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Books on Education by John Holt
Innovators in Education Series
Children with Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism
Spectrum Disorder, 2nd edition by Jaquelyn McCandless, MD
In the midst of a
worldwide epidemic of autism, ADD, and ADHD, this book is a message of hope to
parents embarking on the challenging journey of finding proper medical care for
their Autism Spectrum Disorder children. Genetic susceptibility activated by
"triggers" such as pesticides and heavy metals in vaccines can lead to immune
system impairment, gut dysfunction, and pathogen invasion such as yeast and
viruses in many children.
Paper, 312 pages.
#7100 $29.95 $18.99
Out of print, one copy available.
|Everyone is Able: Exploding the Myth of
Learning Disabilities - Susannah Sheffer, ed. True stories from parents
and LD specialists make us challenge our prevailing ideas about L.D. and offer
alternative ways for helping people learn. Includes a section on LD jargon
commonly used in school and what it truly means.
This booklet is a collection of stories, some of which were published in Growing
Without Schooling Magazine and others that were written just for this
publication. The focus is limited to "perceptual difficulties and exceptions to
the accepted developmental timetable which the learning disability now covers."
Booklet, 15 pages.
Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens by Earl Hipp -
Stress is something we all experience. But research suggests that adolescents
are affected by it in unique ways that can increase impulsivity and risky
behaviors. While eliminating stress from life isn’t realistic, young people can
learn to control how they respond to it.
This book offers proven
techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in school, at
home, and among friends. They’ll find information on how stress affects health
and decision making and learn stress-management skills to handle stress in
positive ways—including assertiveness, positive self-talk, time management,
relaxation exercises, and much more.
Filled with interesting facts,
student quotes, and fun activities, this book is a great resource for any teen
who’s said, “I’m stressed out!”
Paper, 154 pages. 8.9"x6"x.4". 1995
Free Schools, Free People: Education and Democracy After the 1960s
by Ron Miller -
The first historical account
of the free school movement of the 1960s documents the formation of hundreds of
small, independent schools across the United States that marked a turning point
in American education.
The book revisits and interprets the radical
democratic educational vision behind those schools through the works of some of
the authors of that time such as John Holt, A. S. Neill, Paul Goodman, and
George Dennison. These authors--and the thousands of educators, parents, and
young people who took part in the free school movement--passionately advocated
for students' intellectual and psychological freedom, and for their autonomy and
individuality in a society they say as increasingly standardized and corporately
Paper, 220 pages. 9"x6"x.5".
#4207X $24.95 $22.99
Learning: How to Give Your Kids A Real Education With or Without School
by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver.
The author of the popular, The Teenage Liberation Handbook,
has joined fellow author, Amy Silver, to write a book offering parents ideas on
how to take care of their family's education despite the restrictions of
traditional schooling. There are exercises and projects to do with children of
all ages to help children unleash their innate creativity and other abilities.
They realize that not everyone will homeschool their children, and they wanted
to reach out to kids and parents who want something better than what they are
getting. That said, there are lots of good ideas for homeschoolers too.
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ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD by
Daniel G. Amen, M.D. With recommendations for prescription drugs, nutraceutical
therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies,
biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more, Dr. Amen’s approach provides a treatment
program that offers sufferers of ADD to a normal, peaceful, and fully functional
Paper, 448 pages.
#3270 $14.95 $9.99
Rude! : The Handbook o Family Matters for Teens, Avoiding Strife in Family Life by
Alex J. Packer, Ph.D. - When family life is full of strife, what can a poor teen
This book covers the basics of creating the civilized home—a place
where people talk instead of yell, pick up after themselves, respect each other,
and fight fair.
And it’s not all about the traditional family. Tips also
cover the blended, shaken, stirred, and mixed (or mixed-up?) family, with
special advice for teens whose parents are divorced.
Paper, 128 pages. 6.8"x5.1"x.2". Young Adult.
How to Stock a Home Library Inexpensively, 3rd edition by Jane A.
Williams is a convenient guide that includes an appendix of book resource
guides, author's recommendations of books and resources to include in a home
library, a separate directory of resources for buying books conveniently and
Paper, 96 pages. 11"x8.5"x.5".
Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your
Child's Multiple Intelligences
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. As a learning
specialist, Dr. Armstrong has come across many children who have been labeled as
underachievers or learning disabled. With this book "he shows that in most cases
these children are individuals with distinct learning styles (linguistic,
interpersonal, etc.) and explains how to help them acquire knowledge according to these
sometimes extraordinary aptitudes."
