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Welcome to Raising Wildlings, a podcast about parenting, alternative education and stepping into the wilderness, however that looks, with your family. Each week, we’ll be interviewing experts that truly inspire us, to answer your parenting and education questions. We’ll also be sharing stories from some incredible families that took the leap, and are taking the road less travelled. Whether you’re a parent looking for tips on how to better handle those sibling squabbles and tantrums, a couple searching for ways to create more freedom within your family’s lifestyle, an educator keen to explore alternative schooling models and how children learn, a father keen to delve into respectful parenting philosophies, or a mother wanting to learn more about why play is so important and how to get children outdoors safely, then this is the podcast for you. Each week you’ll get tried and tested tactics from parenting, play and education experts to help you on your journey towards creating the happiest, healthiest lifestyle you can for your family. We’ll also chat to real life families who have created freedom within their lives and are living life on their own terms. They’ll teach you how they did it and how you can too. And of course, you’ll hear from us about all things nature play and alternative education. We’ll answer all your questions on how children learn, the importance of play in all its forms, children’s rights and autonomy, and how to get your children outside safely, more often. This podcast hopes to empower parents and educators to raise kinder, more resilient, more adaptable children by helping them maintain happy connections and healthy lifestyles. So, what are you waiting for?! Let's dive in! Hit subscribe now to be notified when new episodes go live. To download our free Respectful Language Printable Cheat Sheet, head to: www.wildlingsforestschool.com/shop/respectful-language
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At Raising Wildlings, we have shared our homeschooling journeys along with countless others, but what does the research say about homeschooling in Australia. Well, homeschooling has more than doubled over the last several years. So what is it that is driving these trends, let’s find out in my discussion today with Dr. Rebecca English from QUT.👉 Rebecca sharesHer background and how she got involved in this movementWhat some of the main reasons people make the switch to alternative educationAbout the binaries of ideologs, pedagogs and accidentalsHow the current climate is impacting people’s views on homeschoolingImportant statistics on homeschooling in AustraliaHow to start home learningHow to access support and help you through the processSome of the outstanding findings she has discovered in her researchProfound outcomes from unschoolingHer thoughts on credentialism and how the academic landscape is changing in regards to needing formal qualifications👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Resources & ReferencesFind more about Dr. Rebecca English's work hereRead her published findings and articles here Check out our Unschooling and Wildschooling webinars*Just a note apologising that our Homeschool Course has suffered technical difficulties. We hope to have rectified by Tues 21st September.Our Homeschooling Blog👉 Guest DetailsDr. Rebecca English is a researcher, teacher and mother whose work is concerned with parenting and education. She has an interest in the ways parents make choices for their children that align with their beliefs about family, parenting and other factors. Her particular interest is in the choice of non-mainstream education affects children’s experience of agency and autonomy.👉 Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.ListenApple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
In this episode, we’re chatting with conservationist, budding ecologist and snake catcher, Gemma Smith, about all things snakes. How to keep yourself and your children safe around snakes, what to do on the very chance you get bitten by a snake, the importance of snakes to our environment and for those who are scared of snakes, some tips on how to work on your fear and not pass it onto your children.👉  Gemma sharesHer story of how she got into snake catchingSome of the signs we can be aware and teach to our kids as we coming into snake seasonHow knowledge conquers fearTips to help keep children safe around snakes when exploring in the bushHer advice for parents who have phobias or deep fears around snakes and how to not pass this fear onto their childrenBasic snake first aid and what to do on the really rare chance that you’re bitten by a snakeThe essential role snakes play in our biodiversityThe delicate balance of our ecosystem 👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and ResourcesGem's WebsiteFind her on Facebook Follow her on InstagramBook Recommendation: The Tangled Bank, Carl ZimmerCheck out our Wild Business CourseBecome a Patreon👉 Guest Details Today we have the absolute privilege of chatting with Gemma Smith. Gemma is a conservationist, budding ecologist currently studying Animal Ecology at the USC, passionate reptile lover and Snake Catcher who offers Snake Removal & Relocation Services across the Sunshine Coast.Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
