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The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education
by Ainsley Arment

“Childhood is not meant to be merely preparation for adulthood. It’s a time to be cherished, protected, and preserved. Our kids only get one childhood. So let’s make it magical.” There’s a growing movement of parents who are out to save childhood. Where our culture tells kids to achieve more, these mothers whisper: slow down. Where schools push for performance through standardized testing, these parents whisper: chase wonder. Where entertainment beckons kids to screens, the rivers and forests whisper: come be wild and free. Ainsley Arment saw first-hand the way traditional education was dimming the light in her son’s eyes. In an effort to bring back that love of learning she had seen early on, she decided to homeschool him, and slowly she watched him start coming fully alive again. This experience of homeschooling eventually led Ainsley to start Wild + Free, a community of mothers who are blowing up the preconceived notions of what it means to raise and educate children at home. Wild + Free is a community focused on a love of nature, reading great books, and nurturing kids’ sense of curiosity, joy, and awe—the essence of a positive childhood. Using these values as her guide, The Call of the Wild + Free shows parents how to make the world their classroom and implement the Wild + Free method in their homes, creating a fertile seedbed for each kid’s uniqueness and creativity. Perhaps you too have heard that quiet voice calling out to you, inviting you to give your kids the freedom they desire, the ability to learn and grow at their own pace, to follow their passions and explore the world without an agenda. Let’s answer the call.