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You made my day with that first article (The Myth of Grade Level Standards - July 2015). Thank you so much. I know this, but it is so easy to let slip away with all the talk of curriculum, testing etc. Thank you X a million! I also wanted to thank you for those 7 I's I am putting them up on the wall in big letters. Such a great focus for all of us. I thought about it while we were walking the dog with my daughter expounding excitedly on our darling pet's animal nature and habits.

— Veronica Marino, homeschooling parent


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In these issues you will find:

  • Articles of Interest
  • Field trip ideas
  • Projects you can do at home
  • Education and homeschooling in the news
  • Books for children, parents, and educators
  • Happenings in Laurie's classes
  • Examples of student work
  • Reviews and opinions
  • Inspirational quotes
Learn why New York City is such a fabulous place to homeschool!


  • Archive Contents:
  • September 2016 - Biggest Changes
  • 8 Changes We Made After Homeschooling
    Upcoming Fall Classes
    Begin with Poetry
    Homeschooling Help to Start the Year
    Quote by Margaret Mead
  • December 2015 - 10 Reasons Why
  • Ten Reasons Why Child-led Learning Works
    Holiday Activities in NYC
    Make a Gingerbread House Accordion
    Quote by Alfred Mercier
  • September 2015 - Not Back to School
  • Getting Ready for the School Year
    Interview on Child-led Learning
    Autumn Apple Activities
    Life Without Instructions Conference
    Hands-On Art History
    Quote by Joseph Campbell
  • July 2015 - Myth of Grade Level
  • The Myth of Grade Level Standards
    Six Games to Play Anywhere
    Summer Travel and Field Trips
    Traveling with Kids
    Quote by Henry Van Dyke
  • April 2015 - Tips for Teaching History
  • Ten Tips for Teaching History
    Favorite Historical Fiction
    Historical Field Trips
    Make a Timeline
    Quote by Marge Piercy
  • Feb. 2015 - Improvisation in Homeschooling
  • Improvisation in Jazz and Homeschooling
    Summer Planning
    Black History Field Trips
    Make a Bearden Collage
    Quote by Louis Armstrong
    AERO 2015 Conference
    Life Without Instructions Conference
  • Nov/Dec 2014 - Creativity in Learning
  • Creativity is Essential to Learning
    Visiting Museums with Kids
    Class Dismissed Movie
    Holiday Family Fun - field trips
    Make a Cut-Out Collage
    Quote by Albert Einstein
  • October 2014 - Multi-Sensory Teaching
  • Awakening the Senses
    Autumn Field Trips - Apple Season and Leaf-Peeping
    Exquisite Corpse Game
    Quote by Sir Ken Robinson
  • June 2014 - Homeschool Myth-Busting
  • Four Myths About Homeschooling
    AERO Conference 2014
    Summercamp and Travel Tips
    Brain Drain Myth
    Berry Picking in Summer
    Quote by Maya Angelou
  • April 2014 - Spring Reading
  • Nurturing a Child's Love of Reading
    7 Activities to Develop Comprehension Skills
    10 Book-Related Activities
    Books that Celebrate Spring
    Activities for Spring (Hiking, Birding, Gardening)
    Quote by Strickland Gillian
  • February 2014 - Educating the Whole Child
  • Educating the Whole Child
    Related Articles by Laurie
    Books that Celebrate Winter
    Crafts for the Winter Season
    Quote by Anatole France
  • November 2013 - Stories From the Heart
  • Review: Pay Attention to the Children
    Meet Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
    Books on Child-led Learning
    Story Activities in NYC
    Make a Heart Map
    Quote by Ben Okri
  • September 2013 - Starting the Not-Back-to-School Year
  • To Choose or Not to Choose - Scheduling in an Over-Schedule World
    The Privilege of Teaching Homeschoolers
    Classes for Homeschoolers
    Paperwork Templates
    Event with Laurie at Different Directions
    Quote by George Bernard Shaw
  • June 2013 - AERO Talks Reviewed
  • Alfie Kohn Confronts BGUTI
    Peter Gray Explains How Humans Learn
    Summer Road Trip - Mystic
    Make Your Own NYC Summercamp
    Quote by Adlai Stevenson
  • May 2013 - AERO Conference & Transcript Workshop
  • How to Write a High School Transcript Workshop
    AERO Conference
    Quote by Alexander Graham Bell
  • April 2013 - Poetry Games
  • Seven Poetry Games
    More Poetry Fun
    Poetry Field Trips in NYC
    Quote by William Blake
  • February / March 2013
  • Five Games That Develop Listening Skills
    Sound Poems and Books for Children
    Field Trips for Music and Sound
    Make a Musical Instrument
    Quote by Alice Miller
