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The Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program, entering its 9th year, provides free, high quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible children. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) oversees the program. This coming September, spaces will be available for 1,080 children to participate in the 60 pre-kindergarten classes. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by September 1, and they must be residents of one of the identified communities. Children are selected for participation in the program through the lottery.

The State Pre-Kindergarten Program Lottery is open for applications through Saturday, July 1, 2017. Families can apply online, or applications can be downloaded or picked up at any Pre-Kindergarten Program location. Visit the RIDE website for more information including the complete list of participating Pre-K programs in Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket.

Completed hard copy applications should be returned to one of the participating programs. Families may apply for more than one site directly in the application, and can rank their preference. Only one application per child will be accepted. Please do not submit applications to the RI Department of Education.

the-rhode-island-festival-of-childrens-books-and-authorsRhode Island Festival of Children's Books & Authors
Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Lincoln School, 301 Butler Ave, Providence, RI
Admission is $5

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it boasts one of the largest and best book festivals in the nation. Thousands of people come to the Book Festival each year to meet acclaimed authors and illustrators from all corners of the country. These authors and illustrators will travel to Providence this October for the opportunity to be featured in The Rhode Island Festival of Children’s Books & Authors, hosted by Lincoln School in Providence.

10711023_10153492129316393_5325037064831951303_nExcitement is already building in the local community and beyond as Providence anticipates welcoming this year’s impressive roster of writers, including Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Anika Denise, Christopher Denise, Candace Fleming, Natasha Friend, Mitch Krpata, Eric Rohman, Sergio Ruzzier, Anita Silvey, Chris Van Allsburg and Elizabeth Wein. Authors give talks throughout the day, sign books, and enjoy spending time with fans old and new. Among the line up of talent this year is a total of 16 Newbery, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King medals!

579300_10151288884821393_79650545_nYoung readers and their parents have the chance to meet and talk with the authors, have their books personally signed and participate in bookmaking and other crafts. The Festival celebrates the unique joy that can only be found by opening the pages of a book.

For a full listing of performances and activities, visit www.lincolnschool.org/bookfestival or call Lincoln School at 401.331.9696, ext. 3135.

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Goat Hill is partnering with School One to present Write Rhode Island: A Writing Competition for Students Across the Ocean State. Goat Hill is the Providence gathering of Rhode Island writers  Ann HoodHester Kaplan and Taylor Polites that offers workshops, readings, and other opportunities for writers to engage with other writers and publishers.

Write Rhode Island is a short fiction competition for any students in grades 8 to 12. Students submit one story that incorporates Rhode Island. Winners will receive a cash prize, get their work published or exhibited, and participate in a statewide reading. Teachers and schools will receive recognition. Visit the School One website for submission guidelines.

To participate, sign up for a workshop led by published writers and authors, then submit a story by December 10, 2016. Winners will be announced in March. Good luck!

Here are a few of the workshops offered. Check out School One for the full list of workshops.

backpackWhether you're chomping at the bit for the return of routine or cringing at the dwindling beach weekends, or both: back to school time is upon us. To tame the beast of procrastination and shine some light on the transition from summer to school, we dug into the kido archives to share our favorite articles on getting organized, preparing the kids, making lunches to look forward to, and much more.

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SumReadBanner The Providence Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce its 2016 Summer Reading schedule of programs and activities beginning on Monday, June 27 and continuing through Wednesday, August 3. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” A mix of programs for children and their families will focus on getting summer reading in while enjoying healthy activities. All programs will be held in PPL’s Meeting Room (3rd floor) and Teen Room (Ground level), 150 Empire Street, Providence.

Complete information is available on the Library’s Web site: www.provlib.org (search: Summer Reading), including supplemental book lists for Providence Schools Summer Reading (grades K – 12). Please register for programs at www.provlib.org (calendar) or call 455-8025 or 455-8098.

2016 Passport to Summer Learning
PPL is a proud participant in this year’s Passport to Summer Learning project, kicking off this week. Students can pick up their Passport to Summer Learning at PPL or any participating organization.

