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Celebrating Child-led LearningVol. III, issue 6 
November/December, 2012  

This year a hurricane led us into the holidays.  Many of us are still recovering while the season is upon us.  Children are busy making ornaments, performing plays, caroling, and hoping for snow.  New York City is magical at this time of year, lit up like a treasure trove.  After a walk in Central Park, we can go home, make popcorn and hot chocolate, read a good book, and get cozy.  It's time to celebrate the season! 

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Holiday Season at HomeschoolNYC
Book Reviews: Creating a Student-Led Learning Environment
A NYC Christmas
Holiday Books for Children
Make a Petal-Fold Envelope
Quote by Viola Spolin

Creating a Student-led Learning Environment
Three Book Reviews 

An environment is not a room. It is not even a place. This concept includes atmosphere, ambiance, condition, and collaboration. Environment is a state of mind. It is something you can create and you can carry with you. Creating the ideal environment for students and children is not about the things you can buy for their room for school. Rather, it is about ... READ MORE... including Three Book Reviews.


A New York City Christmas 

Rockefeller Center Tree

Being a child in New York City between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's is a magical experience. When I moved here at age eight I discovered this truth. That was the first year my mother took me on our annual jaunt... READ MORE... and Take the Tour Yourself!


Suggested Holiday Books for Children
Petal Fold closed
Make a Petal-Fold Envelope

This fold can be used as an envelope or as a card. It makes a perfect home for a poem.  Small petal-folds can be made into holiday ornaments.  The directions are simple... READ MORE...


Quote by Viola Spolin    

"We learn through experience and experiencing, and no one teaches anyone anything. This is as true for the infant moving from kicking to crawling to walking as it is for the scientist with his equations. If the environment permits it, anyone can learn whatever he chooses to learn; and if the individual permits it, the environment will teach him everything it has to teach."


~from Improvisation for the Theater, by Viola Spolin (1906-1994), author, educator, innovator in American theater



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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