African American Homeschooling
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Homeschooling as a Mother's Right
Margaret is a homeschool veteran who explains why traditional schooling was never an option for her children. Margaret’s narrative documents the complexity of being a single Black mother and choosing to live in a low-income housing community, and not working full-time in order to fulfill her rights as a mother to do what she determined would be best for her children. Her account also demonstrates the role of faith, spirituality, and the complexity of building a curriculum to meet her children’s needs.
Exploring Single Black Mothers' Resistance Through Homeschooling
This work looks at contemporary Black homeschooling as a form of resistance among single Black mothers, exploring each mother's experience and perspective in deciding to homeschool and developing their practice. It faces the many issues that plague the education of Black children in America, including discipline disproportionality, frequent special education referrals, low expectations in the classroom, and the marginalization of Black parents. Most importantly, this work challenges stereotypical characterizations of who homeschools and why.
Morning by Morning : How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League
But ultimately, Paula and C. Madison felt that they knew what was best for their sons. So in 1991—when Evan was nine and twins Charles and Damon were eleven—the children were withdrawn from the exclusive country day school they’d been attending.
In Morning by Morning, Paula Penn-Nabrit discusses her family’s emotional transition to home schooling and shares the nuts and bolts of the boys’ educational experience. She explains how she and her husband developed a curriculum, provided adequate exposure to the arts as well as quiet time for reflection and meditation, initiated quality opportunities for volunteerism, and sought out athletic activities for their sons. At the end of each chapter, she offers advice on how readers can incorporate some of the steps her family took—even if they aren’t able to home-school; plus, there’s a website resource guide at the end of the book.
Charles and Damon were eventually admitted to Princeton, and Evan attended Amherst College. But Morning by Morning is frank about the challenges the boys faced in their transition from home schooling to the college experience, and Penn-Nabrit reflects on some things she might have done differently.
With great warmth and perception, Paula Penn-Nabrit discusses her personal experience and the amazing outcome of her home-schooling experience: three spiritually and intellectually well balanced sons who attended some of the top educational institutions in this country.
What we learned from home schooling:
-Use your time wisely.
-Education is more than academics.
-The idea of parent as teacher doesn’t have to end at kindergarten.
-The family is our introduction to community.
-Extended family is a safety net.
-Yes, kids really do better in environments designed for them.
-Travel is an education.
-Athletics is more than competitive sports.
-Get used to diversity.
-It’s okay if your kids get angry at you—they’ll get over it!
-from Morning by Morning
Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)
Black Homeschoolers' Network
National African-American Homeschoolers Alliance (NAAHA)
National Black Home Educators Resource Association (NBHERA)
Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association (AHA) Yahoo Group
The Rise of Home Schooling Among African-Americans
The Growing Black Homeschool Movement
New Movement: African-American Homeschooling
Unschooling from an African-American Perspective
Web Presence for African-American Homeschoolers
The New Pioneers: Black Homeschoolers
Homeschooling Grows in the Black Community
Creating African-American Home School Support Groups
New Rising Homeschool Network
Black Homeschoolers Club
African American Unschoolers (AfAmUnschool) Email Group
African-American Single Parent Homeschoolers
Families of Color Utilizing Home Schooling (FOCUHS)
African American Homeschoolers
Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association Email Group
African American Homeschooler
African Centered Curriculum for Homeschool
Large family finds a way to homeschool
Tips for Cultural Studies in Homeschooling
African Centered Resources
African Centered Resources Part 2
Blacks are the largest segment rising in homeschooling
4 My Kids Records
Brown Sugar & Spice Books
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