In August 2021, we launched a 100-Days of LIFESMART Parenting project in the LIFESMART community. Our intention is to add (+) resources to grow interactions (i) and clarify Thinking (T) by parents resulting in right action. We add ideas, suggestions, tools, and resources for parents daily. We are creating short conversation books to capture and preserve key information shared daily. Conversation books are intended to spark discussions and empower parents in taking action.
Mapping ideas with visual and tactile tools is a recurring theme in the LIFESMART community. We will be using a unique visualization approach based on folding circles using Wholemovement in our conversation books. There are many interacting elements in LIFESMART that can be modeled in a dynamic way using folded circles. We will combine modeling with circles and animations as needed.
Our first conversation e-book is on guided participation. The guided paticipation relationship between a parent and child is of critical importance to a child's development. A parent's investment in learning how to be a better guide has long-term benefits for the child's learning with the parents and also with others.
Our second book is on homeschooling. In this e-book, we consider homeschooling from the perspective of guided participation. The guided participation relationship between a parent and child is the foundation of homeschooling. In turn, homeschooling expands opportunities to develop the guided participaton relationship.
This title of this e-book ("Is Homeschooling Right for Us?") communicates the intent of this book. We want to stimulate thinking on homeschooling to support decision-making by parents.