Tiger Mom Amy Chua – 360 Degree Review

I just read, and enjoyed(!) - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. If you haven't heard of it, it's one Chinese-American mother's account of how she raised her two daughters. And the book was, well, controversial to put it mildly. At this time there are 835 Amazon reviews....yielding 3.5 out of 5 stars. I would [...]

By |2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00January 21st, 2014|Categories: books|0 Comments

Our Own Propaganda!

My kids both LOVED this book - The Girl Who Could Fly. I haven't it read it myself yet, but as I understand it: "Piper" could indeed fly. And there were many other kids who also had special powers... But they were all sent to school and they apparently LOST all of their extraordinary abilities [...]

By |2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00October 29th, 2013|Categories: books|0 Comments

The New Global Student Review – Continued

In continuing with my review of The New Global Student, I would like to highlight the following informative excerpt: Really, you’ve got to feel bad for our students; in our modern culture there just aren’t too many great opportunities for them to show the world their independence. Get your driver’s license? Big deal. A new [...]

By |2017-01-11T19:18:49+00:00September 18th, 2013|Categories: books|0 Comments

Educational Gift Ideas – Books for Smart Kids!

I really do not like to buy books for myself or for the kids that will only be read once. BUT, I am in favor of purchasing books that are teeming with facts; books that will stoke curiosity and creativity; books that encourage perusal; and most importantly, books that will be consulted over, and over [...]

By |2019-04-04T23:43:51+00:00December 8th, 2012|Categories: books|0 Comments

Cultivating Bibliophilia

My daughter has finally become a full-blown bibliophile! All the signs are there: opening a book in bed the second she wakes up, reading at the breakfast table, walking around with her eyes buried in a book, etc. Those are just SOME of the books she has checked out of the library right now. In [...]

By |2017-01-11T19:18:51+00:00May 13th, 2012|Categories: books, reading|0 Comments

Second Grade Reading List?

  Through the first three academic quarters of this year (about 8 months), these are some, but not all(!), of the books our son John (age 7.42 now) has read. Brace yourself... 2nd Quarter: The Mystery at the Roman Colosseum (Around the World in 80 Mysteries) (Carole Marsh Mysteries) - 126 pg The Mystery at the [...]

By |2017-01-11T19:18:51+00:00April 15th, 2012|Categories: books, reading|0 Comments

Terrific Math Book

If every future artist were forced to say....*master painting* first, then we'd disillusion untold numbers of future brilliant photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, graphic designers, filmmakers, etc. who didn't really care for brushstrokes and canvas. But on a smaller scale, this is precisely what educational institutions do with mathematics. School children the world over tragically equate [...]

By |2017-01-11T19:18:53+00:00April 1st, 2012|Categories: books, math|0 Comments

Roadschooling 101 – Bring Enough Books!

One of the MAJOR PERKS of individualized, parent-led education is geographic independence. Last week we hit the road for the more temperate winter climate of South Florida. My wife and I knew we'd have a book problem with John - a voracious reader if there ever was one - especially given the 20 hours in [...]

By |2017-01-11T19:18:54+00:00February 2nd, 2012|Categories: books|0 Comments

Marva Collins’ Secret

I just read and thoroughly enjoyed - Marva Collins' Way. Marva was a teacher who achieved amazing things with underprivileged children in Chicago. Watch the clips:   Her secret? Well I would say that she taught in the manner of a loving parent! And technically, she engaged her students in the same *individualized* manner in [...]

By |2020-07-20T18:53:44+00:00January 2nd, 2012|Categories: books|1 Comment