Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Curriculum of Joy





As a veteran home school mom and a leader in the local home schooling community, I'm often asked "What's the best curriculum for my kids?" My answer? "Seek Joy - everything else will follow."

The Art of Non-Conformity is a guidebook for a joy-based curriculum for adults. It's filled with examples of people who've consciously chosen to live unconventional lives. I gave it to my 18-year-old, I want my husband to read it and I'm adding it to my list of recommended reading for new homeschooling parents. Guillebeau's "Alternative Graduate School Experience" is a must-read for anyone who believes education has to cost a fortune.

Part cheerleader, part tour guide, Guillebeau gives a whole host of practical suggestions for living a non-conformist life. I'm eager to apply his ideas to my OWN life as a singer-songwriter and to share the book with others who are open to looking at the world differently and living a gratifying, joyful life outside-the-box.

Find the book on Amazon.com here: The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

5 comments:

Chris Guillebeau said...

Thanks so much, Erin! "Joy-based curriculum" -- I love that.

max anton said...

I've been reading Chris' blog for a couple months now, he's brilliant and I'm sure his book is too.

In a conversation earlier this year, my grandmother and I realized we share the same philosophy of joy. I've been saying "enjoy life!" as a goodbye/signoff line for a year or so, and she's made decisions for her whole life on the basis of "I choose joy". Glad to hear you've chosen joy too. :D

Erin said...

Thanks for stopping by, Max. Hope you continue to seek *and* find Your Joy.

Paul Frye said...

I'm in that "non-believing your50" crowd. 50 never looked better, and that's not just my opinion, you are worshipped near and far. When I talk about your kids, it's always positive. Their lives are testament to the success of your efforts in homeschooling them. Peace to you and all of yours, don't let the Craigster work too hard.

Erin said...

Paulie - you are a dear - thank you for your kind words. Peace, to you, friend.