The Education of Boys: Welcome to My Book

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In The Education of Boys, the fourth chapter of I’m Outnumbered, I write about much more than just school. I do discuss school environments (many of which aren’t conducive to a squirmy little boy) and the current state of education and our boys (and how to cope with it). But there’s plenty to say about things like fostering natural curiosity and a lifelong love of learning.

Moms of infants and preschoolers can capitalize on their child’s creativity and natural curiosity, and this chapter gives Mom suggestions on how to do just that. Creating a fun environment for family learning helps foster kids’ curiosity and creativity, as many homeschool moms know. But the current stats on boys and school are not very encouraging, so I give moms some ideas on how to develop school survival skills and handle rough spots in the classroom.

One thing I try to do in this chapter is put education in perspective. As a teacher (and a student who loved school), you have to know I value education highly. I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) that you can’t use your child’s educational success as a measuring stick. Our love has to be unconditional, and that often means we adjust our expectations and look at the whole child.

So, whether you’re the mom of a toddler or teen, whether you do homeschool, private or public school, you’ll find ideas and encouragement aplenty.

Chapters 5 and 6 are up next, and I’ll be previewing those on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Chapter 5, Boy Talk, deals with boys and communication. (Yes, there is such a thing.) And Chapter 6, The Big O’s – Order and Organization, is full of ideas to teach boys the value of organization. For a preview, be sure to check back.


Diane said...

Having your teacher perspective, I'm sure you have great insight in this area. :O)

Alexandra said...

This is so wonderful, and I am proud to know you.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I'm so looking forward to reading it!
Thanks for the reminder to look at the whole child. It's easy to obsess about one facet and lose perspective. When we're not growing in one area, we may be thriving in another. I forget that sometimes.

Corinne Cunningham said...

I just got my copy in the mail yesterday :) Can't wait to dive in! (I'm thinking of giving away my copy as a giveaway on the blog after, is that ok? Email me and let me know :) crnnoel at gmail dot com)

Unknown said...

I want to read it, but I will have to wait until my library has a copy.

Karen said...

Laura, you do give such wonderful ideas in your book. Thank!

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