    AERO Conference 2013
  • November / December 2012
  • Three Book Reviews - Creating a Student-led Learning Environment
    A New York City Christmas Tour
    Holiday Books for Children
    Make a Petal-Fold Envelope
    Quote by Viola Spolin
  • September / October 2012 - Hawk Watch
  • The Fully Engaged Student
    Hawks in Autumn - activities and books
    Make a Flap Book
    Quote by Sylvia Ashton Warner
  • July / August 2012 - Daydreaming
  • The Value of Daydreaming
    Summer Fruit
    Seven Things to Do With Maps
    Quote by A. A. Milne
  • May/June 2012 - Graduation Time
  • Playing Catch: A Metaphor for Child-led Learning
    What's a College Education Worth?
    Nautical Adventures and Suggested Reading
    Quote by Louisa May Alcott
  • March/April 2012 - Early Learning
  • When Does Learning Begin?
    Make Your Child's Reading Primers
    Early Childhood Resources
    Homeschooling Blogs
    Quote by Maria Montessori
  • January/February 2012 - Building Self-Esteem
  • Building Self-Esteem
    Preventing Winter Burn-Out
    Animals! Animals!
    Animals Exhibits in NYC
    Recommended Animal Books
    Quote by A. A. Milne
  • October/November 2011 - Report from Down Under
  • Child-led Learning Down Under
    Thanksgiving From the Native Point of View
    Field Trips With Toys
    Make Your Own Board Game
    Jim Hooson in Memoriam
    Quote by Doris Lessing
  • Summer, 2011 - Preventing Brain Drain
  • Does Homeschooling Prevent Brain Drain?
    Create Your Own Summercamp
    Road Trip to Indians and Caves
    Make a Postcard Accordion Book
    Quote by John Adams
  • June 2011 - Poetry Season
  • What is Poetry For?
    Road Trip to Mystic Connecticut
    Laurie's Favorite Poetry Books
    Make a Word Box
    Quote from Carl Sandburg
  • March/April 2011 - Springtime
  • Child-led Learning in the News
    Spring Gardening in NYC
    Books to Help Us Appreciate Nature
    Draw a Map of Your Neighborhood Park
    Quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • January/February 2011- Gung Hay Fat Choy
  • Play in the News
    Activities for Chinese New Year's
    Children's Books on the Chinese New Year
    Make a Book to Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit
    Planning for Summer
    Quote by Benjamin Franklin
  • November/December 2010 - Honoring All Faiths
  • Folktales Teach Global Understanding
    Field Trips Honoring All Faiths
    Books on World Faiths
    Make Islamic Tile Art
    Quote by Deborah Meier
  • October 2010 - Autumn Apples
  • Is Education Work or Play?
    Autumn is Apple Season
    Apple Books and Activities
    Make a Sculpture from Recycled Objects
    Quote by Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • August/September 2010 - Walt Whitman
  • AERO Conference 2010 - review
    Walt Whitman's Birthplace
    Old Sturbridge Village and the Higgins Armory Museum
    Make a Stick and Elastic Book
    Quote by Walt Whitman
  • June/July 2010 - Summer Travel
  • Are We Obsessed with Assessment?
    Summer Shakespeare & Suggested Books
    Teaching Fairytales in the Park
    Road Trip: Corning, NY
    Travel Trips for Kids
    Quote by Eleanor Roosevelt
  • May 2010 - Ancient Egypt
  • What Motivates a Child to Learn?
    Field Trips to Ancient Egypt
    Suggested Books and Resources
    Make Your Own Papyrus Scroll
    Quote by Krishnamurti
    Laurie Speaks on Homeschooling
  • April 2010 - The Crystal Issue
  • Finding Focus in Homeschooling
    April Field Trip Ideas
    Suggested Reading
    Crystal Wand Workshop
    Make Your Own Crystals
    Quote by Orison Swett Marden
  • March 2010 Newsletter: Issue 4, Vol. 1
  • Scarred by School
    March Field Trips - Maple Sugaring
    Suggested Reading
    Dada and Collage
    Make a Collage Poem
    Quote by Plato
  • February 2010 Newsletter: Issue 3, Vol. 1 - Black History
  • Homeschooling News from Europe
    Black History Field Trip Ideas
    Suggested Reading
    Art History of Ancient Africa
    Mapping Your Family History
    Quote by Marva Collins
  • January 2010 Newsletter: Issue 2, Vol. 1 - Science & Art
  • The Path of the Teacher is the Path of the Open Heart
    Science in Art
    Poetry and Science
    January field Trip Ideas
    Make Your Own Invention
    Quote by Albert Einstein
  • December 2009 Newsletter: Issue 1, Vol. 1
  • Education Uncensored
    Art History - Kandinsky and Klee
    Outdoor Learning in the News
    Not Wanting to Learn
    December Field Trip Ideas
    Make Your Own Accordion Alphabet Book
    Quote by George Bernard Shaw
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