Homeschooling is a lifestyle. It is living in connection with your family, neighbors, extended community, and the natural world. It is a large collaborative effort. What your children learn and how they learn should not fall on the backs of you, their parents, alone. Our children need experience in building relationships with members of the community and beyond. That is afterall how humans have come to survive. We are social beings who depend on our environments to survive and thrive. Other people are the most important part of our environment.
Children need to explore territories, opportunities, experiences and more outside of the home in order to fully exercise their drive and need to learn about the world around them. They need support from a diverse number of resources to gain the confidence, resilience, and courage to lead their own journey of fulfillment and lifelong learning.
The research is clear: children are born geniuses. They are born mathematicians, scientists, and explorers, They are also learning machines. So let’s create the conditions for their genius to flourish. Let’s provide them the opportunity to see themselves as what they are from birth and that is competent and capable to change the world.
That is where adults come in. We are in charge of setting the right environmental conditions and creating circumstances in which children can experience all that this world has to offer, particularly when children are young. My mission is to facilitate, not direct or coerce, a lifestyle that opens boundless opportunities for personal growth, change, meaning, and purpose that will keep the fire of curiosity and a love of lifelong learning endlessly burning.
The resources that I share with you here have accompanied my family and I in our journey to live in trust, adventure, learning, and connection. I predict that you have your own list of invaluable resources that have served you and your family well. I would love for you to add them in the comments below. Here is my list
John Taylor Gatto
Sir Ken Robinson
Dr. Shefali Tsabary-
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.
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