Welcome Laura!

We are ever-so-excited about this newest addition to the 2018 UP line up! If you joined us in past year, you may have met Laura and family at our last few UP conferences! This year we are thrilled about what she will be offering up for our eager ears to hear! Time to register so you don’t miss out on a fabulous time!
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Laura Lauzen-Collins lives in Bolingbrook Illinois with her husband and five children, aged 19, 14, 11, 9 and 6. When her first child was born during graduate school for psychology, she knew that she wanted him to learn in a self-directed manner but she was unaware of the unschooling movement at that time. As her son got older and Laura began teaching more developmentally-based psychology courses as well as delving more into educational theory, she had a growing belief that the traditional approach to education was not consistent with how she understood learning to occur and that it tended to squash natural curiosity and motivation. After a few years of struggling through the traditional school system with her son, she discovered the well-established unschooling movement.  This approach provided and continues to provide a solution for the problems that she saw as endemic to the more traditional approach to education and also provided a personal solution for her family.

Laura continues to teach psychology classes at Moraine Valley Community College and DePaul University while striving to provide support for her children’s natural sense of curiosity and wonder. She teaches classes on a wide variety of psychological topics with a focus on the brain and development.

In the last 10-20 years, we have learned an enormous amount about the way the brain develops in infancy, through childhood and into adulthood. The child’s brain is not just less mature than the adult’s brain. Instead the brain of a child is qualitatively different than that of an adult. And beyond the child’s brain, the teen’s brain brings a new set of profound changes. Understanding these differences can be a powerful tool that helps us to better understand how our children and teens experience the world.

 

UP 2017 Conference Shirts!

Shirts are ready for order!!!!
Check these beauties out!

This year…. shirts will only be available by pre-ordering.
No extras at the conference this year! 

Please pick and choose your sizes and
we’ll have them ready for you the week of the conference!!! 

Order will be placed soon. Purchase yours now!

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Valentine’s Dance 2017

Come get down, dance and boogie with us
this Valentine’s Day 2017!!!!

Unschooler’s Platform is inviting you out for a great time!

ALL homeschool, unschool, life-learning and worldschooling families invited for their Valentine’s FUN with a
Tween and Teen Dance to follow! Something for everyone!!!

WHEN: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017. 7:00 – 9:00pm for families
and 9:00p – 12a for tweens and teens!

WHERE: Key Lime Cove Waterpark Resorts! (1700 Nations Drive, Gurnee, IL)

WHAT: DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!

HOW MUCH: $20 per person, paid in advance (see below).

QUESTIONS? Please email unschoolersplatform@gmail.com

See you there!!!

 


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Congrats!

We are sending a huge congratulations to our Holiday Giveaway winner! We can’t wait to see you at UP this February 2017!!! To all who entered, we will forward you a 10% discount code with in the next few days! Thank you to everyone! Your support is tremendous! We can’t wait to celebrate with you in February! Happy Holidays!!!

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Amy and Michele are ever-so-excited about how simply amazing the Unschoolers Platform is panning out for February 2017! It’s always been our mission to be able to help as many folks attend as possible as there simply is just SO Much Great to Celebrate! And TOGETHER is how we should all be celebrating this amazing life choice we all have the privilege to live!

That is why we are inspired to offer one last family registration giveaway!!! With the season of giving upon us, we want to give thanks to all of you who make UP possible! Let’s have a little fun!

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This holiday’s giveaway is something grand! As you can see from our lil’ meme above, it’s really quite simple to enter! Like our FB post about this giveaway and receive one entry. Comment and you can earn another entry. AND, if you Share this post on FB you could earn TWO additional entries! That’s up to FOUR entries to our full family registration holiday giveaway! All entries must be received by November 30th, 2016 as the winner will be drawn from the entries and posted December 1st, 2016.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!!!!!
If you enter this contest…. even just one entry…. and you happen to not be selected for the free full family registration giveaway, you still win!!!! You will earn a promo code for 10% off of your family registration as well! Once the contest giveaway closes and our winning family is awarded their family registration, we will message each entrant a promo code for 10% off of their family registration!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!!

Come on out and CELEBRATE with us!

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NOT-back-to-school!

