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S6E129: Making Learning Meaningful- Monica Cochran
1:14:11Making Learning Meaningful Did you know that the best learning environment is the one where we feel safe? The relationship has to be more important in education than the content. Monica Cochran and I explore this idea and all about making learning meaningful. Monica is passionate about nurturing the love of learning and has vast experience helping learners of all ages enjoy learning. She has been active in alternative education since 1978, home-educated two of her children, and worked with other home-educating families both on the ground and virtually for the past 25 years. Her private practice serves families with kids who learn non-traditionally for various reasons using strength-based approaches and partners with others to facilitate workshops and courses on strength-based learning and resilience. Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-disciplinary program in child development, social work, and early childhood education and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education. She also earned a Primary Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society and is an Advanced DIR practitioner and a provider of SSP (Safe and Sound Protocol) and the iLs Focus System of Integrated Listening Systems. She holds a K-12 Michigan teaching certificate in learning disabilities and emotional impairment. Since 1997, following her youngest son’s auto accident, she has also been active in working with survivors of traumatic brain injuries and learners with other health issues, as they redesign their lives. In This Episode Are you just beginning your homeschooling journey or are you looking for a refresh in your learning journey? This episode is for you. Monica and I explore what learning means, the numerous ways we learn and the learning environments we build. We dive into: Making Learning Meaningful and Fun Spelling & Grammar (Did you know there are over 40 ways we can support learning to spell that are not direct instruction?) Supporting talents and what it means to hold space for our kids Observing children's learning- not looking to fix things but observing what they already know Curriculum- "Curriculum is everything a child is learning. In its broadest sense. We have to enlarge our notions of what learning looks like and our baggage around it." Polyvagal Theory - The Science of Feeling Safe When we bring our personal expectations into our learning environments How and when learning flourishes How do we help our children feel safe? Tools we can use as a parent. Dealing With Meltdowns Tips For When We Are Beginning Our Homeschool Journey Resources Monica shared a ton of fantastic resources and references on this episode! Monica's Website- Learning Without Borders Monica's Educational Therapy Monica On Instagram Clubhouse Facebook Personal Growth Meets Alternative Education Facebook Page AERO Alliance For Self Directed Education Mr. Rogers Pat Farenga On Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids~On Homeschooling And Education Dr. Porges- Polyvagel Theory Dr. Dan Siegel Brain, Body, Parenting: How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids~ Mona Delahooke Our Emotional Deposits/Bank Account reference-Stephen Covey- 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Dr. Greenspan- Developmental,Individual Differences, Relationship-Based 3rd Grade Daze The New Map Of Life- Stanford Report Self Determination Theory- Deci and Ryan Thank you to our wonderful Sponsor! Mel Science is our episode sponsor. They are a learning resource that my daughter has been using this past year and she LOVES it! MEL Science is a subscription service that offers monthly science boxes, which combines hands-on experiments with VR and AR technologies to engage kids in studying science. Science is about exploration, experiments, discovery, and asking questions – all of which comes naturally to all children.They strive to make serious science accessible, interesting, and cool. Mel Science is offering Honey! I’m Homeschooling The Kids listeners a 50% discount for the 1st month for any of their subscriptions (Chemistry, STEM, Physics, Coding, Med). To access this discount, use the promo code HONEY at purchase. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E128: Declutter Your Homeschool
1:15:57Declutter Your Homeschool "We all have a clutter story. Physical Clutter Emotional Clutter Relationship Clutter Time Clutter Digital Clutter We all have some form of clutter in our lives. Because as life happens, we take things in, we build stories and relationships with these items and then there comes a time when it runs its course and we are moving to a new faze in life...and so we have to learn how to let things go. Sometimes that's difficult." Jaycel Murphy This episode was originally recorded in my club, Honey! I'm Homeschooling on the Clubhouse app. Jaycel Murphy is a former social worker, Neurolinguistic programming coach and Elite Declutter Coach. She supports people in decluttering their homes and their lives. Her goal is to normalize the conversation around clutter to address the stigmas associated, and lessen feelings of shame, guilt and overwhelm. Decluttering and Deschooling Jaycel joined Tira Hunter and myself for