Paper, 288 pages.
Are Worth It! : Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline by
Barbara Coloroso -
The author's message is that good parenting begins with treating kids with
respect. It means giving them a sense of power in their own lives, and offering
them opportunities to make decisions, take responsiblity for their actions, and
learn from their own successes and mistakes. Rejecting the "quick fix" solutions
of punishment and reward, she uses everyday family situations - from sibling
rivalry to teenage rebellion - to demonstrate sound strategies for giving
children the inner discipline and self-confidence that will help them grow into
responsible, resourceful, and resilient adults.
Paper, 253 pages. 8"x5"x.5".
9 $12.50 $8.99
Out of print, one copy available.
Life in School: What the Teacher Learned by Jane Tompkins -
Here one of our leading literary scholars looks
back on her own life in the classroom and discovers how much of what she learned
there needs to be unlearned. Jane Tompkins' memoir shows how her education
shaped her in the mold of a high achiever who could read five languages but had
little knowledge of her self.
A painful and exhilarating story of
spiritual awakening, Tompkins' book critiques our educational system, while also
paying tribute to it.
229 pages. 8"x5.5"x.8".
#7996 $12.00 $9.99
One copy available.
Mind at a Time: America's Top Learning Expert Shows How Every Child Can Succeed by
Mel Levin, M.D.-
renowned learning expert Dr.
Mel Levine explores the wide diversity of learning styles and shows parents how
they can observe and understand their children's minds and strengthen their
abilities. "Consistent progress can result when we understand that not every
child can do equally well in every type of learning and begin to pay more
attention to individual learning patterns - and individual minds - so that we
can maximize children's success and gratification in life.
Paper, 352 pages. 8.3"x5.5"x.9".
The Lives of
Children by George Dennison is the deeply inspiring story of the First
Street School, where twenty-three children, black, white, and Puerto Rican, all
from poor families, and many with severe learning and behavior problems, came
together with five teachers who believed that "the business of a school is not,
or should be, mere instruction, but the life of the child."
It includes a 13 page
introduction by John Holt in which he
writes: "This book must be seen also as a destroyer of alibis and excuses. We
cannot say any longer that we do not know why we are failing, or that we do not
know what can be done instead, or that we cannot afford to do it. If we go on
failing much longer, stunting and wrecking as we have the lives and spirits of
millions of children, it can only be because for peculiar and dreadful reasons
of our own that is what we really want to do."
Part of the Classics in Child
Development series. Paper, 309 pages. Limited quantities.
Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas by Seymore Papert -
Mindstorms has two central themes: that children can learn to use computers
in a masterful way and that learning to use computers can change the way they
learn everything else. Even outside the classroom, Papert had a vision that the
computer could be used just as casually and as personally for a diversity of
purposes throughout a person’s entire life. Seymour Papert makes the point that
in classrooms saturated with technology there is actually more socialization and
that the technology often contributes to greater interaction among students and
among students and instructors.
Paper, 248 pages. 1980 edition. One copy available.
The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart by Jan Hunt, Peggy O'Mara (Foreword
by) - The Natural Child makes a compelling and passionate case for a return to
attachment parenting, a child-rearing approach that has come naturally for
parents throughout most of human history.
In this insightful guide, parenting
specialist Jan Hunt links together attachment parenting principles with child
advocacy and homeschooling philosophies, offering a consistent approach to
raising a loving, trusting, and confident child.
Paper, 202 pages. 8.9"x6"x.5".
Raising Your Spirited Child,
revised edition by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Learn new ways of
viewing your intense, perceptive, sensitive and persistent child. The author
describes each trait and ways of coping with them. Help your child accept their
one-of-a-kind personality, and learn how to give them the skills to work with
their temperament to get along in the world. My friends who have "spirited"
children recommend this book.
This is the new, updated version, with the most up-to-date research.
Paper, 480 pages.
Older Edition (1998) of Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy
Kurcinka - Cover has a scratch.
Paper, 314 pages.
(One copy available).
Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box
by Rebecca Greene - For some teens, the
traditional four-year high school curriculum is just what they need. Others
would benefit more from nontraditional learning experiences—if they knew how to
find them and what to do next.
This practical, inspiring book explores the world of alternative learning,
giving teens the knowledge and tools they need to make good choices. It’s not a
directory of programs; there are many of those available already.
