HomeschoolNYC Newsletter
Celebrating Child-led LearningVol. V, issue 4
October, 2014   
The school year has begun and we are in the middle of autumn, surrounded by ever-changing colors, reminding us of the importance of transformation.  There is no greater transformation than learning, the kind of learning that accompanies an awakening, takes us to a turning point, and leads us on a new path, guiding us to our own inner voice.  Take the time to try something new, dabble in the arts, and go for a walk in the woods.  Celebrate the season, and yourself!
Multi-Sensory Teaching
Awakening the Senses
Autumn Field Trips: Apple Season and Leaf-Peeping
Exquisite Corpse Game
Quote by Sir Ken Robinson
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An early K-1 lesson is to identify the five senses. Yet throughout our lives it seems that we use these senses less and less. Even the visual sense, which is the learning pathway most used in traditional education, gets rusty.  We miss things that stare us in the face.  

As I taught my children to develop their own senses, I found that I continued to develop mine. We sat on the kitchen floor one day, opening ... READ MORE ...

Autumn Field Trips

Palisades Park Drive, early November: photo by Laurie


This game was invented and played by surrealist artists. 
Three or four people together  create a nonsensical drawing,
leading to great amusement.

Exquisite corpse drawings made by Laurie's students, ages 9-12.

Quote by  Sir Ken Robinson

"My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy,  
 and we should treat it with the same status." 


~Sir Ken Robinson (1950- ), English author, speaker, and educational advisor.  


    Education Uncensored

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Here's what people are saying about Laurie's book:

"You made me laugh, you made me cry, and you inspired me. I can literally hear your voice, and love your storytelling and your wisdom and just the whole package. I'm stimulated and filled with ideas for my own teaching."  

~ Dr. Bonnie Shulman, professor of mathematics, Bates College   


"I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated meeting you and reading your book. It is terrific, and for me, the best part was its New York perspective. I know no other book available to homeschoolers that so overtly references an urban perspective."  
~ David Albert, author of And the Skylark Sings with Me and other books 
"Laurie's evolution as a teacher and life-long involvement in the world of education has given her a profound understanding of the problems that plague today's schools. This book offers an insightful look at how an increasingly standardized system is robbing our children of their individuality and passion for learning. Additionally, it provides innovative how-to curriculums for anyone involved or interested in educating children."  
~ Ellen Labiner, homeschooling parent and special educator
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