Canadian Books
about home based learning

Thriving in the Home School
—A Parent's Guide
by Donna Fawcett

Donna enrolled her three daughters in a private school first, then a public school and then finally decided to home teach, taking them through to complete their high school. All three girls received academic scholarships and have entered the world with excellent social and academic skills. The book is geared to parents at all stages of home teaching. It covers social skills, preparation for college, dating and more. The book is to be released March 31, 2006 and can be found through Chapters stores, or by contacting the author at hometaughtfawcetts@ (add to complete the email address).


Home: The True School
and Beyond the Painted Windows
by Betty Baldry
A school teacher from British Columbia writes about how children might be better educated more naturally and with greater respect outside of the school system.


Deschooling Our Lives
by Matt Hern
A collection of essays edited by Vancouverite Matt Hern with an introduction by Ivan Illich with Aaron Falbel. There are chapters by John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, Heidi Priesnitz, and others. The book deals with various approaches to learning without government schooling, and includes a couple of alternative learning communities as well as homeschooling. There is also a chapter on homeschooling as a single parent.
Order directly from Matt Hern for $14.95 US or $17.95 Canadian. Send orders to:
Matt Hern
#2 - 1943 Charles Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 2T1


And The Children Played
by Patricia Joudry
Though Patricia Joudry is Canadian, And The Children Played is the story of her family growing without schooling in England.


Learning At Home: A Mother's Guide To Homeschooling
by Marty Layne
208 page paperback, $18.00 US/ $21.00 Canadian includes shipping, available from:
Sea Change Publications
1850 San Lorenzo Ave.
Victoria, BC V8N 2E9 Canada
Phone/Fax (250) 477-0173
Email: seachangepublications@ (add to complete the email address)
--"Do yourself a favor and buy this book. ... I think it may well be the best book on parenting I have ever read. ... Every homeschool family's bookshelf should contain a copy for frequent reference and inspiration."
Diane Flyn-Keith Homefires - The Journal of Homeschooling
-- " of the most interesting, encouraging and thought-provoking books on homeschooling we've seen in many years." Helen Hegener Home Education Magazine
-- "There's a great compassion in these pages, ... And huge chunks of that indefinable quality called wisdom." Michael Pastore Midwest Book Review


Home Schooling Toolbox
by Bob and Maxine McLellan
Christian resource book gives guidelines for getting started, procedures for dealing with education authorities, curriculum summaries, addresses for resources/curriculum across Canada and the U.S., and scriptural foundations for homeschooling.
The Educational Information and Address Booklet
by Bob and Maxine McLellan
Lists over 120 Christian and secular resource/curriculum companies across the continent, education laws for each province, and an article about socialization from the Home School Legal Defense Association.
Both books available from:
JOY Center of Learning
Box 788
Shelburne Ontario L0N 1S0
Phone: 519-925-9721
Fax: 519-925-0560
TOLL FREE ORDERING: 1-800-653-4231 Email: mail@ (add to complete the email address)


A Practical Guide To Unschooling For Teenagers
by Heidi Priesnitz
Advice, information, reading list, and resources by a formerly deschooled student.
48 Good Reasons Not to Go To School
by Heidi Priesnitz
This book is written from a child's perspective on the important things in the life of a home educated child.
School Free - The Home Schooling Handbook
by Wendy Priesnitz
The hows and whys of homeschooling. Here you will find all you need to know to teach your children at home.
Designing A Home Education Curriculum
by Wendy Priesnitz
Suggestions for formalizing the process for the benefit of school authorities, a list of Canadian curriculum sources, choosing learning resources, recordkeeping and evaluation.
Challenging Assumptions in Education From Institutionalized Education to a Learning Society
by Wendy Priesnitz
Wendy is a well-known deschooling pioneer and the editor of Natural Life Magazine and Life Learning Magazine. You can order these and other homelearning books from her at:
Natural Life
508-264 Queens Quay W
Toronto ON M5J 1B5
Phone: 416-260-0303
T oll-free: 1- 800-215-9574
Email: natural@ (add to complete the email address)


The Home School Source Book
by Jean & Donn Reed
updated June 01
A very useful resource for new or long-time homeschoolers. A comprehensive catalogue of homeschooling resources, free items to send away for, curriculum, and history books with reviews by Donn Reed on most subjects. Included is a personal account of Donn and Jean's experiences while homeschooling their 4 children. The latest edition has grown from 296 pages to 480! There are a lot of new additions by Jean Reed. This newer edition got rave reviews from Home Education Magazine, and Growing Without Schooling will be adding it to their catalog. The price for the new book is $45.00 plus $3 shipping plus GST.
Jean and Donn Reed
Box 101
Glassville, NB E7L 4T4
jean@ (add to complete the email address)
Toll Free Phone Number (orders only) for credit card ordering: 877-375-4680.

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