HomeschoolNYC Newsletter
Celebrating Child-led LearningVol. III, issue 5 
September/October, 2012  

As we begin the school year, homeschoolers are enjoying the outdoors, gathering for picnics and classes, and starting to plan their fun for the year.  Using our freedom to create a true learning environment guides us to an increased awareness that comes with every great experience. Everywhere we go there are invitations to learn, from the moment we awaken to birdsong, to the night sky we see before we go to sleep.  Take a moment to pause, and discover something you hadn't noticed before.  

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The Fully Engaged Student
Hawks in Autumn
Make a Flap Book
Quote by Sylvia Ashton Warner

The Fully Engaged Student

Each experience we have leads us to the next. It is that simple. The experience leads us, not a person, not the teacher or parent (a valuable guide), but experience. More to the point, it is our response to that experience that leads us - our own personal internal response, not someone else's. When we are allowed to hearken to that inner voice, follow our instincts... READ MORE ...


Hawks in Autumn
When my first-born son was about nine he became fascinated with raptors: eagles, osprey, hawks, owls - any bird of prey with a sharp beak is a raptor.   One of his favorites was the red-tailed hawk, a popular bird in NYC since the fame of Pale Male, a red-tail that lives above Central Park.  Autumn is hawk-watching season and events are free! 

Click here for a list of activities and hawk watching sites near NYC.

Click here for a list of books, field guides and resources on raptors.


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Make a Flap Book

I used my flap book to write a poem about red-tailed hawks, but you can fill yours with facts, riddles, pictures, or information of any kind. This book is simply made by folding a sheet of paper into nine equal parts... READ MORE...

Quote by Sylvia Ashton Warner   

" You must be true to yourself.  Strong enough to be true to yourself.  Brave enough to be strong enough to be true to yourself.  Wise enough to be brave enough to be strong enough to shape yourself from what you actually are. "
~~from Teacher, by Sylvia Ashton Warner,
New Zealand author and educator
, 1908-1984



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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