The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your

The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education Even though I ve been homeschooling for 14 years, this book still had a lot of helpful information for me I just happened to open it up to a random page and was instantly hooked Then I wanted to rip out pages to post near my desk It s positive and uplifting Just what I needed as we round up another year 5 I have been homeschooling for twenty years and I have to say this is one of those books I would recommend to other homeschool educators If you are a new homeschooling parent then I would say read Susan Schaefer Macaulay s book For the Children s Sake first, Charlotte Mason s six books on education second even if you don t plan on using her methods exclusively , and while you are wading through those six books read this for inspiration and some practical advice and you should be caught up and r I have been homeschooling for twenty years and I have to say this is one of those books I would recommend to other homeschool educators If you are a new homeschooling parent then I would say read Susan Schaefer Macaulay s book For the Children s Sake first, Charlotte Mason s six books on education second even if you don t plan on using her methods exclusively , and while you are wading through those six books read this for inspiration and some practical advice and you should be caught up and ready to go.This is also good for the burned out mom or dad who needs some hints and ideas on how to get the joy of life with kids back.I had not heard of the Wild Free website or movement and do not believe you need to have seen it to find this book useful If you are a CIS, heterosexual, mama , with upwards of three children, call your group of friends your tribe , hold the idea that your childrens childhood years are the most important time of their life and that your own personal life must take a backseat to martyrdom, than this book is for you.Upon picking this book up from my library, with the shiny red NEW tag on the side, I felt like this book was promising Ainsley does give you a digestable overview of different homeschool philosophie If you are a CIS, heterosexual, mama , with upwards of three children, call your group of friends your tribe , hold the idea that your childrens childhood years are the most important time of their life and that your own personal life must take a backseat to martyrdom, than this book is for you.Upon picking this book up from my library, with the shiny red NEW tag on the side, I felt like this book was promising Ainsley does give you a digestable overview of different homeschool philosophies, like, Classical, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Unschooling I can see and feel the attempt to keep a mother inspired, uplifted, and open her eyes to the wonder that is your child s mind and their childhood years I can appreciate that, and I felt inspired for about 1 4th of the book.However I closed the book, screamed, read the passage aloud to my spouse, RE READ it again to make sure I didn t miss a sarcastic tone, and then continued the book with this in mind This book is NOT written with a mother s mental health in mind If you are a person who has ever struggled with PPD, anxiety,or depression, you really need to read this book with caution In Chapter 6, Objections to Homeschooling , Ainsley lists Objection 3 I don t Have Time It s true, homeschool mothers don t get a lot of time for themselves We can t just run out for coffee or brunch with friends, not to mention read a book in peace or, heaven forbid, go to the bathroom alone I understand the concern I m a desperate introvert who needs time alone to recharge my energy and collect my thoughts She goes on to say, I m not eager for my kids to leave the house This time with my children is such a short season There will be plenty of time for pedicures, Pilates, and pinochle when they re grown up And I don t see this as sacrificing my best years by devoting time to them These are my best years I can t imagine anythingrewarding than shaping another human s life and building a legacy This Is Not Helpful For Mothers Period After that passage, I took off my instagram filtered all wood everything glasses, and took this book for what it is It may inspire some, and speak to them But for the majority of mothers, fathers, and caregivers, I feel that this message is a dangerous one You absolutely CAN and SHOULD meet your own needs Yes before your child s You can t pour from an empty cup No matter how beautiful the cup is There ARE helpful books cited in this text like, Free to Learn by Peter Gray and works by John Holt I follow Wild Free on Instagram, so I was excited to read this book by the founder of the community While some parts of the book were good, helpful, and encouraging, my overall feeling after reading