• In Other Words

    by Published on 05-18-2015 10:54 AM
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    NOTE FROM THE ADMINS: Karen will be hanging out with us at SecularHomeschool.com all this week to talk about homeschooling with a chronic illness. You can ask her any questions or comment on her story here in the original forum post!

    When we started homeschooling, I didn't think much about being a leader… The president's a leader. Heads of big corporations are leaders. At the time, I mostly thought about saving my then seven-year-old from the child-eating machine that he was caught in.

    I'm sure that many of you have similar stories: he was diagnosed with migraine at age 6, lost 20% of his body weight in first grade, screamed like he was being murdered in his bed with night terrors most nights of the week. My little Max, formerly a happy, confident, friendly guy, reacted with these symptoms to the stress of too much academic pressure at too young an age. Meanwhile, his teachers were advising a psychological evaluation and hinting at medicine to help control his "distracted" behavior.

    Have you ever heard of the 4C's of leadership? They are:

    • calm
    • courageous
    • confident
    • consistent


    At the time I didn't know it, but the process of learning about homeschooling, bringing my husband Ben on board, figuring out how we were going to do it, and actually getting our Max out of school took a huge dose of ...
    Published on 01-06-2015 09:41 AM
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    Homeschooling parents give and give and give. We are teaching from birth to graduation, and from breakfast to bedtime. We moms and dads tend to have the philosophy that every moment is a teachable one, so we are always on the alert for opportunities to impart wisdom and to ask questions that get our children thinking. How empowering it is to grow up in a household where knowledge is at such a premium! But for homeschooling parents, themselves, this atmosphere of always being in professor mode, can sometimes be a drain mentally and emotionally. We can easily hit burn-out by constantly being the imparters of knowledge and never the recipients. So what can we do to recharge our own intellectual batteries?

    Reclaim Your Brain

    I think the biggest thing we can do to reclaim our brain is to seek out new learning for ourselves. I am a big proponent of continuing education classes. In most communities, these are often offered through your local community college, although you might also find other organizations such as libraries, community centers, and parks and recreation departments creating programs for continuing-ed, as well. Our local community college, for example, is currently offering courses with such titles as "The Quest for Political Identity in the American Republic," "Local Geology", and "Eastern Religions." The great thing is that many of these continuing education
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    Published on 05-21-2014 08:21 PM
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    We're honored to be able to reprint this post from unschooler and author Pam Laricchia. Pam is the author of the unschooling books Free to Learn and Free to Live.

    I love the variety of words that express the concept of being mindful: observant, aware, attentive, conscientious, careful, cognizant, considerate, present, respectful, thoughtful, sensible.

    Living mindfully is another skill that I picked up as I played with creating a solid unschooling environment in our home. Being mindful walks hand-in-hand with unschooling because they both call us to be observant and make conscious choices, see how they play out, and incorporate those experiences into our lives moving forward. It’s how we learn, regardless of age—from learning to walk to figuring out games to discerning our sleep patterns ...
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