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Home Schooling

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Home schooling is a big commitment. Considerations are many. Once you make the decision to forego sending your child to a classroom, another set of considerations pop up. Not only do home schooling parents need to navigate mandatory education requirements, they live with cultural and individual opinions about their choice to steer the way their child learns.

One home schooling mother of a young child sent us this email and shared a link to an article she found useful. We share them both with you in hopes that you will find them useful.

“I’m going to make a big pile of lego parts, and I’m going to just experiment with them and see what I come up with,” says my child from the other room as I sort through emails at my desk and come across this article about homeschooling. The mood of relaxed enjoyment of the “experimental process,” resonates with the tone of the article. As for whether my child fulfills the “standard” of his age group, I do not know, and I sometimes feel insecure. But when I recognize that mood and tone of love for the learning and playing and creating process I breath a sigh of relief. It is hard sometimes to hold that confident recognition when it remains outside the mainstream box. Thus I appreciate such articles and pass it along to you."

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/op-ed-home-schooling-diy-alternative-to-public-education/article/392921#ixzz3UHcBX3JV

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Juanita lives in the Canadian Rockies and has been a mother for nearly forty years. She has three children with a 22 year age spread between the oldest and the youngest. During this time Juanita has also worked with youth in a variety of capacities including as a rehabilitation worker in the public school system and as program director and facilitator for a local youth group centre.


Magic and mysteries have been a life-long pre-occupation of Juanita's and she has published one book Almanac of the Infamous on the unexplained and unsolved. She also is known for her mystery entertainment parties (mysteryfactory.com) for children and grown-ups. Staying in touch with a playful spirit and miraculous possibility is something that she feels is vital to passing on to our children and retaining as adults.

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    rick lewis Monday, 06 April 2015

    In our recent homeschooling experiment with our son we've discovered the amazing benefits that accompany having a committed daily schedule with times that we come together for meals, play and sharing, times that the adults have to talk, plan, and communicate, and times that we all have for independent pursuits. It's taken some time after being attracted to the flexibility of homeschooling to see how much having a structure of commitments to homeschool within is enormously helpful to the process.

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