Helping Children Educate Themselves

A Path of Their Own: Helping Children Educate Themselves
Harbourfront Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on May 20th from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Interested in homeschooling? Local author Lael Whitehead discusses how she removed her children from the traditional school system and guided them on a path of self education and self-directed learning. Lael will be reading from her recent book and answering audience questions.Lael Whitehead tells how she took her children out of school and allowed them to learn from life in a natural, self-directed way, without curriculum, grades, discipline or rewards. Whitehead describes the various ways in which her three daughters each designed their own unique ‘educations.’ She introduces her concept of ‘radical respect’ as the cornerstone of compassionate parenting. Sharing stories from her own experience, she shows that when children are deeply respected — seen as they are, and not as we might wish them to be — they flourish, both emotionally and intellectually. Respectful parenting allows children to trust their own instincts and to pursue their individual passions and curiosities. They grow up to be creative, resilient and innerdirected adults who stay open and engaged with the world throughout their lives. 

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