SummerPassportCoverThe Passport encourages children and families to have a summer of exploration, discovery, play and learning! Just pack the Passport and use it to keep track of activities and experiences around Providence and beyond. Get a stamp in your Passport when you visit each organization listed—many sites are free and others are free for one visit with the wallet card in the back of the Passport! Try some of the activities suggested in the Passport when you are at home, track the number of minutes you read every day, and find information about how to log on to the Providence Public Schools’ Summer Learning website to find other ideas for fun summer learning activities.

The Passport to Learning has been created through a partnership of Providence Public Library, Providence Community Library, the Providence Public Schools, the City of Providence and the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet. Extra Passports are available at Providence libraries throughout the summer.

Summer Reading Programs at PPL

Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure
Monday, June 27 — 6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
All ages
Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure is a fun, and interactive reptile show that allows the audience to get up close and personal with some common, as well as exotic reptiles. Ray Ward's level of enthusiasm, coupled with his sense of humor keeps the crowd entertained, while also educating them about these mysterious animals, too. It's always a fun time, and kids truly love it. The kids will be running to the book shelves to learn more when Ray inspires them to get "On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!"

Family Night
Wednesday, June 29 — 6:30 PM in Teen Room, Ground Level
Join us for an evening filled with fun activities, books and a snack. Ages 5 & up.

“First It Was A Book” Family Movie Night
Wednesday, July 6 — 6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
We’ll show a family friendly movie that was a book first!! Ages 5 & up.

Play Historic Games with Casey Farm
Wednesday, July 13 — 6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Play games, solve riddles and explore a time gone by. In this hands-on program, participants learn about the lives and popular leisure activities for children during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Play games, solve riddles, and learn about changing attitudes towards childhood. Discover how changes in technology affected children's toys and pastimes. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Music with Miss Katie!
Tuesday, July 19, 10:30 AM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Let's Wiggle, Giggle, Shake and Shout!
Join Miss Katie for an interactive music performance. Kids will get to join the fun by helping sing and write songs; keeping rhythm by playing percussion; and last but not least, dancing!
Together, we will get active by getting silly. We'll sing songs about dancing, traveling, and even vegetables! Katie Fairhead is owner and lead playscientist at playSCIENCE, where she leads hands-on science and music programs for kids. For ages 2 - 8.

Family Game Night
Wednesday, July 20 —6:30 PM in the Teen Room, Ground Level
Bring your favorite board game to share or borrow one of ours! We’ll also challenge you to some special games created just for you! Ages 5 & up.

Rising Sun Jiu-Jitsu with Dean Watts
Saturday, July 23 — 1:00 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Children will participate in fun martial arts drills that teach respect and get them excited about exercise. Ages 8 & up.

Family Food Night
Wednesday, July 27 — 6:30 PM in the Teen Room, Ground Level
Let’s talk about eating! Let’s play around with some food! Come on in for a healthy take on family meals. Ages 5 & up.

Mad Science
Wednesday, August 3 —6:30 PM in Meeting Room, 3rd Floor
Mad Science of Southern MA & RI provides exciting hands-on / minds-on science "edutainment" to spark the imagination and curiosity of young minds. Join us on a scientific journey as we use hands-on activities and exciting demonstrations to explore the science of sport. Learn the physiology of our response to exercise and explore how inertia and gravity interplay with sports. Ages 5 & up.

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Today's Contributing Writer: Anna Johnson, Head of School at The Wolf School

LacrosseAs parents and educators we understand that one size does not fit all. Your child might approach social situations slowly while someone else’s child jumps right in. One student learns best with verbal prompts while another does better with visual cues. Right out of the gate, children display preferences for how they take in and communicate information. Our brains are all “wired” differently.

But what happens when these differences are difficult to understand and interfere in a child’s ability to learn and negotiate his or her world?

