Home » Wildwood Blog » Wildwood Newsletter Weeks 14-16: 1/13/19

Wildwood Newsletter Weeks 14-16: 1/13/19

“What is essential is to realize that children learn independently, not in bunches; that they learn out of interest and curiosity, not to please or appease the adults in power; and that they ought to be in control of their own learning, deciding for themselves what they want to learn and how they want to learn it.” – John Holt


  • We have three new Wildwood members starting this month: Eli, Rowan, and Mason…please welcome them and their families when you see them!
  • Will sent out a doodle poll about dates/times for our February and April community meetings (we need to find times when at least one parent from each family will be able to come)…here are links to the February and April polls! Please choose ALL times that are possible for you to attend. Thank you!!
  • Please sign up for a mid-year check-In meeting if your family has not had one already (see below for details)
  • Let us know if you would like to organize a Wildwood social gathering in February or March! (can be held at Wildwood or another location)
  • Here are some notes Corrie took from our community meeting on 12/2…One of the main topics we discussed was needed volunteer support, and some parents signed up for various needed tasks and roles. Thanks so much to everyone who has stepped up in this way to help sustain this community!  Help is still needed with:
    • supporting the fundraising committee
    • marketing/advertising (including help with our new public Facebook page)
    • accounting/bookkeeping
    • ongoing location search
    • planning a Wildwood summer camp for this summer (2019)
    • website support (need to move our site to a new platform asap)
    • coordinating hosts of Wildwood social events/gatherings
    • planning for a Sound to Sea trip to the beach
    • local field trip and service project planning
    • coordinating a parent support group (to talk about homeschooling, parenting self-directed learners, etc.), either online or in person
    • setting up a maker space in the storage room (and woodworking support if possible)

Please contact Rebekah or Nicole if you are able to help in any of these areas! (or if you know of someone we could contact to help!)

  • Fundraising update: Our coffee fundraiser raised $592 (thank you Campbells!!), and end-of-year donations (including our Facebook fundraiser) raised about $1000! Our budget deficit for this year is getting smaller, though we still have work to do to raise the remaining amount. Our new fundraising/marketing committee has been meeting and discussing ideas and starting to plan…if you can join this effort please let us know!


Wednesday, January 16, 1pm-evening: Wildwood Game Day/Potluck!
395 Creek View Lane.  Details and RSVP here!
The Campbells are hosting a family game day/evening at their creek house, starting at 1pm…come by any time that afternoon to play games together, and feel free to bring snacks or dinner dishes to share during a “grazing” potluck.
Thursday, January 17, Thursday January 24, and Friday January 25:
Wildwood Check-In Meetings
If your family has not yet had a mid-year check-in meeting, please sign up here for a time that works best for you! This is a chance for parents, facilitators, and kids to touch base about the year so far and plans for the rest of the year. (Kids can be part of this meeting, or if you prefer to use this time for just parents and facilitators to meet, that is fine too.) Thanks!
Monday, January 30, 4-8pm: Chipotle Fundraiser! Click here for details. Mention Wildwood when you order, and Wildwood will receive a portion of the profit. Please spread the word to all your local friends!
Saturday, February 23, 12 – 6pm:  AERO conference. (Alternative Education Resource Organization) 


Hi everyone!

Happy 2019! Hope you’re all having a great start to the new year. I’m excited to see everyone this week after being gone this past week!

We enjoyed getting to know two new Wildwood members last week, Eli and Rowan, and we’re looking forward to welcoming another new member this week, Mason (age 7), who has just moved to Boone from Wilmington. We’re so excited to welcome them and their families to the Wildwood community!

Check out the photos below to see what we’ve been up to this past week and the 2 weeks before winter break…

Hope to see many of you at the Game Day/Potluck on Wednesday!



Wildwood 2018-19 Calendar:
Jan. 21        Holiday (MLK Jr. Day) WW closed
March 4-5   Wildwood Closed
April 22-25 Spring Break
May 21        Last Day of Wildwood

Some of the Offerings and Moments that happened the past 3 Wildwood weeks … Click here to see more pictures! 

Image may contain: one or more people and people sitting

Whittling inside on a freezing day.

Image may contain: one or more peopleCreating vision boards for 2019. Manifesting the life we wish to live!
Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and indoor

Balloon rockets. Explored and experimented with concepts related to thrust, friction, mass, action and reaction. We each made our own straw/balloon cars and played with elements to see which would propel the furthest on a string.

Image may contain: bicycle, sky, outdoor and nature

Taking advantage of a warm Tuesday with a trip to Rocky Knob state park. Some of us brought bikes and rode the trails.

Image may contain: 6 people, people sitting, child, outdoor and nature

Catching our breath during an epic tag game.

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting and outdoor

Whittling with Thomas at Rocky Knob

Image may contain: 1 person, shoes and outdoor

Inspiring new skills and helping each other along the way. Empathy, compassion, encouragement!

Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table, shoes and outdoor

Many spent some peaceful time reading at the park.

Image may contain: 2 people, including Dana Baber, people smiling, people sitting and outdoorSharing snuggles, stories and laughter! Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting, child, outdoor and nature

We have made some new friends behind the church.

Image may contain: one or more people and outdoor

Building a fire on a chilly day outside

Image may contain: 4 people, including Marie Hatem Parker, people sitting

Excited to discover that our new friend Rowan loves chess like we do.

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting

Never ending SPIT challenges

Image may contain: 5 people, people sitting, shoes, child, table and outdoor

Leadership, listening, non-verbal communication, bluffing and fun while playing Resistance. I love the games that everyone can play together no matter your age or ability.

Image may contain: snow, tree, outdoor and nature

Epic sledding hill!

Image may contain: 3 people, people sitting and indoor

Encouraging tolerance & understanding through learning about the different holidays and traditions that happen during the winter season. This was about Hanukkah and we learned the dreidel game.

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, snow, nature and outdoor

So thankful our parking lot was plowed and we were able to sled and play in the snow for the first time at this location. So many laughs…so much fun….so much exercise!

Image may contain: one or more peopleContinued Zoology class learning about sponge parts
Image may contain: 5 people, people sitting and child

Ray’s ongoing drawing club is a big attraction. We are learning so many new drawing skills!

Image may contain: 1 personHarper completed his goal of teaching us about the mass extinctions that happened in history. (ask your kiddo if you thought the dinosaurs were the only one).
Image may contain: one or more people and people sitting

We had so much fun at our Holiday Gift Lab where we made leather earrings, sugar/salt scrubs, sewing projects, wood burned, melted crayon and paper ornaments, fairies, coupon books, and more!

Image may contain: one or more peopleJoshia getting artistic with his crayon ornament creation.
No photo description available.

Zoology club made a game for us to learn the parts of a cell. Stop by and play it sometime.

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting

All natural Sugar scrubs

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting

Craziness and fun at the Holiday Gift Lab


Image may contain: Dana Baber, sitting and indoor

Annabelle sewing something awesome

No photo description available.
Math 2 group exploring the reasoning behind algebraic concepts.
Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, child, food and indoor

The start of our relationship with the Hunger and Health Coalition. We worked in the kitchen, washed medicine bottles, and helped out in the market. So much learning and pushing of comfort zones.

Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling

A new friend at the H&H Coalition

Image may contain: 1 person, standing Volunteering in the Food Pantry market
 Image may contain: 2 people, people eating, people sitting, table, food and indoor

Prepping hot meals

 No photo description available.

Diving deeper into the elements and patterns of good story telling during our writers workshops




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *