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Alternative Schooling and Student Engagement: Canadian Stories of Democracy within Bureaucracy. Esther Sokolov Fine, Nina Bascia & Malcolm Levin, Editors, $42.95

This book explores the unique phenomenon of public alternative schools in Toronto, Canada and other large urban areas. Although schools of this kind have existed for more than a century, very little has been written about the alternative school movement. These alternatives focus more on child-centered instruction, give many students (and teachers) opportunities to organize the school differently, provide a greater voice for teachers, students, and parents, and engage students far more with experiential learning. When traditional school structures are failing to meet the needs of many children and youth, there is a rapidly growing need for information and discussion about alternatives that will encourage their talents and serve their needs. This book draws attention to the issue of alternative schooling to help make it more accessible to a wider audience.


Animal Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

This box is filled with animal puzzle fun that teaches children about some favorite creatures — including deer, owls, foxes, and seals — and their habitats. Jigsaw-style activities help children master basic concepts, while an accompanying booklet explains how the process works. It not only stimulates learning through play: it enhances the child’s cognitive development. The activities become progressively more complex according to the three stages of a child’s learning: getting to know the material through sensory experience, recognizing the material, and being able to explain the material.


Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom, 3rd Edition. Susan Fraser, $87.95

Authentic Childhood explores the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Based on constructionist learning, this text is ideal for students and teachers of all experience levels. Authentic Childhood includes inspiring stories of teachers who are transforming early childhood education and teacher preparation through the use of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

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Autism and Flexischooling: a Shared Classroom and Homeschooling Approach. Clare Lawrence, $26.95

A growing number of parents are considering part time or 'flexischooling' as an option that might benefit their child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but face concerns such as: Is it possible? Has anyone tried it? How can it be set up? Above all, does it work? This book answers all these questions, and many more. Covering both the home and school angle, it explores ways to evaluate whether the option is right for your child, organizing the arrangement effectively with the school and ensuring that curriculum and examination goals are met, and also includes case examples of successful part time schooling at both primary and secondary level.

This is the first resource of its kind to bring together all of the information needed for both parents and schools to consider the merits and disadvantages of this approach, and to evaluate it as an option for individual children.


Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A Guide for Teachers and Parents. Michael Gurian, $22.95

Author Michael Gurian has revised and updated his groundbreaking book that clearly demonstrated how the distinction in hard-wiring and socialized gender differences affects how boys and girls learn. Gurian presents a proven method to educate our children based on brain science, neurological development, and chemical and hormonal disparities.


The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life. Julie Bogart, $23.00

Parents who are deeply invested in their children's education can be hard on themselves and their kids. When exhausted parents are living the day-to-day grind, it can seem impossible to muster enough energy to make learning fun or interesting. How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childhood chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?

The Brave Learner is a joyful and accessible approach to homeschooling that harnesses children’s natural curiosity and makes learning a part of everyday life, whether they’re in elementary or high school. Bogart shows parents how to make room for surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure in their family's routine, so they can create an environment that naturally moves learning forward. If a child wants to pick up a new hobby or explore a subject area that the parent knows little about, it's easy to simply say "no" to end the discussion and the parental discomfort, while dousing their child's curious spark. Bogart gently invites parents to model brave learning for their kids so they, too, can approach life with curiosity, joy, and the courage to take learning risks.

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Bringing the Montessori Approach to Your Early Years Practice, 3rd Edition. Barbara Isaacs, $32.50

Have you ever wondered what the Montessori approach is all about and how it can be used to benefit the young children in your setting? This book explains how the Montessori approach works offering guidance on planning and assessment methods alongside practical activities for practitioners to try. Throughout there are practical examples involving children of different ages in a wide range of settings to show how Montessori principles have been implemented.


Bringing the Reggio Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Linda Thornton & Pat Brunton, $44.95

The book describes how educators in Reggio Emilia work with young children, and looks at the connections between the Reggio Approach and the revised Early Years Foundation Stage framework. It provides practical examples involving children of different ages in a wide variety of settings, helping the reader to see the connection between practice and theory.

This new edition has been fully updated to show the increasingly mirroring connections between the Reggio Approach and the principles and commitments of the recently revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. Each chapter focuses on one important aspect of the Reggio Approach.


Circle Time Sessions for Relaxation and Imagination. Tony Pryce, $58.95

A great book for teachers, parents and other adults who want to provide young people aged 8 and upwards with tools to assist emotional development. Circle Time Sessions for Relaxation and Imagination provides a range of exercises to promote relaxation, inner confidence and a positive sense of self through the use of visualization. Already well-established in other areas such as professional sports, these strategies will build on emotional literacy work and offer practical, real-life strategies. The exercises are accompanied by questions, discussion prompts and reproducible activity sheets.


College Without High School: a Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College. Blake Boles, $19.95

High school can be boring. High school curriculum can be frustrating and out of touch. So what is the answer for young people whose creativity, bright ideas, and boundless energy are being stifled in that over-scheduled and grade-driven environment?

