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July/August 2004 FUNgasa

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African-American Unschooling
Volume 1, Issue 4
July/August 2004
Jambo!
Summertime, and the living is easy...We hope you are enjoying your family and making plenty of warm memories to carry you through the winter!

At this time of year, many parents are considering homeschooling for the very first time. As active homeschooling parents, we are often sought out for advice, even though we may not consider ourselves homeschooling "experts." In the eyes of those who are new to homeschooling, we are ambassadors to a new and foreign land.

This issue of FUNgasa is a wonderful resource to share with experienced and new homeschoolers alike, as well as relatives and friends who are curious about homeschooling.

Learn the difference between true homeschooling and encroaching government programs masquerading as homeschool in "A Declaration of Independence." Relive the 2004 African-American Homeschoolers Family & Friends Vacation and view the photo album in "Being The Change You Want to See" and get ready to share your questions and suggestions for homeschooling success with other parents in "Calling All African-American Homeschoolers." Enjoy!
A Declaration of Independence
  by S. Courtney Walton
Unschooling, Unit Studies, Waldorf Method, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Trivium, Curriculum "A," Curriculum "B," Eclectic. These are some of the many learning styles and approaches to education from which parents choose to homeschool their children. Cyber schools, public schools with part-time enrollment, public schools with study-at-home programs. These are alternatives to the traditional school environment, and are sometimes mistaken for homeschooling but they are not. In the past, it was fine to let politicians, media, family and friends think that homeschooling included all of these options, but not anymore. The blurring of these two does a disservice to both and threatens the freedom to homeschool.
Being The Change You Want to See
  Erika Davis-Pitre
I have been an unschooler now for many years. In those years I have belonged to many groups, attended many workshops and I have mentored many people as they started their own homeschooling/unschooling journeys. But for me what was always missing was seeing other unschoolers of color sharing this great lifestyle choice with my family. To live and learn in freedom--that is what unschooling is for me--is truly one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to your family.
Calling All African-American Homeschoolers!
  Resource Guide for African-American Homeschoolers
Have you ever wished there was a book that spoke to your experiences and needs as an African- American Homeschooler? Wouldn't it be great to have a comprehensive resource to share with family and friends, which highlights the diversity of African- American Homeschoolers and the resources they use for homeschooling success?
Pearls of Wisdom
  from Jacqueline M. Ward
"Home", I thought to myself relaxing in the comfort and familiarity of my extended family. As I joined the other women under the Baobab** tree (well, of course it wasn't really a Baobab tree, but on this perfect day the oak served us just as well); We spoke of things on high. Lifted each other up, moved our collective agenda a little further ahead. We congratulated ourselves (silently via the Universal line) on having survived a challenging year of homeschooling, internal group friction, breakups and make-ups.
Thinking Ahead: High School or Homeschool?
  Monica Z. Utsey
When I first started talking about homeschooling, my husband raised the question of sports. So our compromise was that I could homeschool through high school as long as I allowed Zion the option of attending a high school with a competitive sports program if he so desired. See, my husband comes from a long line of athletes. His uncle, Willie "Butch" Utsey was one of the best schoolyard basketball players in Philadelphia in the 1960s. My husband's first cousin, Andre McCarter, was one of the top four high school basketball players in the country in 1972, eventually earning him a full scholarship to UCLA. McCarter went on to play professional ball with Kansas City Kings and the Washington Bullets, later becoming the assistant coach for UCLA. My husband Eric participated in many Sonny Hill & John Chaney (Temple University Basketball coach) summer league basketball clinics and was varsity point guard for his West Catholic High School in grades 9-12. It's no wonder my son is a basketball enthusiast! It's in the genes.
African-American Homeschooling Communities -- Is it Time?
  Veneka Smith
"An Intentional community" is a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared core values. The people may live together on a piece of rural land, a suburban home, or in an urban neighborhood, and they may share a single residence or live in a cluster of dwellings."
Family Profile
  The Skylark Family of Kent Store, Virginia
Meet the Skylarks! Making their home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, veteran homeschooler Tajullah Skylark and her husband have homeschooled their four girls for the past 13 years. In this issue, Tajullah Skylark shares some of her wisdom with S. Courtney Walton.
Q & A
  with Erika Davis-Pitre
Ask questions and get feedback from FUNgasa Readers!
Three To Watch
  Back to Homeschool Sale!
Through the month of August we're giving away 4 Cerebellum titles just by signing up with any annual subscription. This gift, with a retail value of up to $200.00, along with the complete library of quality Cerebellum titles, is only offered to the general public through our African-American Unschooling DVD Library. With Easy Pay plans, and access to every Cerebellum title available, we're making preparing for Homeschooling easier then ever.
Three to Read
  For Your Summer Reading Pleasure
The Marafiki Directory
  Networking & Pen Pals
Network with other parents and find pen pals for your children in The Marafiki Directory!
About FUNgasa
  How to contact our writers and submit your articles
 

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