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Old-school homeschooling - including the stigma of socially awkward kids, conservative clothes, and a classroom setting replicated in the home - is gone among today's generation of homeschool mamas. The Wild + Free movement is an example of the current homeschool movement with an educational model focused on a love of nature, reading great books, pursuing interests and hobbies, making the entire world a classroom, and prolonging the wonder of childhood.
The Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, and those who are looking for supplementary resources to enhance their kids' traditional educations.
Written by the founder of the Wild+Free homeschool community, this book encourages a quality education at home by challenging students' intellectual abilities and nurturing their sense of curiosity, joy, and awe--the essence of a positive childhood.
Allow your children to experience the adventure, freedom, and wonder of childhood with this practical guide that provides all the information, inspiration, and advice you need for creating a modern, quality homeschool education.
Inspired by the spirit of Henry David Thoreau-"All good things are wild and free"-mother of five Ainsley Arment founded Wild + Free. This growing online community of mothers and families want their children to receive a quality education at home by challenging their intellectual abilities and nurturing their sense of curiosity, joy and awe-the essence of a positive childhood.
The homeschool approach of past generations is gone-including the stigma of socially awkward kids, conservative clothes, and a classroom setting replicated in the home. The Wild + Free movement is focused on a love of nature, reading great books, pursuing interests and hobbies, making the entire world a classroom, and prolonging the wonder of childhood, an appealing philosophy that is unpacked in the pages of this book.
The Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, as well as parents, educators, and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids' traditional educations. 256 pages, softcover.
Wild + Free Nature
Wild and Free Nature is a beautiful, four-color resource book for parents, educators, and caregivers to enjoy doing hands-on activities outside with kids. One of the core philosophies behind Wild + Free is the belief that nature is the best classroom we could ever hope for. It unlocks the imagination and inspires creativity in ways that a schoolroom never could.
Being out in nature has a number of benefits. Studies show that children are more likely to interact with kids of different ages and learn to problem solve in natural settings. Being in natural settings stimulates the brain and restores cognitive function. Children who spend time in natural settings also interact better with kids of all ages and learn to solve problems more easily. They build muscle and coordination and fend off obesity. It cultivates a sense of responsibility for caring for the earth, not to mention, encourages imaginative play, curiosity, and other qualities necessary to spark a love for investigation and learning.
This resource book will help equip parents and adults who work with children to get them outdoors with activities such as:
- Build a treehouse in the woods.
- Cultivate a garden plot.
- Make land art and nature crafts.
- Create a mud kitchen in the backyard.
- Go for a nature walk each morning.
- Find a secret swimming hole.
- Go to the creek to learn about the water cycle.
- Plant a garden to see what will grow in your backyard.
- Raise monarch caterpillars and feed them milkweed until they transform into butterflies.
- Set up a birdwatching station in your front window equipped with binoculars, notebooks, and bird guides.
- Make a wilderness fort with the fallen branches from trees.
With the same lush photography as the sold-separately The Call of the Wild + Free, this book includes step-by-step pictures that show parents how to do the activity, and essays on the importance of nature in a child's life. 128 pages, softcover.
Wild + Free Handcrafts
Wild + Free Handcrafts from Ainsley Arment is a collection of 36 hands-on crafts and activities featuring the gorgeous photography of the Wild+Free Instagram account. Featuring step-by-step photography that shows how to do the craft plus essays on the usefulness of handcrafts in sparking curiosity and wonder, this book will inspire parents and kids to start crafting!
Traditional "handcrafts" engage one's hands, requires a level of learned skill, encourage folks to do their best work, and produce an end product that is useful. It has been used in homeschool settings for decades as one way to encourage children to work with their hands and discover a skillful craft they love to practice! It's also perfect for any child who is home on break, home for the summer, or with their families on the weekends.
This book feature crafts such as
- Felted acorns
- Paper beads
- Nature wreaths
- Cocoa mint lip balm
- Woven willow hearts
- Finger knit bracelets
- Eco-dyed kitchen towels
- Fairy tale treehouse
- Flower crowns
- Bug hotel
128 pages, paperback.
Wild + Free Book Club
From Wild + Free, a wonderful collection of creative activities for parents, educators, and caregivers filled with engaging and fun ideas to help kids fall in love with literature and reading.
Foster a love of reading in your child with Wild + Free Book Club. An invaluable educational resource curated by Wild + Free families around the world, this full-color illustrated book offers imaginative suggestions for creating themed book clubs for kids. Here are hands-on activities, games, food, and decoration ideas inspired by a carefully chosen list of beloved classic novels, as well as discussion questions about plots and themes that engage kids minds and sparks their curiosity.
Wild + Free Book Club is filled with fun ideas for each book, including:
- Anne of Green Gables—host a picnic tea party
- The Secret Garden—craft a terrarium, a secret garden of your own
- Charlotte’s Web—host an old-time country fair
- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe—turn your front door into a magical portal to Narnia
Wild + Free Holidays
Imaginative holiday-themed activities from Wild + Free to spark children's curiosity and wonder and help families connect with each other in the most wonderful season of the year.
Wild + Free Holidays is a great resource for parents to engage their kids' creativity using festive, holiday-themed crafts, outdoor activities, and essays that celebrate the warmth of the season. Curated by Wild + Free families around the world, this full-color book is filled with creative and intellectually stimulating ideas and hands-on activities parents, educators, and caregivers can use to nurture their child's curious spirit and imagination. With step-by-step instructions, lush photography, and family-tested and kid-approved activities, Wild + Free is a valuable guide to helping children spark wonder in the most wonderful season of the year. 176 pages.