Children of the Earth Foundation Announces Homeschool Courses for Youth, Teens and Parents

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The Children of the Earth Foundation will be offering a week-long course in September which will teach youth and teens through a unique approach to nature, but also teach parents how to become better teachers with "Coyote Teaching" methods. The course will be offered in southern New Jersey and northern California September 13-18, 2009.

The Children of the Earth Foundation will be offering a week-long course in September which will teach youth and teens through a unique approach to nature, but also teach parents how to become better teachers with "Coyote Teaching" methods. The course will be offered in southern New Jersey and northern California September 13-18, 2009.

The Children of the Earth Foundation was founded by author Tom Brown Jr. to pass on the skills and philosophies of survival, tracking and nature awareness he learned from Stalking Wolf, his Apache mentor. The course, the Family, Youth and Teen Experience covers skills such as shelter building, making fire without matches, tracking animals, making stone tools and identifying wild edibles. Woven within each skill are lessons about the natural world, the interrelationship of all things in nature and an appreciation of human responsibility to the natural world. Although the student feels they are just on an adventure, they learn a tremendous amount of ecology, biology, history and many other academic skills. This is the result of Coyote Teaching.

Parents attending the course will not only share in the skill activities but receive training in the Coyote Teaching methodologies. Coyote Teaching incorporates a number of methods to create a passionate desire to learn in the student. Rarely is a direct answer given to a question, more often a question will be responded to with other questions that help direct the student to discover the answer on their own. For example, a student may ask the name of a plant. If the teacher provides the name of the plant, that is all the student will know, and it is questionable whether they'll even remember it the next time they encounter the plant. The Coyote Teacher, instead of providing the name, would begin to ask questions about the plant that the student can answer through observing the plant and its habitat. The student becomes engaged in discovering interesting things about the plant and when they finally get to look it up in a field guide they find they actually know more about the plant and its lifestyle than is provided in the book. They are also much more likely to remember this plant when they encounter it again.

Coyote Teaching is an art form, utilizing teaching moments as they arise, creating situations that inspire learning and putting the pieces together in a way that students have a real need to know; where learning that lesson becomes the most important thing to them. What parent wouldn't want their child to be that inspired to learn?

The Children of the Earth Foundation also provides classes for teachers in public and private schools to learn to incorporate Coyote Teaching into their classroom curriculum.

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