a discussion on decluttering our homeschool. This conversation brought us deep into the idea that decluttering is not just about our physical space. Decluttering, like Deschooling, is tied to our mental and emotional space. The lines of decluttering and deschooling are interwoven with the idea of letting go of beliefs that have served us for a certain time or purpose but that may no longer fit with our core values. These two practices are deeply tied to society and cultural expectations and the narratives we carry. We stress that there is no right and wrong. It's all a part of the journey. In This Episode In this episode our wonderful conversation explores: Decluttering and Values- Our values informs everything that we bring into our lives and what we hold on to. The first step to decluttering (and deschooling) begins with our core values and belief system Are you a homeschool resource hoarder? Why is it so hard to let go of our kids old artwork? Why is it so hard to let go of clutter. How do we know what is meaningful and what to let go of? Tips on organizing and decluttering your space Defining Clutter The relationship between overconsumption, procrastination and clutter Large family? So Many things? Overwhelmed? Will the family be part of the process? What are the tools to make it easier. Setting Physical and Emotional Boundaries Maintaining emotional ground zero with other peoples stuff The difference between hoarding and collecting What's Your Clutter Story? So what's your clutter story? What practices and expectations not longer match your core values? What are your core values? Ashley Stuart also joined our conversation. She is a speaker, Professional Organizer and Author. You can find both Jaycel and Ashley on the Clubhouse app on The Dear Clutter Show in The Dear Clutter Club. You can connect with Jaycel Murphy through her website~ https://lovecleaning.ca/ or find further support through her Membership Community- https://dear-clutter.mykajabi.com/ She is also on Instagram @lovecleaning.gta and Facebook @lovecleaning.gta Resources and More If you would like to connect with a welcoming homeschool and unschool community, check out my Honey! I'm Homeschooling Membership Community. I am available live each month to support you, answer questions and connect with other like minded parents. Go to https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids You may recognize Tira Hunter from my podcast interview with her and her daughter, Zoi. You can find that interview here~ Supporting Passions and Unschooling To Adulthood. Thank you to our wonderful Sponsor! Mel Science is our episode sponsor. They are a learning resource that my daughter has been using this past year and she LOVES it! MEL Science is a subscription service that offers monthly science boxes, which combines hands-on experiments with VR and AR technologies to engage kids in studying science. Science is about exploration, experiments, discovery, and asking questions - all of which comes naturally to all children.They strive to make serious science accessible, interesting, and cool. Mel Science is offering Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids listeners a 50% discount for the 1st month for any of their subscriptions (Chemistry, STEM, Physics, Coding, Med). To access this discount, use the promo code HONEY at purchase. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E127: Skills Homeschoolers Need For The Future
1:10:45Skills Homeschoolers Need For The Future Do you think that the way to gain the skills you need for the future is only by attending College or University? And what if you don't attend? What opportunities will you have? What kind of jobs can my kids get if they homeschool or unschool? How can I help them prepare for the world and every changing future? What if University or College is not the option that my children want to pursue? What other choices do they have without traditional school experience? In This Episode In this episode I'm joined by Cameron Sorsby, CEO of Praxis. Cameron and I talk about the skills of the future and how young people can access the opportunities that are out there. We begin with the ways that Praxis works as alternative to College and how it is not like any education you would see in a college. Praxis offers a 12 month long business apprenticeship program; 6 months professional development bootcamp and job placement process and a 6 month apprenticeship experience inside a growing business.The goal is to help individuals get their professional lives started. Then we explore the skills and experiences that are needed for today's world and the future. Skills Homeschoolers Need For The Future What are the top skills that homeschoolers need for the future? Where can they create and bring value to the world? What is accessible to them right now? Cam shares the insight he has gained from working with numerous graduates (and homeschoolers) that enter the Praxis program and what he has seen and heard from employers that are looking for capable people that stand out. We talk about: Why teens are more qualified than adults for most marketing jobs The value of Deep Work Top Skills that come from Attitude, Mindset and Learning From Mistakes Communication skills, Problem Solving and Self Direction Why having good energy, strong work