Early Head Start Invitation

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We just got an invitation to Early Head Start for our oldest son in the mail. Apparently, since we adopted him from foster acre, he can attend for free.  I wasn’t really into it until I read that parent participation is encouraged.

When I was in elementary school, we had a Room Mom every day. Usually they made copies and made sure we were kind to each other but one Room Mom sang to us. She brought in her acoustic guitar and taught us hippie songs. I loved the time we spent with her and I loved her energy. I still enjoy those songs and sing them to my kids.

I really enjoy teaching my kids things but I wouldn’t mind them going to school IF the school they went to was full of kind people. I’ll be able to judge that a lot better if we’re at the school and in the room.

Perhaps him going to Early Head Start won’t be so bad after all …

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Being Black at School

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Kelly Wickham Hurst, guidance dean for Lincoln Magnet School in Springfield, Ill.

I just this on My Brown Baby and thought I’d bookmark for later:

You know what it takes for brown babies to win at school? Attentive, loving parents. Good teachers who give a crap about our kids. An administration that listens and corrects when it’s called to the mat. And, sometimes, a shotgun to the back.

What my friend Kelly Wickham Hurst, a longtime public school assistant vice principle and a fearless, vocal advocate for Black children, has created is a shotgun to the back: her new venture, Being Black at School, is primed to provide resources for both parents and educators, as well as the students themselves, for how they fit into American public education as a system. BBAS seeks to recognize how systemic racism hurts students and perpetuates distrust in learning communities that are meant to be safe for all students. Most importantly, Kelly will be giving us the tools to fight the powers that be.

I’m so proud of Kelly. Take a look at what she’s created, sign up for more information and her incredible resources, and share this far and wide with anyone you know who is invested in education—a good, solid, supportive education—for Black children.

Check out Being Black at School.

Unschooling

Unschooling-Black-Family-Hiking.fwI just read this article about a Black family that unschools and I am tickled pink. I have been thinking about how free our schedule is now and how free it won’t be if/when the baby starts school. Perhaps this is our solution.

Unschooling is essentially a curiosity-led approach to learning devoid of testing and predefined curricula. It leaves the exploration and implementation of knowledge to children, instead of relying on the passing of information from adults and books, based on what is believed (by adults) to be necessary learning. This approach has been an invaluable resource for our family as we raise children, travel the world, and continue to turn our interests into income.

Obviously, we’re a long way off but I really like the idea of being able to help kids learn about things that are interesting to them at a pace that’s natural for them. This option looks good though.

Do you unschool? What do you think about unschooling?