providing support to new or struggling unschooling parents
Michele is available to help advise new and struggling homeschooling/unschooling parents. Are you stuck in a rut and feeling like "deschooling" will never end? Are you pulling your child out of school and feeling overwhelmed by legal requirements? Is your child at the age where all of your friends' kids are in preschool, but you are feeling pulled to keep your child home? Having anxiety about putting together your child's portfolio, because they do not produce much paper samples of "work"? If any of that sounds like you, Michele can help you sort things out, brainstorm with you (and your children), and regain your homeschooling confidence.
Michele has teenager who has never been to school and who has always been (radically) unschooled and they have a toddler who will probably follow the same path. Michele has known and worked with hundreds of other unschooling and homeschooling families. They have been to many unschooling conferences; spoken at, taught funshops for, and sat on parent panels at unschooling conferences; and they have been an active member of the greater online unschooling community since 2003. Michele also taught public high school students for two years, has experience teaching private & charter school students, has experience teaching homeschooled/unschooled children, and they have taught adults in various settings as well.
While Michele understands and respects that unschooling, especially radical/whole life unschooling, is not right for every family, they do speak from the experience of and make suggestions based on radical unschooling, consensual living, non-violent communication, attachment parenting, and anarchist parenting principles and ideas. They also enspouse queer & trans inclusivity; actively work against racism, fascism, & ableism; support neurodiversity; and maintain a sex-positive & body-positive view on human sexuality.
Reach out and see how they can help bring some peace of mind to your homeschooling journey, no matter if you are just starting out or you have older children and life is in transition.
Ultimately, Michele wants your life to be easier and does not want you to have anymore stress around homeschooling than is absolutely necessary. They request decent coffee or hot tea, some vegetarian snacks, and for you to keep an open mind. Michele provides support to homeschooling families by donation-only with a suggested donation of $25/hr, keeping in mind that folks in the homeschooling community charge between $75 and $250/hr for homeschooling consulting and parenting support.