We just have SO much great to CELEBRATE with this season upon us!

We are NOT headed back to school! The freedom ahead of us is exciting and exhilarating!

Possibilities abounding! Speakers galore! Funshops aplenty!

Don’t miss out on the incredible headlining speakers: Pam Laricchia, Erika Davis-Pitre, and Sue Patterson!

To celebrate this incredible time in life the Unschoolers Platform is offering an unprecedented Not-Back-To-School weekend discount! A full 75% off of your family conference registration! To take advantage of this incredible savings and join the tribe in February 2017, you can register before 5:30pm CST Sunday, August, 21, 2016. Utilize promo code: UP2017NBTS when checking out. And BAM! you’ve saved…. celebrated….
and can keep the party going when we rendezvous in February 2017!

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Dads! Dads! Dads!

We are SO very excited to have Vlaiko join us in gearing up the Dads! stuffs at UP 2017! Dads unite! Have a blast! It’s going to be a special FUN time!

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DADS!  DADS!!  DADS!!!

Circle up and join Vlaiko in a conversation about being the DAD in your home/unschooling family!!
Come add your wisdom, anecdotes and thoughts!!
Bring your questions, concerns and ideas!!!
There will be opportunity for all to participate as we take a magic carpet ride through the wonders of having made the choice to home/unschool!!
Vlaiko Manojlovski has been organically settling into the unschooling lifestyle for the last 7 years.  The process has literally unfolded on its own and just gets better everyday!!  Having gone to school this was all counterintuitive out of the gate!!  But the realistic, practical and hard driving truths of the amazing benefits and overall life quality that have come to pass as the result of following his heart have anchored his value systems and philosophies in newly chartered waters – creating a life filled with parenting a-ha moments, deeper connections with his family and a whole lotta’ fun!!!
There will be more than one gathering so stay tuned for details!!

 

 

 

Early Bird Giveaway!

We are just so thrilled to be able to provide a family with free registration to the 2017 Unschoolers Platform conference coming up in February. There was an unprecedented number of folks who participated in the giveaway so that really warmed our hearts to see the momentum and excitement towards UP. It’s going to be an amazing week with some truly amazing people!

In the meantime, congrats to Kristin Kudreikis! We can’t wait to meet your crew in February!

Early Bird Celebration

Unschoolers Platform has SO MUCH GREAT TO CELEBRATE!

This coming year, February 2017 we are hosting the most fabulous keynote speakers! Pam Laricchia, Sue Wolfe Patterson, and Erika Davis-Pitre for an awe-inspiring week! Full of magic, inspiration and celebration!

The excitement is oozing from our pores so much so that we’d love to host an Early Bird registration giveaway!!! That is a FULL family registration giveaway!!! Enter NOW (with in the next 48 hours…. by Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 5pm CST) and you will have a chance to win the family registration!

AND…. what’s more you ask?!?! You could have more than one entry to this giveaway! If you like/react to this post you will receive 1 entry for your family. If you comment in our FB group or closed page, you will receive 1 entry for your family. AND…. if you SHARE this post with friends, families or groups… receive 2 entries for your family! (And YES! If you share more than once, we will honor your shares per number of entries!)

AND…. YES, YES, YES…. do all three and you will receive four entries to the giveaway! What’s not great to celebrate about that!?

JOIN US! Have a blast! Find your tribe! Celebrate!

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LAST CALL

Locals not staying at the hotel and wanting to take a dip in the waterpark…. this is your final call! Tickets for the waterpark must be purchased by Monday, February 15, 2016! Watepark passes are *not* offered by Key Lime Cove and are a *special offer* finagled out of them by your hosts for our group only. Swim hours are 10a-2pm each day of the conference, and again, will *not* be available at the door. If you plan to commute to the conference and would like to swim, now’s the time to purchase you passes!!!

ALSO…. if you will be attending the dance only, now is the your last chance to purchase your dance tickets via credit card. If you show at the door, you must plan to pay cash only. If you’d prefer credit, please purchase your dance tickets by Monday, February 15th. Thank you!!!

Thanks much! Have a beautiful weekend!

Still time to register! Only 8 days left till we are UP UP and away!!!