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Celebrating Child-led LearningVol. I, issue 10  November/December 2010

My autumn days have been filled with workshops (theater games and bookmaking), and classes (folktales, playwriting, art history, and more).  I have been so busy, that the November issue of this newsletter has merged with the December issue. In this season of giving thanks and celebrating with family, I extend my gratitude to all of the parents and students who share these learning experiences with me.  Thank you!


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Honoring All Faiths
Folktales Teach Global Understanding
Field Trips to Honor All Faiths
Books on World Faiths
Make Islamic Tile Art
Quote by Deborah Meier
Folktales Can Teach Global Understanding

Teaching folktales and creation stories from around the world has been a blissful experience for me this fall.  Not only did I get to journey to all corners of the globe, experiencing a wide variety of different cultures through storytelling, but I also found wisdom, adventure and imagination in the stories of the common people.   So often the subject of literature is limited to works by famous authors... READ MORE


Recommended books of folktales for all ages can be found here.

Field Trips to Honor All Faiths


Three Faiths is an exhibition of rare, sacred texts and materials from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with pages from the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Bible, and the Koran (or Qur' an)... READ MORE

For links to some very interesting and diverse houses of worship that you can visit in NYC,
go here.

Suggested Books on World Faiths

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Books on diverse religions and faiths, for all ages, can be found here.

Megan - Islamic tile
Make Islamic Tile Art

You can make a tile or rubber stamp from many different kinds of materials, such as a potato (easy), a linoleum block (hard), or a block of wood (also hard).  This tile was made from a soft, easily carved block called Speedy-cut, material similar to an eraser.  Sharp carving tools were used to carve out a pattern, and water-based ink was used to make the print.  The tile was rotated in the print, and printed four times, to create a pattern with rotational symmetry, similar to the magically detailed patterns found in Islamic art.  See more photos of handmade Islamic tiles in my student photo gallery.

Quote by Deborah Meier

"Good schools, like good societies and good families, celebrate and cherish diversity."

       ~Deborah Meier, 1931 - present, educator, author, scholar, and founder of Central Park East

Education Uncensored

book coverLaurie Spigel is a leading educator in the New York City homeschooling community, teaching popular group classes and inspiring parents to create their own curriculum.  Her approach is informal, creative, and child-led.  Here she shares her innovative ideas and original techniques for every subject.  She explains why our current educational system has it all backwards and shows how exciting learning can truly be.  A real source of inspiration as well as a practical guide, this is an eye-opening book for every parent and teacher.

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