Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Year of Learning Dangerously

The Year of Learning Dangerously
Adult. Price $23.95

The Year of Learning Dangerously is available in paperback, hard cover, and e-book form, so however you want to read, it’s in your format. This is a memoir of a former child actress and now homeschooling mom Quinn Cummings. When Ms. Cummings decided to venture into homeschool waters, she quickly learned the real truth of it, and this book is a collection of stories that will make you laugh, cry, and teach you—maybe—how not to do it.

In The Year of Learning Dangerously she shares how she went to homeschool book fairs and conference incognito, trying to find the right type of curriculum for the school environment Ms. Cummings has in mind. That in itself is funny as she discovers all the different choices and attempts to make an informed decision.

The Year of Learning Dangerously isn’t a how-to-guide for homeschoolers. If you are looking for a book that tells you how to do things, this book isn’t for you. It is simply a fun look at Ms. Cummings’ experiences, written in an engaging style that will instantly draw the reader in from the first page, and keep them engaged from the last.

Ms. Cummings shares her thoughts about the socialization question that all homeschooling parents face—and how like most of us she slunk away with a polite smile, but internally planned comebacks and lectures to defend how much socialization the child actually gets (much more than nonhomeschoolers think). She also shares stories about the reality of starting school after pulling a child from public school when she discovers that her child really didn’t know how to add fractions and she had to start at a much earlier level in math that originally thought. 

The Year of Learning Dangerously is a look at the lighter-side of homeschooling—and maybe an educational look at the reality of it for the nay-sayers in the homeschool parents life—such as grandparents and other relatives, and friends who just don’t understand. Recommended for every homeschool library. 

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