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Updated Edition of The Well-Trained Mind and Audiobook Versions of the Story of the World Series

September 9, 2009

One of our regular homeschooling patrons just alerted me that a new 10th anniversary edition of The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise was published in past May (ISBN: 9780393067088). This 814 page book explains the philosophy behind a Classical curriculum and provides a year-by-year outline on how to implement it. It’s a must-have for most collections. There are quite a number of homeschoolers using a Classical curriculum and even more who use some of it or are influenced by it.

This same patron also told me that there are audiobook versions of Susan Wise Bauer’s 4-volume The Story of the World series, a chronological history that takes readers (or, in this case, listeners) from ancient times through the present. If you can afford them, the books will be well-used in most collections, and I think the audiobooks will be a fine investment as well, something even some non-homeschooling families will find interesting.

For more information about Classical homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind, and The Story of the World, visit The Well-Trained Mind website and Peace Hill Press.


Book at Powell’s

April 7, 2009

I noticed that a used copy of Helping Homeschoolers in the Library is available at Powell’s for $24.50, which is quite the value, so I thought I’d post a link.

2008 Homeschooling Releases

December 13, 2008

Here is a quartet of 2008 homeschooling releases I’m looking into reading (and perhaps reviewing), along with links to information I could find on each.

Leppert, Michael and Mary. The Homeschooling Book of Lists. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

  • * One customer review and description on Amazon

Millman, Gregory and Martine. Homeschooling: A Family’s Journey. NY: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008. (HC: 9781585426614)

  • * Reviews from PW and Library Journal on
  • * Few customer reviews on Amazon

Orr, Tamra. Asking Questions Finding Answers: A Parent’s Journey Through Homeschooling. Tonasket, WA: Home Education Magazine, 2008. (PB: 9780945097310)

Rivero, Lisa. The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It’s Right for Your Family. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (HC: 9780230600706, PB: 9780230600683)

Service to Homeschooling Families: Workshops for Library Staff in California

October 25, 2008

This winter, I will be doing a series of day-long workshops through Infopeople at libraries throughout California. “Service to Homeschooling Families” will be from 9:00am-4:30pm:

Thursday, December 4, 2008, San Francisco Public Library

Monday, January 12, 2009, Solano County Library, Fairfield

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, Buena Park Library District

Thursday, January 15, 2009, San Diego County Library Headquarters

Monday, March 9, 2009, Los Angeles Public Library

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, Santa Maria Public Library

Monday, April 6, 2009, San Jose, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Wednesday, April 8, 2009, Fresno Woodward Park Library

There is a $75 fee to take the workshop and registration is required. For more information, visit the Infopeople website or, as always, feel free to send me an email.

Unshelved Starts Homeschooling

September 3, 2008

Unshelved (an online comic I bet a lot of you are already reading) is running an arc on homeschooling. Cool.

PLA 2008

February 15, 2008

For those of you attending the PLA Conference in Minneapolis this year, I will be leading a Talk Table discussion about homeschooling on Thursday, March 27th from 10:30-11:45 AM. I’ll be bringing some resources from my library for people to take a look at, and I’m really looking forward to seeing who comes and what kinds of things they’ve been doing and want to discuss. I’ll hope to see lots of you there!

Public Libraries Looking for “Perspectives” on Homeschooling

February 2, 2008

Public Libraries, the journal of the Public Library Association, is looking for essays about homeschooling for an upcoming “Perspectives” feature. Find more information here.

Thanks to Susan from Wizards Wireless for giving me the heads-up on this.