inspiration and resources

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This post is long overdue!

On a post on facebook, about this interview with Yvonne Laborda, Paul’s gran said she would like to know more about home-education, so I said I would share some things that have inspired me. And then it occurred to me that it might be helpful to have those links written on a post where its easier to search for later on, in case it’s helpful to anyone else.

I also thought that if I was to write something about home education on resources for inspiration,it might be helpful to share some of the resources I have been using, and or intend to use in the future, because I know I find the most value in things that friends share with me!

Videos

I absolutely love this TED talk by Sugata Mitra; the way he explains how school came to be and why it doesn’t serve us anymore. And of course I had to mention Sir Ken Robison’s TED talks, the first one and the second.

Books

One of my all time favorites is “Free to Learn”, by Peter Gray  He also has very interesting articles on Psychology today. I also found a lot of value on the book “In their own way” by Thomas Armstrong, which talks about the different ways that children (and adults) learn.

In the earlier years, when my eldest son was only two, I started reading Jonh Holt’s books, I cannot pick just one, I think I read “How children Learn” and “Teach your own”. Then of course, I looked for books in the local library, started looking online, found different approaches, blogs, etc.

 

Now, onto the resources:

Build your library curriculum – secular literature based curriculum

Torch light curriculum – another secular literature based curriculum that I only just found out about

Wildwood CurriculumCharlotte Mason secular free curriculum based on the teaching of Miss Charlotte Mason

 

Life of Fred – non-secular (but not overly religious) math curriculum

Beast Academy – A math curriculum, we haven’t tried it, but it looks interesting

Right Start – Math curriculum, it’s pricey, but very hands on and I think it would be especially useful for one of my children.

 

R.E.A.L. – secular science curriculum

Be naturally curious – secular science curriculum

 

Art: Paula Briggs’s book “Drawing Projects for children”, “Art Lab for kids”

 

Squilt – I think it’s a music appreciating curriculum, not sure, but it looks interesting so I thought it might be in helpful to include. On the same note, years ago I listened to a BBC audiobook on the history of music, I think it might be these. And Piano lesson online by the Hoffman Academy.

Somebody on a facebook group mentioned Ellen J Mchenry’s site, and it looks really good! I cannot wait to look around more and possibly use some of the resources.

 

I have a feeling this list of resources might grow in the future, but for now, what are the resources you found most helpful and or inspiring?

 

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