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Local woman publishes book for home-school families

October 22, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Art Space



It's gotten to the point where the home-schooled Wunderlich children spend much of their spare time thinking of comebacks for occasions when people ask them if they're antisocial.

"The best response is, 'I'm talking to you, aren't I?'" said Al Wunderlich, 15, during an interview with him, his brother, sister and mother, Irene Wunderlich, at their Hagerstown home.

The Wunderlichs got a chance to vent about misconceptions about home schooling both during the interview and in Irene Wunderlich's book, "From the Classroom to the Kitchen Table: The Many Rich Blessings of Homeschooling."

Wunderlich published the book through on-demand publisher PublishAmerica earlier this year because she wanted to provide information for other home-schooling families.

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"I have a teaching degree, and, because of my experience in the classroom, I have been able to help other home-schooling families with their coursework," Wunderlich said.

In addition to lesson plans and personal reflections, the book also has recipes and sections on religion.

Though she authored most of the chapters, her husband, George, and her children contributed their own thoughts on home-schooled life.

Wunderlich, 43, has four children. Daughter Margaret Wunderlich, 19, is an education major at Frostburg State University.

While the Wunderlich children hoped the book would show others that home-schooled kids are "normal," Wunderlich said the goal of the book was to give families new to home schooling a place to start.

"I believe personally in many types of education," she said. "You have to find the right place for your child. I don't think everyone should be home-schooled. I don't think it's the end-all, be-all, but I do think the end-all, be-all is that parents take an active roll in their children's education."

"From the Classroom to the Kitchen Table" is available for $19.95 at Amazon.com.




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