This is going to be an on-going post updated as I find new information, resources, and websites to add to it. This is partly for my own records, but also for sharing with others. Our son is only 2.5 but it is never too soon to start “education”. We are keen to the “un-schooling” movement, and I am also a fan of Waldorf education, and being homeschooled myself for a time, I have a fondness for it. We will probably be doing a blend of styles, potentially enrolling him in a Waldorf school or group, etc. when the time comes, but we as an eclectic pagan family want to raise him in a nature-honoring, animistic and spiritual way while also teaching about other religions and cultures, science and mathematics, philosophy and astronomy, arts and bardcraft, writing and storytelling, etc. etc. If you have any resources to contribute, or experiences with any groups/sites etc. please leave us a comment!
Random lists, groups, and resources:
- http://www.pinterest.com/blissfaery/craft-y-kids-pagan-parenting-homeunschooling/ [This one actually has a lot of resources and books]
http://homeschoolingonashoestring.com/homeschooling/methods/curriculum/ (homeschooling on a budget)
Earthschooling (through the BEearth Institute of Education, a preschool through G8 [plus high school add-on] DL school):
Charlotte Mason Method of Homeschooling:
- (very Christian but can be adapted, and free) http://www.amblesideonline.org/
(with a pagan-spin) http://delaney-smith.net/school/Year_1/
Classical Method of Homeschooling:
- “Books such as The Well-Trained Mind (which is my main resource for curricula and homeschooling) and The Latin-Centered Curriculum are both unabashedly Christian. However, this method originates with the Pagan writer, Martianus Capella, who developed the system of the seven liberal arts that comprised early medieval education.” (Quote from http://witchesandpagans.com/EasyBlog/curricula-for-pagan-homeschoolers.html).
Non-Religious General Online Learning Sites:
- http://www.time4learning.com/ (preschool through 12th grade)
http://www.abcmouse.com (age 2 through early elementary)
http://parentingbythelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2010/07/links-every-pagan-parent-should-have.html [Includes links to magazines, educational resources, crafts and activities, etc. AND links to pagan-parent meet-up groups.]
http://www.janetcallahan.com/shopping/ebooks [Pagan Parenting in the NICU]
Books and Activities for Kids in Pagan Families
http://www.pookapages.com/ [Themed around a young witch named Elsie and Pooka her cat, including coloring pages, recipes, esbats for kids, kid’s BoS, and other activities for pagan children].
http://www.rayneannastorm.com/english.html [printable coloring pages for things such as sabbats, zodiacs, Book of Shadows, etc.]