Resources

Conscious HomeSchooling

 

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 territoriesopportunitiesexperiences 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

Books

The Brave Learner

Julie Bogart-

Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

John Taylor Gatto

Free To Learn

Peter Gray-

Home Grown

Ben Hewitt-

How Children Learn

John Holt

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling

Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom

Lori Pickert

Project Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

Lori Pickert

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Sir Ken Robinson

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children

Alison Gopnik-

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

 Dr. Shefali Tsabary-

Elevating Child Care

Janet Lansbury-

The 7 Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children Too Succeed

Deepak Chopra

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Development

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.

Podcasts
Best Podcast Resources

Honey, I’m Homeschooling the Kids

Robyn Robertson

Sage Parenting

Rachel Rainbolt

Brave Writer

Julie Bogart

Off Trial Learning

Blake Boles

Unruffled

Janet Lansbury

Online Resources

The Homeschool Mom

homeschool help and encouragement through thousands of homeschooling resources online.

Peter Gray- A Survey of Grown Unschoolers

Unschoolers report on their childhood and adult experiences

Project World School

Join a community for experiential learning experiences

Blake Boles Dot Com

 Speaker, author, owner of  Unschool Adventures a program for teens and young adults..

John Holt and Pat Farenga–

A wealth of information and resources on everything learning and self directed education

If you consider what you want for you and your family, when you reflect upon the impressions that you want to leave upon your children, how much of those ideals and ideas would you be able to gain from completing workbooks and tests? Yes, those have a place and are important at times, but learning and education is so much more. It actually comes down to the science of how we learn. We learn best by being active participants through real world as we create meaningful and relevant experiences. I hope these resources will help you and your family through your journey of living and learning. Please share your go-to resources in the comments..
Erica Kesilman
Owner