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PNW Adventure Mama and the Sage Family coach, writer, podcaster, and advocate for gentle parenting, natural homeschooling, and simple living.





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Apr 5, 2018

Reading with Leah McDermott


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Today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about Reading on the natural learning path.

Leah is a former Master Educator and now unschooling mama of two who has made it her mission to help bring more natural elements to children’s everyday learning experiences through her business Your Natural Learner.

Adventure of the Week

This week I had my first solo adventure when I drove down to Portland for a homeschool conference and stayed 1 night in a hotel all by myself. You guys, I peed, and no one was staring at me or touching me – so strange.


Misconceptions: We go over some of the most common misconceptions around literacy development.

Read Aloud: We talk about how reading together is a valuable step on the natural learning journey and all the creative ways that can happen.

Invitations: We share some tips to support literacy through your home environment (and time and experiences).

Relevance: We speak to the prime avenue that children learn to read and write – through relevant and contextualized real-life experiences.

Role Modeling: Of course, we have to talk about role modeling, which is a powerful force in readership.

Age: We nail down when the average child learns to read naturally and how the theme of trust is the most important piece here.


We answer the question, “How do you know when they need extra help?”

Dive Deeper

Disclosure: When I recommend a product that I believe will add value for you, it may contain an affiliate link. When you click the link to make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win-win!

Your Natural Learner

Leah’s Huffington Post Reading Article

YNL FB Group

The Buckety System

Sage Homeschooling

Harry Potter

The Basher Science Book Collection

The Dyslexic Advantage

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