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Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World (Anglais) Broché – 9 septembre 2014

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"In this fine and eloquent and moving book, Ben Hewitt takes a principled stand for the unconventional childhood, for the intellectual and emotional and soulful nurture of nature."—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

“Ben Hewitt walks you along the lanes of his small family farm right into the heart of parenting. He does not judge the new normal of life’s fever-pitch pace but fills you with the courage to follow your hopes, which may well transform your family.”—Kim John Payne, MEd, author of Simplicity Parenting, Beyond Winning, and The Soul of Discipline

“This fine book may make you wish you’d grown up in a very different way.”—Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home

“What kind of parent doesn't send his kids to school? The kind that thinks maybe kids learn best when ‘learning cannot be helped’—when kids are so excited about the world that they master the skills they need to explore it, the same way they mastered crawling, walking and speaking.” —Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog, Free-Range Kids

“Hewitt provides a beautifully written handbook for those of you considering unschooling. And if you're already unschooling, buy ten copies to hand out to friends and family who ask you how it works.”—Penelope Trunk, blogger, entrepreneur, and home-schooling advocate

“This is a beautifully written, honest, introspective, soul-revealing, and soul-stirring account of one family’s choice to live close to nature and to allow their children to learn naturally, without school, in a self-directed manner.  The book’s biggest message, I think, is that we do have choices; we can chart our own lives, we don't have to follow the crowd if we don’t want to.”—Peter Gray, Research Professor at Boston College and author of Free to Learn

"This book fills me with both sadness and joy. My sadness is for the millions of children locked in schools, looking out the windows as the precious days of childhood pass them by. My joy comes from knowing this eloquent book will inspire many to choose a different path.”—Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible 
"Ben Hewitt’s thoughtful and elegant prose cuts through the noise of modern life to reveal the incredible public value and personal satisfaction of being rooted in one’s environment, nurturing meaningful relationships among family and friends, and learning with and from children. You don’t have to live in a cabin in Vermont like the Hewitts to benefit from the book; you can enjoy their story and embrace their spirit to take control of your life and learning to achieve your own unique ambitions.”—Patrick Farenga, publisher of The Legacy of John Holt
"An inspiring read that reminds us the world can offer more to our children than classrooms and cubicles; and they, in turn, can contribute more than test scores and paychecks."—Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemaking

"Everyone with a relationship to children should read this book... for the sake of tomorrow's generation.” —Joel Salatin, farmer, Polyface Farm, and author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal

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When Ben Hewitt and his wife bought a sprawling acreage of field and forest in northern Vermont, the landscape easily allowed them to envision the self-sustaining family farm they were eager to start. But over the years, the land became so much more than a building site; it became the birthplace of their two sons, the main source of family income and food, and ultimately, both classroom and home for their children.
     Having opted out of formal education, Hewitt's sons learn through self-directed play, exploration, and experimentation on their farm, in the woods, and (reluctantly) indoors. This approach has allowed the boys to develop confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity. They learn, they play, they read, they test boundaries, they challenge themselves, they fail, they recover. And these freedoms allow their innate personalities to flourish, further fueling growth and exploration.
     Living in tune with the natural world teaches us to reclaim our passion, curiosity, and connectivity. Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in your backyard and beyond. We are inspired to ask: What is the true meaning of "home" when the place a family lives is school, school system, and curriculum? When the parent is also the teacher, how do parenting decisions affect a child's learning? (And exactly how much trouble can a couple of curious boys gallivanting in the wild woods all day get into?) Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and the best "education" is never confined to a classroom. These essays on nature, parenting, and education show us that big change can come from making small changes in how you live on the land, while building a life you love.

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Ben Hewitt nous raconte son histoire, ses choix de vie (habitat, éducation, job) et comment sa famille s'est attachée à son lieu de vie. La voix qu'il suit est celle d'une vie simple dénudée des enchantements, croyances et chaînes du capitalisme. Vivre simplement permet à la famille Hewitt de diriger leur vie dans le sens qu'il souhaite et échapper aux milles et une courses que les parents font quotidiennement pour ne garder que l'essentiel. Et on voit dans Ben Hewitt un homme qui vie pleinement. Ses descriptions de paysages et de la vie à la campagne sont riches de beauté et d'humilité. Ses descriptions de l'évolution de ses enfants déscolarisés sont riches d'enseignement et la légèreté de sa plume donne à ceux qui liront ce livre une bonne dose d'air frais voire d'inspiration pour faire sa vie autrement.
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HASH(0xab9d4db0) étoiles sur 5 I read this book in a day. Love. Love. Love. 11 septembre 2014
Par Minnaloushe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Well. I have just written and deleted about 6 opening sentences that fell short of what I want to convey. Simplicity then.

This book is so good. I read it in 1 day. I am at the brink of what to do regarding homeschooling/unschooling, veering strongly towards unschooling. This book sealed the deal for me. And yet that's not the point of it. It is one of the most balanced books I have read on the topic. I felt like I spent a few days in the life of, saw this way of life played out, and saw the beauty of it all. This style of education is RICH and FULL with limitless possibilities and numerous experiences. This book gave me full confidence that what I already knew instinctively- is the choice I should follow.

