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The Barefoot Way

Dear Parents, 

Your children are unique beings. Your family is unlike any other. 

Why settle for standardization when you can have customization?

Homeschooling allows you to embrace freedom and flexibility. It allows you to draw out and highlight the natural qualities of youthfulness, like curiosity, adventure, and thoughtful risk-taking. It is about creating a schedule and timeline that aligns with your family’s values, rhythms, and the temperaments of your children. 

Homeschooling is so much more than academics. It is prioritizing the goals, aspirations, learning environments, and opportunities for each of your children instead of doing what everyone else is doing. It is expanding the lens of success to also include a life well-lived. 

Above all, it is a call of the soul to get back to natural learning and what truly matters: family, relationships, and to thine own self be true. 

~Missy

 

THE BIRTH OF AN IDEA

While living and learning alongside my first child, the idea of homeschooling slowly came into focus. And when my daughter was born, 4.5 years later, it turned into a very attractive option for our little family.   

I was lost at first. I had so many questions. There were tears of frustration, hand-wringing worry about “messing up my children’s future”, false starts, and setbacks. And while I may have lacked confidence about how to teach my children every subject in school, I quickly learned there was so much more to an education than what the standard schooling model proposes. 

I shifted my mindset and my focus. We dedicated ourselves to living and learning. 

We said YES! to adventures and exploration. 

We dove deeply into topics we loved and gave ourselves ample time to rest and recharge. 

Fast forward 15 years and my first born is now in college and my daughter continues to live the self-directed life.  

The Barefoot Way emerged because of the trials and errors we faced. It is a result of the grace and insights my children offered me. It is a culmination of all I have learned to date and it is a marriage of science and ancient wisdom about how children learn, what humans truly need, and why being in conscious relationship with one another is what well-being is all about.   

Becoming “educated” is much bigger than what takes place in a classroom setting. It is the culmination of everything one does. As The Alliance for Self-Directed Education says:

Education is the sum of everything a person learns that supports them towards living a satisfying and meaningful life.

If something is not sitting right with you about our modern-day schooling, you are not alone. A shift is happening.  Families are seeking a more robust, healthy, and connected way to learn than what government schooling offers or suggests. 

The system is impersonal. Homeschooling is personal.

The Barefoot Way

You are not alone...

If you find yourself wondering about homeschooling but are not sure where or how to start, you are not alone.

If you worry that by homeschooling you may somehow fail your children, you are not alone. 

If one of your children has been diagnosed with a learning difference or ADHD and you wonder how you can best support him or her, you are not alone.

If your children are not thriving in school and are losing their natural love of learning, you are not alone. But don’t wait. Their behavior could be a signal of an environmental mismatch or ill-timed expectations.

Homeschooling is on the rise because families are looking to take back control of their time by living in a way that matches their own rhythms and values. People see that there are a variety of pathways to success and desire to build a customized life on a timeline that suits them. 

Are you ready to shift?

 

 

 

“There is no difference between living and learning…it is impossible and misleading and harmful to think of them as being separate.” 

-John Holt

 

 

 

 “…nature accentuates all the senses, and the senses are a child’s primal first line of self-defense. Play in nature may instill instinctual confidence.”

-Richard Louv

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“If we wanted we could easily and inexpensively jettison the old, stupid structures and help kids take an education rather than merely receiving schooling. We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness- curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising thought-simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids to truly competent adults, and by giving each student the autonomy he or she needs in order to take a risk every now and then.

-John Taylor Gatto