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By Heart goes to School

 Dr. Kellie Rolstad from the University of Maryland contacted me last week about using By Heart: A mother’s story of children and learning at home in her graduate class. “I loved your book,” said Dr. Rolstad, a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership.

How thrilling!

            At the time of writing By Heart, I hoped it would be useful to parents, educators, and policy makers. I hoped it would increase understanding for home-based learning, which I consider a natural extension of parenting. I hoped that in some way it would have lasting value.

In the United States, home-based learning is old – old as colonial America, even older, as the way of Native Americans. Home-based learning is new — an idea that gained momentum in the 1970s and now counts 1.7 million (3.6%) of school age children, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

By Heart, published by Clover Valley Press, will be ten years-old this October.           


“By Heart” Now on Audiobook

By Heart Cover ACX 8-15When By Heart: A mother’s story of children and learning at home by Kathleen Melin was first published in 2008, it came with endorsements from social visionary Eric Utne, radical educator John Taylor Gatto, and Chicago poet Barry Silesky. In the intervening years, the diversity of the readership has continued to grow. Though the book examines Read More→