And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-based Education

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New Society Publishers, 1999 - Education - 221 pages
A clear and magical account of how David and Ellen helped their daughters find new ways to take charge of their education... A treat you should not miss.'John Taylor Gatto, 1991 New York Teacher of the Year and author of Dumbing Us Down
Progressive-minded parents considering homeschooling their children but turned off by fundamentalist or unschooling approaches will be inspired by this engaging account of home-directed community-based education.
Acting on their conviction that to educate a child well is to enable her to find her destiny, David Albert and his partner Ellen listened carefully, with respect and with love, to how their children expressed their own learning needs. Leaving traditional homeschooling methods behind, they followed their daughters' unique knowledge quests - from astronomy and botany, to opera and mythology - and then went about finding the resources and opportunities to meet those needs within their community. And the Skylark Sings with Me is reassuring to any parent who feels they must have an education background before homeschooling their children. While Albert pays special attention to science and nature - the subjects parents feel the most inadequately prepared to teach - he humbly admits that despite a "fancy" education, his knowledge areas rarely overlapped his daughters' evolving interests. The real challenge is not to "teach," but to find new ways to access the community - its people, its resources - as a flexible learning institution.
Gracefully written, And the Skylark Sings with Me passionately illustrates that real learning is much richer and more mysterious than any school can encompass.

"I recently received the copy of And the Skylark Sings With Me, and am savoring it. I love reading about your daughters' musical progressions. Reading them aloud is very encouraging to my musically-oriented 6 y.o. Thank you!
"As I read your educational philosophy, I feel affirmed and stretched at the same time. Affirmed, because you articulate so well what had been for me a nebulous sort of gut-feeling. Stretched, because you prompt me to expand that further. This is the same kind of response I've heard from a few other people who are reading your

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About the author (1999)

David Albert is a storyteller, writer, and senior planner and policy analyst with the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and a contributor to Spinning Tales, WeavingHope. Albert lives with his family in Olympia, Washington. He has written several books,including And the Skylark Sings With Me, The Healing Heart-Family and The Healing Heart-Community.

Joseph Chilton Pearce was born in Pineville, Kentucky on January 14, 1926. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, and did post-graduate studies at Geneva Theological College. He taught college humanities until the mid-1960s, and then wrote and lectured full-time. He taught workshops and gave lectures on the changing needs of children and the development of human society. He wrote several books including The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, The Biology of Transcendence, The Death of Religion and the Rebirth of Spirit, The Heart-Mind Matrix, Magical Child, Evolution's End, and The Bond of Power: Meditation and Wholeness. He died on August 23, 2016 at the age of 90.

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