Sunday, August 21, 2016

{radical art of homeschooling} welcome




Welcome to The Radical Art of Homeschooling! 

I have had this lab brewing for awhile and decided to offer it last summer as a sort of a beta lab, especially for those who are on the fence about sending their kids to school this. I think it will also be useful for those of us who are moving into new stages in our homeschool experiences. My kids are 10, 12, and 14. Their needs are rapidly changing and if I thought I had it all figured out when they were younger, I was wrong! I am constantly recalibrating to meet their evolving needs.

This lab will consist of weekday blog updates exploring different aspects of homeschooling. Topics will include: lifestyle, learning spaces, learning communities, uncommon resources, the value of process, building lessons, documentation, mission statements and parent care. I will include journal questions that you can write responses to or use as discussion prompts with anyone else who will be involved in homeschooling your children. We will not go into depth about learning styles or curriculum, although those topics would certainly be perfect to discuss in the Facebook group.

Which brings me to the second part of the lab. The community I am hoping we build through this lab will be as valuable an asset as anything I could ever offer. Please, participate in the FB discussions (join HERE). Share your experiences, fears, ideas, and breakthroughs. We have a gathered an amazing group of women who have varied backgrounds and rich experiences. We have seasoned homeschoolers, unschoolers, education specialists, new homeschoolers and part time homeschoolers.

Collectively, we are an amazing resource. So tap into it and share your expertise and divergent ideas. Never underestimate the value on a good online group! In the past few years, I have made friends online that have become real life friends. I hope to extend this to my children, too. After the lab, we can do nature and mail exchanges, send each other postcards or even meet up when we travel. We can build something spectacular! 

You really do not need any supplies for this lab other than a journal, pen and internet access.

I will see you tomorrow! Here we go! (below is one of my favorite music videos speaking to the magic of spending your days with your kids- enjoy)

And as always, please let me know if you have any questions or issues. I am here for you.

onward,
Amy


 

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