Here are 5 areas where children’s behaviors may demonstrate underlying learning or sensory differences that create barriers to social and academic progress. Children who demonstrate difficulty in several or all of these areas may be complex learners, requiring systematic, individualized programs to support their engagement with learning.

Routines

Getting up and out of bed and ready to face the day is very challenging. Equally difficult may be a bedtime routine that allows for consistent and proper sleep. At the same time interruption of daily routine creates discomfort, anxiety and behavior issues. Transitions between one activity and the next, introducing new people and changing plans can all spark resistance and may even lead to “meltdowns.”

Friends

11752426_970117903050069_5449332426211018706_nChildren may not get invited to play dates or birthday parties, or may be frequently teased, even bullied. Not understanding the rules of games, talking too loudly or too quietly, misinterpreting social cues and exhibiting poor conflict resolution and coping strategies make it very hard to initiate and maintain friendships. Children may interrupt, display frustration, and generally “wear people down,” or they may retreat and become extremely shy and unresponsive.

Self-care

Bathing, combing hair, brushing teeth, and getting dressed create conflict and resistance. Children may be particularly bothered by the texture of a sweater, how certain socks feel, or a tag at the back of a shirt. They may be very sensitive to temperature, often feeling too hot or too cold. Children may also have an intense aversion to certain foods based on smell or texture, and be very picky eaters.

Organization

Initiating and completing tasks seems overwhelming, so there may be a lot of struggles with homework and household chores. Children may have very messy bedrooms, closets, and lockers. Following directions is problematic, and children have trouble remembering more than one direction at a time or remembering the order of a sequence of tasks. They may have trouble with focus, and get distracted by noise and visual information.

Academics

Reading, math and writing can all present significant challenges for complex learners. They may have trouble with specific concepts such as sounding out words, sequencing numbers, or understanding spelling rules. In addition there may be more general problems with retrieval and articulation of information. As a result, children may perform below grade level, or have gaps in their understanding and knowledge base.

IMG_1559[1].JPGAnna Johnson, Head of School at The Wolf School, is a devoted, passionate educator with more than 17 years of classroom and leadership experience. She holds a BA and MAT from Brown University, and speaks locally and nationally on topics related to Complex Learners. The Wolf School, located in East Providence Rhode Island, inspires Complex Learners to discover confidence, compassion, and a love of learning to reach their full academic and social potential.  To learn more about Complex Learners and The Wolf School, visit our website at www.thewolfschool.org

RollerGirl_NewberyHonor (2)Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, the ‘one book, one state’ initiative for students in grades 3-6, kicks off its 7th year with the 2016 Newbery Honor winning book, Roller Girl by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Victoria Jamieson. Grammy Award winning storyteller and author, Bill Harley, is the 2016 Chair of Kids Reading Across Rhode Island. A May 7th kickoff event with Jamieson at the State House includes a public program and activities and games presented by Rhode Island libraries and community organizations. Every family in attendance receives one copy of the book (while supplies last). Kids Reading Across Rhode Island is a partnership of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. Through Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, RI schools and public libraries join forces to bring the joys of reading from the classroom to summer vacation.

About This Year’s Book
The Newbery Honor Award Winner and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl is a fast-paced, honest, and funny graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.

Author Victoria Jamieson photographed here by Herminio Jacome

Author Victoria Jamieson photographed here by Herminio Jacome

About the Author
Victoria Jamieson received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a children’s book designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship and has lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. She now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where she maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, a skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league. Roller Girl, her first graphic novel is a New York Times and Indie Bestseller, and the recipient of the 2016 Newbery Honor Award.

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI), the summer reading initiative for students in grades 3-6, encourages students across the state to read the same book and engage in community discussions and programs that connect school and summer reading. Now in its 7th year, KRARI programming begins in classrooms, school libraries, and public libraries including opportunities to connect through discussion groups centered on the selected book. Students, teachers, parents, and librarians rally at the annual May Kick-Off Event at the State House where they hear from the author in-person, receive a free, signed copy of the book, participate in activities related to the themes of the book, and learn more about summer reading programs with local libraries and community partners. Programming continues in public libraries throughout the summer, expanding into summer reading programs that introduce new books and encourage continued reading beyond the assigned school curriculum. The 2016 statewide children’s summer reading theme is On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Read! and focuses on wellness, fitness, and sports. Across the state, public libraries will use this theme and Roller Girl as part of their summer reading programs.

