Simon Paul Harrison sent me a copy of his new book way back in February for a review and giveaway and it’s been sitting on my nightstand just waiting patiently since then. I’ve finally been able to read The Truly Alive Child and enjoyed it. I’m really excited to give a copy away to one lucky reader!
I don’t blog that much about our homeschooling philosophy so you might not know where I really stand on this issue. However, if you take a look through my homeschooling posts, you might quickly see that I like Waldorf ideas, play, and nature. We’re big hands-on-learners and you might say my homeschooling style is currently pretty relaxed. We certainly have not recreated the traditional school scene at my house.
On any given you day, you might find my children playing the piano, digging in the dirt, riding bikes, helping me cook, cleaning, and in general, living – with an occasional formal lesson thrown in. I do require my oldest to work on her handwriting and math, for instance. And we read. We read a lot. And we take trips and play.
So Harrison’s book is right up my alley. He wants adults to TRUST children to become independent learners and lovers of life. He wants everyone to realize that we are all connected to the Earth and to honor the uniqueness that abounds everywhere.
Harrison weaves in personal stories from his own childhood as well as stories from Native American folklore to show how children can connect to the Earth. Overall, I really like his ideas that we are all connected and that each child’s uniqueness should be honored, celebrated, and honed. If we could find a way to achieve those two big goals on a big scale, I really believe we would live in a better place. I’m left wondering, though, how to make it happen in the “real world” – ie, public school setting. I’m happy we’re able to homeschool right now and I really enjoy watching my children learn about their interests, on their own time, at their own pace. Harrison’s book is just another resource to convince me to keep on trucking!
Harrison has graciously provided one lucky winner with a copy of The Truly Alive Child, too! I’m certain you will enjoy this book! To get your own copy, you can purchase it on his website for $16.95 + shipping, or you can win one here!
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