School of Living

Bangalore’s Times of India posted a great article on Indian unschoolers and other homeschoolers.  Nice coverage of each family’s educational customization shown in this piece.

The school of living
By Shrabonti Bagchi

“I found most playschools to be too structured. They have classes and everything, but my daughter didn’t want to do that. She felt hungry and wanted to eat her lunch in the middle of the ‘class’, and she was told she couldn’t do that,” says Chinmayie. The next day, Alaru simply woke up and announced that she wouldn’t like to go back, she said she had more fun at home than at school.”It fits in with our parenting style. The kind of schooling you choose is an extension of your lifestyle and your beliefs. And for us, putting her into an environment where there are so many rules just doesn’t make sense. I have no doubt that she will learn them when they make sense to her, but right now, these rules have no meaning for her,” explains Bhat. “As of now, I don’t see any reason for her to go to school. Her presence at home fits perfectly with our life. It feels just right. I don’t see any other way to live.”

Conflicted Educators Homeschool

Fortunately, there are wonderful alternatives to public and private schools wrapping their budgets and curriculum around the latest new thang – the federalized Common Core initiatives.  One New York principal understands the conflict, as schools are losing their own controls and standards. He’s able to take his little boy’s education home. Continue reading

Romeikes Have Many Friends

The Romeikes have made many local and far-away friends in the United States stemming from their 6 some years in Morristown, Tennessee.  The family lost their bid for political asylum in the United States. Oddly enough, the Department of Justice successful quest against Romeikes’ hope to live here  was circumvented by the another Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security. The Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency gave the family an “indefinite deferred status” allowance and Uwe, Hannelore and their seven kids are here to stay.  Indefinitely.

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Watching the Birds – Homegrown Science

Birds enjoying homemade suet on porch

Birds enjoying homemade suet on porch

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology appreciates homeschoolers. They cater to them, along with school educators.

From the BirdSleuth website:

Parents, welcome to BirdSleuth for Homeschool!

Getting outside to explore the birds in your neighborhood is an inexpensive and fun way to facilitate science learning in young children. We have developed a full kit and a free downloadable resource especially for homeschoolers:

  • Science Investigator’s Kit for Homeschoolers was developed for young readers (approximately 7-11 years old) and provides fun, flexible, accurate, and engaging resources that are developmentally appropriate yet challenging.  Activities can be done independently, in a group, or as a family. By observing the birds at their own backyard feeder and recording and submitting Citizen Science data, children can learn STEM skills and content! Seasonal membership in the Project FeederWatch citizen science project is included with your kit purchase.
  • The Homeschooler’s Guide to Project FeederWatch is a free eight-page document contains ideas that will be useful for families who already participate in Project FeederWatch. These brief activities will inspire new and creative ways to learn through citizen science participation.

Check it out!  It’s great science and the best part is it’s not out of a boring textbook.