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Natural Life Magazine is a subscription-based, reader-supported digital publication about green living. It has been published since 1976 and is still independently owned and operated by the founding Publisher and Editor. Published six times a year in PDF with very low advertising content, Natural Life Magazine is trusted by readers who want healthy, green alternatives to high cost, high consumption lifestyles for themselves and their families. It provides unbiased, positive inspiration and practical information about green living, sustainable homes, renewable energy, healthy cooking, simple living, natural parenting and holistic education, natural health, self-reliance, organic gardening, community living, and social change. It is sometimes controversial, always honest, and forever practical.
Natural Child Magazine is a subscription-based, reader-supported digital magazine designed to provide inspiration and information about green, healthy living for children and their families, from pregnancy through birth and early childhood. Published six times a year in PDF with very low advertising content, it was created as a spinoff from Natural Life Magazine's "The Natural Child" column, which began in 1992. Natural Child Magazine is a unique and progressive source of intelligent, trustworthy information and inspiration to help parents birth and raise health, happy children...naturally! We believe that parents are experts about what is best for the well-being of their own families and we endeavor to support them in the search for unbiased information that will help in that pursuit.
Life Learning Magazine is a unique, ground-breaking, reader-supported digital magazine that is completely devoted to information and support for people who are learning without schooling. This is sometimes known as unschooling, natural learning, or homeschooling, but we prefer to call it "life learning." Life Learning Magazine was founded in 2002, has been published in digital format only since 2008, and is still independently owned and operated by the founding family business. Editor Wendy Priesnitz has been an advocate of unschooling for 40 years. Read all about how other people just like you and your children have learned without being taught...what helps and what hinders, and what they have achieved in their lives as a result. Your subscription brings you a year's worth (six issues) of thought-provoking, and supportive articles about personalized, non-coercive, interest-led learning from life, all in PDF with very low advertising content.
|It Hasn't Shut Me Up by Wendy Priesnitz - This is a memoir of mothering and daughtering that is presented as a tapestry woven with prose, poetry, and photographs. It is a personal piece of writing about overcoming our own coercive, oppressive and silencing parenting in order to offer our children a relationship that respects, honors, and trusts them to grow and develop with dignity. It is rooted in Wendy Priesnitz's childhood, but also in her growth as a woman and a mother who has learned from her past to honor her mother while nurturing her daughters. PDF digital format only.|
|Beyond School: Living As If School Doesn't Exist by Wendy Priesnitz - This is a long-awaited fourth book about life learning (also known as unschooling, radical unschooling, whole life unschooling, or self-education) by unschooling pioneer Wendy Priesnitz. It is a collection of seventeen essays about how families and individuals can live and learn without coercion or struggles, and with trust, respect, dignity...as if school doesn't exist. Together, they create an impassioned but well reasoned case for a different way of helping children and young people learn about today's world while becoming equipped to live in tomorrow's world. PDF digital format only.|
|Life Learning: Lessons from the Educational Frontier edited by Wendy Priesnitz - This book is a unique collection of 30 essays about the philosophy and the experience of living the unschoolng lifestyle. They are some of the best articles from the first six years of Life Learning Magazine. A great introduction to this progressive style of education, written by parents and young people who have experienced it first hand. Includes learning to read and do math without being taught, the importance of unstructured play, learning when you’re ready, what’s wrong with curriculum, trusting children to do their best naturally, a grandparent’s reaction to unstructured homeschooling, learning in the real world, parents as role models, self-reliance in life and learning, and much more. Softcover print and PDF (e-book) formats, 192 pages.|
|Challenging Assumptions in Education: From Institutionalized Education to a Learning Society by Wendy Priesnitz - Why our assumptions about children and education aren't preparing them for life in the 21st Century. How our assumptions about many aspects of life are crippling both our individuality and our collective well-being. And what parents and policy makers can do to change the situation. This revolutionary, controversial, and highly praised book explains why unschoolers (also known as life learners) help their children learn without schooling and provides inspiration and support for families who have chosen that exciting path. It also challenges progressive-minded non-unschooling readers – including teachers, parents and legislators – to revolutionize the public education system, using what homeschoolers have learned about how children learn. The author is a well-known, veteran unschooling advocate, author, and journalist. Author signed. Softcover print and PDF (e-book) formats, 128 pages.|
|School Free – The Homeschooling Handbook by Wendy Priesnitz - A newly revised and updated (May 2012) e-book edition of the bestselling home-based learning handbook first published in 1987 by a well-known unschooling pioneer. All you need to know to help your children learn at home. Homeschooling topics covered include: legalities, guiding self-directed learning, assessment, writing and/or choosing curriculum (or not using it all), computers and learning, finding support, dealing with objections, socialization, going to high school after unschooling, what the future holds for grown unschoolers, dealing with school officials, and much more. An extremely useful, one-of-a-kind guide to home-based, independent learning. This book has received dozens of enthusiastic reviews and hundreds of unsolicited testimonials from parents. Author signed. PDF (e-book) format, 140 pages.|
