Helping The Butterfly Hatch - Book One - How Does Self-Directed Education Work, and Why?

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A must-read for parents, educators and education policy-makers. Education is transforming rapidly at this time and Self-Directed Education is one of the fastest growing alternatives - for good reason. Je'anna L Clements helps readers understand exactly what this kind of education involves, why it works so well, and what is needed in order to optimise it. More
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About Je'anna L Clements

Je'anna L Clements is an advocate for young people's rights, a writer, a mother of a teen and a tween who have both self-educated since birth, and a founding member of Riverstone Village, Africa's first Sudbury-inspired learning community. She writes articles and e-books on alternative education including Help! My Kid Hates School! and the Helping The Butterfly Hatch series of books on Self-Directed Education facilitation. Book One - How Does Self-Directed Education Work, and Why? and Book Two - How Can We Best Support Young People In SDE are available as e-books, and more volumes in the series as well as print versions are forthcoming .

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Greg Keller reviewed on Sep. 4, 2020

When we opened the door to the non-traditional schooling options for our children, I thought the choices would be simple and obvious. Terminology I thought I understood meant entirely different things in the educational sphere. Even "gifted" and "exceptional" have alternate meanings in this world.

Helping The Butterfly Hatch (HTBH) helps me understand the many structures and relationships between educational approaches. With helpful charts and graphs of the systems at play, this world became clear and our options easier to articulate to each other and our family, friends, and neighbors.

The structure and assumptions imposed on us all by our societies need to be clearly visible before the flaws can be addressed holistically. Thanks so much for helping me see the underlying structure for what it is in the many educational choices we have.

In the true spirit of Self Directed Education, HTBH helps me have confidence in the choices I've made and the courage to evolve those choices as our children's needs become clearer.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Veronique Breugelmans reviewed on Aug. 15, 2020

I had the privilege of joining the author, Je'anna Clements during her online programs as well as a few in-person workshops at her Riverstone Village to learn and become familiar with the concepts of "Horizontal communication" and "Self-Directed Learning". Not only has the exposure to these concepts gifted me new-found awareness and comprehension of the world around me but more importantly, a sense of internal peace and understanding of self. I realised that a lot of my "struggles" and frustrations, stemmed from the world in which I was raised which was very much governed by rules, indoctrination and an externally directed and dictated doctrine of how I should be and I should behave in the world around me with no sense of, or respect for who I actually was, who I wanted to be or what I needed. With this liberated sense of being and new found awareness, I found my life, relationships, parenting skills and friendships improving and the tools helped me understand and offer compassion to others where in the past I might have found only obstacles. The book so beautifully captures these concepts and more, presenting them in a logical, human and relatable manner. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who seeks to have more fruitful, accepting and flowing relationships with their partner, lover, work colleagues or children. And when you've read the book, why not jump on an online program with the author herself. She will help you bring to life the learning in a safe and collaborative environment sharing insights with a group of people from all over the world? The liberation I experienced has no words to describe it. Horizontal communication has changed my life. Here's hoping more little souls get to grow up in a self-directed learning environment where parents and guardians have been brave enough to unlearn their destructive, restrictive and authoritarian ways for the freedom of horizontal communication and self-directed learning. ❤️🌻💛
Here are a few links if you're keen to browse:
http://www.democraticeducation.co.za
http://www.riverstonevillage.co.za
https://www.patreon.com/JeannaClements
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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