Instead, Rebecca Greene introduces and describes a world of possibilities,
from study abroad to internships, apprenticeships, networking, job shadowing,
service learning, university coursework, and independent study. Then she tells
teens where to look for opportunities, how to decide which ones are right for
them, how to overcome potential barriers (cost, distance, time), how to prepare,
and what kinds of benefits they can expect to take away from their experiences.
Paper, 272 pages.
6"x9". Ages 13+.
#0872 $15.95 $12.99
Can But They Don't: Helping Students Overcome Work Inhibition
A workable solution for the
millions of children trapped in the vicious circle of academic underachievement.
Distinguishing work inhibition from intellectual impairment and explaining why
it often affects the brightest children, Bruns outlines strategies to help
children become successful, self-motivated learners.
Paper, 240 pages.
One copy available.
The Little Girl at the Window
by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Translated by
Dorothy Britton Illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki -
This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in
Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love.
This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an
extraordinary man-its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi—who was a firm
believer in freedom of expression and activity.
In real life, the
Totto-chan of the book has become one of Japan's most popular television
personalities—Tetsuko Kuroyanagi. She attributes her success in life to this
wonderful school and its headmaster. The charm of this account has won the
hearts of millions of people of all ages and made this book a runaway bestseller
in Japan, with sales hitting the 4.5 million mark in its first year.
Paper, 240 pages.
#0673 $11.00 $9.99
Unmotivated Child: Helping Your Underachiever Become a Successful Student
by Natalie Rathvon, Ph.D. offers a look beneath a child's surface behavior. The
author discloses beliefs that influence an underachievevr's attitude and actions
and pinpoints the warning signs to watch for in elementary, middle and high
The Unmotivated Child focuses on the roots of
underachievement, the world of the underachiever, and pathways to achievement.
Some solution include: guidelines for supporting the student through the change
process, including dealing with setbacks; seven strategies for overcoming the
homework trap; eigh practical techniques for working with teachers to encourage
a new approach to learning and school behavior; five methods for communicating
constructively with an underachiever.
While the focus is on children in a
school setting, there are ideas here for helping any learner.
Paper, 240 pages. Spiral bound. It's a trim booklet.
One copy available.
Well-Trained Mind: a Guide to Classical Education at Home by
Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer - This guide seeks
to help parents supplement their child's education at home. It instructs the
parent on how to give the child an academically rigorous, comprehensive
education from preschool through to high school.
Instruct your child from
preschool through high school in all levels of: reading, writing, history,
geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art and
Hardcover, 764 pages. 9.4"x6.3"x1.6". 1999 edition.
#7520 $35.00 $15.99
One copy available; jacket has a wrinkle and tear on inside flaps.
How to Get What You Really Want by
Barbara Sher with Annie Gottlieb -
The impossible dream is no longer impossible with this innovative source book to
career changing and life enhancement. Exercises and games show the reader how to
brainstorm to turn ideas into action, use daydreams to define goals, diagram
paths to achievements and more.
You'll learn how to: discover your
strengths and skills, turn your fears and negative feelings into positive tools,
chart your progress day-to-day, diagram the path to your goal, and much more!
Paper, 304 pages. 8.1"x5.2"x.5". 1979 edition, page edges
#0892 $12.00 $8.99
Out of print edition, one copy available.
How Children Fail by John Holt -
First published in 1964, this book has helped many parents and teachers over the
years understand what actually happens in the classroom.
John Holt was a keen
and astute observer of children, with a passionate conviction that our children
deserve much better. His writing is very clear and accessible, and makes so
Paper, 298 pages.
Children Learn by John Holt -
John Holt opens our eyes to the amazing ways pre-school children learn so many
things. His writing is clear, concrete, down to earth and based on his
observations of children and how they learn from what interests them.
like about John Holt's writing is his constant curiosity about learning. It will
get you thinking about both your child's learning and your own.
Paper, 320 pages
All the Time: How Small Children Begin To Read, Write, Count, and Investigate
the World, Without Being Taught by
John Holt. John was working on this book before his death, and it was
completed using his articles in Growing Without Schooling and other
previously uncollected writing. As with all of his books, this work exhibits the
great respect he had for children and insights into how they learn.
explores how children learn and think and demonstrates that children can and do pick up
"the basics" (reading, writing, math) from the world around them. I find many of his ideas very
practical, not just theoretical, and every so often I pick up and skim this book
to help remind me that my children are, indeed, learning all the time. Paper,
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