|School Free – The Homeschooling Handbook by Wendy Priesnitz - Print edition (unrevised) of the bestselling home-based learning handbook first published in 1987 by a well-known unschooling pioneer. All you need to know to help your children learn at home. Homeschooling topics covered include: legalities, guiding self-directed learning, assessment, writing and/or choosing curriculum (or not using it all), dealing with objections, socialization, going to high school after unschooling, dealing with school officials, and much more. An extremely useful, one-of-a-kind guide to home-based, independent learning. This book has received dozens of enthusiastic reviews and hundreds of unsolicited testimonials from parents. Author signed. Softcover print, 144 pages.|
|What Really Matters by David H. Albert & Joyce Reed (Introduction by Wendy Priesnitz, Foreword by John Taylor Gatto) - A treasury of intelligent, penetrating, heartfelt, and often good-humored conversations about children and education. David Albert and Joyce Reed are deeply experienced homeschooling parents and a delightful pair of writers. In this collection of essays, they share their thoughts and experiences, playing off each others' experiences with and ruminations about society, schools, children and learning...and showing by example how children and young people thrive when trusted to learn from life. This is the second book in the Natural Life Magazine Natural Parenting Book Series. Softcover print and PDF (e-book) formats, 176 pages.|
|For the Sake of Our Children by Léandre Bergeron, translated by Pamela Levac (Foreword by John Taylor Gatto) - A fascinating, informative and inspirational memoir in the form of a journal of a year in the life of a rural Quebec family that lives, works and learns together, from home birth through the self-directed learning of three teenaged girls. Léandre Bergeron is a well-known French Canadian author and activist who is a tireless champion for the underdog and has long advocated for educational, political and social reform and advises parents about homeschooling their own children. This is the first book in the Natural Life Magazine Natural Parenting Book Series. Softcover print and PDF (e-book) formats, 128 pages.|
|Food and Fellowship: Projects and Recipes to Feed a Community by Andrea Belcham - Save money and time, eat well, have fun, and build community by organizing a food buying club and a batch cooking group. Buying and preparing food with others in your community is a great way to save money while providing your family with wholesome, home-made meals. Provides everything you need to know about how to organize and manage both a food buying club and a batch cooking group. And it even includes one hundred delicious vegan recipes to get you started. This is the second book in the Natural Life Magazine Green Living Series. Softcover print and PDF (e-book) formats, 224 pages.|
|Natural Life Magazine's Green & Healthy Homes by Wendy Priesnitz - The first in the Natural Life Magazine Green Living Series, this book will help you and your family make your home greener and healthier, and save money too. Includes tips on making your own cleaning supplies, advice about energy retrofits, how to avoid and clean up mold, sorting out the plastic controversy, conserving water, avoiding dangerous household chemicals, using organic cotton and hemp textiles for your home, doing a green home reno, understanding threats like electromagnetic radiation and radon, and much more. Updated and expanded natural family living information from the pages of Natural Life Magazine. Author signed. Softcover print and PDF (e-book) formats, 160 pages.|
|Bringing It Home – A Home Business Start-Up Guide by Wendy Priesnitz - Newly revised and updated from the print edition in 2012. A goldmine of ideas and insight from Natural Life Magazine's editor, who also founded the Home Business Network in the 1980s, has worked at home for thirty-six years, formerly trained women home business owners and wrote a weekly small business newspaper column for ten years. Hundreds of tips on how to research and start a successful home business – and how to run it economically, efficiently and enjoyably. Learn the most profitable, easiest, least stressful way to operate a business that's right for you...from your home. Included is how-to information about generating business ideas, recognizing opportunities, conducting market research, writing a business plan, designing your home workspace, motivating yourself, juggling family and work, establishing a professional business identity, marketing, and much more. Author signed. PDF (e-book) format, 187 pages.|
|Gardening Inspiration - A collection of informative and inspiring articles, photos, and charts from Natural Life Magazine that will help both veteran and novice gardeners grow their gardens organically. Includes planning; Spring garden preparation; the basics of companion planting; planning and growing a garden full of pollinator-friendly plants; constructing and planting raised beds; the uses of mulch; Bokashi composting; attracting beneficial insects; no-dig gardening; and more. PDF format, 26 pages.|
Homeschooling Inspiration - A collection of ten articles from Natural Life Magazine to help your family learn confidently without school. Includes the philosophy of self-directed learning; a day-in-the-life of a teen unschooler; a discussion between a grown homeschooler and a schooler; how to start a learning center for homeschoolers; why and how a young family moves from home to school to home again; integrating learning into your community; a fifteen-year-old describes her homeschooling lifestyle; homeschooled kids and computer games; and more. PDF format, 26 pages.
