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Conscious Homeschooling

Schooling is not something to be done to your children in the home alone, instead it is something that we do with our children, as a community, society, and world.

I do not homeschool my children alone. In fact, the term homeschool can be misleading.  Schooling is not something to be done to your children in the home alone, instead it is something that we do with our children, as a community, society, and world. A more appropriate name may be world schooling, experiential learning, cooperative-community learning.

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 therefore 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. They are our future. Their minds will change the world.

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

 

Julie Bogart- The Brave Learner

John Taylor Gatto- Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Peter Gray- Free To Learn

Ben Hewitt- Home Grown

 John Holt-How Children Learn

 Learning All the Time

 Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling

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

 Lori Pickert- Project Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

 Sir Ken Robinson- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

 Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

 Parenting

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

The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About The Mind

 Dr. Shefali Tsabary- The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children

 The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children

 Janet Lansbury- Elevating Child Care

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

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.- The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s  Development

 Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

 Brainstorm: Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child

 The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids 

 Become and How Their Brains Get Wired

PODCASTS

 

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

HSLDA– Homeschool Legal Defense Association- nonprofit advocacy organization that works to provide legal advice and representation to homeschooling families. 

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, 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!

 

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