ethic and zero entitlement issues stand out in today's world Personal and Professional Development Success and what it looks like in the business and career world today Creating value and clarity on what you want to do Why having different life experiences are invaluable The top 5 ways to gather information How we as parents can help our children If you are a parent that is looking towards preparing your children for the future, then this episode is for you. If you are a parent of a teen that is self directed, homeschooled or unschooled and is ready for an alternative to College that offers hands on, real world experience and connections, then check out Praxis. Resources Discover Praxis How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler Summit- https://howtobeanawesomehomeschooler.com/ Patreon Community– Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids (Don’t forget that starting this May, you can join the community for monthly live meet-ups through Zoom) Other episodes about homeschooling or unschooling teens or young adults: Alternatives To College (Part 1 with Cameron Sorsby) College and Self Discovery Supporting Passions and Unschooling In The Teen Years Supporting Passions and Unschooling To Adulthood Growing Up Unschooled Unschooling Teens With Karla Marie Williams See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E126: Educators Turned Unschoolers with Lesley Jones-Sessler
1:14:50Educators Turned Unschoolers Do you like the idea of homeschooling but have a few doubts? Not sure if you are up to the task? Feeling under-qualified? Or maybe you are hoping that a progressive education will equate to the same thing. Now if only you can find the right school...... My episode guest, has many years of experience working in progressive education. Lesley Jones-Sessler is an educator and a former school administrator now turned unschooler. You can find her on her blog, Watch Monkey Mama to learn more about her family's unschooling journey. When it came time for Lesley to begin looking for a school for her son, she was saddened by the lack of schools that fit the bill for progressive education in the state of Indiana. After a visit with their local public school, Lesley was also dismayed by the lack of diversity in the staff of the local school system. And then, Covid hit. Lesley decided that homeschool was now the most viable option. Little did she know she would find herself down the beginning of a rabbit hole of life learning. After hours researching various homeschooling methods and philosophies, Lesley stumbled across the match for her family: the self directed learning community. In This Episode In This Episode Lesley and I explore the lines of school, homeschool and unschool. We break down: Vocabulary terms in education- What is the difference between traditional vs progressive schooling? We discuss the Traditional viewpoint of - Authority, Lack of choice, Teaching to the test and drill and kill. Versus Progressive Education- Multi-age teaching, flexibility, hands on and child directed. Child Led Learning vs Self Directed Learning within Progressive Schools- Are they one- in- the same or is there a difference? Do both happen in progressive education? Lesley shares examples of what learnings look like in their home The power of "letting go" in unschooling Is it harder for educators to let go and unschool? We discuss her Deschooling process and how she shuts down negative self talk- ( you know that little voice of doubt and fear that we can all experience, coming from within and the outside? ) The two types of naysayers- and why understanding those types helps us to choose our response or reactions (or lack of) to them Having an accountability partner and advocate- why her sister is the biggest gift to their unschooling experience Lesley's advice to educators that are considering homeschooling Resources Reach out to Lesley through her blog- Watch Monkey Mama or on Instagram- @watchmonkeymama How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler Summit- https://howtobeanawesomehomeschooler.com/ Patreon Community- Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids (Don't forget that starting this May, you can join the community for monthly live meet-ups through Zoom) Other episodes mentioned- Building Literacy At Home See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E125: Natural Learning Resources
55:38Natural Learning Resources If you are new to homeschooling, are thinking about homeschooling or need some fresh ideas, then this episode is for you! In this episode I'm sharing natural learning resources and ideas that we can use in our home education journey. This applies to all forms of Homeschooling and Unschooling. This episode is for the families that are looking to try something of the school box of learning. What I share in this episode is not expensive curriculum. There is no curriculum mentioned at all, actually! Instead, these are resources, activities and tools that are easy to find and accessible within our home or community. Where To Begin? Where to begin? First I go through important steps to consider when you are beginning your homeschooling journey or when your family needs a change. I offer questions and prompts to consider on your own and with your family. Here are a few examples: What is important