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School Away from School is organized by the SUNY Buffalo State School of Education as a resource for parents and guardians, and anyone else caring for and educating children. School Away from School includes resources and references gleaned from many sources, including the direct expertise, experiences and recommendations of our faculty, staff, students, and school partners as well as from community members and our readers. By no means is this an exhaustive list or comprehensive homeschooling curriculum, but we can promise that you will find a plethora of options on every page! Our goal is to review the many resources available and offer to you the most inspiring, quality, helpful ideas and information in one, easy to navigate place. We are continuously adding new information, so please check back often!
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A Message from Wendy Paterson
As we are faced with the closing of schools and businesses, American ingenuity is being tested daily. Each and everyone of us is forced to rise to the challenge.
Do not despair!
At Buffalo State College, we play a role in "growing" teachers for schools, but we are tireless in our dedication to lifelong learning in all forms. We continue to be your partners in learning and teaching. While you are now on a very different life schedule, this website can help you learn useful ideas for managing home schooling. The Internet can be a dangerous place, but it can also be the ticket to worlds that offer unimaginable fascination for children. We will help you navigate those worlds without fear.
It can fairly be said that parents are our first, and often our best, teachers. Your children will learn from you just because they are born to learn. Enjoy your unintended time as teachers. Teaching and learning takes place even when we don't plan it. Be kind to yourself and to your children. Use this enforced time together to get to know each other. Play games. Have long conversations. Ask questions. Share stories. Believe in your kids' resilience. Believe in your own.
As Albus Dumbledore wisely said in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."