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    Wasting time in the library last week, I came across a book in the hsing section that I wasn't familiar with.

    It's called: The Year of Learning Dangerously (Adventures in Homeschooling) by Quinn Cummings.

    Not a how to, or instructional in any way. Just lots of out loud chuckling for a homeschooling parent that has been around the block and understands all of "those types" of homeschoolers.

    Anyone else read it?
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    I did.
    Enjoyed it quite a lot.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    I read it when it came out. It was cute. She's a good writer.

    I didn't love it. I don't think she really *got* some fundamental aspects of homeschooling on a basic level just because they did it for such a short time and with only one kid. And IIRC she basically admits that. But as a little memoir of a year, it's nice. I have suggested it to people who are specifically getting into homeschooling for a set, short time for some reason.
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    I liked how she touched on the major points and stereotypes... including Park Day With Strangers, and the S word.

    And a nice "stereotypes are a real timesaver" humorous view of (radical) unschoolers, WTFers (I guess that was too scary she didnt even bother attending a conference), and xtian fundie homeschoolers.

    Her vision of the future of homeschooling is sort of.... hmmmmm... and even coming from southern California as well, I dont see it as being quite so outsourced as she imagines.

    And Im having fun still speculating on what religion she has... if shes atheist, or a watered-down-couldnt-be-bothered-agnostic, or some non-fundie liberal xtian.

    I even read one of her other books... Notes from the Underwire... I dont recommend that at all. But the homeschooling one was fun and a bunch of giggles.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Gah not in my overdrive or even in my library system as a hand held paper book. Headed to Amazon.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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