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island is a partnership of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. The program receives major funding from TD Bank, TD Charitable Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sets of books are available to classroom teachers and library discussion groups by contacting kate@ribook.org. Further reading lists, book discussion guides, the author’s website, audio interviews and other supplementary material may be found on the websites of Rhode Island Center for the Book and the Office of Library and Information Services.

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Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Founded in 2003, the RI Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and is hosted by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The Humanities Council’s mission is to seed, support, and strengthen public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. The RI Center for the Book promotes a love for books among people of all ages and backgrounds across Rhode Island.

The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) is the state library agency for Rhode Island. OLIS supports and strengthens library and information services in the state to ensure that all residents will benefit from free and convenient access to library and information resources and services. OLIS supports children's library services statewide by facilitating reading promotion and educational activities, through advocacy for children’s library services, and through collaboration with other state agencies and non-profit organizations, including school/public library cooperation.

Event Details
When: Saturday, May 7 from 2:00 - 4:00PM
Where: Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith St., Providence, RI
Free parking available in state lots
Activities include:

  • Meet Newbery Honor winner and New York Times best selling author, Victoria Jamieson
  • Get a free, signed copy of Roller Girl (one per family)
  • Participate in activities and games presented by RI libraries and community organizations
  • Play with Big Nazo puppets
  • Meet Providence Roller Derby league members
  • Preview Roller Girl play by Trinity Rep's StageWrite Ensemble
  • Hula Hoop, Zumba® and dance with a DJ
  • Celebrate National Comic Book Day with Providence Comics Consortium

By Camille Williams

cropped-img_43292The other day, I realized that if things had played out differently, I would be gearing up to send Boy 2 to kindergarten.

My boys are 9 and 5, and this will be our second year homeschooling. Last year, my little one was in a beautiful little co-op preschool, and I got my bearings homeschooling Boy 1. We had our tough days, but we love this way of learning and this lifestyle for our family. So both boys will be home this year.

We may or may not be in it for the long haul–it’s a year-by-year decision. A few times this summer, I thought about the coming year and questioned my sanity, mostly from the standpoint of having very little time to myself—I’m either at work or with my kids, for the most part. But that is the life of most mothers, in varying proportions. This year, I will make sure I have an afternoon or evening every week with childcare when I’m not working so I can put down my roles and responsibilities and have a little time to just be Camille—not the mom, the homeschool teacher, the wife, or the midwife. I am ready now to build that in to my family’s schedule without guilt, knowing that it is a necessity, not a luxury.

Once I talked myself down off the ledge of general overwhelm, I had myself a minor freak-out about how I would actually direct the education of two kids four grades apart. Last year, I had the luxury of quiet one-on-one time with Boy 1 while Boy 2 was in preschool three mornings a week. This year will bring a new period of adjustment. How will I create space for quiet focus for my 9 year old with my active 5-year-old running around all the time? How will I provide my kindergartener an enriching experience while doing “real work” with my 9 year old? How will I select enough but not too many outside classes and social activities for both boys without us running around all the time like a carload of chickens with our heads cut off?

I feel much better now. How did I get through these moments of panic and angst? I sought support from veteran homeschool moms who have been there and done that. I reminded myself that plenty of people are doing this very successfully with three and four kids or more.   I nailed down the last of my curriculum decisions, which helped me envision what our “sit down work” mornings will look like. I remembered how much I worried last year about doing enough, only to be amazed by the end of the year at what we were able to accomplish. I made the shift back to focusing on the gifts of the homeschooling lifestyle—mainly more time together, freedom and choice. Our school year is ours to create.

