Book Review: Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free

Wild and Free

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Sage Homeschooling: Wild and Free offers a natural learning path, for gentle parents who dream of living fully in joy and connection with their children while giving them all they need to be successful, with eight secrets to living a fulfilling unschooling life.

In this inspirational and secular guide, you will learn how to:

  1. deschool, shaking off all the educational programming that weighs you down
  2. maintain your relationship focus on connection beyond the early years
  3. trust in your children and their natural learning journey
  4. embrace the freedom that fosters meaningful productivity and independence
  5. utilize collaboration in respectful partnership to achieve self-directed growth
  6. fully realize the environment as a valuable tool for playful learning
  7. live a fun lifestyle of learning through rich, adventurous experiences
  8. set your compass for growth and success in all the ways that matter most

If you are ready to take the leap into a lifestyle of passionate learning with clarity and confidence, then read this book!

This month’s literary feature is the 4th book in the Sage Parenting series, written by yours truly. Normally, this is the space where I share my experience and opinion of it. Of course, telling you this book is awesome would be awkward coming from me, so instead, I’ll share some reviews from Peter Gray, author of Free to Learn, and some of you.


“This book is amazing! Wow! This is so much more than a homeschooling book, it’s a how to live the life of your dreams book.” -Mandy Goss

“Sage Homeschooling is not just a guide for homeschooling, it’s a guide for life. It made me examine myself and realize that providing what’s best for my child means providing what’s best for me, too. It’s a lifestyle of love and learning to be adopted by the whole family, and it really makes you take a hard look at who you are as an adult, what you value, and how that affects the balance and nature of learning within your family dynamic. Organic, genuine, full of heart and respect for every stage of learning and life, it’s stellar. Really.” -Casey Ebert

“Every parent needs this book at their baby shower! There are no rules, judgements or regulations in this book. It’s not saying any one way is right. She helps you navigate your feelings and fears so you can make an INFORMED decision that’s right for YOUR family. To do what comes naturally but isn’t always easy with a world full of opinions. If you even thought for a second about schools, any part, read this and I promise you’ll feel informed and confident.” -Ashley Baker

“Reading Rachel Rainbolt’s new book Wild and Free. Her words are straight speaking to my soul.

We have been ‘roadschooling’ (homeschooling on the road) for 10 months now, as we travel the States in a trailer. One of the biggest reasons I debated going on the road was, I had to homeschool. I grew up attending public school in poor neighborhoods and didn’t feel that I was smart enough to homeschool. Reading Wild and Free was awe-inspiring. It pointed things out that I feared and then gave me courage. This book isn’t a book that tells you do x, y, and z and you can homeschool. It makes you reflect on yourself, your family goals and the many fears we have as parents and our ability to teach. With this reflection, we can narrow down what we want to change for our children, set goals and get it done.

One of my favorite quotes from Wild and Free:

‘No interaction is neutral; you are always stepping in one direction or another. Every single experience is a step on your journey that provides a fresh perspective. Embrace a balance of confidence and openness as you move forward. If something makes you uncomfortable, don’t turn away. Face it, then work to change yourself or work to change it. Discomfort is an opportunity for growth.’

Even though it’s daunting to think that every choice I make has an impact, it gives me the confidence to say I CAN do this even when I think it’s hard or let the doubts creep in because it’s what’s best for our family and this too will be a learning experience.

‘Like a house of cards, as you start pulling one here and there, the whole structure tumbles. A tumbling house of cards that represents your whole childhood and everything you thought you knew and was before you in life can feel scary. Be brave. Keep pulling. Let the cards fall. As you call them out or write them down, you are pulling them out of you and releasing them. We are moving from automation to intention. This baggage will no longer be the measure of your success.’

#itsgood” -Joanna LaBuff

Now head on over to the Sage Parenting Tribe, search the book title and comment to join the discussion! Any a-ha moments with enthusiastic nodding or side eye as you digested something unsavory? Let’s chat!

Next month, we dive into Project-Based Homeschooling. So grab your copy, settle into a good bedtime cuddle, and get reading.

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