Friday Freewrite: Outer Space or Underwater?

Friday Freewrite

You must live in one of two places for the rest of your life: outer space or underwater. Which will you choose and why?

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Homeschooling & Marriage Podcast

Podcast with Leslie Gustafson

I’m excited to introduce you to my good friend (and sorority sister, ha!)

Leslie Gustafson!

Leslie’s worked as a marriage and family therapist for over 25 years and is a homeschooling mother of a teenage son. She regularly appears on the Fox Morning show in Denver Colorado sharing relationship advice for couples.

Because so many have asked me for help with how to keep your marriage thriving while dedicated to homeschooling your kids, I thought I’d bring in an expert! Leslie is a wonderful communicator, has fantastic advice, and has eagerly participated in our Brave Writer Community as a member of our Facebook pages and on Periscope.

Leslie regularly scopes about marriage with her husband (The Amazing Intimacy Show), and also hosts a regular scope series called “Ask the Therapist” where she takes questions from the audience that help you heal brokenness and grow as a person.

Have you wondered about any of these?

  • How do you share a homeschool vision without conflict?
  • What should you do when you and your spouse don’t see eye-to-eye?
  • What about romance? Is it even possible while homeschooling?
  • How can the non-homeschool parent get involved?
  • What does it mean to be partners (rather than adversaries)?
  • When is school-worry legit and when is it unhelpful control?

In the following podcast, you’ll learn strategies for how to address these kinds of issues and more. And yes: I share about my experiences as well. As you’ve come to expect, I tell you the truth—the good, the bad, and the dysfunctional!

Thanks for listening to our podcast despite the poor audio. We had to scramble the day of the event due to some technological fails. This is the best we could do, but consider the conversation a gold mine of amazing insight and advice. Hope you’ll hang in there, listen, and enjoy!

Follow Leslie in these places

Facebook.com/AuthenticTrue
Twitter.com/LeslieGustafson
Snapchat: @ldgustafson
Instagram: LeslieGustafson1
Persicope.TV/LeslieGustafson


Name That Frog Contest!

Poetry Teatime Name That Frog Contest

Have you seen the fabulous but nameless frog in our Poetry Teatime tea cozy video? Said frog has been informed that she will never get a star on the Walk of Fame without a name. Learn below how you can help our frog plus enter to win fun teatime prizes!


 

Our frog would like a name with panache. Some of her favorite celebrity names are Napoleon, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Waikiki Beach. (Our frog admits that last one is a place and not a person, but she likes it anyway.)

  • Use this form to send us a suggested name for our Frog Brand Ambassador & Film Star.
  • Contest runs from July 19 – July 27, 2016 (midnight EDT).
  • Each entry will be tried on for size. The winner will be chosen by our star and her managers.

GRAND PRIZE (for the first person to enter the winning name): Poetry Teatime goodies to delight parents, kids, and famous amphibians alike.

The winner will be announced Friday, July 29th!

ENTER TODAY!


Look at the Child

Blog Look at the child

One of the dangers of philosophical discussion is the hunger we all have for a turn-key method. We hope we can find a set of rules or practices that makes learning natural, magical, and practical. We want to have education be about happiness and ease, natural aptitude and hunger. We want to ensure that the natural method also fulfills state requirements or college application transcripts.

When we see boredom or loss of appetite or struggle, we doubt any method (any!).

Instead of looking at method, look at the child. By tuning in to your young person, you will be given the awareness you need. This is a moment by moment kind of parenting—not a “plan” for X child. Sometimes it feels nurturing to have someone else plan a lesson, sometimes it feels positively liberating to be free to pursue whatever it is that fascinates, and sometimes it is wonderful to join a class under the leadership of an expert.

If we move away from labels (relaxed schooling, unschooling, classical education, Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Project-based Learning, Brave Writer Lifestyle, textbooks, public school) and move toward the child (with our expanded understanding of education and learning based on the research we do for our own satisfaction), we will navigate the landscape of learning according to the map that the child gives us and have a wide variety of options to offer. We can move confidently between them because we aren’t trying to match someone else’s vision. We will instead be aware that it is up to us and our children to evaluate method and practice year by year, subject by subject, interest by interest, sometimes day by day.

When we recognize that learning happens all the time, when we see the whole wide world in all its variety as source material for a rich education, we change the tone of our relationship to education AND our children. To me, that’s its chief gift and one worth revisiting frequently.

The Homeschool Alliance


Friday Freewrite: Sunrise or Sunset?

Friday Freewrite

Look at the image. Do you see a sunrise or a sunset? Now share a memory of a sunrise/sunset (whichever one you picked) and help us see it as you did.

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