College Without High School shows how independent teens can self-design their high school education by becoming unschooled. Boles shows how to fulfill college admission requirements by proving five preparatory results: intellectual passion, leadership, logical reasoning, background knowledge, and the capacity for structured learning. He then offers several suggestions for life-changing, confidence-building adventures that will demonstrate those results.

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Color Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

Red strawberry. Blue car. Yellow sunflowers. Brown shoe. With these bright, appealing cards, children will learn to recognize and distinguish all the colors of the rainbow and their different hues, from light to dark. The jigsaw-style activities help children master basic concepts, while an accompanying booklet explains how the process works. It not only stimulates learning through play: it enhances the child’s cognitive development. The activities become progressively more complex according to the three stages of a child’s learning: getting to know the material through sensory experience, recognizing the material, and being able to explain the material.


The Discovery of the Child. Maria Montessori, $11.99

Maria Montessori went beyond the conventions of the day to seek a new way of knowing and loving a child. In THE DISCOVERY OF THE CHILD, she describes the nature of the child and her method of working more fully with the child's urge to learn. With 16 pages of photographs.


Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children REALLY Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek & Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, with Diane Eyer. $19.50

Reassuring to parents and educators, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards shows why - and how - to step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of learning.

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Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom: Interpreting the Reggio Emilia Approach in Schools. Carol Anne Wien, $43.50

How is a compelling, exemplary curriculum created in schools in spite of the pressures to implement a standardized one? In this book, teachers and principals share their experiences with emergent curriculum, and with the creative practices they’ve developed in urban classrooms kindergarten to 3rd grade. We learn what they were trying to do, how they began the process, the challenges they faced, the decisions they made, and what happened to the children. All chapters are written by teachers who have found ways of interpreting the Reggio approach to enrich their teaching within the confines of traditional schools. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand emergent curriculum and for all who hope to nurture an enlivening, energizing way to learn in classrooms.


An Encounter with Reggio Emilia: Children and Adults in Transformation, 2nd Edition. Linda Kinney & Pat Wharton, $79.50

The fully revised 2nd edition of An Encounter with Reggio Emilia is based upon a documentary approach to children’s learning successfully implemented by Stirling Council in Scotland, whose pre-school educators experienced dramatic improvements in their understandings about young children, how they learn and the potential unleashed in successfully engaging families in the learning process.

This approach, which is based on careful listening to children and observation of their interests and concerns, centres around recording and commentating on children's learning through photos, wall displays, videos and a variety of different media. The authors include chapters on:

  • Why early years educators should use documentation as a means to enhance young children’s learning
  • The values, principles and theories that underlie the ‘Reggio’ approach
  • How to implement documentations into any early years setting, with real-life case studies and hints for avoiding common pitfalls
  • How to involve, inspire and enthuse familiar and the wider community

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Peter Gray, $22.49

In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today's constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, he demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient.

A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it's time to stop asking what's wrong with our children, and start asking what's wrong with the system. It shows how we can act — both as parents and as members of society — to improve children's lives and to promote their happiness and learning. 

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Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read. Peggy Kaye, $20.50

Peggy Kaye's Games for Reading helps children read by doing just what kids like best: playing games.  There is a "bingo" game that helps children learn vocabulary. There is a rhyming game that helps them hear letter sounds more accurately. There are mazes and puzzles, games that train the eye to see patterns of letters, games that train the ear so a child can sound out words, games that awaken a child's imagination and creativity, and games that provide the right spark to fire a child's enthusiasm for reading. There are games in which your child has to act silly and games — sure to be any child's favorite — in which you do.

Easy to follow and easy to play, these games are ideal for busy, working parents. You can read a game in a few minutes and start to play right away. You can play on car trips, while doing the laundry, or while cooking. These games are so much fun for the whole family that you may forget their serious purpose.  


The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College. Karl Haigler & Rae Nelson, $21.99

Taking time off before or during college or university can offer some students the opportunity to gain focus and discipline, learn to set goals, get real-world experience and ultimately get the most out of a college education. The Gap-Year Advantage provides parents with all the advice, tips and information they need to help students develop and implement a strategy for themselves.


The Holistic Curriculum, 3rd Edition. John Miller, $42.95

The Holistic Curriculum addresses the problem of fragmentation in education through a connected curriculum of integrative approaches to teaching and learning. John Miller, author of more than seventeen books on holistic education, discusses the theoretical foundations of the holistic curriculum and particularly its philosophical, psychological, and social connections.

Tracing the history of holistic education from its beginnings, this revised and expanded third edition features insights into Indigenous approaches to education while also expanding upon the six curriculum connections: subject, community, thinking, earth, body-mind, and soul. This edition also includes an introduction by leading Indigenous educator Greg Cajete as well as a dialogue between the author and Four Arrows, author of Teaching Truly, about the relationship between holistic education and Indigenous education.

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The Home Education Handbook: a Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Educating Children at Home. Gill Hines & Alison Baverstock, $26.99

If you are thinking of home educating your child, your initial surprise may be at how easy it is to turn intention into reality. Once you have deregistered your child, you are largely left to get on with delivering education from home, as you see best.

