Homeschooling 101, January 23
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 kids, including two graduates. Meg believes that learning is best done through play, which she shares at her blog Homeschool Gameschool. Meg currently resides in the Pacific Northwest but is a vagabond at heart and is always looking for opportunities to explore the world with her family. In her spare time Meg likes to sing (badly) along with musical theatre and sometimes she dances too.
Meg has written a book on getting started homeshooling and will be sharing valuable information for those just starting their journeys.
Blair Lee, MS
Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschooling, January 24
Blair is a homeschooling mom, the author of the secular science textbooks REAL Science Odyssey Chemistry 1 and Biology 2, and founder of Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers. Eclectic homeschooling is the most common type of homeschooling. Every child is unique with a different set of academic strengths, challenges, and passions. Eclectic homeschoolers take those into account as they handcraft a unique journey through learning for their child. Creating a unique education might seem scary and intimidating, but it is easier than you think.
Blair will be sharing her experiences with and tips and strategies for eclectic homeschooling.
Literature-based/Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, January 25
Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-8 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 14 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also make videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling
Join Emily as she discusses Literature-based/Charlotte Mason Homeschooling.
Unschool When You Can; Teach When You Must, January 26
Kate is the author of Homeschool Teacher, a manual for homeschooling families for kindergarten through eighth grade and available on her website.
Kate graduated from Harvard with a degree in history, a good set of study skills, and a 100-ton captain’s license. Her first teaching job began seven days after graduation, tutoring three children on a sailboat crossing the Pacific. For the last 12 years, she’s homeschooled her own children as the family worked and traveled on the edges of civilization from Greenland to Antarctica and now in Alaska. You can follow her blog here.
She’ll be discussing how to combine elements of unschooling and classical education.
Unschooling 101, January 27
Jason Grooms is an adventurer, author, mountain climber, husband, and dad of six incredible kids from adult to toddler. Along with his brilliant wife, he’s been homeschooling for almost two decades (2 graduated and 4 close behind). When he’s not being a teacher, adventure guide, and life coach for his kids, Jason is a Director of Learning and Development by day and writes science adventure books for kids by night. He has a degree in Cultural Anthropology, is an ordained Humanist Celebrant, and is certifiably the biggest Disney nerd you will ever meet. You can find his science books and activities at The Brainy Tourist and follow along with his mountain climbing adventures on his YouTube channel Geek on the Peak TV.
Jason is discussing unschooling with our moderators on Friday, January 27, 2017.
Thank you to the National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers for sponsoring SEA’s 2017 School Choice Week.
N.A.S.H. has a vision to advance the recognition of secular education in the homeschooling community and to support academically secular homeschoolers.
Through advocacy and outreach, the activities and involvement of N.A.S.H. at the national, state, and local levels, secular homeschoolers will have a stronger, significantly influential voice in the world of homeschooling.
Mari has been secularly homeschooling her daughter since 2009. She has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and an M.A. in Public Administration. She has worked in the juvenile justice system as well as a mental health advocate. She is a freelance writer who volunteers at her local co-op. She is the co-founder of The National Alliance for Secular Homeschoolers and blogs as The Inappropriate Homeschooler.