Imagine a place where it is believed that kids are more capable than we know – so capable that they make rollercoasters and treehouses, from concept through to the full build, using real tools and the secret ingredient, time. What I am describing is the Tinkering School. Today I have the man behind the concept joining me all the way from the US, welcome Gever Tully. 👉  Gever sharesWhat Tinkering School isWhy it is so important to give children the opportunity to be trustedThe theory behind making mistakesHow you can figure things out by fooling aroundHow to risk assess projects in a fun and safe wayWhy building is at the heart of your programThe beauty of timeThe importance of failureThe wonder and benefits of intrinsic motivationAbout his role as a “collaborator”The vision and foundations of Brightworks School👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Resources & ReferencesGever Tulley's TED Talk about Life Lessons Through TinkeringTinkering School Websiteinfo@tinkeringschool.com50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Child Do by Gever TulleyConnect on Instagram👉 Guest DetailsGever Tulley is an American writer, speaker, computer scientist and founder of Tinkering School. He is also a founding member and chief collaborator of Brightworks School which centers around the concept of students learning through self-directed means and building projects. He is also the co-author of 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do. His TED Talk, Life Lessons Through Tinkering is an inspiration to us at Wildlings!👉 Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagram👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.ListenApple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
In this episode, we’re talking with Kelly Roberts about her Wild Business, Wild Kindy, based in Sydney, New South Wales. This is the first episode in a series where we’re going to focus on Wild Businesses around Australia and the globe.👉  Kelly sharesAbout her business and what she offersWhat her inspiration was to start her businessInspiring stories from her programsHer strengths and what makes her unique compared to others in the industryThe hardest part of starting a nature play businessThe best part about owning her businessThe benefits of starting your own nature play business👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and ResourcesResources & ReferencesWild Kindy WebsiteWild Kindy SocialsInstagramFacebook Click here to support us on Patreon! Thank you!Guest DetailsKelly Roberts is the founder of Wild Kindy. Kelly is an experienced Early Childhood Educator but knew early on in her career that her passion lay in alternative education. With a passion for the outdoors, she was attracted to Nature Pedagogy Philosophy as a way to bring back childhood as she knew it, and reconnect children with the natural environment.Wild Kindy promotes children to naturally learn in an outdoor environment, no matter the weather. With an evolving program of ‘risky’ and nature play, our children are growing into strong, confident, resilient and passionate learners.Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
In this episode, we’re chatting with Mimsy Sadofsky from the democratic Sudbury Valley School in Massachusetts about what a self-directed learning school looks like, what children do after attending such a school, how they learn to read in a democratic school and, of course, how the school is run by its children.👉  Mimsy sharesAll about Sudbury Valley SchoolThe beautiful, mind-blowing philosophy of their schoolWhat their teens do after finishing high schoolThe benefits of self-directed learning for childrenHow the students are involved in the day to day running of the schoolWhat she has seen over her past 50 years at the school and why she stayedHow their judicial system operatesHow children respond to this learning environmentTheir admission process and how they work with parentsHow Sudbury Valley School's children learn to readAnswers to commonly asked questionsHow the traditional school system can harm children 👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and Resourceshttps://www.sudburyvalleyschool.org/Book Recommendations: Astoria, Peter Stark Deep River, Karl Marlantes👉  Guest DetailsMimsy Sadofsky is a co-founder and staff member of Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, Massachusetts. She has been with SVC for 53 years. She is co-author of numerous books and articles about Sudbury Valley and the Sudbury approach to education. She is a self-directing learning advocate and pioneer in the free learning philosophy. Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube E: hello@wildlingsforestschool.com👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
