"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Introducing LEAP!

With Spring approaching, my friends and I co-founded our new, wide-spread community created for southern NH Unschoolers (with a Yahoo group and everything!) . It's important to us that our kids not only have a close circle of unschooled friends, but also feel they are a part of something larger. "Homeschooling" is so not what it used to be and our goal (well one of them anyway) is to defy old stereotypes and bring to a grinding halt, the fear-based rhetoric concerning "socialization" that plagues our culture's beliefs.

In addition to our weekly get-togethers LEAP will offer countless oppotunities to spend time with unschoolers of all ages as we'll be scheduling regular park days, seasonal parties, field trips, "meet & greets," volunteer opportunities, and other events.

In fact, our first Meet & Greet for all our new members is later this week so the kids and I test drove the craft we were thinking of offering, "mosaic coasters".

We're so excited about this next step in our journey!

1 comment:

Steph said...

Great plug for LEAP! I think I'm going to steal it from you and put it on mine. I love the "Winter Prevails" pics.

"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."
John Holt
"In the end, the secret to learning is so simple: Think only about whatever you love. Follow it, do it, dream about it...and it will hit you: learning was there all the time, happening by itself." -Grace Llewellyn
"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child."
George Bernard Shaw
Real, natural learning is in the living. It's in the observing, the questioning, the examining, the pondering, the analyzing, the watching, the reading, the DO-ing, the living, the breathing, the loving, the JOY. It's in the joy. ~Anne Ohman
"How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?" -Henry D. Thoreau