in your home learning journey? What does learning mean to you? Education? What do I value? My learning history. Where am I coming from? Do my past education and school experiences reflect my current reality? Are there things from my past learning experience that I would like to change? Why? What impact would that have? Engage with your children- What are they interested in? What would they like to see and do in their homeschool life? In their daily life? What would they like to create? To play? What would they like to Build? Envision your home learning journey together- What do we love to do? When do we feel safe? What core values do we want to carry through? Natural Learning Resources That My Family Has Loved I share activities and resources that have supported my family's learning journey in many ways. In this episode I break up the resources into "subjects" or learning outcomes that they fall into. Literacy: Family Read Alouds ~ All of the ways that it has enhanced our connection, the how, why and where it has added to our learning and suggestions Act It Out- Drama, Theatre, Dress Up & Make Believe~ Ways and resources we can enhance this at home and what it builds for our learning Audio~ Books and Podcasts Visual- Movies, Screen-time and Digital Media Math: Lego~The math foundations that it builds Maps~What we always have in our home, ways we incorporate maps and the math concepts and foundations maps build and support Natural Learning Resources and tools that support Measurement- Digital Scales, Tape Measures, Sticks and more Building~ The materials we can find around us Board Games~ Gameschooling and my favourite places to find affordable games Creating Surveys Science: Nature Journaling and Digital Apps Science Experiments~ Ideas from the kitchen Fire Science shows and documentaries~ Cosmos, Gross Science, Magic School Bus, Smithsonian, Bill Nye, Google Earth World Studies~ Food and Recipes, Geology and Geography Gardening Building and Machines~Ideas, Recycle Materials, Field Trips Space and Technology Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Social Studies: History, Geography, People, Political Science, Ecology, Economics, Law World Studies- Kitchen Studies and projects Dancing, Painting, Folklore, Mythology Ted Talks~ My daughter's favourite is Fighting Cancer With Dance Travel Family History and Family Tree Local History from Elders and Community Resource Mentions and Links Patreon~ Join my Patreon community~https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids Honey! I'm Homeschooling Club on Clubhouse App Instagram Karla Marie Williams~ Inspired Learning Through Living and Unschooling Teens Math episodes mentioned~ Math Codes with Kohila Sivas and Learning Math with Monica Robertson Kitchen Scale- We use it often. This is the one we have that is simple and not expensive~ Digital Scale Don't forget, if you are interested in my Gameschooling Guide contact me through here, Social Media or join my Patreon where you have access to any guides and resources I create and share. Khan Academy (A Favourite in our home) Inhabit Media Inhabit Education See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E124: Homeschool, Adversity and Education with Dr. Carline Crevecoeur
1:04:49Homeschool, Adversity and Education with Dr. Carline Crevecoeur Dr. Carline Crevecoeur is a Haitian American board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, a wife, and a mother of five adult children. She was raised in NY and attended St. John’s University as an undergraduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She did her medical school and residency training at SUNY Downstate. After several years of medical service in New York and Pennsylvania, Carline gave up her career to raise and homeschool her five African American children. Her homeschool journey is told in her new memoir: Pressure Makes Diamonds: From Homeschooling to the Ivy League – A Parenting Story. She has volunteered on education boards such as WPSU, a local public radio, and NAAHP (National Asso. for the Advancement of Haitian Professionals) and sponsored many public health programs. Dr. Crevecoeur has recently won her school board election race, making her the first Black person in her school district to do so. In This Episode "Education is about life. And life happens." In this episode Dr. Carline Crevecoeur and I explored our thoughts on parenting, learning, homeschooling, education and school. I know you will enjoy the warmth and heart that Carline brings to our conversations. In this episode you get to learn more about her work, homeschool life and the joy, adversity, grief and acceptance that came along with their experiences. This episode is not only for homeschool parents, but any parents that are looking to do better for their learning community. Listen in as we talk about honouring the individual child and why sometimes the best we can do for their learning is to get out of their way. We also explore the power of family and community and being a role model within those spaces. For some, it may not seem like we belong but our voices are actually powerful and important. We also talk about Carline's wonderful book, Pressure Makes Diamonds- From Homeschooling To The Ivy League: A Parenting Story Homeschool, Adversity and Education I love talking with Carline