Natural Home Inspiration - A collection of stunningly illustrated and inspiring articles from Natural Life Magazine to inspire you to create a sustainable, natural, energy-efficient, handmade home. Includes a rammed earth and earth brick home in Senegal, Africa; a passive solar straw bale home built with local materials and help from neighbors in Ontario, Canada; an innovative net-zero energy home in the UK; a tiny cob house in Oregon, USA; a small, affordable infill home in Georgia, USA; and a straw-clay timber frame home in Ontario, Canada. PDF format, 26 pages.
|Healthy Kids Inspiration - A collection of highly informative articles from Natural Life Magazine about natural health and wellness for kids of all ages. Includes how to do infant massage; yoga poses for young children; how chemicals in their environment affects children; helping a child manage a chronic disease; living gluten-free with a celiac child (including some baking recipes); getting kids to love real foods; natural control of food sensitivities and allergies; and an interview with a teenager who decided to become a vegetarian. PDF format, 26 pages.|
|Kids & Nature Inspiration - A collection of inspirational and beautifully illustrated how-to articles from Natural Life Magazine about children and their interactions with Nature. Includes thinking outside the sandbox to create backyard playspaces that are innovative, stimulating and fun; hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities with your baby and young child; cultivating a love of gardening in your child; a forest preschool; using Nature's inspiration to learn how to draw with your children; planning a Nature walk in the city; and Richard Louv on how our society has criminalized play. PDF format, 26 pages.|
|Simple Living Inspiration - A collection of inspirationally written and illustrated articles from Natural Life Magazine about the personal and ecological benefits of simpler living from childhood to elderhood, written by some of the most thoughtful experts on the subject. Includes: finding real wealth by spending less; taming the power of your possessions; various approaches to voluntary simplicity; Freecycling instead of throwing out; bringing up children without commercial toys; the new minimalism movement; and growing old with simplicity. PDF format, 26 pages.|
|Urban Homesteading Inspiration - A collection of inspirational and beautifully illustrated articles from Natural Life Magazine about urban and suburban homesteading, written by people who are living the lifestyle. Includes: a profile of a family that is urban homesteading; how to get involved in the yardsharing movement; keeping chickens in your backyard, backyard bees, meeting an accidental urban beekeeper, tearing up your turf and planting food; creating a front yard fruit garden; and more. PDF format, 27 pages.|
|Living Green With Children Inspiration - A collection of unique and inspirational, full-color articles from Natural Life Magazine about living a more eco-friendly life with babies and young children. Includes helping toddlers think green; natural and real-life substitutes for plastic toys with little play value; encouraging children to think frugally; the humane, socially aware child; a mother's meditation on a tick; encouraging children to become aware of the environment; why no commercial baby products are needed; and how to go diaper-free with your baby. PDF format, 26 pages.|
|Building Green Community Inspiration - A collection of inspiring and informative articles from Natural Life Magazine about creating sustainable communities. Includes finding community right where you are; co-operatives, a permaculture activist creates a modern "ecohood;" the Transition Town movement; communal food; inside a co-housing community; Talk Cafés as a way to build community and change society; yard sharing to feed and empower your community. PDF format, 28 pages.|
|Natural Celebrations Inspiration - A collection of inspiring and informative articles from Natural Life Magazine about how to make your family's celebrations healthier and more eco-friendly. Includes Christmas, Solstice, Halloween, Easter, Valentines Day, birthdays, baby showers, and weddings. PDF format, 26 pages.|
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