Enjoy our free online journal, Living Education. In each edition, we celebrate and explore issues most relevant to homeschooling families.
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Dear Earth, How Can We Help? (Spring 2020)
Earth is our home, and it’s up to each one of us to take care of it. What can we do beyond daily habits of recycling and water conservation to care for our home planet? How might our stewardship efforts expand into community service or collaboration on a local, national, or international level? (Download PDF)
Start Strong: Rhythms and Routines for the School Year (Fall 2019)
Everything on Earth has a rhythm, from our heartbeats to music to seasons. The school year is no different: there is a rhythm to the school year and to the school day. How do you find your rhythm at the beginning of each school year? How do you create learning spaces to support this rhythm? How do you adapt your schedule and learning spaces when the rhythm changes? (Download PDF)
Freedom: Giving Our Kids the World (Spring 2019)
One of the greatest things about homeschooling is having the freedom to learn the way that works best for your family. Often this learning doesn’t take place inside the home. Homeschoolers can use the world to learn. In fact, one of the hardest parts about homeschooling can be staying home—there’s just so much to do! (Download PDF)
Problem Solving: Cultivating a Creative Mindset (Fall 2018)
How do you approach a problem? Do you rely on what’s worked in the past or do you look for new solutions? What role does creativity play in problem-solving? That’s what our newest issue of Living Education explores. We know the world needs new ways of approaching challenges. Since children are naturally curious and creative, how can we nurture these qualities and encourage innovative thinking? (Download PDF)
Parent Powered! (Spring 2018)
Group learning lets students exchange ideas and absorb new perspectives, hone communication and listening skills, delve into new interests, and build on the shared energy of cooperative enterprise. No wonder so many parents are incorporating it into their homeschooling! Check out this edition of Living Education to find out how you might bring the rich benefits of cooperative learning to your family. (Download PDF)
Roots: Place-based Education (Fall 2017)
What gives you a sense of place? What does it mean to have a sense of place? this issue explores the value of place-based education. When we use the resources all around us—environmental, cultural, community, and human—we build in our students a stronger sense of themselves and their place in the world. (Download PDF)
Flow (Spring 2017)
Flow brings to mind an athlete, artist, or musician who is totally focused and performing optimally. Flow can also relate to how the seasons flow into one another, or how the phases of our lives (or our careers) flow from one to the next. Flow is seen in the stages of parenting, and the relationships between family members. Read about what “getting in the flow” of teaching, learning, and living means to several guest authors. (Download PDF)
Living Education articles from the archives
Hardwired for Writing: The Intelligence of the Hand (Winter 2012)
Submissions from homeschooling and homeschool-minded parents, educators, administrators, and students are welcome. Please view past issues of Living Education to get a feel for our audience and content. We are especially interested in articles that highlight unique and innovative paths that the educational journey can take. ~DeeDee Hughes, Managing Editor
Fall issue: June 15
Spring issue: December 15
Autumn 2020 theme: Experiential Learning
At Oak Meadow, we believe in the power of experience. It’s not enough to simply read, write, or talk about something—in order to gain a deeper understanding of it, we often have to experience it firsthand. This might mean getting down and dirty (literally!) to explore the soil, insects, or the forest floor. It might mean making a working model of a river dam or lock, or it might mean going out into the world to interview professionals or conduct a community survey. Experiential learning means active, physical exploration and experimentation. Math, science, language arts, social studies, art, music, and more—how do your students extend their learning through hands-on experiences?
We’re looking for stories of students thriving in an experiential learning model, ideas for experience-based projects and activities, musings on where experiential learning might go in the future, and more!
Length: varying, up to approximately 1,000 words
Payment: $50 per original piece
Submissions, proposals, questions: DeeDee Hughes, email@example.com