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Setting the Records Straight by Lee Binz

I’m not sure how I became aware of this book. I’m sure it caught my eye because Mr. Curiosity is in high school this year and will be going to college eventually. Homeschooling is much more common these days, so it isn’t hard to get a homeschooler into college. It just requires that I keep track of what he’s learning and turn it into a transcript. This book is designed to help me do just that.

Subtitle: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships

Published: 2010

Genre: nonfiction homeschooling education

Length: 118 pages of text, 222 pages total Continue reading


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And the Skylark Sings With Me by David Albert

This book was recommended in the book Natural Born Learners. It’s been a while since I’ve read a homeschooling book, and it got me an A author for my reading challenge.

Subtitle: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education

Published: 1999

Genre: nonfiction education

Length: 220 pages Continue reading

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The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

This is book The Well-Trained Mind recommends getting and reading to learn how to read different types of literature. I decided to read it to see if I should buy it for Mr. Curiosity to use for homeschooling this year and for my own personal knowledge.

Subtitle: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

Published: I read the 2003 edition, but there is a 2015 edition as well

Genre: nonfiction education self-improvement

Length: 404 pages of text, 432 pages total Continue reading


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The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

This book has been on my radar for a while since I’m always looking for inspiration for homeschooling. A recent post on books about books and reading from The Modern Mrs. Darcy pushed it to the top of my reading list.

Subtitle: A Guide to Classical Education at Home

Published: originally in 1999. I read the second edition published in 2004. The newest (the fourth) edition was published in 2016.

Genre: nonfiction education

Length: 710 pages of text (but probably 1/4 of that is book lists), 810 pages total Continue reading

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You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I’m a big fan of Felicia Day, having watched her in such delightful shows a The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and other geeky shows. This book has been on my radar for a while and I felt like a nonfiction book for a change.

Published: 2015

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 260 pages Continue reading

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Physics books

I decided we’re going to do some physics this month. Turns out it’s been four years since we covered that topic, so it’s about time we cycled back around. That means I need some books for the kids. Miss Adventure is easy – I’m going to start her with The Great Motion Mission by Cora Lee that I got for Mr. Curiosity the last time we did physics (follow that link for my original review).

Finding just the right book for Mr. Curiosity was trickier. I had to get some options and let him choose, and I’ll share those options with you.

First off, I grabbed Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics by Jim Al-Khalili. This book presents ten chapters of physics questions that seem like they can’t be answered using scientific principles, but upon further review they can be. The book looks interesting, but perhaps a bit too dense for my 13-year old.

Next, I grabbed A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking. This is a shorter, companion book to the classic A Brief History of Time. The book attempts to describe what we know about time and space, and how they are created and interact. The book has color illustrations and photos to break up the text and would have worked fine for Mr. Curiosity.

I also checked out For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin. Lewin is a physics professor at MIT and has turned information from his classes into a highly accessible book. This is a bit closer to a textbook, in that it methodically works through physical phenomena we can see and/or touch. He’s even got a YouTube channel so you can watch his lectures, if you don’t get enough by reading his book.

Ultimately, Mr. Curiosity decided to read How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel. The hook here is Orzel explains quantum physics concepts by explaining them to his dog, Emmy. The book includes multiple conversations with Emmy, who acts as the clueless reader. She just happens to enjoy chasing bunnies or squirrels and would like to apply quantum physics to catching them. She never quite gets there, but you laugh heartily at her attempts, and learn something in the process. Mr. Curiosity is finding this book so readable, he’s reading it for fun as well as for schooling.

So, if you’re interested in learning something about physics, something here should fit the bill!

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Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen

Subtitle: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old

Published: 2000

Genre: nonfiction homeschooling

Length: 318 pages of text, 344 pages with index

Interest: I’m a little nervous about Mr. Curiosity getting close to high school and how to modify my unit study style of homeschooling for high school or turning our topics into courses on a transcript. So, time for some research.

Summary: This book attempts to address all the components of homeschooling a teen. It breaks the information up into three parts. The first part covers details of what homeschooling can look like and why homeschooling a teen can be a good thing. The second part goes into some details of covering the topics a high schooler is expected to take. The final section talks about resources homeschoolers often utilize, like co-ops, the library and the internet. At the end of each section, the author summarizes key elements as simple starting points, and books that expand on the topics.

Final thoughts: This book was much more helpful than I expected. It was general enough that it would work for everyone from a school-at-home approach to a more unschooling approach. I’m not sure how many new ideas I got from the book, but It definitely bolstered my confidence that my approach will continue to work for us through high school. The biggest downside to the book is when it starts talking about internet resources (and sometimes even book or magazine recommendations). The specific websites are typically way out of date (geocities, anyone?). It was interesting to see how much things have changed in 15 years on the internet, with resources being much more available now compared to previous decades.

Title comes from: It is descriptive of the title.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 79/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge

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