In order to be successful in your homeschool transition, you must begin to deconstruct the way you have always thought of "schooling". From box-checking to basing success off of testing scores, there is a major shift that will take place in your mind if you let go of what "normal" must be. You can decide what content your children are exposed to, when to teach certain topics, how long they need to be working on homeschool during the day, the list goes on. Above all else, homeschool is about reclaiming CONNECTION; reclaiming the right of being the main influence in your child's life. Here are some books recommended to us that we found helpful when we started on this crazy homeschool journey. Let's reclaim the love of learning!
This book tackles one of the most disturbing trends of our time: Children today looking to their peers for direction—their values, identity, and codes of behavior. This “peer orientation” undermines family cohesion, interferes with healthy development, and fosters a hostile and sexualized youth culture. Children end up becoming overly conformist, desensitized, and alienated, and being “cool” matters more to them than anything else.
The Wild + Free Family explores how to create a family culture that breaks the mold by seeking to connect with our children, unleash their gifts, pursue a shared vision together, and redeem generational brokenness, among so much more.
After over 100 years of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning "disabilities" are skyrocketing, and children and youth are increasingly disaffected. Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling is to blame, accomplishing little but to teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine.
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