and here's why I know you will love listening to our conversation; Born in Haiti, Carline immigrated to New York and then raised her family (one a very few black families) in Pennsylvania. Through these experiences she brings diverse perspective. Dr. Carline Crevecoeur is a doctor that decided to leave her practice to homeschool her 5 children because that decision reflected their core values of family, connection and self confidence best. I know it was not an easy decision! But for me, her careful thought and personal reflection on that experience offers insight and a confidence that I appreciate. All of her 5 homeschooled children attended Ivy League schools. You'll hear from Carline what made their homeschool successful. (It was not the schools but the connection and personal confidence that her children built) Carline homeschooled through tough times. She was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer at 49 years of age. Her bravery and outlook on life is encouraging to every one of us. And the perspective she gives as a homeschool mom through fear, pain, grief, struggle and then acceptance is invaluable. She now serves her greater community as a publicly elected school board trustee. All of her previous life and homeschool experiences are now blended with her current role in the public service. To me this seems to only enhance her dedication and heart. Resources Thank you Dr. Crevecoeur. It is always a please to chat with you about life, your experiences and beliefs on homeschool, the adversity that you face and overcome and the importance of education. Website- https://www.carlinecrevecoeur.com/ Book- Pressure Makes Diamonds- From Home Schooling To The Ivy League: A Parenting Story Previous Episode with Crevecoeur- Homeschooling To The Ivy Leagues From Nothing To Anything- April 23rd, 24th. Join me for my keynote, This episode is brought to you by Kindred Bravely, the premium maternity and nursing brand that makes it easy for mothers to find functional, stylish, comfortable clothing. Visit kindredbravely.com and use discount code Homeschool20 to save 20% on your purchase! Disclosure: When I recommend a product that I believe will add value, it may contain an affiliate link, and when you click the link and decide to make a purchase through that link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. If you do, Thank you for your support. Other ways to help support the podcast? Become a patron~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E123: Raising Critical Thinkers with Julie Bogart
1:12:33Julie Bogart is a mother to 5 adult children that she homeschooled full time for 17 years. She is a writer and owner of Brave Writer, a company she started in January of 2000 with the hope to be able to raise children who see writing as a tool of self expression, not merely a subject to pass to get into college. Julie joined me in my Club, Honey! I'm Homeschooling to talk about her book, Raising Critical Thinkers. Raising Critical Thinkers This conversation was engaging, passionate and timely. We explored what it means to be a critical thinker and the ways that we can support critical thinking. So why this book, now? Starting with the dawn of the internet, Julie was flabbergasted with how cruel people could be to each other on line. It was almost opposite to how we interacted face to face. Julie wanted to know; Why do we believe we are right? Why do we double down so hard in the face of people we care about sharing a different belief system than us? What can we do to recapture civil discourse while growing and learning? Why do we think what we think? In this discussion we explore thinking critically in a world that offers unlimited information, interpretations, viewpoints and opinions. Julie asks, "Can we learn to tolerate our own discomfort while making room for a viewpoint that contradicts what we want to be true?" Will we make room to understand how beliefs function for other people? Within our Homes, With Our Children and Homeschooling Julie says that critical thinking starts with caring. The majority of my listeners are parents like me, that are dedicated to creating and supporting the best loving environment that we can offer our children. Because don't we as parents care the most? Julie shares that feeling, but asks us to reflect on the idea that we often want our children to uncritically accept our authority first. And when we do that, is that giving them a chance to think critically? You know the saying, "parents always know best"? Or "do as I say". When we believe this, what we are asking for is strict obedience. She calls it our "parental propaganda program". Julie asks that before we demand compliance we fist explore ideas with our kids. We challenge our own beliefs and value the perspective and story of each child. Ultimately, "We are trying to have capacity to hold more viewpoints, not fewer." Resources Brave Writer Julie's book Raising Critical Thinkers If you enjoyed this interview with Julie, check out my first interview with her on the podcast http://imhomeschooling.com/the-brave-learner-julie-bogart/ This episode is brought to you by Kindred Bravely, the premium maternity and nursing brand that makes it easy for mothers to find functional, stylish, comfortable clothing. Visit kindredbravely.com and use discount code Homeschool20 to save 20% on your purchase! If you want to be part of other conversations like this, join Honey! I'm Homeschooling Club on the Clubhouse app. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E122: Resilience with Leah McDermott
