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REnewing Education with Indigenous Wisdom

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“To find new ways of transmitting knowledge, we must first find a new knowledge. To find a better medium we must find a better message.” Parker palmer, To know as we are Known Parents, teachers and school administrators are in the middle of reimagining school. It’s a difficult time, as all transitions tend to be.  And the time is ripe . . . to find a new knowledge, a better message. To move toward an education based in relationship: between teacher and student and subject and world. It is time to raise up our young people in connection to th[...]

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To homeschool or not to homeschool?

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As schools start to announce their re-opening plans for Fall 2020, parents have so much to consider! How much time have you spent trying to make this decision—send the kids back to school or take the stay-at-home option? This is a hard place to be: On the one hand, this, on the other hand, that. Being on the fence can quickly become an intolerable situation.  What if our minds are meant for researching and processing but not for making decisions?  After the mind has collected the data—in the other words, once you’ve researched your options and given[...]

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Teaching a multi-perspective United States History: A Homeschoolers resource

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I’ve been preparing for our 8th grade homeschool, a large portion of which will be US History and modern day revolutions. I’m looking forward to diving deep into our country’s history.  As for my own education, I remember receiving only trivial bits and pieces of America’s roots: a worksheet on Martin Luther King Jr., a paragraph here on the Pilgrims and Indians, a Weekly Reader there on The Gold Rush. I recall a junior high school history class, but not much from the oversized textbook; never a critical look at Manifest Destiny, never a meaningfu[...]

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A Seventh Grade World/Homeschool

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My daughter’s educational journey (outside of the home) began at a PreSchool/Kindergarten inspired by Waldorf. She spent her elementary school years at a small Montessori school.  I began dreaming about homeschool when Elle was around nine years old. I’d read Home Grown by Ben Hewitt and started envisioning a life of learning alongside Elle . . . a life of connection: to our world, to people and place. I had a strong desire to unschool myself. I wanted to feel the interconnectedness of everything, which I hadn’t experienced in my[...]

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what should families do this summer? Let literature take you on a trip!

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The school year is coming to an end. Travel plans are on hold. Summer camps are still in question. What should families do this summer?  While international travel may not be an option just yet, what about a road trip? What about good ‘ole fashioned playing outside? In the ocean, in the woods, on the mountain trail. Whatever nature you are near, it calls.  You can get the kids excited with a book about a great wilderness adventure! Read it out loud as a family or listen to the audio version together. You could choose a classic wilderness advent[...]

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raising global citizens

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Alexandra Tyson is a traveler, an elementary school teacher and the founder of the website TGC: Travel for the Global Citizen. Her husband, Chris, is the in the Navy and they have three grown children. In 2008, when their children were school age, the family was transferred to Atsugi, Japan. Alexandra and Chris thought about what skills their kids would need to be successful while living overseas. The five years spent in Japan and the decisions that came along with this experience led Alexandra down the road of global literacy. Alexandra and I met through[...]

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more for the suddenly at-home-schoolers

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You’re working from home. You’re managing meals and your kids’ education. You are socially isolated and figuring out how to live in this uncertain time. Of course you are overwhelmed!  Here are the tips I covered on the previous blog for new homeschoolers: Create a rhythm or schedule (without trying to turn your home into school)Add warmth to your home Today’s tip: Set up space Creating individual work space is nourishing and will help everyone function better. Your kids may have fun finding an area where they can easily stor[...]

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to the suddenly at-home-schoolers

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Are you homebound with your kids and wondering what in the world to do? My number one advice is this: Don’t try to turn your home into school. Seasoned homeschoolers know this, and I learned it right away when we started our home-education. It’s especially true right now . . . take a deep breath, don’t stress about academics at the moment . . . we are mentally and emotionally strained as it is. We are uneasy and uncertain as we navigate this time of confinement due to COVID-19.  What we can do is give our home the attention it may need. We[...]

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What to do when your a tired mom

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Last week was a bit bumpy in our household and homeschool. Between sickness and lack of sleep, tempers were lost. I should mention that I was the first to lose it.  I get triggered when I don’t feel valued. Wouldn’t it be great if my twelve year old could read my mind, and then go, “Thanks for doing all those dishes, Mom! Now that you’ve created a clean workspace, I’m going to get started on my work right away!”  It’s probably more accurate to say that I get triggered when I don’t value my own worth and my own needs. Instead o[...]

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Unschooling myself

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I remember this moment clearly: I’m in the third grade. I sit in my desk in the second to last row when the teacher announces, “We are ready to begin learning our times tables.” I think—This is it! The moment I’ve waited for! I begin drumming my desk and pounding my feet in excitement. Finally, I would learn something supremely fundamental about life and how it works. “Carrie, I know you’re excited, but please sit still,” Ms. Cantrall says. I always sat still. I was the most proper student any elementary teacher could hope for. This w[...]