Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

by Laura Grace Weldon


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With more kids at home now . . . here is a book for parents, family members and friends who want to maximize this time for a deeper learning experience for their children and themselves.

Free Range Learning will encourage and excite those who want their children to reap important benefits from this period of “sheltering in place,” learning at home. This is a book for anyone simply wanting some fresh ideas at this time, or those who wonder if a commitment to ongoing homeschooling might actually result in longer term benefits! The material in this book is backed by scientific and educational studies, along with the testimonies of scores of parents and kids from around the world. The work here is applicable for young people from pre-school through high school.

Studies indicate that adults who were homeschooled are:

* More likely to vote, volunteer and be involved in their communities than graduates of conventional schools.

* Read more books than average.

* More likely to have taken college level courses than the population as a whole.

* Tend to be independent and self-reliant.

Children are naturally “free range” learners. They build knowledge and skills naturally, within the full spectrum of their daily lives, while observing, exploring and pursuing their interests. This book guides any parent or educator in assisting that process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935387091
Publisher: Hohm Press
Publication date: 05/21/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 893,847
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laura Grace Weldon's happy childhood was marred by the presence of alligators under her bed. No one ever proved they weren't real.

She found peace in a small forest behind her home, where she hoped small woodland creatures might grow to trust her and eat the offerings of food she brought each day. They didn't.

She also sought refuge in books, happily bringing home dozens each week from that heavenly realm called The Library. When told, "get your nose out of that book and go outside" she rode her trusty pink bike for hours. Quite regularly she discovered the thrill of getting lost. Back then small girls found their own way home from construction sites, major highways and Lake Erie. The only consequence? A sense of adventure.

The continuing adventure has led Laura to write a book of poetry with nursing home residents, run support groups for abused children, teach nonviolence workshops, develop community enrichment programs and make messy art.

Laura lives on Bit of Earth Farm with her family. Although she's not a particularly useful farm wench she takes part in raising cows, chickens, produce, honeybees, and the occasional ruckus. In her idle hours she writes essays and articles, edits other people's books, spends time on the blog she said she'd never start, writes poetry, and is slow at work on her next book. Catch up with her at

By the way, she's learned that the alligators haunting us are exactly where any of us put them.

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