Why Read This Stuff?

This web site made a substantive change in direction a little more than six months ago. Looking back at it all and thinking about the evolving character of it, one thing stands out. The mission is just as important as it always has been, however the message may not always get out as it could.

As you have probably noticed, LearningWilds is rather text-heavy. The very important ideas are encapsulated in detail and explanation, which takes some investment to follow. In much of the content, this is necessary, but it unfortunately means a lot of people may move on before getting the main ideas. Unlike a lot of other information we see, there is much more here than quick scans of titles and bullet points can convey. Seeing up front what you will get from your investment is not that easy, and it can be important because most of us don't have endless hours to wheedle away waiting to see what the product will be.

With these concerns in mind, this article is meant to identify a number of those points and draw them together. What are the reasons to hang on and spend the time? What is it for? The LearningWilds Mission Statement gives a good start, but there is a lot it leaves unsaid:

-The ideas provided here will give you an approach (self-titled as "Family Learning"), the price of which is the effort you put into it and the supplies needed for what you do. Otherwise, it is completely FREE. It is more of a framework than a curriculum as most would think of it.

-In the rare event that anything suggested here is not free, it is optional and intended to make the best possible use of money that would be invested for it.

-Emphasis is placed on simple, elegant use of resources most people have available or can get with little effort.

-Though the whole of Family Learning presented here involves learning for parents (more for some, less for others depending on background and intent), once you have it, it works indefinitely and can be adjusted for different levels of learners. No new editions to buy, nothing out of date, no additional dependencies required, nothing expires when you need it most. You own it and control it.

-Most people, regardless of ability and with some adjustment, can succeed at Family Learning.

-Homeschooling is technically doing at home what you would at school. Family Learning ideas easily out-do school and homeschooling because they are always open and conducive to creativity, individual learning character and personal interest.

-Family Learning methods place learners in a position where they actively adapt to making decisions and managing themselves instead of having to be led through everything extrinsically. (This happens over time with practice, sorry, it is not immediate).

-These ideas offer learners to pursue personal interests within a framework in which they acquire skills which will improve their future working abilities. Most other approaches control most everything or almost nothing.

-The frameworks offered here place parents in a position of positive guidance, assisting with skills and advice. Other approaches tend to err by making parents feel the constant need to push work or, on the opposite end, to avoid influence in the learning process.

-Learning activities focus on developing learner skills and utilizing the learners' efforts, not trapping parents into detracting over-involvement.

-Over time, learners become more independent, parents do too.

-Learning takes place in a cohesive weave of thought, not haphazard and possibly contradictory directions.

-Because it is free, there is no limit from moving things around and experimenting

-Family Learning has natural opportunities to document learning activities built into it, so meeting homeschooling requirements can be that much easier.

-This approach can facilitate purposeful momentum while avoiding manipulation of learners.

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