Entropy Academy

ebook How to Succeed at Homeschooling at Home Even if You Don't Homeschool

By Alison Bernhoft

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When Alison Bernhoft set out to homeschool her six children, her grand plans were constantly derailed by the second law of thermodynamics: Entropy. Entropy happens. It enters our houses, spreads toys and dishes around, creates chaos throughout the day, and most importantly steals our time. But Alison discovered that chaos and homeschooling are far from mutually exclusive; indeed, suitably restrained, entropy can be the best teacher of all.

Entropy Academy  reveals how you can train your home (even a messy one) to do half of your teaching, while much of the other half can be taught entropy style in the natural process of everyday life.

Using alternative education methods, marvel at the specialization of birds feet through your kitchen window. Recognize musical eras as you drive. Watch logic and Venn diagrams become crystal clear in a box of random buttons. Use raisins to introduce your kindergartener to algebra. Let the pages of Entropy Academy show how, with a minimal outlay of time and money, you can leave much of the teaching to the home while you relax with a cup of tea.

Anyone currently homeschooling, considering it, or simply wishing to be more involved in their child's (or grandchild's) education will find much to encourage, amuse, and inspire them in this account of the inner life of a highly unusual, unabashedly

idiosyncratic family.

Building on entropy-style foundations, the Bernhoft children's successes range from the traditionally academic Stanford Phi Beta Kappa, Ivy League and Ph.D. to the truly functional son with Downs syndrome who is one of the best-known and most popular residents of Ojai, California, the small town the author calls home.

Entropy Academy