This book is full of practical guidance for parents, based on the authors' long experience of working with children and young people; their parents, teachers and schools. It will help you plan what is taught, as well as when and how. The authors not only consider how to benefit from the opportunities home education provides, but also suggest creative ways to fill the potential gaps that might arise from not being part of the traditional school system.

The Home Education Handbook covers everything from the socialisation of home-educated children to advice on supporting the motivation and resilience of all involved. This is a book that every parent who is considering home education or flexi-schooling, or is simply keen to ensure that their child gets the best education possible, needs to read.


Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World. Ben Hewitt, $17.95

When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace of their two sons, the main source of family income and food, and ultimately, both classroom and home for their children. 

Having opted out of formal education, Hewitt's sons learn through self-directed play, exploration, and experimentation on their farm, in the woods, and (reluctantly) indoors. This approach has allowed the boys to develop confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity. They learn, they play, they read, they test boundaries, they challenge themselves, they fail, they recover. And these freedoms allow their innate personalities to flourish, further fueling growth and exploration.

Living in tune with the natural world teaches us to reclaim our passion, curiosity, and connectivity. Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in your backyard and beyond. Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and the best "education" is never confined to a classroom. These essays on nature, parenting, and education show us that big change can come from making small changes in how you live on the land, while building a life you love.


The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live. Kathy Lee & Lesli Richards, $35.95

Find exciting learning opportunities in everyday occurrences, from using laundry to teach sorting to exploring growth cycles in the garden, with the easy-to-organize, simple-to-start ideas, advice, and activities in THE HOMEGROWN PRESCHOOLER. As straightforward as a parenting how-to book and as easily applicable as a set curriculum, THE HOMEGROWN PRESCHOOLER will inspire parents to use their homes as classrooms and take advantage of the naturally rich learning opportunities existing in everyday life.

With organizational tips, recipes, and more than 200 easy-to-pull-together activities, homeschool educators will have everything they need to offer a well-rounded preschool education rivaling the best classroom experience. Convenient charts and checklists to document children’s growth ensure that there are no gaps in educational, social, or physical development.

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Home School Family Fitness: The Complete Physical Education Curriculum for Grades K-12. Bruce Whitney, $22.95

HOME SCHOOL FAMILY FITNESS provides a definitive guide with lesson plans and labs covering everything from basic games to organized sports, and is a vital resource for anyone educating a child at home. This guide is also for any parent who wants to spend quality time with their children and see them grow up healthy and well. HOME SCHOOL FAMILY FITNESS explains the fundamentals of exercise in a fun way, teaching kids to achieve and maintain fitness throughout their lives.


Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Real Help for Parents Anywhere and On Any Budget. Lise Pyles, $35.95

Full of inspiring ideas that can be used with any curriculum, HOMESCHOOLING THE CHILD WITH ASPERGER SYNDROME explains how to design a varied study program built around a child's own interests, making use of simple material as well as computers and on-line resources. Including step-by-step instructions on:

  • Assessing and improving body language and social skills
  • Accommodating the child's need for ritual or perfectionism
  • Developing handwriting and coordination skills

Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask. Patricia Schetter, Kandis Lighthall & Jeanette McAfee, $27.95

This practical, highly accessible guide answers parents' and professionals' questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. The book helps parents decide whether to homeschool and guides them through the process of beginning and maintaining an effective homeschool program. The book also contains tips and suggestions from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD and includes lists of helpful resources for homeschoolers.

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The Homeschooling Handbook: How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun, and Effective. Lorilee Lippincott, $19.95

The mere thought of homeschooling can be overwhelming. What curriculum do I choose? What if we can’t afford all the books? How do I schedule our time? Will my children become socially awkward recluses? What if I screw up my kids’ education?! Lorilee Lippincott, a seasoned homeschooling mom, shows just how simple homeschooling can be. She and her husband taught their two kids in a one-bedroom apartment before picking up and moving the whole family to China. They’ve discovered that they don’t need rooms full of books, educational toys, and other teaching tools, nor do they need schedules packed full of extracurricular activities, field trips, and social events. Perhaps even more importantly, they don’t need to panic about making sure their kids turn out okay. It’s actually all pretty simple, she tells readers.

But homeschooling well does require some planning and dedication, and a book like The Homeschooling Handbook to be your guide. Here you’ll find all your questions answered in Lippincott’s straightforward, warm, and witty style. Topics covered include:

  • How to instill curiosity and a love of learning
  • Types of homeschooling
  • our socialization fears assuaged
  • How to create simple schedules and stick to them
  • Tips for keeping costs down
  • Teaching kids with disabilities
  • he benefits of play time
  • Legal requirements
  • How to avoid burnout

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition. Tim Seldin, $25.95

An international bestseller, How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way adapts Montessori teachings for easy use at home. Packed with Montessori-based preschool activities and educational games that build confidence and independence through active learning, this authoritative illustrated guide helps raise self-reliant and creative children. Celebrate physical and intellectual milestones from birth to age six with activity checklists, and encourage development through proven child-centered teaching methods. This edition has been updated to include information about the neuroscience of child development and shares advice about screen time in the digital age, co-parenting, other family changes, and gentle discipline methods.

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way shows parents how to bring the teachings of Montessori into their home to create a safe, nurturing environment for their children with clear and concise instructions.


