Makarios Community School Blog

October 24, 2017

What do students say about Makarios?

At Makarios Community School, students have an equal vote and an equal voice in the school. While we talk about this often in our blogs, we rarely..

Posted in: educational freedom, Unschooling, Free School, Pursuit of Interests, Behavior & Child Development, Day to Day, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Posts by Kristen, Interest Directed Learning, Education, selfdirected learning, Free Activities For Kids, Democratic Free School, Directed Learning

September 09, 2017

Supporting At-Risk Students

Not long ago “at-risk youth” could be defined as a young person exposed to a daily onslaught of gangs, drugs, and violence within a single-parent, low..

Posted in: Unschooling, Pursuit of Interests, Posts by Donella, Behavior & Child Development, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Interest Directed Learning, Education, Fundraiser, Democratic Free School

August 01, 2017

University-Model High School for the Liberated Youth

Did you know that George Washington Carver was the local “plant doctor” before he turned 13? Or that George Washington was a land surveyor in his..

Posted in: Posts by Donella, Day to Day, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, College & Careers, Education, selfdirected learning, Democratic Free School

July 22, 2017

How to Break the Cycle of a Repetitious Education

Back-to-School

Do you remember being a 5th-grader and savoring those last few weeks of summer before you start back to school? You treasure every day,..

Posted in: Posts by Janni, Parent Support & Education, Behavior & Child Development, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Education, selfdirected learning, Democratic Free School

July 15, 2017

Approaching Academics at Makarios Community School

Just how do we approach academics at Makarios Community School? In her recent blog, Jannica Morton shared several points of how a Democratic Free..

Posted in: educational freedom, Pursuit of Interests, Posts by Donella, Self Directed Learning, College & Careers, Interest Directed Learning, Education, selfdirected learning, Democratic Free School

June 28, 2017

The Makarios Path to Self-Directed Learning

Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs is an excellent example of the “upside-down” educational approach that we employ at Makarios Community School. Just..

Posted in: educational freedom, Posts by Donella, Behavior & Child Development, Self Directed Learning, Interest Directed Learning, Education, Democratic Free School

April 22, 2017

The incredible value of pretend play

The value of pretend play is widely studied in Child Development--my major at UT Dallas--today. In fact, the chapter I’m currently studying in one of..

Posted in: Free School, Behavior & Child Development, Self Directed Learning, Posts by Kristen, Interest Directed Learning, Education, Democratic Free School

April 09, 2017

What Color Are You?

The number of flashbacks that ran through my mind were innumerable, both from my childhood and my interactions with the students of Makarios. It's..

Posted in: educational freedom, Pursuit of Interests, Parent Support & Education, Behavior & Child Development, Posts by Aaron, Self Directed Learning, Parents, Interest Directed Learning, Education, selfdirected learning

March 06, 2017

Imaginative, Confident, and Passionate: Books for Being and Becoming at Makarios

One remarkable thing about a school like Makarios Community School is that kids are allowed just to do: do an activity with a mentor, do an experiment..

Posted in: Unschooling, Parent Support & Education, Behavior & Child Development, Self Directed Learning, Parents, Education, Posts by Quay, Free Activities For Kids, Democratic Free School, Directed Learning

February 20, 2017

Parent Teacher Conferences at a Democratic Free School?

Parent Teacher Conferences at a Democratic Free School?

Our students have thoughtful, caring, proactive parents. Some of them are new to (or even..

Posted in: Parent Support & Education, Self Directed Learning, Parents, Posts by Molly, Education, Democratic Free School

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