And then there’s the gift that underlies it all for me—the gift of following my heart and my gut as a mother instead of operating out of fear and “shoulds.”

I have no real regrets about Boy 1’s three years in traditional school. By and large, he had a good experience. I don’t second-guess my decision to homeschool and wonder “what if?” the way I know I would if neither of my kids had ever been to brick-and-mortar school. But naturally, with all the talk of “back-to-school” and Boy 2 being kindergarten age, I’m thinking back to when Boy 1 started kindergarten.

He was a young 5—barely made the age cut-off to start K, and we agonized over whether to send him or wait a year like many people are doing, especially with boys. We decided to grab the elusive spot at this particular school while we could, since everyone was telling us he was ready. Once we made that tough decision, we weren’t too worried about his adjustment to kindergarten. He had been in daycare three days a week from age two to four for 10-hour days. During his pre-K year, he was in preschool three days a week. Add to that the fact that he has an outgoing, adventurous personality, and we thought he would make a seamless transition.

Instead, he cried almost every morning for three or four weeks. When I asked him why he didn’t want to go, all he could come up with was “I just need time to do my Legos, mom.” His teacher was a 30-year veteran who was calm, kind, and reassuring. A couple of times, she left her classroom at the start of class to come out to the car and help me coax him in. She stayed in regular communication with me and kept saying some version of, “I know you’re worried, but trust me, within a month he’ll be absolutely fine.” And he was.

But before he made the transition to going in happily each morning, I thought we had made a terrible mistake, that he hadn’t been ready after all and we should have waited a year. If his teacher hadn’t been such a pro and so sure of what she was telling us, we might have pulled him and sent him the following year. We seriously considered that, but it seemed so radical in the face of the reassurance and encouragement we were receiving.

Homeschooling crossed my mind a few times. But back then, it was a cool idea for OTHER people, and not anything that I could pull off. I had a toddler and was trying to recover from a bout of depression, and it just did not feel like an option that was open to me.

So we kept him in school. I quieted my heart and my gut and stayed up in my head. I told myself every day that he would adjust and it would all be fine. And he did, and it was.

Fast-forward four years. If things had played out differently, my baby would be going to kindergarten this coming Monday. I would be having all the emotions that go along with that, telling myself it would all be OK.

Which it would be.

Instead, my baby is “going” to kindergarten at home.   Homeschooling is not the “better” choice, but it is the right choice for our family, for this year. How do I really know that? Because it’s not anything I need to convince myself to feel OK about. It feels right.

Camille Williams_IMG_4759_webToday, I am able to make decisions for my family from that place, and for that, I am grateful.

Camille Williams is a mom of two boys, wife, and midwife who loves living, working and playing in Providence. She blogs about home, family and parenting, midwifery and women’s health, homeschooling, and life in a bicultural family at www.camillewilliams.net. Whatever the topic, her focus is making the most of the opportunities life hands us to learn how to live and love better, and connecting with others trying to do the same.

© Camille Williams and Wake Up, Mama! 2015

Kids Who Take Part in PCL's Summer Reading Program  Will  Exchange Letters, Emails and Gifts With Children at the Kitengesa Community Library in Uganda

This year’s Summer Reading Program has the theme “Every Hero Has a Story” and young readers at Providence Community Library (PCL) will get a chance to be real live heroes by “earning” money to help PCL’s sister library in central Uganda! The project will encourage young people at PCL and the Kitengesa Community Library to learn about each other’s communities, develop pen-pal friendships and exchange homemade gifts, such as friendship bracelets. PCL is appealing to businesses and the people of Providence to help sponsor the international program.kitengesachildren
“As they read and complete summer reading activities, children will receive special “coins,” said Cheryl Space, PCL’s Youth Services Coordinator. “The children will watch the coin collection grow and be motivated to read more books, because by doing so, they’ll be helping their new friends in Africa.”  All contributions received in support of the Kitengesa appeal will be used to provide real monetary value to the special coins earned by the children during the Summer Reading Program.  Donations will be used to buy books, paper, activity tents, laptops, internet service and support for librarians at Kitengesa library.Kitengesa
Lavinia Gadsden, a substitute librarian at PCL who has served as a volunteer at the Kitengesa Library, was instrumental in helping PCL get the international project off the ground. “People in Kitengesa have little access to electricity and only recently acquired running water” she said. “However, more children are attending school so the literacy rate is improving. The library plays a crucial role in the community by promoting literacy, health and economic initiatives.” The Kitengesa library building is equipped with solar panels and is an important source of electricity for local people, allowing them to power cell phones, access computers and connect to the world via the internet.

