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

July 08, 2017

Comparing Democratic Free Schools and Finland's Education System

All I thought about Finland before hearing about their amazing education system, was that it is a Scandinavian country with beautiful tall blonde, blue..

Posted in: educational freedom, Free School, Posts by Janni, Self Directed Learning, Interest Directed Learning, Democratic Free School

May 24, 2017

Maslow's Pyramid - Support Your Child's Climb to Self-Actualization.

Posted in: educational freedom, Unschooling, Free School, Posts by Janni, Parent Support & Education, Behavior & Child Development, Parents, Interest Directed Learning, selfdirected learning

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

February 14, 2017

How School Meeting and Judicial Committee Promote Creative Problem Solving

Creative problem-solving. Communication skills. Leadership skills.

According to a 2015 Bloomberg survey of job recruiters, these are the “less common,..

Posted in: Free School, Self Directed Learning, Posts by Kristen, Interest Directed Learning, Education

December 10, 2016

A highly functional democracy

I think we’re all asking the questions. Is democracy failing? Has our democracy been hacked? How could that happen? What do we do about it? Are there..

Posted in: educational freedom, Free School, Parent Support & Education, Democratic School, Parents, GivingTuesday, Guest Blog

November 01, 2016

Why we work at Makarios...and not at In-N-Out

This week a new parent at the school asked me: So do you all get a paycheck? Or are you all volunteers? Short of a discourse about how we each have..

Posted in: Free School, Posts by Donella, Day to Day, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Education, Fundraiser, GivingTuesday

October 29, 2016

An Open Letter to Our Children: Why You’re Not in Public School (and you are at Makarios)

An Open Letter to Our Children: Why You’re Not in Public School (and you are at Makarios)

Dear Children,

Posted in: Free School, Parent Support & Education, Self Directed Learning, Parents, Education

September 10, 2016

Makarios Community School - A Place for Everyone

One of best things about Makarios is the sense of community. Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other, and everyone has a place in our..

Posted in: Unschooling, Free School, Pursuit of Interests, Day to Day, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Posts by Kristen, Interest Directed Learning

June 11, 2015

Educational Freedom

I continually meet parents who identify their child as bright, bullied or bored in a traditional institution of education. Recently I have had the..

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

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