really liked the book.

  • Afton
    2018-12-25 07:17

    I enjoyed much of this book because it was the first homeschooling book I ever read and it opened my eyes to many things I had never considered before. However, it had an obviously biased tone to it, and the author clearly put down public schools and used exaggerated and uncommon success stories of homeschoolers. I do not doubt that those stories were true, however I don't believe they were the norm. I would recommend it as a beginner's introduction to homeschooling as long as readers understand that it's biased and don't put all of their eggs in the "genius stories" basket.Since reading this book I have come across books that taught me similar and greater principles without the bias. I suggest you take a look at my other book reviews to see what I recommend.

  • Marie
    2019-01-10 04:03

    Written by two homeschool advocates who recognize that most of us will NOT homeschool because of finances, time, or temperament, this book was eye-opening for me. Good anecdotes from real life, plus research and suggestions for further reading. It's written in an engaging style and serves as a real wake-up call about what is REALLY important in life (it ain't A's, maybe it's not even academics--a hard pill for me to swallow as someone who has done extremely well in the traditional academic world.) I'm scared about the potential pitfalls of mainstream education (boredom, over-testing, a lack of context for much of the info being taught, too little recess, too little respect for the arts), and now I'm feeling empowered about ways I can supplement and mitigate.

  • Jane
    2019-01-20 06:03

    I agree with a lot of the ideas raised in this book about the downfalls of modern education and the simple things that can be done at home to enrich children’s learning. More than that, I found it interesting to use these thoughts to evaluate my own life and how I’ve formed my own choices about what to study at university and what career path to take. Furthermore, it has shifted some of my own thoughts about different ways of learning and gaining experience. It is written for an American audience with a lot of reference to American school systems, but can easily be extrapolated to most other western countries.

  • Amy
    2018-12-26 05:02

    I stopped reading on page 132 because the book was due back to the library, but they gave me a couple new ideas other than what I had already been doing with my kids. For the most part, I've already been doing exactly what these two women are recommending, and that is to find ways to educate your kids outside of the regular public school classroom, whether it be supplementary (like what I'm doing) or as solely a homeschooling parent: it is to give your kids real life, hands-on learning experiences and not to "teach to the test."

  • Tina
    2019-01-02 04:06

    Have to say this really isn't a book for most of the home schooling families I know. The idea of child-led activities is what our homeschooling experience is all about. For school families, it offers lots of wonderful tips, suggestions and strategies for making sure school is working for you and not the other way around. It is well written and entertaining and reinforces so much of what I believe is right for my children. Definitely has something to offer everyone wanting to keep that spark of curiosity alive in their children.

  • Sonicage
    2019-01-08 08:21

    This is a great introduction to ideas about learning that pretty much everyone in my generation didn't get until too late.It's an empowering read for parents and kids considering homeschooling or for those beginning to realize that school isn't where most actual learning occurs. Education outside of (and often in spite of) the classroom is a vast, open and sometimes scary place, this book gives some starting points and some confidence to people starting on that journey.

  • Naomi Fuller
    2019-01-17 05:54

    This book was recommended to me when my daughter was considering returning to school after one year of unschooling (she decided not to). It was slow at the start for me but as the book progressed it became really great for me. It's packed with a lot of good ideas, quotes, and resources for any parent who is interested in giving their children the best educational experience they can. I will be returning to this book quite a bit for the resource info. I definitely recommend it.

  • Ami
    2018-12-25 11:54

    I would really like to give this book 2 1/2 stars. The authors made several arguments against public schooling (and even though I agree with many of their points, they were without alot of substantial support). After making all of these points they then procede to offer "advice" on how to survive, supplement, and support public schooling. Slightly weak on content (most of the best lines are quotes from promient school reformers).

  • Kristenboyle
    2019-01-03 09:57

    Interesting ideas. Basically this book is about if you are not a home-schooler, how to continue learning in the world, outside of school. I felt thought that this book should have somewhere said "if you are reading this book, you are already doing what this book will tell you to do..." Anyhow, good reminder of things I want to be doing!

  • Aadel Bussinger
    2018-12-24 12:05

    This book was basically a condensed, how-to version of The Teenage Liberation Handbook, written for parents.I enjoyed the book, but found myself skipping pages as I had already read the above mentioned title. This book shows how, no matter what educational choice you have made for you children, you can create an excitement for learning in the real world using whatever you can find.

  • Stacy
    2019-01-11 04:03

    Was annoyed because this was much more of a self-help book than a concrete "real educational" plan. But I suppose that it much harder to objectively write about. Although I have no children, I wrote down quite a few suggestions for my future attempts to "unschool" myself and get back in touch with the things that interested me back when I was a child.

  • Michele Karmartsang
    2019-01-11 12:09

    Thinking of, pretty much planning on some form of homeschooling/unschooling combination for my oldest kid in the fall. Getting some reading in on the subject.**Update- had to get it back to the library and browsed the last 3/4 of the book- kind of preaching to the choir so more than anything I was jotting down titles of other books to jump off onto.

  • Samantha Penrose
    2019-01-06 11:56

    "Preaching to the choir" is the best way to describe this book. I didn't read anything that I didn't already know. If you are interested in this book based on it's title and synopsis, it's more likely than not that you are already doing all of the things suggested for creating a hands-on, meaningful-learning enviornment.

  • Jenn
    2018-12-26 03:55

    Highly recommended for parents of school-aged children. A positive way of looking at and redefining our notions of "education" and "success." Lots of great resources for further reading at the end of each chapter.

  • Lorna
    2018-12-25 06:59

    I really liked this book! They give a lot of really good advice to both home schoolers and those whose kids attend a school. I may actually buy this book because I think I will want to reference this again and again.

  • Susan
    2018-12-28 06:56

    This book was okay, but really didn't offer anything I haven't already read... I just skimmed through the second half.Too many references to author Amy's daughter - it got tedious! However, the book references throughout were helpful.

  • Catherine
    2019-01-04 10:14

    Good book but I only gave it 3 stars b/c it's more for those with kids in public school and I homeschool so didn't apply as much to me. Love Grace Llewellyn, though, and her book The Teenage Liberation Handbook.

  • Marisela
    2018-12-27 12:01

    I think it is a good reminder that education not only happens at school, and that it is not dispensed by teachers. Education, real education, is not measured in tests or can be assesed by scores. Education is intense living, curiosity, joy of discovery, a mind that never ceases working.