it was that I wasn t homeschooling the right way I don t believe this is the author s intent, but so much of the book felt like, there s no right or wrong way to do it, but this is how I do it and that s really the right way Bummer that it didn t strike a chord with me, but it seems to be I follow Wild Free on Instagram, so I was excited to read this book by the founder of the community While some parts of the book were good, helpful, and encouraging, my overall feeling after reading it was that I wasn t homeschooling the right way I don t believe this is the author s intent, but so much of the book felt like, there s no right or wrong way to do it, but this is how I do it and that s really the right way Bummer that it didn t strike a chord with me, but it seems to be great for other people I am a traditional school mom who tends to read a lot of homeschooling books Why Because so many of their philosophies resonate with our values about childhood and adventure And when I need encouragement as a stay at home mom, I can often replace the word homeschool with stay at home mom and it reminds me why our family makes the choices we do.This was an excellent read to inspire curiosity and imagination as well as a balm to sooth the constant pressure we all feel to do enough It giv I am a traditional school mom who tends to read a lot of homeschooling books Why Because so many of their philosophies resonate with our values about childhood and adventure And when I need encouragement as a stay at home mom, I can often replace the word homeschool with stay at home mom and it reminds me why our family makes the choices we do.This was an excellent read to inspire curiosity and imagination as well as a balm to sooth the constant pressure we all feel to do enough It gives us the much needed permission to do things differently than the rest of society and not be ashamed of it or question whether how we are or aren t spending every minute of every day is ruining our kids Freedom from expectations Wild Free A homeschooling book for the new homeschooling mom who is maybe not confident in her ability to educate her child This isof a jumping off point, read the books by the authors quoted in here if you want the nitty gritty of how to homeschool This is probably not the first book I would give to someone thinking about homeschooling, but I would include it on a list if the mom was leaning toward unschooling or achild led education As a side note the Kindle version has some typos, not so A homeschooling book for the new homeschooling mom who is maybe not confident in her ability to educate her child This isof a jumping off point, read the books by the authors quoted in here if you want the nitty gritty of how to homeschool This is probably not the first book I would give to someone thinking about homeschooling, but I would include it on a list if the mom was leaning toward unschooling or achild led education As a side note the Kindle version has some typos, not so many that it takes away from the book but enough that I hope they are corrected in the future 2.5 stars The tone of this book came off as smug and inconsistent Some of the chapters were like a pep talk and others felt like passive condemnation The author was insistent she was inclusive of all homeschooling types, yet her own personal anecdotes and those of her tribe she chose to include did not communicate inclusivity and acceptance of all types I would recommend reading the extensive library of books by the authors whose quotes she sprinkled throughout the book Charlotte Mason, e 2.5 stars The tone of this book came off as smug and inconsistent Some of the chapters were like a pep talk and others felt like passive condemnation The author was insistent she was inclusive of all homeschooling types, yet her own personal anecdotes and those of her tribe she chose to include did not communicate inclusivity and acceptance of all types I would recommend reading the extensive library of books by the authors whose quotes she sprinkled throughout the book Charlotte Mason, etc rather than reading this It would be very overwhelming for a new homeschooler and is probably nothing new to anyone who has been homeschooling for any amount of time Allow your children to experience the adventure, freedom, and wonder of childhood with this practical guide that provides all the information, inspiration, and advice you need for creating a modern, quality homeschool educationInspired by the spirit of Henry David Thoreau All good things are wild and free mother of five Ainsley Arment founded Wild Free This growing online community of mothers and families want their children to receive a quality education at home by challenging their intellectual abilities and nurturing their sense of curiosity, joy and awe the essence of a positive childhoodThe homeschool approach of past generations