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In some ways, it could be easy to think that homeschoolers are already a tribe unto themselves, a ready-made group of like-minded people in any online or local community. But homeschooling appeals to a very diverse group of people, and finding your tribe among them can enhance the experience, making it richer and more meaningful for both you and your children. In this issue, a diverse group of contributors share how they found their tribe—some through a transformative experience, like international travel; others in an unexpected way or place.
As we demonstrated in our last issue of Living Education, going wild means more than just embracing the reckless joyfulness of longer, warmer days and more time spent outside. Going wild also means staying open to possibility, noticing the beauty in your everyday surroundings, and nurturing reverence for the unexpected magic that can happen when you’re willing to do something a little out of the ordinary.This issue is packed with accounts of how nature study and spending time outdoors has become an integral part of many homeschoolers’ experience. Enjoy, and try going a little wild yourself!
Now that we’re well into the 21st century, and computers touch almost every part of our lives, it would be easy to think that the most relevant skills for students’ success involve technology. But a more thoughtful approach takes into account that solving problems and innovating also means being skilled at overcoming obstacles, building relationships, and navigating the inevitable conflicts. This, of course, requires a different and less quantifiable skillset.
In this issue, a homeschooling parent shares how she cultivates those intangible qualities—self-direction, determination, perseverance—children need to succeed by any measure. We also turned to educators with many years of experience for their observations and wisdom on what children need to thrive in a world that is constantly changing. And perhaps most importantly, we listened to former students about whether they felt prepared for life after homeschool and which skills were critical to their success.
When we set out to create an issue around the topic of siblings, we knew we wanted to acknowledge the inherent chaos and messiness of life with children, not just an idealized version. In this issue, you’ll find ideas for including your youngest family members in your homeschooling day (“Littlest Learners”) and how to provide peer interactions for families who are raising only children (“Power of Peeps and Peers”). Our article on bullying (“Leader or Bully—A Look at Parenting Power”) may provoke some thoughtful introspection. As parents, we may find ourselves slipping into habits that go against our vision for productive, supportive parenting, and, as with everything we do, young eyes are watching and taking note. In “Seeing the Soul” (an excerpt from The Heart of Learning), Oak Meadow’s co-founder, Lawrence Williams, explains an exceptionally helpful mindfulness practice that can help us see past difficult behaviors and into the heart of our children.
Many decisions go into creating a successful homeschooling lifestyle, and we wanted to explore how families rearrange their lives to make this happen. So we asked: How does homeschooling impact your financial priorities? How do you raise a thriving family on a single income? What is your definition of wealth and prosperity? The answers were inspiring, enlightening, and encouraging.In this issue, you’ll find stories of how families (including OM staffers) make homeschooling an economic priority and what you can do to create an economy of happiness in your life. We’ll look at financial fitness and teaching financial literacy. Each article is filled with practical ideas that we hope you’ll find useful. And don’t forget to check out OM News for some exciting new developments. (Click on journal cover for flipbook version.)
Literature opens doors to the world around us as well as to worlds inside our hearts and minds. For children and adolescents just beginning to understand the vast reaches of emotion, literature can expand their perspective and add a richness and depth to their social skills. Reading increases empathy, relieves stress, improves social skills—it’s a veritable “gateway to personal development.”In this issue of Living Education, we bring you articles, resources, crafts, and activities that we hope will enhance your learning and enjoyment of literature. Happy reading! (Click on journal cover for flipbook version.)
Innovative resources for learning about math and science abound in unprecedented ways, thanks to the Internet and the free and enthusiastic sharing that it encourages. With STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in the news frequently, it’s important to remember that combining STEM with the humanities (or transforming STEM to STEAM, which is RISD’s clever call to action) best prepares our students for a successful career and life. (Click on journal cover for flipbook version.)
Spring 2013: Sustainable Living and Learning
Winter 2013: Arts in Education
In this issue, we explore the role of Arts in Education from many angles. In addition to insightful articles from Oak Meadow’s art and music faculty, several talented Oak Meadow students (and their parents) share how art shapes their lives and their learning. We offer a glimpse into our two new art courses for high school students, and share a delightful craft that will make a magical addition to anyone’s stocking. We hope you find artistic inspiration throughout these pages.
Fall 2012: Learning Skills and Styles
Our collective homeschooling community is a wonderful resource for ideas on how to improve our teaching skills. In this issue, as we explore Skills and Styles across the full spectrum of learners, we turn to our parents and faculty for advice. Hopefully you will find something here to inform and inspire your homeschooling journey.
Summer 2012: Citizenship
In this edition:
- Beyond the Classroom: Learning in Action
- Poetry of the “Other”: the importance of intercultural engagement
- Kindness Makes a World of Difference
- Reflections on Homeschooling, Diversity and Earth Citizens
- Tree Saver Plastic Bag Holder
- Resources and Sources for Inspiration
- Oak Meadow Curriculum: Citizenship Through the Grades
Winter 2012: Writing
This special writing issue includes:
- Thoughts on Teaching Writing in Grades K-8
- From Texting to Treatise: A Teacher’s Perspective
- Hardwired for Writing: The Intelligence of the Hand
- Handwriting Tips
- Staff Picks: Favorite Writing Books
- Craft: Book Binding