Screens are a part of all our lives, for many a little too much. So how do we create a healthy digital culture in our homes with our children? Today I talked to Cat Green, founder of Everyday Empowered, about why we need to be having a whole family approach to technology use in our homes. 👉  Cat SharesAbout Everyday EmpoweredHer inspiration to create the Screen Smart Families workshopSurprising insights from the research on children’s technology useThe importance of shifting the narrative around technology The most important message to give our children around the use of technologyAnswers to common questions she gets asked about screen time and childrenImportant skills we need to be teaching and role modeling in regards to interaction with others onlineHow we can navigate issues online with our children in a honest and open wayWhat led her to consider homeschooling for her childrenHer homeschooling philosophyWhat a week in the life of her family looks likeHow she manages time for her business and homeschooling👉 Guest DetailsCat Green is a homeschooling mom intent on supporting families to love their family life by learning to live it skillfully. We all want more connection, vibrant health and joy in our homes, but without a foundation of simple, everyday skills, we run into problems putting this into action. Cat runs a wide range of workshops and sells her favourite books to help you in your journey to learn these simple skills and build a life-nourishing family culture.👉  Resources & ReferencesEveryday Empowered WebsiteNext workshop is August 29th in Yandina, QLDFacebookInstagramEveryday Empowered BookstoreUse code WILD10 for any of the digital parenting books in AugustBook Recommendations:Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace LinHome Grown by Ben Hewitt👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadablesWildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
In this episode, we’re chatting with Kerry McDonald, author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom, about different models of education around the world, the developmental bell curve of when children read, how Unschooling benefits teenagers and how the school system can harm children.👉  Guest DetailsKerry McDonald is an education policy writer, self-directed learning expert and author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom. She is a board member at the Alliance of Self-Directed Education and mother of four never-been-schooled children. 👉  Kerry SharesWhat she has been up toResearch coming out about how the pandemic affected opinions on homeschoolingThe difference between education and schoolingThe qualities we value in the ‘imagination age’ and how school stifles creativityHow the industrial education system can make children’s lives worseThat unschooling is treating children with basic human respectHow the 19th century industrial model education system lacks the ability to build the skills required for the most in demand jobsThat knowing yourself and what you want are largely neglected in conventional structured schoolingAbout empowering parentsThe developmental bell curve for reading age in childrenExamples of different unschooling programs and self-directed learning models in the statesWhy bullying is nearly non-existent in these alternative models of education👉  Opt InFree Downloadable👉 Resources & ReferencesUnschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom, Kerry McDonaldFoundation for Economic EducationBOOKSLearning is Natural, School is Optional, Ken DanfordThe Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life, Grace LlewellynFab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop, Neil GershenfeldOriginals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam GrantOutliers M,alcolm GladwellAtlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand Audiobook Read by Scott BrickALTERNATIVE UNSCHOOLING PROGRAMSNorth Star, founded by Ken DanfordNot Back To School Camp NFP’sLiberated LearnersAlliance of Self-Directed EducationWildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagram👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much!
In this episode, we’re chatting with Natalia Krysiak, founder of Cities for Play, about making play a priority in the design of our urban spaces and how to make the changes we want to see for our children. 👉  Natalie SharesAbout Cities For Play, including what she does there and her vision for the futureSome shocking statistics linked to the built environmentWhat children have to say about designing cities and the beautiful consistencies between children of different culturesHow a built environment can promote children's health and well-being with a focus on play and active mobilityWhich cities are implementing best practiceHow we as parents can encourage our local councils to make our cities more child-friendlyWhy there has been a reduction in free play and roaming areas over the past few generationsWhat we have learnt so far about the pandemic's impact on children's play and mobility👉  Opt In for Free Downloadables👉 Resources & ReferencesCities for Play WebsiteChild Friendly NeighbourhoodsLinkedInTwitter: @NataliaK_auInstagram: @citiesforplayBook Recommendations: Bush Toys by Claudia Haagen👉 Guest DetailsNatalia Krysiak, a practicing architect at Hayball Architects and founder of Cities for Play, Natalia specialises in the design of child-oriented environments. She is a passionate advocate for playful cities and spaces, engaging in placemaking and research initiatives around the world. In 2019 Natalia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship exploring best practice for designing child-friendly, high density neighbourhoods in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and the UK. Her research explores how we can create more playful and child-friendly urban environments.👉 Episodes Referred ToS2E25: Benign Neglect and the Impacts of Zero-Risk Culture with Tim GillWildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube 👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