1:16:15Resilience This special recorded interview is from the March 2022 How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler Summit. The summit theme was the 3 R's of learning which for us is not the traditional reading, wRiting, aRithmetic. The 3 R's are; Reclaim, Resist, Resilience. Leah McDermott, founder of Your Natural Learner was our keynote speakers to the theme of Resilience. Resilience for homeschool parents as well as our children. Leah joined me to close out the day with this special interview. Leah McDermott~ Mom, Grown Homeschooler, Educator, Unschooler First and foremost, Leah is a mom. She has three rambunctious little boys who love spending every single second that they can out in nature. Leah’s story begins as a homeschooled child. Her father was in the military, so her parents began homeschooling her in third grade out of necessity at first, but eventually because of a disappointment in the complete lack of engaging material found in the classrooms (keep in mind this was over 20 years ago!) Sadly, not much has changed for the better. Her homeschool days were filled with family activities, independent learning, field trips, and worldwide adventures. She made it into her first choice for college with multiple scholarships. Leah received her Bachelors in Elementary Education, followed by a Masters of Education as a certified Reading Specialist, followed by a second Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. After three years of teaching in both rural and urban elementary schools, she decided to leave the profession after having her oldest son. When her son turned two, and began to show interest in learning, Leah found that she naturally was providing exciting learning opportunities for him, and had many mothers begin asking her to share my experiences with them. And now..here she is… From Homeschool To School To No School Leah and I got into all of the ideas we hold onto around learning, children and development: The difference between the traditional system and what the data shows from neuroscience around development and learning. (How we learn best does not match what we do in the traditional education system) The Deschooling process and how it can be an even bigger for parents that come to homeschooling as trained educators. Learning to write Screens and time with screens Trusting the natural learning process How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler Summit If you enjoyed this episode, the full day recordings are available on the website, How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler. The Recordings include: Reclaim~ Ainsley Arment of Wild+Free Reclaim The Teen Years~Kelly Edwards creator of the 90 Minute School Day and Robyn Robertson of Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids Resist~Karen Ricks of Our Kitchen Classroom Play With Your Food Workshop with Karen Ricks Resist~ Karema Akilah founder of The Genius School Resilience~Leah McDermott of Your Natural Learner If you have enjoyed this podcast and would like to be part of the community or support our work, join or follow us here….. Patreon~ https://www.patreon.com/honeyimhomeschoolingthekids Clubhouse~Honey! I’m Homeschooling Club See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E121: Supporting Passions & Unschooling To Adulthood with Zoi and Tira Hunter
1:47:27Supporting Passions and Unschooling to Adulthood The Hunter family began their unschooling journey over 9 years ago. Tira Hunter says that "the benefits of unschooling put her daughter on a path to have a career in art and the freedom to pursue her passions on her own terms." Zoi Hunter is now 19 years old and a full-time commissioned artist. Zoi and her mother, Tira joined me on this episode to talk about their path to unschooling. They also share what they were able to reclaim along the way. Supporting Passions and Unschooling to Adulthood- What You'll Hear In This Episode You'll probably notice as you listen to this episode that Tira is a friend of mine. We met online and became fast friends, sharing our fears, joys and continuous Deschooling with each other. As moms to Unschooled teens that are extremely focused on personal passions, we connected. Knowing Tira and Zoi's journey, I was excited that they came on the show. Their story is so real and inspiring that I know parents will appreciate hearing it. And to hear them share this story together makes it even more impactful. "I was a nervous wreck." Tira keeps it real. She is extremely honest about the struggles and fears she has had on this journey. As she says, the person in their family that had the hardest time Deschooling was.. her. In this episode you'll hear their story from Academic public school to unschooling. Actually, their path went from public school to "school at home" homeschooling to unschooling. Tira did what many of us do, repeat what we know, even if it is no longer serving us. What we know is usually school. It wasn't until they were absolutely miserable that Zoi's dad suggested a change. Tira scaled back, stepped back and