In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia, 2nd Edition. Lella Gandini, Lynn Hill, Louise Cadwell, & Charles Schwall. $51.50

As the authors state in their opening chapter, “prepare to be amazed.” This beautiful book describes the revolution that the Reggio Emilia Atelier (art studio) brought to the education of young children in Italy, and follows that revolution across the ocean to North America. It explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school’s approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning.

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In Their Own Way. Thomas Armstrong, $17.00

Children learn in multiple ways, and educator Thomas Armstrong has shown hundreds of thousands of parents and teachers how to locate those unique areas in each of our children where learning and creativity seem to flow with special vigor. In this fully updated classic on multiple intelligences, Armstrong sheds new light on the "eight ways to bloom," or the eight kinds of "multiple intelligences." While everyone possesses all eight intelligences, Armstrong delineates how to discover your child's particular areas of strength among them. Filled with resources for the home and classroom, this new edition of In Their Own Way offers inspiration for every learning situation.


The Language of Art: Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings, 2nd Edition. Ann Pelo, $56.95

Typical art resources for teachers offer discrete art activities, but these don't carry children or teachers into the practice of using the languages of art. This resource offers guidance for teachers to create space, time, and intentional processes for children's exploration and learning to use art for asking questions, offering insights, exploring hypotheses, and examining experiences from unfamiliar perspectives. Inspired by an approach to teaching and learning born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, The Language of Art includes:

  • A new art exploration for teachers to gain experience before implementing the practice with children
  • Advice on setting up a studio space for art and inquiry
  • Suggestions on documenting children's developing fluency with art media and its use in inquiry Inspiring photographs and ideas to show you how inquiry-based practices can work in any early childhood setting

Learning Without School: Home Education. Ross Mountney, $28.95

Learning Without School is a practical handbook for parents who want to educate their children at home but are unsure that they have the skills and know-how required to give their child the best education possible. The book explains what home education is; the advantages and disadvantages of choosing this route; how to begin home educating; what you need to do and how to help your child adjust; and how home education affects children's social skills and friendships. The book also considers children with 'learning difficulties' or 'special needs' and how to approach home education differently for this group of children. Each chapter contains a summary of key points, useful websites, hints and tips and real-life case studies.

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Montessori for the New Millennium. Roland Lubienski Wentworth, $81.10

Practical guidance on the teaching and education of children of all ages, based on a rediscovery of the true principles and vision of Maria Montessori.


Montessori Learning in the 21st Century: a Guide for Parents & Teachers. M. Shannon Helfrich, $29.95

This book fills a growing demand for contemporary books on Montessori education and how it applies to childhood learning and education in the 21st Century. Dr. Maria Montessori developed her theories and methods for educating young people more than a hundred years ago. Today, much of Dr. Montessori's empirical findings on how the childhood brain develops and works has now been proven accurate by recent neurological/ psychological studies on childhood learning.

M. Shannon Helfrich shares many experiences from her nearly 40 years as a Montessori teacher and teacher's trainer to help parents and Montessori teachers understand the factors that influence understanding and learning for children throughout their years of development. In a lay person's terms, the author explains how the brain develops and why interaction with the environment is essential at specific points in a child's development. She includes diagrams and photographs throughout the book.

The author also links Montessori's findings with the latest neuropsychological research, weaving back and forth between the centuries, making a strong case for the ongoing viability of a Montessori education in this brave new world. Helfrich offers many anecdotes from classroom experiences with children that support these findings.


Montessori Letter Work. Bobby & June George, $12.95

Learn letters the Montessori way! This board book is designed to help young learners develop pre-literacy skills through multi-sensory activities.

Montessori Number Work. Bobby & June George, $12.95

This is a different kind of counting book. It is based on the Montessori way of teaching, helping young children to develop a concrete understanding of numbers.

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The Montessori Method: Colors — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $10.95 (ages 2-5)

The Montessori Method: Farm — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95 (ages 2-5)

The Montessori Method: Numbers — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $10.95 (ages 2-5)

The Montessori Method: Shapes — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $10.95 (ages 2-5)

Introducing Montessori-inspired early childhood activity books! These books — with eight pages of stickers — do more than simply stimulate learning through play: they enhance the cognitive development of the child. The activities become progressively more complex according to the three stages of a child’s learning: getting to know the material through sensory experience, recognizing the material, and being able to explain the material.


The Montessori Toddler: a Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being. Simone Davies, $29.95

Turn your home into a Montessori home — and become a more mindful, attentive, and easygoing parent.

