Makarios Community School Blog

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 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

November 22, 2016

I’m thankful for seizures...what are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for seizures...what are you thankful for?

July 17, 2012, is a day forever burned in my memory. It is the day that I witnessed my son have..

Posted in: educational freedom, Posts by Donella, Parent Support & Education, Fundraiser, GivingTuesday

November 15, 2016

Makarios Community School is diversity...community...democracy

Makarios is diversity...community...democracy

I grew up behind the white curtain of Orange County, California...but I didn’t know it.   The street I..

Posted in: Posts by Donella, Day to Day, Democratic School, Parents, Education, Fundraiser, GivingTuesday

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

July 28, 2016

Self-Directed Learning : Trust Their Instincts

When my children were very young; toddler and newborn, I joined a new mothers group that met once a month.  There were some wonderful grandmothers..

Posted in: educational freedom, Unschooling, Posts by Donella, Parent Support & Education, Self Directed Learning, Parents

March 21, 2016

What Makes a Person a Great Learner?

A Special Day at Makarios

A couple weeks ago we had two special visitors at Makarios Community School, both of them lovely women.  One I had the..

Posted in: educational freedom, Unschooling, Pursuit of Interests, Posts by Donella, Self Directed Learning, College & Careers

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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