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Happy September wherever you are!
Fascinating look at urban homeschoolers in Homeschooling in the City.
For Wade and her husband, and for city dwellers with concerns ranging from classroom environment to the Common Core, public school is out of the question. And for them, as for many urban middle-class families, paying hefty private school tuition is not a realistic option, either. “It wasn’t so much a decision of what we were going to do—it was what we weren’t going to do,” she says. In the end, the Wades opted to homeschool. “Homeschooling is in some ways the easiest option. We’re driving our children’s education. We’re giving up a lot to do it, but in the end we thought it would make us most satisfied.”
At first, the Wades knew no other homeschoolers, and, like many young parents in the city, they had no family nearby, so they prepared themselves to go it alone. Before too long, however, they found a growing network of urban homeschoolers. “In a city like this, you can find your tribe,” says Wade. “You can find your homeschoolers. And there are a lot of us.”
Not so long ago, homeschooling was considered a radical educational alternative—the province of a small number of devout Iowa evangelicals and countercultural Mendocino hippies. No more. Today, as many as 2 million—or 2.5 percent—of the nation’s 77 million school-age children are educated at home, and increasing numbers of them live in cities. More urban parents are turning their backs on the compulsory-education model and embracing the interactive, online educational future that policy entrepreneurs have predicted for years would revolutionize pedagogy and transform brick-and-mortar schooling. And their kids are not only keeping pace with their traditionally schooled peers; they are also, in many cases, doing better, getting into top-ranked colleges and graduating at higher rates. In cities across the country, homeschooling is becoming just one educational option among many.
If you are looking for cute ideas for Christmas or birthday gifts, this diy play kitchen with running water is adorable!
In the case of this play kitchen, God pretty much handed it to me and walked me through it. “Here, let me show you what you should give your daughter. I will make this simple.”
By which I mean, sometime in the fall of 2015, around the time that I was starting to feel defeated about the upcoming gift-giving season and how I had no inspiration… a little piece of furniture showed up as a curbside pick-up on my street. Some kind of bedside table or kitchen cart, it presented itself as an ideal size for toddler play.
From My Wish List
Blue on Blue is a wonderfully cozy book about a rainstorm – before, during, and after. The illustrations are fascinating.
From the Archives
Do you have an introverted child? Introverts have special needs that have to be met in order for them to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Here are some insights on Parenting an Introverted Child.
From My Shop
Don’t miss this fun Apple Life Cycle Craft in my shop!