Sweeter the Juice – Black Homeschooling Moms

I know, I know, e-learning during COVID-19 is probably still giving you nightmares BUT it may not be over yet. Check out these tips from Gladys, Aleatha, and Rachel about how to foster an anti-racist homeschool environment. Learn how they do it in their Freedom Kilombo group! Follow them on Instagram at @FreedomKilombo or @ourfreedomlearning. And, of course, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE if you want more of this!

4:20 – What motivated you to homeschool?
13:50 – What is the structure of the Freedom Kilombo community?
20:14 – How do you incorporate anti-racist and Afro-Diasporic teaching into your curriculum?
22:55 – How did you make the decision about foreign language (Spanish, Swahili, and Portuguese)
26:20 – Do people in your family support your decision to homeschool?
33:43 – What is your partner’s role in homeschooling?
36:00 – How can family/friends help homeschooling families?
56:30 – How do you introduce current issues of racism into your learning/schooling?
1:11:10 – What has been most rewarding about this experience?
1:20:00 – What are the best online resources for homeschooling?**
1:31:35 – Recap of some of the main ideas

Meet the Guests:

Gladys: Political scientist and Associate Professor in African and African American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Aleatha: Stay-at-home homeschooling mom who is well-travelled and has an interest in West African and Afro-Diasporic culture and history

Rachel: Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with research on Black homeschooling parents and its connection to anti-racism and liberation @ourfreedomlearning

Free resources for Homeschoolers!

More YouTube videos on Black homeschooling families:

Tips / Advice from Freedom Kilombo
1. Don’t recreate school at home. There’s no need to “teach” during the typical school hours. Teaching can happen in a lot of ways and doesn’t look like sitting at the table doing worksheets. Learning happens everywhere. 
2. Listen and let your child lead. See what their interests are and how they like to learn.
3. Keep any “work” in a folder/binder or document the work electronically by scanning/taking pictures. 
4. Create tasks and activities but not a schedule. If you don’t get to an activity, it’s okay, you can do it later in the day or the following day. Don’t stress yourself out about it! This schedule is what works for your family. Get their input on the schedule.
5. If your child is really excited about a topic, allow them to explore it longer. For example, if you plan to do science, math, and history and your kids enjoys science so much they want to continue exploring it, let them explore.

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