~~~ BOOK LOOK ~~~
Review & Reflections
Free Range Learning:
How Homeschooling Changes Everything
by Laura Grace Weldon
~ Review ~
If you were to only have one homeschooling, unschooling, life learning book on your shelf this would be my top pick. It is absolutely worth owning this volume to revisit again and again for both support and inspiration.
This book encompasses so many of my core beliefs on life learning and how to raise children (and yourself!) in a mindful and wholehearted way that I just had to write a series of reviews covering the chapters in this book and encouraging other folks to try out this lifestyle.
Chapter 2 – Nurturing the Learner truly highlights the key elements to the success of your life learning experiences with a focus on every facet of TRUST. Fasten your seatbelts – good stuff ahead! See below!❤
Also be sure to revisit the first review – Chapter 1 (here) and continue the conversation by clicking on the Category – Homeschooling + Unschooling search tab on the right side of this page or linked HERE.
~ Reflections ~
Trust & the Nature of Interests
Laura brings up the idea of trust in Chapter 2 which is a key component of life learning for yourself and especially as a family.
The way I see it the more you can lean into trust and have faith that you and your loved ones are learning and growing just as you were all meant to be the more likely you will have a full-filling experience that motivates you to keep creating, keep sharing your work, and encouraging others to do the same.
The minute you begin to “should” yourself or others you’ll start to feel a derailment, resistance, and often times resentment. My lived experience is that most everyone will learn what they need when they need it without judgment, shame, or blame (***must read Brene Brown’s books below).
So follow your bliss as Joseph Campbell, known for his Hero’s Journey work, would say. Nurture what feels right for you and listen to the requests of loved ones so that you may be of service to support their learning journey in the manner they need (vs. the way you want).
Truly listen and get curious and ask questions so that you may create a nurturing environment for all to flourish. The greatest gift you can give daily is to be present and the rest will follow.
And remember, there is no failure in life learning rather just a multitude of opportunities to trust that if you are authentic and explore the things that light you up from within then you too will continue to grow and be motivated to go forth and share your unique gifts with the world. Simply U-be-U as this is exactly what the world needs now.
This is your home-work and truly your life’s work.
Are you ready for this adventure?
Your very own one-of-a-kind Hero’s Journey?
Then P.L.A.Y. on!
Chapter 3 in this series can be found HERE.
As always, compliment this reading with the authors and resources listed below and support your local library by requesting these books.
~ Recommended Authors + Resources ~
Brene Brown –
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (my future review here)
The Gift of Imperfections (my future review series here)
*Brene’s work has made ALL the difference for both hubby and I as parents and as people. Her work will lead you to a more compassionate, more connected, more mindful, WHOLEHEARTED way of living.
A MUST READ (+ daily practice) FOR ALL HUMANS!
John Holt –
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling (my future review here)
Learning All the Time
Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi –
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement in Everyday Life
Joseph Campbell look up his work online for A Hero’s Journey especially the monomyth structure and visual images of the story cycle = Great Stuff!
Click to purchase here – P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books
and join the play-filled journey today!