tried this unschooling thing. Zoi was ready for change. You'll hear how and why self directed learning was the best match for her, how it shifted their family dynamic and helped Tira to let go of her "schoolish" ideas. But How Do Grown Unschoolers Actually Find A Job Or Get Into College? Tira shares a wonderful story in this episode of when Unschooling finally "clicked" for her. She saw her apply what she was doing to life. Zoi had a task to complete and found an ingenious solution to a problem on her own because of the time she had to experiment, research and test. (The Dish Soap Story ;) ) From there, the time and space Zoi had allowed her to explore art. And Zoi's interest in Art and creating took off. Art became Zoi's passion, her full circle unschooling journey. Zoi and Tira share how art has been Zoi's path to business and the broader world. We talk about the steps and mentors she has found along the way and the opportunities that opened up for her through unschooling. Zoi certainly did not follow a traditional path, but that did not hold her back. By stepping out of the traditional path Zoi was able to flourish. If you are interested in unschooling or want to learn more about unschooling as your children get into their older years, this episode is for you. I also recommend the episode Supporting Passions and Unschooling In The Teen Years that features my son and his journey following his passions in unschooling and where it is taking him. Resources Zoi's Instagram~ https://www.instagram.com/artbyzoi/ Zoi's newest book- Everybody Has A Belly Button Special Shout outs to Unschooling Mentors we mentioned (and who also have been guests on this show!) Karla Marie Williams Karema Akilah Sue Patterson John Holt My son's interview on Galileo- Unschooling And The Freedom To Follow My Passion How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler Summit- March 18th 2022 How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler Summit we are going deep into the 3 R's of Learning. No, not Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic but RECLAIM. RESIST. RESILIENCE. We are gathering for the day, LIVE on clubhouse to listen to stories and keynote, ask questions, learn, gather resources and find community. Go to the website to register to gain access to community as well as all of the goodies that come with this summit. We have our amazing keynotes- Ainsley Arment of Wild + Free, Kelly Edwards of 90 Minute School Day, Robyn Robertson of Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids, Karema Akilah of The Genius School, Karen Ricks of Our Kitchen Classroom, Leah McDermott of Your Natural Learner. Shout out to our summit sponsors whose contributions allows this summit to remain accessible to the community. Praxis Math Codes CoLearn Phonics in Motion MapleRose See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
S6E120: Supporting Passions & Unschooling In The Teen Years
1:12:43Supporting Passions & Unschooling In The Teen Years In unschooling, children learn through everyday life experiences. That is the path that our family has followed since we decided to Worldschool, when our oldest was halfway through grade 1. We made a choice to try our best to support our children in following their interests and passions. What that looked like many years later was our son, at age 14, leaving home to live and work in the Canadian wilderness for a wildlife outfitters. He worked many months trail cutting, horse wrangling and learning to guide. In This Episode~Unschooling In The Teen Years Want a a little peek into what it looks like to raise a teen Unschooler? In this episode, I interview my son, Ronan. We talk about supporting passions, his time away from home, what it is like growing up unschooled and our family experience. We also took time to answer questions sent in by listeners: What did he learn about himself while he was living and working away from home at age 14 & 15? What did he miss and not miss about home? How did unschooling help him prepare for his adventures and his return home? What was the hardest thing he had to face during his time away? How did you solve it? What are his future plans? What words of advice do I, as his mom, have for other parents that want to unschool in the teen years and support their children's passions? Support and Community for Parents that are looking to homeschool or unschool Our Second Homeschooling Summit begins March 18th! It is a day jam packed with resources, information, conversation and amazing guests. You will walk away inspired and ready to reclaim joy in learning, encouraged and ready to resist those naysayers and resilient with a wider community of support. How To Be An Awesome Homeschooler Summit~ March 18th~Reclaim. Resist. Resilience. Join our amazing line up of speakers and connect with wonderful community. Reclaim Keynote: Ainsley Arment of Wild + Free Reclaim Keynote: Kelly Edwards of 90 Minute School Day and Robyn Robertson of Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids~ Reclaim The Teen Years Resist Keynote and Workshop~Worldschooling and Play: Karen Ricks of Our Kitchen Classroom Resist Keynote: Karema Akilah of The Genius School Resilience Keynote and Live Podcast Interview: Leah McDermott of Your Natural Learner See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.