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Christine Yablonski
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Live, Laugh, Learn, Love: That's our Unschooling Journey!
Live, Laugh, Learn, Love: That's our Unschooling Journey!

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Our recent trip to Utah, featuring Moab & Deer Valley. The last time we visited Moab was in 2006 & it was as fantastic as we remembered!

Happy New Year - may this year bring you health, happiness, and just enough craziness to keep things interesting!

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Phil & I enjoyed a spa getaway...practically in our own backyard. It was fantastic seeing Asheville from a whole new perspective - and the relaxations and pampering weren't shabby, either ;) #groveparkinn   #mountainliving   #blueridgemountains   #spa  

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Interesting stuff - the studies that have been cited as proof that children should not use or significantly reduce their time spent on handheld devices do not actually support that recommendation or warning. 

I think it's important that we parents look to our children - are they happy? Are we spending time with them while they enjoy their games, their music, their videos? Are we able to see the value (even if it isn't the school version of "educational") of what they love to spend their time on? Can we remember that their childhoods will always, regardless of the amount of technology or gizmos they play with, be different from our childhoods - and that their experiences are just as valid and important as ours were to us? I know my answer: a resounding YES!

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I just registered for the Asheville Running Experience Half Marathon in September, 2015 - &, yep, it's on my anniversary! Join me in this event by registering here - https://new.raceroster.com/3611

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"Research shows that children learn best when they have hands-on learning experiences, engage in structured play, experience facts within meaningful contexts, invent their own problems to explore and solve, and share their own solutions. The current emphasis on standards and testing has led many schools to over-focus on assessment at the expense of meeting children’s developmental needs and teaching meaningful content. Play and activity-based learning have been disappearing from many early childhood classrooms, and – along with them – children’s natural motivation and love of learning."

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A teeny tiny peek at some of the amazing things that I saw at Patti Digh's Life is a Verb Camp. I had a wondrous creative time! #lifeisaverb14   #autumncolors  
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"More than 2 million U.S. students in grades K-12 were home-schooled in 2010, accounting for nearly 4 percent of all school-aged children, according to the National Home Education Research Institute. Studies suggest that those who go on to college will outperform their peers.

Students coming from a home school graduated college at a higher rate than their peers­—66.7 percent compared to 57.5 percent—and earned higher grade point averages along the way, according to a study that compared students at one doctoral university from 2004-2009.

They're also better socialized than most high school students, says Joe Kelly, an author and parenting expert who home-schooled his twin daughters.

"I know that sounds counterintuitive because they're not around dozens or hundreds of other kids every day, but I would argue that's why they're better socialized," Kelly says. "Many home-schoolers play on athletic teams, but they're also interactive with students of different ages."

Home-schooled students often spend less time in class, Kelly says, giving them more opportunity to get out into the world and engage with adults and teens alike.

"The socialization thing is really a nonissue for most home schoolers," he says. "They're getting a lot of it.""

Annually my son has taken a nationally standardized test (per NC homeschooling laws). This year (his 3rd since we moved to NC) he took the 11th grade exams. He hasn't been in school since 1st grade and has been unschooled ever since. So - I've never made him study anything, write a report, or take a test (other than these required ones). Here are this year's results: 

Total battery of Language Arts and Mathematics (five individual tests): 12.9+ Grade Equivalent; also 98 National Percentile for "Reading: Vocabulary"

For Spelling, Science, Social Studies, and Study Skills: 12.9+ GE

He is 17 years old and has spent the last 10 years living life as a radically unschooled child/teen. He sleeps when he wants, eats when and what he wants (had his physical last week - at almost 6' 2" tall he is the picture of health), helps out around the house (he's even selected certain chores to be solely his responsibility because he knows that makes our lives easier), and spends a lot of time online gaming with friends. The other night he and I went out for dinner at a favorite neighborhood restaurant and chatted about stuff. We try to do this regularly - just the two of us (I also have one-on-one hangouts with my daughter).

The tl:dr version: my radically unschooled 17 year old son willingly helps out around the house, likes to hang out with his parents, has close friends he can hang out with in person and online, and is not "behind" his publicly schooled peers.

Annually my son has taken a nationally standardized test (per NC homeschooling laws). This year (his 3rd since we moved to NC) he took the 11th grade exams. He hasn't been in school since 1st grade and has been unschooled ever since. So - I've never made him study anything, write a report, or take a test (other than these required ones). Here are this year's results: 

Total battery of Language Arts and Mathematics (five individual tests): 12.9+ Grade Equivalent; also 98 National Percentile for "Reading: Vocabulary"

For Spelling, Science, Social Studies, and Study Skills: 12.9+ GE

He is 17 years old and has spent the last 10 years living life as a radically unschooled child/teen. He sleeps when he wants, eats when and what he wants (had his physical last week - at almost 6' 2" tall he is the picture of health), helps out around the house (he's even selected certain chores to be solely his responsibility because he knows that makes our lives easier), and spends a lot of time online gaming with friends. The other night he and I went out for dinner at a favorite neighborhood restaurant and chatted about stuff. We try to do this regularly - just the two of us (I also have one-on-one hangouts with my daughter).

The tl:dr version: my radically unschooled 17 year old son willingly helps out around the house, likes to hang out with his parents, has close friends he can hang out with in person and online, and is not "behind" his publicly schooled peers.
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