In this episode, we’re chatting with Philip Mott, reluctant learner, turned elementary teacher, turned homeschooling father, about how his family uses curiosity as their curriculum.👉  Philip sharesHis story and how he came to lead the life he lives nowWhy he homeschools his childrenHow his family manages the financial aspect of homeschoolingHis perspective on curiosity as the curriculum What his children are currently curious aboutHow to intrinsically motivate your childrenAbout earning your child’s respect with authority and teamworkOf the disadvantages of education systemThe power of truly getting to know your childAdvantages of homeschooling👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and Resourceshttp://www.philipmott.com/Recommendations: Class Dismissed Documentary Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele FaberSapiens by Yuval Noah Harari Play and Development by Goncu and GaskinsGuest DetailsAfter graduating high school with a GPA of 2.2 and then shifting often between jobs, Philip Mott pursued higher education at the age of 26 and worked to earn a spot on the Dean’s List each semester. Five years of teaching led him to realize the timeline imposed on students was incongruent with the way learning most often happens. His experiences drove him to explore learning methods which honor the learner, the teacher, and learning itself. He now unschools his three children with his wife and writes parenting and education advice for families on his website.Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
In this episode, we’re talking with one of the grandfather’s of Nature Play and Adventure Play, David Sobel, who gives us some great ideas on suggested outdoor activities for different developmental stages and also chats about some of his most recent research on the differences between children who attend indoor classrooms versus outdoor classrooms.👉  David sharesHis story and what influenced his childhood and shaped who he isHow he started his career and what he is working on nowHow to quantify vs qualify the difference between putting children in nature-based education vs indoor learningHow the pandemic has affected perceptions about children learning in natureThe relationship and correlation between childhood nature experiences and adult environmental attitudes and behaviorsThe scientifically proven benefits of nature immersion for childrenAdvice on how to educate and communicate with parents and educators about riskThe importance of teaching children to understand how to risk assess from a young agePractices for parents and educators that support childhood nature play and explorationDevelopmental parameters for how to think about engaging with nature at different stages👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadableshttps://kit.co/Wildlings👉  Links and Resourceshttps://www.davidsobelauthor.com/https://www.davidsobelauthor.com/davidsobelbooksBook Recommendation: The Magus by John Fowles👉 Guest DetailsDavid’s writing has helped to shape the place-based education movement in the United States and around the world. He’s also a proponent of nature-based early childhood education. That means getting children outside, to play and learn in the natural world and in their communities.David has worked with the National Park Service, the Children and Nature Network, numerous colleges and universities, a diversity of zoos and aquaria, nature centers near and far, independent and public schools in remote British Columbia and in inner city Boston.He now lives in New Hampshire and is committed to cold water swimming, the exploration of landscape nooks and crannies and to joyfully embracing the gift of life on earth.Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube 👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much!
Maths, it’s a dirty word isn’t it? Especially if you take the learning outside. In today’s episode, we are talking to a homeschooling mum who has created a whole curriculum in maths and reading and it is as wild as it gets! 👉  Rachel sharesThe story behind Wild Math and Wild ReadingHow bringing the learning outside helps break down the barriers around the subject of mathsAbout Wild Math and why it is so specialHer favourite activities in her curriculumHow translating maths into real life experiences can increase understandingSome profound insights from the testimonials she receivesThe resources she recommends The magic of Wild Reading and the power of working with the brain instead of against itHer golden tips and advice for homeschooling parents regarding time and taking the pressure off👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and ResourcesWild Learning WebsiteFor a special 10% discount on your order use code wildings10wildmathcurriculum@gmail.comFacebookInstagram: @wildmathcurriculum👉 Guest DetailsRachel Tidd is the author of the Wild Math® and Wild Reading™ Curriculums and a leading proponent of integrating the outdoors and the natural materials in math education. Rachel obtained extensive teaching experience as an elementary and special education teacher and as a homeschool parent. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a B.S. in Environmental Science from SUNY- College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She became interested in teaching and learning outside after watching her two children thrive in an outdoor forest preschool. Wild Math® has been used by schools and homeschool parents throughout the U.S. and the world. Rachel has written and presented about Wild Math® and outdoor learning in conferences, podcasts, and magazines. Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much!Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
