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Unschoolers Unlimited

What is Unschooling?

Unschooling is trusting the learner to be in charge of his or her own learning. It is not a method of instruction we use on our children, but a process we adults go through to unlearn the lessons and undo the effects of our years of schooling.

Schooling taught us that learning only happens in a certain place and time, under the direction and/or force of a teacher.

Unschooling ourselves restores our child-like curiosity. It encourages us to trust that we are all learning all the time and that we are the experts when it comes to choosing what, when, how, where, how much and with whom we learn.

Schooling taught us that our interests were unimportant, disruptive, a waste of time, just play, not “the real world.”

Unschooling frees us to follow our interests wherever they lead. As John Holt said in Instead of Education: “We learn something from everything we do, and everything that happens to us or is done to us…. It is the quality of our experiences, the satisfaction, excitement, or joy that we get or fail to get from them, that will determine how those experiences change us–in short, what we learn…. Our most rapid, efficient, far-reaching, useful, and permanent learning comes from our doing things that we ourselves have decided to do, and … in doing such things we often need very little help or none at all.”

Schooling taught us that experts know when everyone should learn to read, write, do arithmetic. If we didn’t fit into their schedule, the experts labeled us slow or dyslexic, ADD or learning disabled.

Unschooling reassures us that we all learn and grow in our own way, at our own pace, and there is no hurry. At the Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts, no one is ever told to stop what they’re doing and learn to read (or anything else), yet all the students learn to read, write and calculate. Some ask for help, some teach themselves in mysterious ways. Some learn when they are four, some when they’re 12, but by the time they’re 16, nobody can tell who learned “early” and who learned “late.”
Schooling taught us that learning is sitting still, being quiet, obeying the rules no matter how stupid or harmful or unfair they are. And if we couldn’t or wouldn’t sit still we were coerced, punished, shamed, even drugged into submission.

Unschooling allows coloring outside the lines. Learning is active, passionate, sometimes sociable, noisy and messy, sometimes lonely, silent and invisible.
Schooling taught us that we could not be responsible for our own living and learning, but must rely on experts, authorities, rules and regulations to make us do the right thing. This is a tough one to unlearn because nobody ever says it in so many words — it is simply the underlying assumption of the schooling process.

Unschooling respects our intelligence and our virtue. We were all born with the desire and the ability to learn what we need to know in order to be contributing members of our family and our society. Unschooling is unleashing, unfurling, unbinding our innate ability to choose for ourselves the ideas and activities that foster lifelong learning and growth.

John Taylor Gatto, New York City and State Teacher of the Year, said, “I don’t think the world can afford well-schooled children anymore, whether they come from the factories of government, of church, or of private industry. We need a different kind of man and woman to tackle the future, the kind of young people who accept the obligations of living joyfully and with responsibility.”

Because most of us were so well schooled, we sometimes need a little help from our friends to unschool ourselves. Unschoolers Unlimited publishes a newsletter, mailing list, and learning exchange list so we can stay in touch and encourage each other. We hold family gatherings every other month so we can get together to play, socialize, share ideas, information, inspiration and good food. We hope you’ll join us.

www.unschoolersunlimited.blogspot.com

22 Wildrose Avenue, Guilford, Connecticut 06437

 

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Greater New Haven Classical Christian Co-op

Our Co-op meets each Wednesday afternoon at the North Haven Bible Church. We have offered a variety of classes, including science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth Science, etc.), art history and skills-based art classes, writing composition, Latin, other foreign languages, debate, early learning classes, geography, and more. Class offerings change each year according to the preferences of participating families. We also have regular assembly time and event nights such as science fairs, international nights, fine arts festivals, and others. Ages range from preschool through high school.

www.gnhccc.com

Fairfield, Connecticut

 

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CT Homeschoolers’ Inclusive

The Homeschoolers Inclusive is a place to share ideas, methods, events and support for all CT Homeschoolers, a community calendar, a resource database, a clearinghouse of information, a support system. Recognizing that we all have something to share and we all have something to learn, that there are times when we need support and times when we can offer support, this group is here for all of us! Are you a leader or a member of another support group? You are welcome here! Feel free to tell us about your group and what’s going on, it’s from each other that our kids will all benefit! Connecticut is full of resources, not just with what it offers but with what it’s homeschoolers offer as well!

Contact: Jean or Mae
Email: cthomeschoolersinclusive-owner@yahoogroups.com

Connecticut

 

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Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN), Inc.

CT Homeschool Network (CHN) is Connecticut’s statewide information and support network. We are an independent, online-based homeschooling organization, which serves to inform, empower, and foster community among home educators in the state of Connecticut. CHN is completely inclusive, welcoming everyone of all races, religions, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and learning methodologies.

www.cthomeschoolnetwork.org

P.O. Box 115, Goshen, Connecticut 06756

 

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Christian Homeschooling Adults Leading Kids (CHALK)

C.H.A.L.K. began in the fall of 2003. We are a growing group, looking for dedicated Christian families who have a heart for the Lord to join us.

We are a faith based Bible believing homeschool group. We strive to raise our children according to God’s Word, teaching them to be Christ-like in all they do and say.

Our group is open up to families with children of all ages…preschool right on up through grade 12. This is to encourage homeschooling families to continue to educate their children at home as long as they are able to.

