Parenting in Nature- Homeschooling Outdoors with Linda Hincks

Parenting in Nature- Homeschooling Outdoors with Linda Hincks
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Parenting in Nature- Homeschooling Outdoors with Linda Hincks

Mar 06 2022 | 00:42:58

Episode 4 March 06, 2022 00:42:58

Hosted By

 Jason Hyland Xavier Fowler Annie Szarka

Show Notes

A large helping of play and free exploration, several scoops of project-based learning, add in a cup of mud, a sprinkle of healthy failure topped with reflection and success, and a generous dusting of parental risk-management. And don't forget the side of mud, in case we missed that.

That's a recipe for parenting in nature and the potential of homeschooling. 

In this episode, we are exploring Parenting in Nature. We love exploring myriad stories through recurring topics here at Village Voices and Parenting in Nature is one of those topics we’ll be revisiting from time-to-time. We’re going to get insights from all sorts of Villagers as we take a look at the benefits and how-to’s of nature play. 

For this episode, we were able to learn quite a bit about homeschooling children with an outdoor focus as we chatted with our friend, Linda Hincks. Linda runs Wren Homeschool Consulting in Middle Haddam, Connecticut. Linda Hincks is an educational philosopher. She started her career as a classroom teacher and museum educator, then time stopped and the earth stood still when she heard an article on homeschooling. The rest is a story still being told. 

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Visit Linda Hincks on Facebook at Wren Homeschool Consulting.


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