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A best-selling expert on education shows how to make the school system work for your child.

How many parents have a child struggling in school? The answer: a great many. This audiobook is an informed, practical resource for such parents. As the author of the classic book on home-schooling, The Well-Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer knows how children learn and how schools work. Her advice here is comprehensive and anecdotal, including material drawn from experience with her own four children.

The author's rule of thumb is that when a child is struggling, the problem probably lies with the school or the system, not with the child. She knows that the K-12 system, with its rigid rules of advancement and endless testing, doesn't work for all children. She shows parents how to take control of grade placement, pace, style of instruction, disability diagnosis, gifted services, and many other aspects of our school system that seem inflexible, in order to shape them to the child's needs not the other way around. Parents will find a comforting clarity and sanity in this audiobook.

©2018 Books & Sheep, Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Andy Bailey
  • 19-10-2020

To homeschool or to Covid school. That is the question.

Choosing to either home school or send a 5 year old to school is a difficult decision at any time, but it was exceptionally hard during Covid. I felt so unsure of my abilities and the pros and cons of either decision. Susan Wise-Bauer helped me to feel confident in my ability to parent regardless of my choice. I liked how this book was less “anti school” than other homeschool driven books. I felt more confident in her research and her ideas than I’ve felt in some other homeschooling books that I’ve read. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone that is on the fence in these weird times.

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  • TJ
  • 20-07-2018

FABULOUS book!

This is a must read for anyone considering homeschooling, or already homeschooling. Packed with incredible information and ideas for every kind of student, and situation.

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  • Elizabeth Virginia
  • 23-05-2020

Very informative!

While much of the practical information didn't apply to my situation (11 y/o ASD child working on a "2nd grade" level) there were some great suggestions on how to reframe my educational predispositions. Focusing on what elements are important in educating a healthy happy child, and therefore adult.

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  • kayla s.
  • 21-03-2019

great to get you thinking about homeschooling!

makes you think about it, your first steps. a couple of lists in there though, I hope you can see them! suggestions for more reading!

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  • Pam
  • 24-12-2018

Eye-opening

Just like listening to a favorite podcast. As a home-schooling mom of many, this book gave me insights and calls to action I hadn't considered or was too afraid to say out loud.

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