Childhood is a unique growing time for our children; educators, parents, and experts have known this for years and yet childhood often gets swept under the rug at the expense of rigorous academics and a schedule full of structured activities. Children are, for the first time in history, busy. Schedules have largely replaced curiosity. Organized programs have taken priority over free play. And if we’re really honest, I think us mamas can admit…it’s just too much. What would happen if we embraced a more “wild and free” approach to childhood in our homeschools? What type of atmosphere might we be able to create for our families?
The Wild + Free movement had its humble beginnings about six years ago when Ainsley Arment started an Instagram account to gather and inspire other moms in quest of this “wild and free” type of childhood for their children. What began as a few moms sharing experiences and tips on the internet has grown into an online and in-person community of over 177,000 mamas strong. Wild & Free is not a method; it transcends – and therefore welcomes – many homeschool philosophies and makes room for all mamas to educate their children in a way that works best for their family.
Join us today as Ainsley and I explore the benefits of living Wild + Free in your homeschool.
In this episode you’ll hear:
- Ainsley’s journey to becoming a Wild + Free homeschooler
- What a Wild + Free education looks like
- Why childhood matters & how we can preserve it
- Ainsley’s favorite parts of homeschooling, as well as the most challenging
- What we’re reading right now
- How to balance it all…or not 😉
- How to be a Wild + Free mama