Hands-On Learning in Tennessee

Here’s an appealing homeschool story from Shelbyville, Tennessee:

Homeschool kids show creative sides By Jason Reynolds

Sierra, 15, is an incoming 10th grader who started her studies at age 4, mother Beth Johanson said. Alex, 13, is an incoming 9th grader who started learning to read at age 3. He was the youngest participant in the homeschool spelling bee during one contest, Beth Johanson said. He began teaching himself to read so he could read the instructions for his Pokemon video games, she said.
The Johansons began homeschooling after attending a homeschooling event, Beth Johanson said. She said she had considered being a homeschool parent ever since high school. She had a part-time job then, and would pick up her co-worker’s children from school at times. The children had been homeschooled prior to attending middle school and had a great relationship with their mother.

“I wanted that,” Beth Johanson said.

Our youngest kids learned how to read via Garfield. The library kept us well-stocked.
Writing books, drawing, hiking and studying our bountiful natural world is a delightful way to follow various passions.



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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