Free Range Learning
How Homeschooling Changes Everything
Laura Grace Weldon’s Free Range Learning combines insightful wisdom, tender compassion, and vibrant understanding in helping the reader see the potential in meaningful, real-life learning—growing up in a respectful, engaged, and joyful family. Her handbook transforms boundaries—or does away with them altogether. She is a kindred spirit.
I would like to share my favorite bits of Free Range Learning—with mostly direct quotes. Apologies for the many salient points that I leave out within the 275 pages of this inspirational ‘go-to’ reference book.
The Wisdom of Laura Grace Weldon
(tasty morsels of her unique thinking)
Education as Life, for Life
ü The child’s wondrous progress from helpless newborn to a remarkably sophisticated five-year old happens without explicit teaching. In fact, most of a child’s learning is so continual that it goes unnoticed.
Ø Toddlers experiment like enthralled scientists. They rapidly develop a grasp of everyday physics.
Ø They master nuances of social interaction long before they can speak in sentences.
Ø Their comprehension expands much more quickly than their growing vocabulary. Often, children seem to ignore what they aren’t ready to learn, only to return to the same skill or concept later with ease.
Ø What they do is intrinsically tied to why they do it, making the learning process purposeful. They are confidently in charge of their own instruction.
Ø They require little fanfare for their achievements, as mastery gives them more than enough satisfaction.