Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Year of Learning Dangerously (book review)

While I wouldn't classify homeschooling as dangerous, Quinn Cummings, former child actress, does in her new memoir, The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling. And the way Quinn humorously describes their forays into a variety of homeschooling methods could certainly fall under the adventurous category. Her dry wit and humor had me giggling on every page.

Homeschooling isn't just for a select few; it's gone mainstream in America, even for people who hate math. Yes, Quinn, Alice, my girls, and I seem to share the same feelings for that subject, and I know we're not alone.

In one year, the Cummings family tried out three different methods of homeschooling and perused several others; that's real commitment to figuring out the best way for them to homeschool. It's also a good starting point if you're curious for a (mostly, okay not at all) unbiased glimpse at some of the ways all those other homeschoolers manage their learning. Their family adventure just proves that there is no single, correct way to school at home.

While you're taking a break from your own homeschooling adventure by reading about Quinn's, I'm going to audition for a part in The Real Housewives of Classical Education.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher (actually, from the author's editor at Penguin) in exchange for a review, but the opinions expressed are my own.