It’s time to change the way we see toddlers. Using the principles developed by the educator Dr. Maria Montessori, Simone Davies shows how to turn life with a “terrible two” into a mutually rich and rewarding time of curiosity, learning, respect, and discovery. With hundreds of practical ideas for every aspect of living with a toddler, here are five principles for feeding your child’s natural curiosity, from “Trust in the child” to “Fostering a sense of wonder.” Step-by-step ways to cultivate daily routines with ease, like brushing teeth, toilet-training, dealing with siblings, losing the pacifier. Plus learn how to:

  • Stay composed when your toddler is not and set limits with love and respect — without resorting to bribes or punishment
  • Set up your home and get rid of the chaos
  • Create Montessori activities that are just right for your one-to-three-year-old
  • Raise an inquisitive learner who loves exploring the world around them
  • See the world through your toddler’s eyes and be surprised and delighted by their perspective
  • Be your child’s guide — and truly celebrate every stage

Multiple Intelligences Around the World. Edited by Jie-Qi Chen, Seana Moran & Howard Gardner, $36.00

Multiple intelligences (MI) theory has been introduced and implemented successfully in numerous countries around the world. This is the first collection to review, synthesize, and reflect on this unique cross-cultural and educational phenomenon. Through this synthesis and reflection, the book's authors provide a fresh and fuller understanding of MI theory. In addition, they develop more specific knowledge about why MI theory has been welcomed in so many countries, how its use can be appropriate in diverse cultures, and what has supported and fueled travel of the MI meme.

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Natural Curiosity: Educating and Nurturing Our Children at Home. Lisa Carne, $35.95

Since becoming 'unschooled', the two children have thrived on a diet of self-directed play and learning, amassing life skills, confidence, responsibility, and a vast array of knowledge along the way. This thoughtful book touches upon important themes in education and environmentalism, such as children's rights in schooling, the use and place of technology in learning, and the absence of the natural world in mainstream education. It gives a considered, balanced view of home schooling, interspersed with entertaining tales including constructing life-sized mammoth skeletons and living for a day as historically accurate Vikings. It offers an understanding of how this type of education works and what inspires the choice to pursue it.

After making the choice to leave formal education, Lisa Carne's children embarked upon a path of self-directed learning powered by their interest in natural history. This book provides a fascinating and humorous commentary on un-schooling from the perspective of a family who have seen both sides of the education system.


Number Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

Introducing Montessori-inspired early childhood activity boxes! This box does more than simply stimulate learning through play: it enhances the cognitive development of the child. The activities become progressively more complex according to the three stages of a child’s learning: getting to know the material through sensory experience, recognizing the material, and being able to explain the material.


The One World School House: Education Reimagined. Salman Khan, $22.49

A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject, and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe.

Like many innovators, Khan rethinks existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if freed from them. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the site to utilize this fresh approach to learning. In The One World School House, Khan presents his radical vision for the future of education, as well as his own remarkable story, for the first time. In these pages, you will discover, among other things:

  • How both students and teachers are being bound by a broken top-down model invented in Prussia two centuries ago
  • Why technology will make classrooms more human and teachers more important
  • How and why we can afford to pay educators the same as other professionals
  • How we can bring creativity and true human interactivity back to learning
  • Why we should be very optimistic about the future of learning

Parents and politicians routinely bemoan the state of our education system. With a shrewd reading of history, Khan explains how this crisis presented itself, and why a return to "mastery learning," abandoned in the twentieth century and ingeniously revived by tools like the Khan Academy, could offer the best opportunity to level the playing field, and to give all of our children a world-class education now.

More than just a solution, The One World School House serves as a call for free, universal, global education, and an explanation of how Khan's simple yet revolutionary thinking can help achieve this inspiring goal.

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The Parenting 5: Sensory Motor Play for Little People. Ruth Barker, $27.95

This simple guide to activities that enhance sensory motor play offers practical ideas, captured in clear text and colourful photos. The perfect book for parents and caregivers of young children, it gives you the knowledge you need for their best start in life. The early years lay the foundation for a child's neurological and physical wellbeing. The Parenting 5: Sensory Motor Play for Little People assists parents and caregivers in in creating a fun learning environment for preschoolers — at home or in childcare settings.


Possible Schools: the Reggio Approach to Urban Education. Ann Lewin-Benham, Foreword by Howard Gardner. $37.95

Possible Schools tells the compelling story of the Model Early Learning Center (MELC) in Washington, D.C. — the only school in a U.S. urban area to successfully implement the principles of the Municipal Preschools of Reggio Emilia. The author describes the origin of this school, which served impoverished urban families, and traces its evolution from a chaotic inception to its ability to apply Reggio practices.


7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences. Revised Edition. Thomas Armstrong, $17.50

Based on psychologist Howard Gardner's pioneering theory of "multiple intelligences," the original edition of 7 Kinds of Smart identified seven distinct ways of being smart, including "word smart," "music smart," "logic smart," and "people smart." 7 Kinds of Smart offers even more interesting information about how the human psyche functions. Complete with checklists for determining one's strongest and weakest intelligences, exercises, practical tips for developing each type of smart, a revised bibliography for further reading, and a guide to related Internet sites, this book continues to be an essential resource, offering cutting-edge research for general consumption.

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Shape Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

Introducing Montessori-inspired early childhood activity boxes! Understanding shapes is one of the most basic concepts preschoolers can grasp. This box helps them understand in a tactile, playful way. Take each card, press out the various shapes, and then let kids figure out how to put them back in the right place. It’s so much like a game that they won’t even think they’re learning!

This box enhances the cognitive development of the child. The activities become progressively more complex according to the three stages of a child’s learning: getting to know the material through sensory experience, recognizing the material, and being able to explain the material.


Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in the Head, 2nd edition.  Carla Hannaford, $25.95

Neurophysiologist and educator Dr. Carla Hannaford brings the latest insights from scientific research to questions that affect learners of all ages. Examining the body's role in learning, from infancy through adulthood she presents the mounting scientific evidence that movement is crucial to learning.Dr. Hannaford offers clear alternatives and remedies that people can put into practice right away to make a real difference in their ability to learn. She advocates more enlightened educational practices for homes and schools including: a more holistic view of each learner; less emphasis on rote learning; more experiential, active instruction; less labeling of learning disabilities; more physical movement; more personal expression through arts, sports and music; less prescribing of Ritalin and other drugs whose long term effects are not even known.


Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child. Maja Pitamic, $21.99

Based on key Montessori principles of learning through experience, Teach Me to Do It Myself features simple activities to explore with your child and develop his or her senses, coordination, language skills, number sense and science interests. This fun and practical book will guide you... teaching children essential life skills and giving them a greater understanding of the world around them.

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Understanding the Montessori Approach: Early Years Education in Practice, 2nd Edition. Barbara Isaacs, $41.90

Understanding the Montessori Approach is a much-needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Montessori Approach and how it is used in the teaching and learning of young children. This second edition has been fully updated to reflect changes in the Early Years Foundation Stage and includes a fresh examination of the relationship between technology and the Montessori approach, as well as a brand new chapter, Learning in Montessori Settings. Exploring all areas of the curriculum including the organisation of Montessori schools, the environment, learning and teaching and the outcomes for children, this book:

  • examines the historical context of the Montessori approach and its relevance to modern-day education
  • explores Montessori's views of child development and the role of the learning environment in a child’s educational development
  • details the organisation of Montessori schools worldwide and the structure of a typical day in a Montessori setting
  • highlights the principles of Montessori pedagogy, including the tools and strategies employed by its practitioners
  • considers how and what children learn in a Montessori setting and the links with EYFS 2017
  • includes new benefits and challenges of the Montessori approach to children's lives

Understanding the Montessori Approach provides an accessible overview of this major pedagogical influence on early years practice, supported by case studies, examples, summaries and reflective practice questions. This new edition not only highlights the core ideas that practitioners should consider when reviewing and reflecting on their own practice, but accommodates revisions to educational curriculum and policy in order to serve as an invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike.


Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach: Early Years Education in Practice, 2nd Edition. Janni Nicol & Jill Tina Taplin, $55.90

This fully revised edition of Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach is a much needed source of information for those wishing to extend and consolidate their understanding of the Steiner Waldorf early childhood approach. It enables the reader to analyse the essential elements of the Steiner Waldorf Approach to early childhood and its relationship to quality early years practice.

Covering all areas of the curriculum including observation and assessment, child development, play, repetition and the environment, this new edition has been updated to reflect recent curriculum changes and explore the influence of media and technology. Including a new chapter on expanding the Steiner Waldorf approach to work with children from birth to three, the book:

  • describes the key principles of the Steiner Waldorf approach to early childhood with examples from Steiner settings;
  • provides an accessible and objective overview of a key pedagogical influence on high quality early years practice in the United Kingdom;
  • highlights the key ideas that practitioners should consider when reviewing their own practice;
  • contains summaries of key points and reflective practice questions to help students and practitioners engage with the ideas in the book;
  • can be used as the basis for continuing professional development and action research.

Written to support the work of all those in the field of early years education and childcare, this text is essential reading for students, practitioners, leaders, managers and all those wanting to improve their early years practice.

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Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out. Jack Petrash, $25.95

Written by a teacher with more than 25 years of experience, this book offers a jargon-free view of Waldorf education and its philosophy of the importance of a three-dimensional education. Whether you're a Waldorf parent or teacher, or you just want to learn more about these innovative educational concepts, this book contains important ideas on learning that you can apply today.


Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom. Kerry McDonald, $25.99

Education has become synonymous with schooling, but it doesn’t have to be. As schooling becomes increasingly standardized and test driven, occupying more of childhood than ever before, parents and educators are questioning the role of schooling in society. Many are now exploring and creating alternatives.

In a compelling narrative that introduces historical and contemporary research on self-directed education, Unschooled also spotlights how a diverse group of individuals and organizations are evolving an old schooling model of education. These innovators challenge the myth that children need to be taught in order to learn. They are parents who saw firsthand how schooling can dull children’s natural curiosity and exuberance and others who decided early on to enable their children to learn without school. Educators who left public school classrooms discuss launching self-directed learning centers to allow young people’s innate learning instincts to flourish, and entrepreneurs explore their disillusionment with the teach-and-test approach of traditional schooling.


We Are All Explorers: Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in Urban Settings. Daniel Scheinfeld, Karen Haigh & Sandra Scheinfeld, $44.50

This is the first book to systematically examine a program-wide, multi-site implementation of the Reggio Approach in America. The authors provide a thoughtful, well-documented description and analysis of an entire early child development program serving low income, Latino and African-American children and their families in the city of Chicago. While focusing on the application, meaning, and value of Reggio Emilia principles in preschool classrooms, the authors also describe how those same principles and processes pervade relationships with parents, the professional development of teachers, and the overall organization of the program.

