External book reviews:

  • Joy Hakim’s The History of Science Teacher’s and Student’s Quest Guide Review “Joy Hakim’s History of Science is a series of well-written books that follows the story of science throughout history. Although the books by themselves are an excellent read, the Teacher’s and Student’s Quest Guides combine with the books to make a complete science program. The Teacher’s Quest Guide is the meat of the program chock full of information, helps, and lesson plans to teach the science concepts introduced in The History of Science book.”
  • Harvard classics vs. Great Books of the Western World see also the Great Books Foundation store’s titles and the Great Books’ 50th Anniversary series provides a diverse collection of poetry, fiction, plays, and essays that challenge individual readers and book groups to focus on a theme of universal importance. The 50th Anniversary Series are also available at the Amazon store. The ideal one for introducing to the homeschool teen I think would be the Introduction to Great Books 1 -5 series:”The Introduction to Great Books anthologies include shorter selections from Western classics as well as some short modern fiction. These readings are ideal for a new book group that wants to focus on classic readings or for introducing great literature to younger readers. Also available are Leader’s Guides for each volume. In all Introduction to Great Books series, fiction selections are presented in their entirety; most nonfiction selections are taken from larger works.” Do not pass up to also get the British anthology which is a fantastic anthology. Note: Great Books K12program is now available online to Homeschoolers through the Connections Academy
  • NY Times parenting book review on how to raise a child (see permanent link here).
  • Thinking in Pictures. By Temple Grandin, the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most recently she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.
  • The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College By Jacques Steinberg
    Given an unprecedented opportunity to observe the admissions process at Wesleyan University, Mr. Steinberg accompanied an admissions officer for nearly a year as he recruited the nation’s most promising students. “The Gatekeepers” follows a diverse group competing for places in elite colleges. Read the review by the Examiner