"Hi Melissa, I love your page. My name is Zona. I just moved to Verona (Sept) with my husband Nicola (originally from here) and two girls 5 and 3. Girls have actually started preschool here, but I love unschooling idea. They have never been in school…"
Trusting, love of learning, living loving connections...carpe diem!
how long have you been unschooling or homeschooling?
Ive been striving to be a mindful mamma as best I can for a long long time (my oldest is 24yr), but coming online (2005) to meet others was the turning point for finding more peace, more joy in our lives. My 3 youngest are learning naturally without school, my older 4 are schooled (we learned about homeschooling after they had already been in school, my first was already done, lol) but are free to stay home when they want to.
I am a mamma of 7 children, I love playing music (piano, flute and drums-tabla mostly), I weave, work threads in different manners, i also enjoy drawing and watercolor...especially sumie a japanese ink brush technique. My main interests are children and how their minds tick, gardening, making goat cheese, bread, keeping bees...oh yes! we live in italy!
Hi Melissa, I love your page. My name is Zona. I just moved to Verona (Sept) with my husband Nicola (originally from here) and two girls 5 and 3. Girls have actually started preschool here, but I love unschooling idea. They have never been in school before. It's challenging and sometimes rewarding for them. Would like to find support for unschooling. If you have any thoughts, please contact me. Warmly, Zona
Thank you so much for taking the time to send all of this wonderful information!
First I want to reassure you that the translator is Carlo Ruspa, who has the naturalchild.it site.
It would be wonderful if you could start the new list in time for the Italian translation of Natural Child - however, Carlo is in a rush as this question of wanting to add support information came in just at the end of this project. I'll ask him how soon he would need the group reference, and get back to you.
Do you know of a good article in Italian on how to get started with unschooling, that we can include?
Could you give me your regular email address, and let me know if it's OK for Carlo to write to you directly? My address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just posted a request for information on support groups in Italy. My book, The Natural Child, is being translated into Italian, and the publisher wants to include a list of unschooling support groups in Italy. I'd appreciate any references. So far I have found this one:
Homeschooling Families in Italy
Do you know of any others?
Natural Child Project
The Unschooling Unmanual
Melissa, I feel for you! :)
The internet and that connection to more mindful parents was my lifeline to the outside world. Tolerating the parenting that was everywhere was very alienating....I still am so thankful that I hadn't moved to Italy and had children in the 80s or earlier, lol....at least I had the internet!
When I looked at "homeschooling" in Italy, it was impossible! Not quite illegal, but there was testing (interrogations as you say) every 3 months, and all work had to be shown that matched the work done in school. At the time I did the best researching I could (not that great! lol) and found fewer than 100 homeschoolers in the entire country of 60 million!
I would love to go back for a year or two as an unschooling family, registered here at "school" (virtual) .....now THAT might be fun!
Are your children all bilingual with English or another language?
A family you will find on this ring just spent a few weeks in Italy!
Melissa, how on earth do you manage to unschool in Italy? I am so curious!
We lived in Italy for 5 years, on Lake Como. The twins were born there (Milan) in 2002 and the first 3 kids went to school to grade 1, 2 and 4. Since we moved back to Canada 3 years ago we have been oh so happily radically unschooling! But in Italy it just seemed impossible, in spite of my attempts at something different from the school system. How do you do it?
I know you from the CC list, as well as a number of other lists we are both on. I just looked for Cerreto Langhe on google maps in satellite view (I love modern technology! ) It's such a tiny place, it looks so out of the way! (Here I am, dreaming of countryside in the middle of Montreal.)
My grandfather was born and grew up on a farm in northern Italy (I think around Modena, so actually kind of far from where you live) and for some reason whenever you talk about your life I always think of him. (He also had lots of brothers and sisters.)