Dr. Kate Parry, Professor of English at Hunter College, City University of New York in Manhattan and a founder of Kitengesa Community Library, will help manage communications between the Kitengesa and Providence during the summer. PCL is proud that the partnership between the two community libraries will help Kitengesa to provide life changing services for its patrons and, at the same time, encourage children at PCL to keep up their reading skills over the summer months.

Young readers can sign up for PCL’s Summer Reading Program at the following kickoff events, featuring fun activities, refreshments and a free book to take home and keep, donated by Books Are Wings:

SuperHeroDisplayWPK1Wednesday, June 24, 3:30p.m
Wanskuck Library, 233 Veazie Street

Tuesday, June 30, 2:00p.m.
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

Tuesday, June 30, 2:00p.m.
South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Avenue

Wednesday, July 1, 1:00p.m.
Smith Hill Library, 31 Candace Street

Wednesday, July 1, 3:30p.m.
Olneyville Library, One Olneyville Square

Thursday, July 2, 10:00a.m.
Knight Memorial Library,275 Elmwood Ave.

Thursday, July 2, 2:00p.m.
Washington Park Library, 1316 Broad Street

Thursday, July 2, 3;00p.m.
Fox Point Library, 90 Ives Street

Thursday, July 2, 4;00p.m.
Mount Pleasant Library, 315 Academy Ave.

For more information about the PCL Summer Reading Program and the Kitengesa Community Library appeal, visit www.provcomlib.org.  To make a donation, send checks to Providence Community Library, P.O. Box 9267, Providence, RI  02940 (payable to Providence Community Library with “Kitengesa Community Library” on the memo line). Online donations may also be made by credit card at www.provcomlib.org.

By Camille Williams

We are in the 7th inning of our first year homeschooling Boy 1 (age 8). We are taking this year-by-year, and who knows? A brick and mortar school may again be the best choice for our family at some future time. For now, though, this has been a great decision for us, and Boy 2 will be home next year for kindergarten as well.

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Since we started this adventure, I get a lot of questions about the challenges of this educational choice and lifestyle. While we have had our challenges, many of the things people understandably assume must be really hard have not been big issues for us.   The most common questions I get are some version of the following:

The bottom line for me about stress and homeschooling?  I’m a lot less stressed in general since we started homeschooling. That’s not because Boy 1 was having a bad experience at school. He had a pretty typical, mostly good experience by most standards. It also has little to do with the details and logistics of the two lifestyles. It’s really about the energy that is freed up and the happiness that is created the more we travel our path of living our very own handmade life.

Camille Williams_IMG_4759_webIt was scary to make this huge decision to do something so far out of the mainstream. There were a lot of logical and rational reasons for our choice. Those factors aside, I knew intuitively it was the right thing for our child and our family, at least for now, and I simply felt called to do it. I thought homeschooling might feel like swimming upstream against the current of societal norms. What I found is that continuing to resist doing this was swimming against OUR current, and that’s the much bigger stressor.   Taking the plunge = living in alignment with our truth.

Camille Williams is a mom of two boys, wife, and midwife who loves living, working and playing in Providence. She blogs about home, family and parenting, midwifery and women’s health, homeschooling, and life in a bicultural family at www.camillewilliams.net.  Whatever the topic, her focus is making the most of the opportunities life hands us to learn how to live and love better, and connecting with others trying to do the same.

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