The table below includes all the parenting books on education I’ve reviewed so far. From my reviews, you’ll find that I have a very hippie view when it comes to education. I (perhaps naively) believe it is possible for someone to make it through their school years with their sense of curiosity and love of learning intact. I know this is not a common outcome after years of standard education, but I believe it is a goal worth striving to attain. For this reason, I’ve researched several different educational philosophies, including Montessori, Waldorf, and Charlotte Mason. My kids (aged 3 and 5 as of Mar. 2015) presently attend a Montessori school, but I am considering homeschooling in the future.
I am not a huge fan of the Common Core standards, not because I think standards aren’t useful, but because I believe that teachers should be given a lot of freedom and trust when it comes to deciding how best to serve their individual students. Without having a lot of personal experience (yet), I am a fan of child-led learning, giving them a lot of freedom and choice with regard to the specifics of their education. Also, I think standardized testing can be useful in small doses, but believe the technique is overused and given too much weight in today’s public school system, at least in the US. Like everyone else, I want my kids to have a high quality education. However, I’m still searching to discover how I would most prefer my children to be “educated.”
Note that if you only had time to read one parenting book on education, I currently recommend Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything by Laura Grace Weldon.
Reviews of Parenting Books on Education
Note that by clicking the triangles at the top of each column you can choose to sort the list by title, author, or my own personal rating of these parenting books on education. Click on an individual title to see my review of that work, as well as a summary of the most useful information and wisdom I obtained from each.
|Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius||Lillard||9|
|Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything||Weldon||9|
|Tools of the Mind||Bodrova & Leong||8|
|Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Preschool Years||Hainstock & Havis||8|
|A Charlotte Mason Education||Levison||8|
|Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three||Lillard & Jessen||8|
|Montessori and Your Child: A Primer for Parents||Malloy||8|
|Understanding Waldorf Education||Petrash||8|
|More Charlotte Mason Education||Levison||7|
|Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook||Montessori||7|
|How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way||Seldin||7|
|School as a Journey||Finser||6|
|Teach Your Own||Holt & Farenga||6|
|Montessori: A Modern Approach||Lillard||6|
|The Secret of Childhood||Montessori||5|
|Child's Play: Montessori Games and Activites for Your Baby and Toddler||Pitamic||5|
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