What is the biggest risk to children in 2021? It could just be not allowing children to take any risks at all? In this episode we talk with Risk Play advocate, Tim Gill, all about risk and adventure play in childhood, child-friendly urban design and the tools we use to change the face of public policy in relation to play. 👉  Tim sharesHis story and why he wanted to share his ideas about risky playThe evolution and impact of ‘Zero-Risk Culture’Some of the big misconceptions adults have about childrenAbout ‘Benign Neglect’ and the concerns of being judged as a parentThe myths about riskTrue risks to children todayWhat child friendly urban design looks likeThe power and benefit of ‘unobserved play’About Risk Benefits Assessment and why they are an integral part of childhood planning What cities have got it rightHow the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting children👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and ResourcesEmail: tim@rethinkingchildhood.comWebsiteLinkedInTwitterFacebookNo Fear - Free PDF Our dear friend Kelly George, creator of the Australian Homeschool Summit, has just launched a podcast and a big sale on previous summits! You can check in out hereUse code FEELSLIKEHOME👉  Guest DetailsTim is a global advocate for children’s play and mobility, and an independent scholar and consultant. He is the author of No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society (“a handbook for the movement for freer, riskier play” - New York Times) and Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities. Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
Ever dreamt about hitting the road with your kids and heading outback? Today, homeschooling Mum, Lisa Crompton, tells about what and how she did just that, whilst 'roadschooling' her kids. 👉  Lisa shares with NickiThe magic and mystery of how children learn without being explicitly taughtHow she records and documents learning to report to the department What an average day in her life looks like and how it has changed in the last yearTips on travelling alone with childrenThe easiest way to keep the peace on a roadtripThe importance of trips without scheduled entertainment to allow for daydreaming and creativityTips for parents looking to begin homeschoolingWhat ignited her switch to homeschoolingHer motivational words for parents wanting to take the leap👉  Opt InYou might like to check out our Wildschooling Car Checklist to help make it easier to get you and your Wildlings out on the road!https://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links & Resourcesemail: lisamichellecrompton@gmail.comInstagram @Learning_on_the_roadKidspot ArticleOutschool.comBook Recc:Parenting for a Peaceful World by Robin Grille(you can also listen to our episodes with Robin Grille here)Guest DetailsLisa Crompton is a wife and mother to two gorgeous kids who are naturally learning without school. They are living on kaurna land in the Adelaide hills and travelling Australia by road at every opportunity they get!Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much!Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
In this episode, we’re talking all about Periods and the powers we can tap into within the 4 phases of our cycle with singer, author, human biologist and Period Queen, Lucy Peach. Today’s episode is all about education, empowerment, and choice. Settle in, this is important. 👉  Lucy sharesHow she came to discover the beauty of her own cycle and how she got started on this journeyThe motivation behind her book How we can honour the very special first cycleThe 4 phases of our cycle and what they entailWhat we can gain from understanding our bodies and our cyclesThe power of cycle mapping in a workplaceThe most beautiful piece of knowledge she has discovered about periods on her journeyHow we as parents and village mentors and educators, can have conversations about periods with our little Wildlings and from what age she suggests we start👉  Opt InDon’t forget that teaching kids about consent starts at home and starts with Respectful Communication, so jump online to download our free Words of Empathy and Validation printable so you have some handy phrases stuck on the fridge during witching hour. https://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Resources & ReferencesLucy's WebsiteLucy's Courses - Coming Soon!TedX TalkLucy's MusicFacebookInsta @lucyspeachesTalk Soon Talk OftenBook Reccomendations:People of the Book by Geraldine BrooksThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver👉 Guest DetailsLucy is a period preacher, folk singer, theatre performer and TEDx Speaker who has worked as a human biology teacher and sexual health educator. She has a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and Biomedicine. She currently performs her shows, ‘My Greatest Period Ever’ and ‘How to Period like a Unicorn’ all around Australia and the UK. Her brilliant book, Period Queen, has just celebrated it's first birthday and we are so thrilled this important conversation is still going.👉 Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutubePinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much!
