A while back, my friend Heather Bruggeman and I collaborated on an offering we called Home Grown Education. It wasn’t so much a workshop as a gathering; we recorded a handful of topic-focused (well, semi-focused, at least) conversations around the respective – and disparate – paths of our children’s home-based education. We also did our best to respond to the many thought-provoking questions and comments we received from those participating.
Going into it, I was nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers. As I’ve learned over the years of writing and talking about our experiences, education is a highly emotional subject for a lot of people, and offering this window into our lives has often brought me face-to-face with that emotion. Often this has been incredibly rewarding, sometimes it has been uncomfortable, and almost always it has compelled me to think more deeply and challenge my own assumptions about education and, frankly, life in general. For this I am grateful, and I am grateful that exactly 100% of my anxiety heading into HGE was misplaced. I cannot imagine a more thoughtful, engaged, and compassionate group of people.
And I am further grateful that our first edition of HGE was so well-received. In part because of this, and in part because I know that a year-and-a-half later we both have so much more to say (look out!), Heather and I are again collaborating on an updated and expanded version of this offering. I’m not going to say too much more here, especially because Heather does such a fine and eloquent job of describing what we’re up to over at her blog.
I will only add that I hope you’ll consider joining us. Even if you’re not currently homeschooling – even if you may never homeschool your children – I think you’ll find something of value in the material we’ve created and, perhaps even more so, in the conversations and community that are bound to arise from this workshop. Because the truth is, there are no boundaries on where and how our children learn. Or for that matter, where and how we learn
Home Grown Education
What can you expect?
Four Weeks – We begin on 2/9. The first week will consist of the entire archive of written and audio content from our first session of Home Grown Education. The three subsequent weeks will contain new writings from each of us as well as a podcast style audio recording in which we’ll dig further into the week’s topic, and answer your questions.
Recordings and Writings Will Cover:
- Our Respective Homeschool Paths
- Socialization & Community
- Joys & Challenges
- Looking Toward the Future
- Conversation with A Homeschool Graduate
- Letting Go of Control New
- When Things Don’t Go As Planned New
- Hybridized Learning: Blending Homeschool with Public School New
- Everyday Life & Learning as Holy Ground New
- Living Your Family Story New
- Learning to Trust & Working with Fear New
In total you will receive close to 100 pages of written material and nearly 8 hours of audio.
Community & Support
There will be a community space where we can interact in a setting that is more private than our regular websites. This allows Heather and I to talk freely, and allows you to comfortably ask and discuss whatever is on your mind. Bring your questions and concerns, and we’ll do our best to provide honest answers and encouraging conversation.
I’m guessing many of you are familiar with Heather, who is among the most compassionate and supportive people I know (she’s also among the most organized, and how she tolerates working with my scattershot, eleventh-hour approach beggars the imagination). Her family’s homeschool path was very different than ours; at the behest of her daughter, Emily, it hewed to a fairly structured and academically rigorous approach. Emily is now in her second year of college, gracefully disproving the misconception that homeschooled kids can’t find their way to higher education.
As for me, if you’ve read this far you’re no doubt at least somewhat familiar with our path, which has evolved considerably over the past couple of years (I’ll be talking about this in great detail during the workshop). For those who aren’t familiar, perhaps the best thing I can do is send you to this article or, if want even more of the story, to my book on the subject.
And the price? $50. Which works out to $12.50/week or $1.79/day or (and this is how I’d prefer you think of it) seven measly cents per hour.