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Jan/Feb 2004 FUNgasa: Free Oneself!

 Volume 1, Issue 1 January/February 2004 
in this issue
  • African-American Autodidacts
  • Pearls of Wisdom from JacQuie Ward
  • The Search is Over: Unschooled to Freedom!
  • Family Profile
  • To The Grand Canyon!
  • Three To Watch
  • Three to Read
  • Networking & Pen Pals

  • Jambo!

    Welcome to the premier issue of FUNgasa: Free Oneself! The magazine "For Us, By Us," which celebrates the diversity of African-American Homeschoolers.

    Our title comes from the Kiswahili word fungasa, a verb, meaning to free oneself. This is most fitting as increasing numbers of African Americans are enjoying the freedom of homeschooling. "Fun" is emphasized because leading a learning lifestyle is just that - fun!

    FUNgasa is the fulfillment of a long-time dream. Special thanks to African-American Unschoolers, the National African-American Homeschoolers Alliance and to you, our valued subscriber. Enjoy!

    African-American Autodidacts

    An autodidact is a self-taught person and throughout the history of Africans on these shores, the legacy of self-learning has been an integral part of African- American culture.

    Read more....

    Pearls of Wisdom from JacQuie Ward
    In my journey from being married to single parenting, from homeschooling to unschooling, I have discovered very little substantive difference in my experiences versus the experiences of other un/homeschooling mothers. I have no particular credentials to make my testimony or experiences any more or less valid than yours. My only desire is to share with you some of the things that I have learned in our twelve years of educating ourselves.

    Read on... »

    The Search is Over: Unschooled to Freedom!
    Stage 1: The Preschool Fast Track Believe it or not, by the time my son had celebrated his first birthday, I had begun a frenzied search for the right "school." I started reading all of the local guides to the best private schools, as public school was never an option. By the time Zion was 2 years old, I had been to more than 30 open houses. Each school had wonderful qualities, but there was always something that wasn't quite right -- the curriculum was too eurocentric, the school was not diverse enough, or the tuition was completely out of our price range. Nevertheless, I wanted Zion on the fast track, so at age 2, I enrolled him in a very flexible Sign Language pre-school program on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. (the only college in the country for the deaf and hearing-impaired). My sister is deaf and I was already teaching Zion Sign Language so I thought this was perfect. He hated every minute of it. He was kicking and screaming every time I dropped him off. After about three weeks of utter misery, I had to ask myself if what I was doing was of any real benefit. His last day was when I returned early to find my son screaming his eyes out, naked and unsupervised on a changing table. I thought to myself, "I'll just teach him Sign Language myself."

    Read the full story... »

    Family Profile
    Meet the Dyson Family of Carrboro, North Carolina!

    Full Story »

    To The Grand Canyon!
    African-American Unschoolers will host the 2004 African-American Homeschoolers Family & Friends Vacation at the Grand Canyon June 3-5. You are all invited to join us in experiencing this wonderful unschooling adventure!

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    Three To Watch
    January DVD Promotion
    Two Months Free!
    Brought to you by the African-American Unschooling DVD Library

    Rent Homeschool DVDs online and receive them by mail! It's a new year and we've got a new low price. First, our DVD rentals are FREE to try for 30 days! You can rent an unlimited number of DVDs for a month without paying a dime.

    Learn More... »

    Three to Read
    Check out the following titles -- something for all ages -- to celebrate Black History Month, all year long...

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    Networking & Pen Pals
    Having difficulty locating other African-American Homeschoolers? Network with other Unschooling parents, find pen pals and professional services here!

    Read more... »

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