“A “must-read” Waldorf teaching memoir” : Homeschooling Parents Review A Gift of Wonder

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Since retiring from teaching in Waldorf schools, I’ve enjoyed working with a homeschooling second grader who often comes up with an idea for our lesson time than is more engaging than what I planned.  “Can we start in the garden today?” And why not? We are both more focused after time in the fresh air where she weeds her fairy garden and then helps me plant peas.  She’s an extra tall second grader so sometimes my expectations inadvertently match her height rather than her age. At these times I remind myself about the normal developmental traits of eight year olds. And I find that my reminders to myself as a homeschooling teacher is much like my self-talk as a classroom teacher. In fact, I remind myself of the lessons I shared in my classroom teaching memoir, A Gift of Wonder.

Might others who teach at home find value in my memoir set in school? Two homeschoolers, Kimberly Wilson and Amanda Evans kindly agreed to read my memoir with this question in mind.  This week I’ll share Amanda’s book review and next week I’ll share Kimberly’s review. 

Amanda Evans lives in coastal NC with her husband and three children, ages 12, 10 and 8. They’re finishing up their 6th year of Waldorf-inspired homeschooling. Her review was published recently in The Parenting Passageway

Many thanks to Amanda Evans for reviewing A Gift of Wonder and to Carrie Dendtler of The Parenting Passageway for publishing her review. 

Book Review: A Gift of Wonder: A True Story Showing School as is Should Be by Kim Allsup 
reviewed by Amanda Evans
Home education is such an interesting journey. The reasons that lead us to embark upon it, and the reasons that cause us to stay, are unique. There are, however, a few major themes that seem to beckon most of us to undertake the journey, and I believe one of those is to cultivate a wonder-filled childhood for our children.
Kim Allsup’s new teaching memoir, A Gift of Wonder: A True Story Showing School as it Ought to Be”, invites us to consider the points where childhood wonder and education intersect. While the book reflects Ms. Allsup’s journey as a Waldorf classroom teacher, I found it spoke to me as both a home educator and a parent, and I feel that her story is worth pondering for anyone involved in education. Certainly those committed to the Waldorf method will find it pedagogic. I feel it will join Torin Finser’s “School as a Journey” and Marjorie Spock’s “Teaching as a Lively Art” as a “must-read” Waldorf teaching memoir.
I feel it will join Torin Finser’s “School as a Journey” and Marjorie Spock’s “Teaching as a Lively Art” as a “must-read” Waldorf teaching memoir.
Each chapter of the book cradles a pedagogical lesson within the comfortable embrace of a well-told story – quite perfect for a Waldorf teaching memoir. Even adults learn better from a story. This made the book a breeze to read – a boon for any busy homeschooling parent, to be sure!

Click here to read the full review in The Parenting Passageway

sources for A Gift of Wonder

Indiebound http://bit.ly/2Faj9LI


The Publisherhttp://bit.ly/2F58G4k

Floris Books for European orders http://bit.ly/2F5fUWQ

Booktopia for Australian orders  http://bit.ly/2TozYXm

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