In this episode we are talking to Vanessa Hartmann, creator of the "Year In Nature Guide," about homeschooling, nature co-ops and her profound insights on nature based living.👉  Vanessa describesHer “Year in Nature Guide” and why she created itWhat her guide includesWhere you can access her guideWhy she decided to homeschool and create her own co-opHow she got her husband onboardWhat a nature co-op isThe benefits she sees in the children participatingThe impacts of screen time and the news on children and adultsHer intentions for her child’s education as he grows upWhy many children are unnecessarily medicated The famous Raising Wildlings rapid fire questions👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and ResourcesResources & ReferencesA Year in Nature GuideMarco Polo AppYouTube Channel FacebookInstagramWomen Who Run With WolvesGuest DetailsVanessa is a homeschooling mum, military spouse and yogi that has found a passion for creating what doesn’t exist yet as her and her family move to the next adventure. She has gone into the Mojave desert and created a positive spotlight for mommas and their kiddos to create a healthy lifestyle. As her son has gotten older she’s transitioned to creating and leading homeschool co ops in nature. Community makes all the difference and Vanessa loves helping others create the community you are in need of.👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
Life on the road with your family – it’s the dream isn’t it? Well at least I know it is for me, but for now I get to live vicariously through amazing people like Naomi Mackie whom many of you may know as Boys Run Free on Instagram. In today’s episode, we dive into how this family chose homeschooling and the road less travelled. 👉  Naomi sharesThe story of how her family came to be travelling on the roadWhat they are traveling around inWhere their travels took them and her favorite parts of the journeyHow they got started homeschoolingThe dynamic of her family and how they have learned to coexist and conflict manageThe financial approach they took to allow for this dream lifestyleOf the joys of play and how the freedom to learn through travel and life experience offers valuable “curriculum.”Her hacks and travel advice for a family who wants to travel around AustraliaWhat she does to fill her cup and get in touch with her inner self👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadablesCelebrate Raising Wildling's 1st Birthday!!wildlingsforestschool.com/shop Code: RAISING WILDLINGS👉 Resources & ReferencesEmail Naomi www.billybuttonphotography.comInsta @boys_run_free👉 Guest DetailsNaomi Mackie has a family of six. They homeschool their four boys and have been travelling for 18 months around Australia. Their boys have never gone to school. Their classroom has mostly been outside. Living outside with so much freedom has given them an opportunity to thrive in so many creative ways.👉 Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.ListenApple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
TRIGGER WARNING: This podcast episode contains references to child sexual and physical abuse, grooming and predatory behaviour. If this episode triggers anything for you please reach out to a loved one who will listen or contact Lifeline 13 11 14 for support. We see you, we hear you, we believe you.*Wondering how to teach your children about consent? Want to know how to empower your kids to be the boss of their own body? In this episode, Lauren French from Body Safety Australia helps us answer these incredibly important questions. 👉  Lauren talks aboutBody Safety Australia, its mission and her role thereWhy it is important to start conversations around consent and being the boss of your body in the early yearsHow to go about challenging generational expectations The myths to avoid in body safety conversations with our childrenEmpowering tips on ways we can introduce these topicsStats parents need to know about child abuseThe importance of teaching our children proper anatomical names How to help make sleepover’s a safe rite of passage👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and ResourcesBody Safety Australia Book Recommendations: Beauty by Bri LeeLove Your Body, Jessica SaundersBe Your Own Man, Jessica SaundersS1, E25: Be Your Own Man with Jess Saunders👉  Guest DetailsLauren French is a proud Karajarri woman who grew up on Larrakia lands in the Northern Territory, and is now living and working on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne. She is a sexologist, educator and social change maker who works in many different capacities. She is a lead educator with Body Safety Australia and a clinical Sexologist at the Australian Institute of Sexology and Sexual medicine. She has a Bachelors in psychology and a Masters in Sexology with a specialisation in Sexuality Education. As an Aboriginal woman, she feel privileged to be able to support communities and families like her own in areas that are so often under supported.Body Safety Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing collaborative community solutions to foster robust, respectful relationships with children and young people. Their evidence-based strategies and programs empower and educate children and young people, their families, and professionals in the home and school environments, offline and online. They have a strong commitment to provide all communities with body safety education that celebrates children of all socio-economic status, religions, abilities, sexuality and/or family structure. Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagram👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you!
In today's episode we travel to the other side of the country to chat with Daniel Burton, CEO and co-founder of Educated By Nature. I am really excited because these nature immersion programs inspired so much of what we do at Wildlings. Settle in for an enlightening show! 👉  Daniel sharesThe story of how Educated by Nature beganWhat made him step away from formal education and start a businessThe importance of time as a resource for nature playThree key values to persuade educators to embrace nature pedagogyWhy mentors are essential and how nature supports that frameworkAbout rites of passage for childrenSome of the challenges of running a play-based business The unseen benefits of nature play Risky play’s vital place in childhoodHis favourite aha moments 👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/shop/autumn-song-sheet👉 Resources & Referenceshttps://educatedbynature.com/Linked InTwitterFacebookInsta @educatedbynatureCampfire ConversationsBlog👉 Guest DetailsDaniel is the CEO of Educated by Nature, a qualified teacher and nature connection mentor. He considers himself an advocate for connecting children with the natural world, following children’s inbuilt sense of wonder and curiosity as the vehicle to inspire the process of inquiry-based learning. He is passionate about empowering children and providing authentic opportunities for them to grow mentally, physically, socially and emotionally.👉 Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much!