It is not just about schooling though. I identified with many of the author's thoughts on living off the land, even if you are not personally living off the land, loving the land around you. His musings on parenthood were excellent and relevant. I appreciated the transparency and truth of how much work and responsibility is involved. The most overwhelming theme to me was contentment and peace in living a life true to yourself and your values.

When I first started reading it I was slightly worried as it was very flavored with prose. I love prose, but I thought it might be hard to get through given the topic. Wrong. I was brought to tears numerous times because of the writing, but also because of where I am in this journey. It is brilliant in that you get one chapter of beauty and reflection, and one chapter of info and story, and he alternates between the two every other chapter. The chapters of reflection have beautiful art above the title, are brief, and add value. The layout is beautiful and flows well. My book is filled with circles, underlining, stars, scribbles, and thoughts I want to remember and reference back to. So much is given to you as the reader.

I will say that though I do admire their choices and their happiness in them- I personally think it's OK to have a TV(not for cable, for movies and education), and for kids to have monitored by age media exposure. While I do think society and the media has many issues, I want them to be educated on that, and develop their own self-control and opinions over it. My kids have iPads and handle them beautifully without addictions or arguments, and rarely choose them over going outside or playing Legos, etc.

Excellent. Memoirs are my favorite genre and this one does not disappoint.

If only all books one picks up could be this satisfying.
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HASH(0x9847b018) étoiles sur 5 Seminal Work!!! 29 septembre 2014
Par Bird That Reads - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Lace up your boots, grab a stick, and come explore the New England woods with author Ben Hewitt and his sons, Fin and Rye. Amongst the tall trees, small animals, and rich earth, you'll find the children's schoolhouse. But it's not an actual building, it's a natural workshop encompassing the surrounding area where the boys plunge, examine, dig, construct - and most importantly - explore the physical world around them. Through their daily journeys, the students have learned the lessons that THEY need to learn; their curriculum being entirely self-devised. From their own efforts, the boys have succeeded in being schooled by being unschooled.

Hewitt poetically describes the transformation in an engaging story that transports you deep into the forest to a place where you may not want to leave. You'll realize you've been here before, a long time ago, when you'll recall the beauty and wonder of your own childhood mind. But Hewitt's boys can revel in their curosity here, unchecked by teacher or parent. Through their discoveries in the forest, they've found their own path and are designing their own trail. With confidence and vigor they forge ahead, while the reader is left to pause and ponder.

By the end of this colorful tribute to childhood and to his sons, Hewitt will leave you NOT where you began. It will be up to you whether you decide to go or stay. Whichever course you choose, you will revisit your own journey and find the crystals of knowledge you left there long ago. And you will find the truth that you knew the answers all along.
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HASH(0x9847b258) étoiles sur 5 These Stories May Change the Way You Do Everything as a Family 16 septembre 2014
Par ncfarmchick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Having read all of Hewitt's books and as a regular reader of his blog, I thought I knew what to expect when my pre-ordered copy of "Homegrown" arrived. As wonderfully inspiring and beautifully written as I knew it would be, it surpasses my expectations. Part of the appeal Hewitt's stories have for me is the similarities of his sons to my own two boys (though mine are younger - only 2 and 3 years old.) I have almost started to think of the Hewitt boys as my own boys' older counterparts and this book gives me a glimpse into what may lie ahead for us. I particularly like the final essay in which Hewitt ponders his family's future and offers gentle suggestions for embracing a life as part of the natural world and finding your place in it. Of course, everyone's story is different and Hewitt very clearly makes it known that his family's choices are not right for everyone. I think his level of humility and kindness is rare in someone so clearly passionate about a subject. It would be so easy to become preachy even when advice and comments are well-intentioned but Hewitt never comes close to even a hint of condescension in his writing. His style is picturesque but accessible as if the reader is having a conversation with a good friend who happens to be a great story teller. While homeschooling, and even unschooling, are not as unusual an educational choice as they once were (here in NC, the number of homeschooled children just recently surpassed the number of children who attend private schools), there is still a lot of questions and uncertainty about this lifestyle choice among the general population. I recommend this book unreservedly to anyone interested in homeschooling, unschooling, crafting a life in harmony with nature, and those who just want to create a more beautiful world for their children to grow into - whatever that means to them.
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HASH(0x9847b3fc) étoiles sur 5 Fun to read and very inspiring! 30 janvier 2015
Par Kristina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I read this book on the heels of Peter Gray's Free to Learn. Both of these books in combination make a great resource for any family considering unschooling or just looking for inspiration to allow their children more freedom, free play and exploration. While Peter Gray lays out a history, anthropology and philosophy of unschooling and benefits of free play, Ben Hewitt goes into detailed account and beautiful anecdotes of their own family experiences allowing self directed learning for their two sons. Beautifully written, nice humor, and vivid imagery.
Ben Hewitt's three books, Saved, Home Grown, and most recent Nourishing Homestead make a great "Trilogy" for any family who are looking for more holistic and mindful ways of living.
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HASH(0x9847b2f4) étoiles sur 5 Quick read 16 mai 2015
Par Vanessa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book offers lots of insight on unschooling and the reasoning behind it, but the flow of the book could use a bit of improvement. As a homeschooling mother myself, I appreciated that the author didn't bash the reader over the head with facts and figures about public vs private vs home education. This is for people that already have the basic information about homeschooling down, but want a little personal insight into someone else's way of life.
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