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Alternative Education

Resources for those looking outside the traditional public school systems for different options to meet your child’s needs.

LearningPods

A learning pod is a small group of students who learn together outside of a traditional school setting, but still in person. Learning pods allow students to independently engage in learning in a safe and productive environment, typically during regular school hours. However, don’t be restricted by previous conceptions of what schooling is. There are multiple options available, for example licensed vs unlicensed, indoor vs outdoor, accredited teacher or lay person (parent) or a combination of both, hours, number of days, or curriculum. The scope is limitless. Basically, if you have a group of parents that agree to structure you have a pod.

Learning Pods are an option for families that are wanting to withdraw their children from the public school system. Learning Pods afford parents the opportunity to be involved in the day-to-day learning and overall curriculum being
taught to their children.

Costs will vary depending on the structure, location and type of pod agreed upon by the parents.

Information on Pods

Mama Bears “ABC’s of Building a POD” and 123’s of What to Look For?

For Hosts

Important considerations before hosting a learning POD.

For Teachers

Considerations for people interested in teaching a POD.

For Parents

Important questions to ask and things to look out for.

How to Start a Learning Pod

New Earth Network provides a Learning Pod Leader’s Training course. This course is available on a donation basis and includes videos and a pdf workbook broken down into easy-to-follow modules.

How to Build a Yurt Forest School

Setting Up a Yurt Forest School

This is a point form rundown of how a group of parents started a Yurt Forest School. This is meant as a guide/example that perhaps others could use the same system to set up their own or tweak it to suit their location and needs.
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Canadian Centre For Learning

Canadian Centre for Learning (CCL) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative higher learning community that provides opportunities for learners to study and work with world class, experienced and dedicated academics and professionals. As a beacon of freedom, CCL is a place where people’s voices matter, learning is joyful, ideas are inspirational and impact is transformational.

What isUn-Schooling?

It was first explained by John Holt in the 70’s. He believed that children were not empty vessels of which we need to fill with knowledge rather they are driven by their own curiosities and interests and they are learning all of the time.

Tasha Fishman tried Homeschooling for 3 days and quickly discovered it wasn’t for her. Through Unschooling she discovered her children could lead their own learning through interest and passion, and has been successfully unschooling her children for several years. Her family has found a sense of ease and fulfillment along with a connection with her children she never thought possible.

To learn more on how you can duplicate Tasha’s success visit her website at TashaFishman.com

Tasha Fishman

Mama Bears Un-Schooling Webinar

A conversation with parents who have succeeded in raising their children within the organic fluidity of unschooling. Listen to their ideas, successes and struggles as they discuss their experiences and how it has prepared their children for success.

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