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The Well-Trained Mind: a Guide to Classical Education at Home, 3rd Edition.  Susan Wise Bauer & Jessie Wise, $47.95

This educational bestseller has dominated its field for the last decade, sparking a homeschooling movement that has only continued to grow. It will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education — the trivium — which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind. With this model, you will be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.

Newly revised and updated, The Well-Trained Mind includes detailed book lists with complete ordering information; up-to-date listings of resources, publications, and Internet links; and useful contact information.


When Kids Rule the School: the Power and Promise of Democratic Education. Jim Rietmulder, $19.99

Education is ripe for democratic disruption. Students in most schools are denied fundamental social ideals such as personal freedom, public government, rule of law, and free enterprise. In our increasingly authoritarian post-truth world, self-directed democratic schooling offers a timely alternative: educating children in civilized society and showing that self-motivation outperforms coercion in its power to educate and fulfill.

When Kids Rule the School is the first comprehensive guide to democratic schooling, where kids practice life in a self-governed society — empowered as voters, bound by laws, challenged by choice, supported by community, and driven by nature. Through heartwarming stories and hard-headed details, this book covers:

  • Democratic schooling philosophy, theory, and practice
  • School governance by students and staff together
  • Student self-direction and day-to-day life
  • Deep play, cognitive development, and critical thinking
  • Why democratic schooling is morally right and effective
  • Model bylaws and guidance for starting a democratic school

Created for educators, parents, and scholars, When Kids Rule the School will immerse you, heart and mind, in a promising new approach to education, and stretch your thinking about what school can be.


The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling. Quinn Cummings, $16.00

In this honest and wry memoir, popular blogger, author, and former child actor Quinn Cummings recounts her family’s decision to wade into the unfamiliar waters of homeschooling — the fastest-growing educational trend of our time — despite a chronic lack of discipline, some major gaps in academic knowledge, and a serious case of math aversion. (And that’s just Quinn.)

Quinn’s fearless quest includes some self-homeschooling — reading up on education reform, debating the need for “socialization,” and infiltrating conferences filled with Radical Unschoolers as well as Christian fundamentalists (and even chaperoning a homeschool prom). Part personal narrative, part social commentary, and part “how-not-to” guide, THE YEAR OF LEARNING DANGEROUSLY will make you laugh and make you think. And there may or may not be a quiz at the end. OK, there’s no quiz. Probably.

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You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six, 3rd Edition. Rahima Baldwin Dancy, $20.99

Today’s society often pressures us into overstimulating young children with flashcards, workbooks, videos, and electronic gadgets in a well-meaning attempt to give them a head start. But children are not little adults — they learn and grow in radically different ways at different ages, and what we do to help could actually hurt instead.

Some of the most important learning years happen before your child reaches school. In You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, respected Waldorf educator Rahima Baldwin Dancy explains the different stages of learning that children go through from birth to age six, giving you the wisdom and understanding to enrich your child’s natural development in the right way at the right time.

A trusted classic for over twenty years, this newly revised edition contains updated resources and additional information on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, using home life as curriculum, and more. From language and cognitive development to appropriate toys and nourishing your child’s artistic abilities, Dancy speaks up for a rational approach to child-rearing, one that helps children be children while we fulfill our important role as parents and first teachers.


You’re Smarter than You Think: a Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences. Thomas Armstrong, $22.99 (ages 10-14)

Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences has revolutionized the way we think about being smart. Written by an award-winning expert on the topic, this book introduces the theory, explains the different types of intelligences (like Word Smart, Self Smart, Body Smart), and helps kids identify their own learning strengths and use their special skills at school, at home, and in life. As kids read the book, they stop asking “How smart am I?” and start asking “How am I smart?” This powerful learning tool is recommended for all kids — and all adults committed to helping young people do and be their best. Resources describe related books, software, games, and organizations. This revised and updated edition includes information on a newly researched ninth intelligence, Life Smart — thinking about and asking questions about life, the universe, and spirituality.

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Complete Booklist

Considering Alternatives

Alternative Schooling and Student Engagement: Canadian Stories of Democracy within Bureaucracy. Esther Sokolov Fine, Nina Bascia & Malcolm Levin, Editors, $42.95

College Without High School: a Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College. Blake Boles, $19.95

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children REALLY Learn and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek & Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, with Diane Eyer. $19.50

The Gap-Year Advantage: Helping Your Child Benefit from Time Off Before or During College. Karl Haigler & Rae Nelson, $21.99

How Children Fail. John Holt, $20.50

The One World School House: Education Reimagined. Salman Khan, $22.49

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards”. Alfie Kohn, $22.95

What to Look for in a Classroom... and Other Essays. Alfie Kohn, $32.00

When Kids Rule the School: the Power and Promise of Democratic Education. Jim Rietmulder, $19.99

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Learning Styles and Theories

Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A Guide for Teachers and Parents. Michael Gurian, $22.95

Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think and What We Can Do About It.  Jane Healy, $19.99