is gone including the stigma of socially awkward kids, conservative clothes, and a classroom setting replicated in the home The Wild Free movement is focused on a love of nature, reading great books, pursuing interests and hobbies, making the entire world a classroom, and prolonging the wonder of childhood, an appealing philosophy that is unpacked in the pages of this bookThe Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, as well as parents, educators, and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids traditional educations ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ Snowbound with the Sheriff By Lauri Robinson ❅ – Lavons.co.uk freedom [PDF / Epub] ☆ Storybook Dad Author Laura Bradford – Lavons.co.uk and wonder of childhood with this practical guide that provides all the information ❂ A Midnight Clear / Remembering Red Thunder / Silent Surrender kindle Epub ❆ Author Anne Stuart – Lavons.co.uk inspiration ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ The Good Father (Where Secrets Are Safe Author Tara Taylor Quinn – Lavons.co.uk and advice you need for creating a modern ❰Reading❯ ➸ His Secret Alaskan Heiress (Alaskan Grooms Author Belle Calhoune – Lavons.co.uk quality homeschool educationInspired by the spirit of Henry David Thoreau All good things are wild and free mother of five Ainsley Arment founded Wild Free This growing online community of mothers and families want their children to receive a quality education at home by challenging their intellectual abilities and nurturing their sense of curiosity [EPUB] ✼ A Baby for Mommy Author Sara Orwig – Lavons.co.uk joy and awe the essence of a positive childhoodThe homeschool approach of past generations is gone including the stigma of socially awkward kids [Reading] ➿ An Act of Love ➶ Marion Ekholm – Lavons.co.uk conservative clothes [Reading] ➸ The Virgin And The Outlaw By Eileen Wilks – Lavons.co.uk and a classroom setting replicated in the home The Wild Free movement is focused on a love of nature ➹ [Read] ➵ An Act Of Love By Marion Ekholm ➼ – Lavons.co.uk reading great books [Epub] ➟ A Silken Thread By Brenda Jackson – Lavons.co.uk pursuing interests and hobbies [PDF / Epub] ✅ Her Best Friends Husband (Redstone, Incorporated By Justine Davis – Lavons.co.uk making the entire world a classroom [EPUB] ✻ His Christmas Countess (Lords of Disgrace By Louise Allen – Lavons.co.uk and prolonging the wonder of childhood [BOOKS] ✬ My Sisters Keeper Author Jodi Picoult – Lavons.co.uk an appealing philosophy that is unpacked in the pages of this bookThe Call of the Wild and Free offers advice ❮PDF❯ ✩ The Baby Plan Author Liz Fielding – Lavons.co.uk information ➮ [Read] ➪ Precocious By Joanna Barnard ➺ – Lavons.co.uk and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling ❮Read❯ ➵ A Baby Between Them (Irish Brides, Author Winnie Griggs – Lavons.co.uk those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration [EPUB] ✺ The Ultimate Proposition By Maya Blake – Lavons.co.uk as well as parents [PDF] ✅ A Daughters Dilemma Author Miranda Lee – Lavons.co.uk educators [PDF / Epub] ☁ The Family Plan By Cathy McDavid – Lavons.co.uk and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids traditional educations UPDATE 2 This book can be summarized quite nicely in this marvelous passage from Mary Oliver Teach the children We don t matter so much, but the children do Show them daisies and the pale hepatica Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen The lives of the blue sailors, mallow, sunbursts, the moccasin flowers And the frisky ones inkberry, lamb s quarters, blueberries And the aromatic ones rosemary, oregano Give them peppermint to put in their pockets as they go to school Give the UPDATE 2 This book can be summarized quite nicely in this marvelous passage from Mary Oliver Teach the children We don t matter so much, but the children do Show them daisies and the pale hepatica Teach them the taste of sassafras and wintergreen The lives of the blue sailors, mallow, sunbursts, the moccasin flowers And the frisky ones inkberry, lamb s quarters, blueberries And the aromatic ones rosemary, oregano Give them peppermint to put in their pockets as they go to school Give them the fields and the woods and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profit Stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms.Full length review essay in progress.UPDATE Finished Really enjoyed this winsome read I can think of many friends for whom it would be freeing, encouraging, and inspiring in many ways, as well as friends and family who are already old hands at many of the wild and free principles that would take especial delight in seeing them presented in an accessible, winning manner.The primary yearning of the book s author is to in courage to inspire moms especially to take courage in pursuing the path they ve chosen, but