If you’re just getting started homeschooling this year, or got off to a rocky start last year, and you didn’t get a chance to go to one of the great conferences this summer, Sue Patterson is offering an online 3-month group mentoring program starting August 1st. Check out the link for more details about this awesome opportunity!
I love this book! It’s one that I wish I had found when I was a teenager. If you have an older child and you’re thinking about homeschooling or have been for years, I highly recommend you read this book and give it to your teens. It can help light a fire in them to pursue their own education and find their way in the world outside the classroom. Beware of the results, though! Their path may not look like the one you would have chosen for them. Embrace that! Be the support they need to be who they choose to be.
From Sue Patterson’s Newsletter (which I highly recommend you sign up for)!
“The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education was originally published in 1991 by Grace Llwellyn. Now it’s available to you for free! It’s designed partly for the parents, but mainly for the teen who is thinking that the regular brick-and-mortar school isn’t working out for them. Even though it was written 25 years ago, the points are all still valid. It’s full of practical advice, ideas, and encouragement. ”
One of my favorite blogs to follow is Sue Patterson’s! She has a wealth of information to share about getting started and keeping up with homeschooling regardless of your style.
And a new group has appeared on Facebook with thousands of members all sharing information and support about “unschooling”. It’s called Unschooling Mom2Mom and I’ve found some great questions and answers there lately!
The internet has made sharing information so much easier. If you’re having trouble or unsure about something, get on a large message board of some kind and ask questions. The answers are out there waiting for you to find them.
I’ve been talking to a few parents of teens wanting to get out of high school lately. They are dissatisfied for some reason with it and want out. Who didn’t want out of high school?! I know I dreamed of it when I was in high school. If I could go back in time, I’d find myself and encourage me to dream big and move on in my life. High school isn’t the alpha and omega of education and lifelong success. There are other ways to become a productive and fulfilled human being. And those other ways are just as legitimate!
Here are a couple of books I would have liked to have when I was sixteen.
There are more great books out there. And even more awesome websites and blogs about self-directed learning in our digital age. Go search them out. Take a different path. Innovate your life!
Over the last 13 years, I’ve found it much easier to stay on the home education path when I was reading and hearing great thinkers and writers, not only homeschool advocates, but classic literature and history as well. I thought I’d start sharing some of my favorite authors to encourage you on your path!
Today’s “featured author” is Alfie Kohn. I’ll let you discover him yourself instead of preaching his work to you. Go check him out HERE.