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life. Peter Gray, $22.49

In Their Own Way. Thomas Armstrong, $17.00

7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences. Revised Edition. Thomas Armstrong, $17.50

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All in the Head, 2nd edition.  Carla Hannaford, $25.95

You’re Smarter than You Think: a Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences, Thomas Armstrong, $22.99

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Home Schooling

Autism and Flexischooling: a Shared Classroom and Homeschooling Approach. Clare Lawrence, $26.95

The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life. Julie Bogart, $23.00

The Home Education Handbook: a Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Educating Children at Home. Gill Hines & Alison Baverstock, $26.99

Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World. Ben Hewitt, $17.95

The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live. Kathy Lee & Lesli Richards, $38.95

Home School Family Fitness: The Complete Physical Education Curriculum for Grades K-12. Bruce Whitney, $22.95

The Homeschooling Handbook: How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun, and Effective. Lorilee Lippincott, $19.95

Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Real Help for Parents Anywhere and On Any Budget. Lise Pyles, $35.95

Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask. Patricia Schetter, Kandis Lighthall & Jeanette McAfee, $27.95

Learning without School: Home Education. Ross Mountney, $28.95

Natural Curiosity: Educating and Nurturing Our Children at Home. Lisa Carne, $35.95

Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom. Kerry McDonald, $25.99

The Well-Trained Mind: a Guide to Classical Education at Home, 3rd Edition.  Susan Wise Bauer & Jessie Wise, $47.95

The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling. Quinn Cummings, $16.00

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Montessori

Animal Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-Fives. David Gettman, $23.50

Color Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

Bringing the Montessori Approach to Your Early Years Practice, 3rd Edition. Barbara Isaacs, $41.95

The Discovery of the Child. Maria Montessori, $11.99

Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook: a Short Guide to Her Ideas and Materials. Maria Montessori, $17.95

The Essential Montessori. Elizabeth Hainstock, $18.50

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition. Tim Seldin, $25.95

Montessori in the Classroom: a Teacher’s Account of How Children Really Learn. Paula Lillard, $19.00

Montessori for the New Millennium. Roland Lubienski Wentworth, $81.10

Montessori Learning in the 21st Century: a Guide for Parents & Teachers. M. Shannon Helfrich, $29.95

Montessori Letter Work. Bobby & June George, $12.95

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The Montessori Method. Maria Montessori, $21.00

The Montessori Method: Colors — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $10.95 (ages 2-5)

The Montessori Method: Farm — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $11.95 (ages 2-5)

The Montessori Method: Numbers — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $10.95 (ages 2-5)

The Montessori Method: Shapes — a Preschool Activity Book. Chiara Piroddi, $10.95 (ages 2-5)

Montessori Number Work. Bobby & June George, $12.95

Montessori Today: a Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood. Paula Lillard, $19.95

The Montessori Toddler: a Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being. Simone Davies, $29.95

Number Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

The Parenting 5: Sensory Motor Play for Little People. Ruth Barker, $27.95

The Secret of Childhood. Maria Montessori, $11.99

Shape Puzzles: a Preschool Activity Set. Chiara Piroddi, $14.95

Teaching Montessori in the Home: the Pre-School Years. Elizabeth Hainstock, $20.00

Teach Me to Do It Myself: Montessori Activities for You and Your Child. Maja Pitamic, $21.99

Understanding the Montessori Approach: Early Years Education in Practice, 2nd Edition. Barbara Isaacs, $41.90

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Emergent Curriculum

Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom, 3rd Edition. Susan Fraser, $87.95

Bringing the Reggio Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Linda Thornton & Pat Brunton, $44.95

Bringing Reggio Emilia Home: Early Childhood Education. Louise Caldwell, $37.95

Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom: Interpreting the Reggio Emilia Approach in Schools. Carol Anne Wien, $43.50

An Encounter with Reggio Emilia: Children and Adults in Transformation, 2nd Edition. Linda Kinney & Pat Wharton, $79.50

In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia, 2nd Edition. Lella Gandini, Lynn Hill, Louise Cadwell, & Charles Schwall. $51.50

Insights and Inspirations from Reggio Emilia: Stories of Teachers and Children from North America. Lella Gandini, Susan Etheredge & Lynn Hill, $47.95

The Language of Art: Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings, 2nd Edition. Ann Pelo, $56.95

Possible Schools: the Reggio Approach to Urban Education. Ann Lewin-Benham, $37.95

We Are All Explorers: Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in Urban Settings. Daniel Scheinfeld, Karen Haigh & Sandra Scheinfeld, $44.50

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Waldorf

Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach: Early Years Education in Practice, 2nd Edition. Janni Nicol & Jill Tina Taplin, $55.90

Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out. Jack Petrash, $25.95

You Are Your Child’s First Teacher: Encouraging Your Child's Natural Development from Birth to Age Six, 3rd Edition. Rahima Baldwin Dancy, $20.99

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Additional Resources

Circle Time Sessions for Relaxation and Imagination. Tony Pryce, $58.95

Games for Learning: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn. Peggy Kaye, $27.00

Games for Math: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Learn Math. Peggy Kaye, $18.95

Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read. Peggy Kaye, $20.50

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