Our desire is to grow together in our homeschooling endeavors, and all our activities and Mom’s meetings are reflective of that.

Our Mom’s meeting takes place the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We also plan for park dates and at least three field trips per month. Please visit our Calendar of Events page for details.

VISION:

To provide Christian homeschooling families with:

* Prayer support
* Network of resources
* Encouragement in educating our kids
* Social events including: Mom’s night out, lots of great field
trips, and gatherings for the whole family – including
a picnic, yearly fair, & graduation.

www.chalknews.net

Derby, Connecticut

 

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The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers of CT

TEACH is a state-wide organization providing service and information to CT homeschooling families and support groups in Connecticut. All sponsored activities and publications will be consistently Christian and dedicated to the honor and glory of God in keeping with the Biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-10, Proverbs 22:6, and Ephesians 6:4.
Our annual convention is held in June.

www.teachct.org

10 Moosehorn Rd, West Granby, Connecticut 06090

 

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Shoreline Christian Home Educators Fellowship

Shoreline Christian Home Educators Fellowship operates as a local Christian homeschool support group ministry to families from south-central Connecticut.  We gather together as a group to support one another in the journey of homeschooling.  We pray for and encourage one another, offer information and resources, and provide opportunities for fellowship and varied field trips, special events and activities,   Along the way, we share memories and make friendships for a lifetime.

If you have questions or want more information before you desire to request membership, please email the SCHEF Director, at bolt85@sbcglobal.net

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MEMBERSHIP STEPS

SCHEF Membership

As a Christian homeschool support group ministry, SCHEF membership is open to anyone who is homeschooling at least one child in kindergarten level or above within our geographic area. Our membership area extends from New Haven along the shoreline to New London, and inland towns along the Ct. River up to Middletown. We require annual membership dues of $10 per family to cover the cost of our website, to purchase shared Resource Library materials and to subsidize some SCHEF activities and events.  We also require members to concur and sign our Statement of Faith (please see sidebar sublink), indicating their commitment to those truths upon which we can all agree, for the purposes of Christian fellowship and unity. (Romans 15:5-7)
Steps for SCHEF Membership
1.    Complete the online registration by clicking the “Request Membership” button on the sidebar of this page and submit it. Please follow the directions.  During the process you will be prompted to accept or reject the Statement of Faith (see sidebar “Getting Started” for more details and a description). Acceptance is equivalent to your signing and concurring with the Statement of Faith, so please read it carefully.
 
2.    Annual membership dues can be paid through paypal during your online registration process or you can mail a check for $10 (made payable to the SCHEF Treasurer, Laura Michaud) to:
                    SCHEF Membership
                     C/O Melissa Corbett, Membership Coordinator
                     96 Beechwood Road
                     Niantic, CT 06357
3.  You will receive an email or phone call to confirm your membership status.
4. After you click “continue” you will have the option to use “Pay Pal” or you can send a check to the above address.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES
  • All members are encouraged to be actively involved in the practical and prayer support of SCHEF.
  • All members agree to maintain website confidentiality.
  • In accordance with 1 Peter 4:8-10, all members are encouraged to prayerfully seek to utilize their gifts in fulfilling SCHEF’s purpose and vision as a Christian homeschool support group, faithfully administering God’s grace to one another with love and hospitality.
  • A member who has a specific issue concerning the leadership of SCHEF is humbly requested to handle it in the spirit of Matthew 18:15-17. Any concern should first be brought directly to the Leadership Team, so that they may resolve the matter personally and in a Biblical manner.  If the issue remains unresolved, a request may be made to place the issue on the agenda for the next scheduled leadership meeting, at which time the concerned member may publicly present the matter before the Leadership and Support Team members.

www.homeschool-life.com/ct/schef/

SCHEF Membership
 C/O Melissa Corbett, Membership Coordinator
96 Beechwood Road
Niantic, CT 06357
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C.H.A.L.K

Who we serve:

Serving Derby, Seymour, Shelton, Ansonia, Milford,
Stratford, Orange, West Haven, New Haven,and
surrounding towns in Connecticut.  You are welcome
to join us, no matter how near or far you live!

What is C.H.A.L.K. & why are we here?

C.H.A.L.K. began in the fall of 2003.  We are a
growing group, looking for dedicated Christian
families who have a heart for the Lord to join us.

We are a faith based Bible  homeschool group.
We strive to raise our children according to God’s Word,
teaching them to be Christ-like in all they do and say.


Who can join?

Our group is open up to Christian families with
children of all ages…preschool right on up through
grade 12.  This is to encourage homeschooling families
to continue to educate their children at home as long
as they are able to.

Our desire is to grow together
in our homeschooling endeavors, and all our
activities and Mom’s meetings are reflective of that.

Our Mom’s meeting takes place the 3rd Thursday of
each month.  We also plan for park dates and at
least two field trips per month.

Our Vision

To provide Christian homeschooling families with:

*  Prayer support
*  Network of resources
* Encouragement in educating our kids
*  Social events including: Moms Night Out, field trips,
and gatherings for the whole family – including a year end graduation & picnic!

www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/index_public.cfm?memberid=662

Derby, Connecticut

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