We are the Vigils. Javier, Amber, Mateo (4), Mariana (1) and Denali (Siberian husky, who sadly won't be joining us)
We live in Mission, KS, in the Kansas City metro area.
Javier (Jav) is a high school English teacher by day and a handyman by night. He is always fixing/renovating something at our house or someone else's. He enjoys reading, watching YouTube repair videos and public television.
I (Amber) like reading. Especially the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon - I can't wait for the next one to come out! I'm interested in local food - for the sake of the grower and the consumer. I enjoy seeing the world through my children's eyes and exploring with them.
Mateo (Teo) loves puzzles, exploring how things work, helping daddy with anything tool related, running, riding his trike, blowing bubbles, watching Rescue Heroes, fishing and making scrambled eggs - which he refers to as his specialty.
Mariana likes to climb things and then launch herself from them, playing in the sandbox, wrestling and playing "chase" with Teo, and taking baths.
We have always aimed to be gentle and attached parents and unschooling seems to be a logical extension to that. Our children aren't "school-age" yet, but it already seems obvious to us that their love of learning is deeper and less structured than what school would allow. We hope this conference will help us grow as a family of joyful learners and perhaps steer us away from some newbie pitfalls ;)