In this episode, we’re traveling to Chicago, Illinois to talk with business teacher, father and podcast host Peter Hostrawser about how and why he’s on a mission to disrupt education.👉  Peter shares with NickiAbout his learning journey, and his most memorable moments in school and outThe importance of confidence and making connectionsHis experience that led him on this path of disrupting educationHow he coped in a system that wasn’t going to change immediatelyThe best advice he received in helping him connect with students from a different backgroundWhere he is currently working and what made him choose this schoolAbout the exciting changes he is seeing in education in the StatesAbout the funding disparities and inequity in the American school systemWhat he is seeing in the Outdoor Learning space👉  Opt InFree DownloadablesAutumn Song Sheets👉 Resources & ReferencesWebsiteDisrupting Education PodcastInstagramLinkedInFacebookBook RecommendationsCreative Schools - Sir Ken RobinsonIndistractable - Nir Eyal👉 Guest DetailsPeter Hostrawser has been a business educator in the Chicago area for over 20 years and founded the OPRF School of Business at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. He is an entrepreneur and change agent for traditional educational systems as well as a business coach. Peter has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and continue their paths to success. Peter is the host of the Disrupt Education Podcast where creative and non-traditional learners share their stories and thoughts on how to change education. He currently teaches business at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois, USA and is an eLearning Curriculum Developer for HallPass Education.👉 Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much!Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcasts
Come with us on a virtual travel adventure all the way on the other side of the globe, where we find out about how Forest Schooling is done in Spain with Forest School Leader and fellow unschooling mother, Vicky Mateau. 👉  Vicky shares with VicciWhat led her to make the choice to homeschool her two childrenAbout the homeschooling community in SpainAbout the program she created and how they name their groupsAbout the dynamic wild space she usesThe benefits of connecting children with a changing environmentAbout running her program in a National Park in Spain and how the bureaucracy and red tape comparesHow her children discovered autonomyWhat unschooling life looks like for her and the beauty of the present momentHer advice for other families about the individual journey and flexibility of this lifestyleAbout her contextualised training in the UK, and how she had to adapt her training to be more relevant to her forest school in Spain. About “Wildcrafting” in SpainHow they include indigenous and ancestral learnings in their programsAbout the deeper themes of learning in nature and how they translate in communication and relationships between adults and children👉  Opt Inhttps://www.wildlingsforestschool.com/free-downloadables👉  Links and Resourcesvickymateusimeon@gmail.comwww.pasdinfant.orgBook Recommendations: Robin Wall Kimmerer- Braiding SweetgrassAnnie Davy- A Sense of Place  Song Sheet DownloadablesGuest DetailsVicky Mateu has specialised in child development, education and emotional intelligence. She is a Forest School leader in Catalonia, Spain and also offers parenting support for families. She lives in a small farmhouse at the Natural Parc of El Montseny where her family is unschooling their children Nara (9) and Saüc (7). Wildlings Forest School Contact DetailsWebsiteFacebookInstagramYoutube PinterestLinked In👉 Did You Enjoy This Episode? If you enjoyed this episode and the Raising Wildlings podcast generally, we have a favour. Please take two minutes to subscribe, and to write a rating and a review. You can do that on Apple Podcasts right now by clicking here. If you are an Android user, you can follow the podcast on Spotify here and Google Podcasts here. Those actions will help the podcast reach more people, and we would be truly grateful. Thank you so much.Apple Podcasts  SpotifyGoogle Podcast
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Matthew Leese

Super interview, I really enjoyed this episode. but what really resonated with me was the summary at the end. Another powerful reminder of why we have chosen to home educate our child.

Sep 6th
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Kerrie Smith

What an interesting conversation!!

Jun 10th
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Brendan Beale

interesting, inspiring, great interviews. parents or educators, a must listen

Jul 8th
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