Nature's Child

Anything you care to share to raise children in love and respect of their own infinite intelligence...natural parenting, natural learning, home Schooling/Unschooling, Indigenous Wisdom, pagan ways and celebrations...

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At this school, revealed in Book 3 of the Ringing Cedars Series, the children have designed, built, and decorated their own campus. They cover the entire high-school curriculum in one year and get official Master's degrees by the time they are seventeen. They cook their meals, do administrative work, and write their own textbooks. They contemplate the meaning of the Universe and swim in mountain streams. They dance, draw, sing, and pick strawberries in the surrounding fields. They have no interest in the TV or video games. They do not prepare themselves for ‘life' — they live every moment they breathe.
In this inspiring video these children will move you to tears and their words will touch the very core of your being.

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Comment by Sepp Hock on June 2, 2009 at 8:42am
Hi to all the mums & dads out there.

I recall being a stay at home dad with my daughter, one thing I learnt was respect for this little person. from day 1 arriving in my hands under water. Communication with respect was present.

I was inspired by a book I read called "Your Self Confident Baby" by Magda Gerber.

I always learnt to watch & wait until Zali was ready to engage with me. Before picking her up, I would always say in advance, (after having eye contact) daddy is going to pick you up now, are you ready?
I learn so much from her, just sitting on the beach, watching her connecting with her environment. The stillness was powerful & then she would looked over at me & smile............ doesn't get better than that.
I love you Zali, all the way from here to your heart.

Zali is my greatest teacher, & the greatest awareness she showed me ...........
was Unconditional Love !
Thank you my little angel.
Comment by anne Mills on April 2, 2009 at 9:10pm
Unschooling starts to work several months AFTER people stop
vascillating. If you were travelling the world but you didn't know
where you wanted to go, you wouldn't ever get there. So if you want
unschooling (and it's definitely a thing worth wanting), what helps is
looking at your own decisions each time you make one. And start
learning to make decisions. People think they know that, but it turns
out they can put themselves in an automatic "have to" mode and go for
days without deciding ANYthing.

So start to see your life as a series of decisions, and then give
yourself options. Think of two things before you move or speak or
do. Then do the one that will take you closer to good relationships
and natural learning.

While this is happening, let your children do what they want to.
Focus on your own actions and reactions, and move toward more
conscious thought and conscious living.

-=-I find that if we have no structure, our day falls apart, the
children become unruly, and the chaos drives me crazy. -=-

Can you rephrase that?

What would be the opposite of that, for you, in that picture in your

Lots of unschoolers days are described here:
Comment by anne Mills on March 24, 2009 at 2:47am
It s a blessing to witness all the unfolding of our children's learning.

Sandra Dodd gives tons of support and inspiration for young children
and chats are very helpful.
Comment by anne Mills on March 24, 2009 at 2:46am
"The child is curious. He wants to make sense out of things, find out how things work, gain competence and control over himself and his environment, and do what he can see other people doing. He is open, perceptive, and experimental. He does not merely observe the world around him, He does not shut himself off from the strange, complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it. To find out how reality works, he works on it. He is bold. He is not afraid of making mistakes. And he is patient. He can tolerate an extraordinary amount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance, and suspense ... School is not a place that gives much time, or opportunity, or reward, for this kind of thinking and learning."
"We who believe that children want to learn about the world, are good at it, and can be trusted to do it with very little adult coercion or interference, are probably no more than one percent of the population, if that. And we are not likely to become the majority in my lifetime. This doesn't trouble me much anymore, as long as this minority keeps on growing. My work is to help it grow."
"What makes people smart, curious, alert, observant, competent, confident, resourceful, persistent - in the broadest and best sense, intelligent- is not having access to more and more learning places, resources, and specialists, but being able in their lives to do a wide variety of interesting things that matter, things that challenge their ingenuity, skill, and judgment, and that make an obvious difference in their lives and the lives of people around them."
"I have used the words "home schooling" to describe the process by which children grow and learn in the world without going, or going very much, to schools, because those words are familiar and quickly understood. But in one very important sense they are misleading. What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth in the word is not that it is a better school than the schools but that it isn't a school at all."
"Children do not need to be made to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world then anyone else could make for them."
"People should be free to find or make for themselves the kinds of educational experience they want their children to have."
"By nature people are learning animals. Birds fly; fish swim; humans think and learn. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing, or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do - and all we need to do - is to give children as much help and guidance as they need and ask for, listen respectfully when they feel like talking, and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest."
"Children are hard-wired to learn."
"The most important thing any teacher has to learn, not to be learned in any school of education I ever heard of, can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners."
"What children need is not new and better curricula but access to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ought to go), and to find out what they want to find out."
"To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves...and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted."
"To parents I say, above all else, don't let your home become some terrible miniature copy of the school. No lesson plans! No quizzes! No tests! No report cards! Even leaving your kids alone would be better; at least they could figure out some things on their own. Live together, as well as you can; enjoy life together, as much as you can."
"It's not that I feel that school is a good idea gone wrong, but a wrong idea from the word go. It's a nutty notion that we can have a place where nothing but learning happens, cut off from the rest of life."

"Education... now seems to me perhaps the most authoritarian and dangerous of all the social inventions of mankind. It is the deepest foundation of the modern slave state, in which most people feel themselves to be nothing but producers, consumers, spectators, and 'fans,' driven more and more, in all parts of their lives, by greed, envy, and fear. My concern is not to improve 'education' but to do away with it, to end the ugly and antihuman business of people-shaping and to allow and help people to shape themselves."

John Holt
Comment by anne Mills on March 23, 2009 at 1:15am
Hi Mums,

I want to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy Mother's day.

The sun is shining ,what lovely gift to begin the day with your family.

Peace and happiness.
Comment by anne Mills on March 20, 2009 at 8:19pm
OK will ask her then
Comment by Billa on March 20, 2009 at 8:16pm
Natural Learners and their approach to "satisfying" the system vary from person to person. Marion is well experienced in this field - are you two friends yet?
She would be the best person to ask these sorts of things..
Comment by anne Mills on March 20, 2009 at 7:58pm

can i ask what are the requirements on natural learning in Australia.
How eco communities can Home educate ?
Comment by Billa on March 20, 2009 at 7:17pm
Yey for Anne - this is your moment - I made just for you! HAve fun!
Comment by anne Mills on March 20, 2009 at 7:14pm
i have so much to say and will do asap

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