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By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and Learning at Home

Melin, Kathleen

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ISBN 10: 0979488338 / ISBN 13: 9780979488337
Editorial: Clover Valley Press, LLC, Duluth, Minnesota, 2008
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa blanda
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"BY HEARTshares the story of one family's surprising passage from public school to home-based learning in a thoughtful and tender expose revealing days of glory and days of doubt. It invites readers to a family, a farm, and an educational choice that continues to grow at a phenomenal rate." This book has 141 pages. The book is a SIGNED copy from the author, Kathleen Melin. N° de ref. de la librería 048440

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Título: By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and ...

Editorial: Clover Valley Press, LLC, Duluth, Minnesota

Año de publicación: 2008

Encuadernación: Pictorial Softcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

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"By Heart" shares the surprising story of one family's journey from compliant public schooling to radical home-based learning.  This literary homeschool memoir takes readers from the tundra of Bethel, Alaska, to the placid farm country of Wisconsin, all the while exploring the homeschool lifestyle.

Daring and compassionate, it portrays homeschooling as a progressive choice and thoughtfully examines classic homeschool tensions -- homeschool decision, schedules and curricula, socialization, and the economics of co-parenting.

"By Heart" offers a view of the homeschool lifestyle deeply connected to nature and its cycles.  Unflinchingly human, it explores doubts and concerns while remaining steadfastly passionate to the homeschool choice.

"By Heart" is a "must- read" for those considering the homeschool life and a soothing companion to parents in the midst of it.

Entertaining, inspiring, and empowering, it's a delightful and provocative memoir for all parents, whether they homeschool or not.

For educators and policy makers, it reveals an insider's experience of the homeschool reality;  meanwhile, courageously searching the historical and cultural complexity of education rather than posing a simplistic debate between public school and homeschool.

"By Heart: A Mother's Story of Children and Learning at Home" is a literary page-turner of a memoir that strips away facades and invites readers to an intimate portrayal of one homeschool family.  Ultimately, this rare and heartfelt telling affirms all those who live their lives beyond tidy boxes and categories.

About the Author:

Kathleen Melin writes about home schooling based on more than twelve continuous years of teaching her children at home. Kathleen's three children were home schooled during their early childhood years and from 1992 through 2004. Her middle child home schooled his entire K-12 education; her youngest and oldest children each home schooled three-fourths of their K-12 lives. Her children's education incorporated a spectrum of learning support systems including participation in two home school charters in Alaska; a Minnesota arts-based charter school; public education in Wisconsin and Alaska; and self-directed, bureaucracy-free, child-centered learning at home. In addition to her experience as a parent-educator, Kathleen was a University of Wisconsin instructor in English Composition from 2001 through 2006, a creative writing teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota in 1995, and an artist in residence at Summit School for the Arts 1997-1998.  Each of these experiences sharpened her thinking about optimal learning. "By Heart," her intimate portrayal of a home schooling family, is backed by the research of her creative thesis for the Master of Fine Arts degree conferred May 1998 at the University of Minnesota. Her creative writing credits include nonfiction in Eric Utne's "Cosmo Doogood's Urban Almanac" (2005 and 2006) and "Blue Lupine" in A Woman's Place (1997). Her fiction has appeared in Feminist Parenting (Crossing Press 1995). She was senior writer for the "Twin Cities Family Fun Guide" (KidsLife Books 1981), and she wrote "The Health Careers Book" (1987), produced by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation and Kuskokwim Community College, Bethel, Alaska. In addition, she has worked as a magazine editor, as an assistant editor for a weekly newspaper, as a freelance writer for national and regional publications, as a grant writer, in public relations, and as a community education and arts advocate. Kathleen Melin lives the good life on her ancestral farm in northwestern Wisconsin, where she operates a retreat for artists and is currently writing a young adult novel series.

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