Homeschooling

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There are many, many pros and probably not too many cons for homeschooling your child. Our educational system currently is a factory-oriented, one-size-fits-all kind of system. Not that there aren’t many, many wonderful educators, but the system itself is flawed. So the pros are endless. There is more quality family time, there is child-led learning and you can go in depth and follow your child’s lead. You are the sculptor of your child’s brain and you can be the primary imparter of your family values. And there is just… endless, the amount of… you have time for creativity and arts. And the anecdotal research shows that when a child is interested and developmentally ready to learn something, that learning happens like that. Much faster than in a kind of force-fed, regimented learning environment. As for socialization, there is vital supportive homeschooling community where there are park days and field trips. The only con is that it might not work out financially for people. That when both parents have to work, that can be difficult. But I’m a single parent, I decided to make my work flexible, found a supportive community to cooperatively homeschool, so I’m proof that it can be done.

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Kathy Gordon is the single adoptive mother of a very spirited nine year-old boy, but was not prepared for the challenges of parenting a child whose brain was developed under stress. When her son was three, Kathy had the good fortune of taking parenting classes with Ruth Beaglehole, founding Director of the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, (theechocenter.org), and she realized this powerful compassionate method of working with children was something she wanted to teach. She has been a teacher, director and coach most of her adult life. Kathy was certified as a Parent Educator through the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting in May of 2008, and will now continue her training by becoming a Certified Hand-in-Hand Parenting Parent Educator. Kathy works with families individually, teaches parenting classes and facilitates trainings for educators and schools communities. Her practice is called Unconditional Connection because we all long for connection, and we long to be unconditionally loved. We live in a society in which we are continually judged by our behavior. Kathy offers research-based information and tools to help people look underneath and beyond the behavior, so that we may be more unconditionally connected thus creating a world of cooperation and peace. 

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