also to free them to change course and to reclaim wonder themselves, as well as for their families.My hope is that Arment s work can contribute to some much needed paradigm shifts and in opening up conversations amongst people who care about loving the world well, whether involved in public schools, charter schools, private schools, homeschool co ops, curriculum development, academia, agriculture, business, politics, or the arts performing, fine, manual.I hope to write a full length essay reviewing this book alongside a few others, before too long I m really enjoying this book so far nothing mind blowing yet, since I m already pretty simpatico with the idea and I hope to write an actual review after I finish it But I want to note something very briefly that has been nagging at me.Near the beginning of the book, the author evinces an attitude toward infant sleep scheduling that I ve come across before in the homeschooling world The basic setup is this Mom author has been judged by friends who do sleep scheduling and or let their kids cry it out Mom author yearns to follow her mothering instincts or her heart instead Mom author wants to comfort and affirm other mothers who have felt that same pressure But here s the sneaky implication Those parents that let their children cry it out or have a rhythm are the ones who are misguided, who are resisting their loving mothering instincts Although doesn t it seem strange when we think rhythms are good for kids and not for babies I appreciate that Arment is trying to encourage mothers to trust their own instinctsover the experts, a refreshing corrective in a lot of ways, but it s important, if only for the sake of some struggling mothers I ve known, to note that this particular issue cuts both ways In my own life I ve encountered, personally and through other friends, the reverse situation mothers who are miserable, sleep deprived, and terrified of having another child because they ve tried to follow what they think is the natural way, who are weighted with guilt that is only compounded whenever their friends tell them in a shocked or supercilious voice, You let your kids cry it out So, friends, let s take a step back and here we re taking a detour from Arment what follows does not apply to her work First, I get that we all want to assuage misplaced mom guilt though I would argue that there can be well placed mom guilt And there sof it nowadays I suspect becauseandof us just haven t grown up with kids around, and don t know what s normal Second, we should be wary of overcorrecting an extreme version of whatever we ve witnessed or experienced with another extreme e.g., there s rhythms and then there s regimentation there s loving your child and there s using them as a prop for your own natural mother image.The long and short of it If you don t use a rhythm for your infant or you nurse your baby to sleep, that s okay If you have a rhythm, that s okay too One is just as natural as the other But don t be miserable and feel guilty about wanting to find another way than the one you have It s okay to find a way that works for you I have been a huge fan of Ainsley Arment and her Wild Free lifestyle movement for a few years so when I heard about her book coming out, I immediately put my request in at the library Reading this book felt like I was being wrapped in a cozy blanket or a big hug from a close friendfamiliar and comfortable Arment s words reinvigorated my passion for homeschooling and made me feel empowered I will be ordering my very own copy of Wild Free because not only is it filled with wonderful reso I have been a huge fan of Ainsley Arment and her Wild Free lifestyle movement for a few years so when I heard about her book coming out, I immediately put my request in at the library Reading this book felt like I was being wrapped in a cozy blanket or a big hug from a close friendfamiliar and comfortable Arment s words reinvigorated my passion for homeschooling and made me feel empowered I will be ordering my very own copy of Wild Free because not only is it filled with wonderful resources and ideas, but it will serve as a reminder when doubt creeps in AND this book is absolutely beautifulthey way it s put together, the words, and pictures both photos and artwork It is so easy to get caught in the comparison traps or what other people think and this book helps to reaffirm your reasonings and beliefs It helps to bring back the joy and magic AND beauty of homeschooling It s all about finding your style yours and your child s and rhythmand if that means testing out various methods so be it Keeping the love for learning alive and the sense of wonder strongand letting kids be kids I loved this book SO MUCH and highly recommend it to all homeschooling parents and to anyone on the fence about homeschooling


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