Sandra Dodd

I've been asked by Steve Cooperman and Peter Kowalke to pass this on
to my lists, and so here it is. There's quite a bit to read at their

New Web Magazine for Self-Directed Learners of All Ages

We are excited to announce the launch of a new bimonthly web magazine
for self-directed learners of all ages—grown unschoolers, teenage
unschoolers, parents unschooling themselves while they homeschool
their kids, and adults who follow their inner compass and never stop

Sponge Magazine is a community and lifestyle magazine for people who
are curious about the world around them and learning all the time. It
is the hub of an interconnected web of self-directed learners eager
to share experiences, resources, advice, inspiration, encouragement,
and new ideas to learning problems.

Great resources currently exist for homeschoolers/unschoolers and
their parents, but there is nothing for homeschoolers/unschoolers
beyond high school age. Sponge Magazine fills the void for
unschooling adults, anyone who understands that self-directed
learning is more than an educational practice–it's a lifestyle based
on curiosity, self-empowerment and inner truth.

Sponge Magazine will include features and columns covering a wide
range of topics, including:
Making the transition from childhood to adulthood as a self-directed
Dealing with the struggle between self-direction and mainstream
Life as a self-directed learner
Travel opportunities well-suited for self-directed learners
Mainstream news interpreted from the self-directed learner perspective
Profiles of famous self-directed learners
Readers sharing a new idea, lifestyle, experience, discovery or area
of interest that gets them totally psyched
And much more
Here are some sample article titles:
“Full-Time Work: Is It Necessary?”
“Discovering a Kinesthetic Learning Style”
“Starting a Dotcom”
“I'm a Cook at Moosewoods”
“Berkana Learning Journey to Mexico”

Sponge Magazine was co-founded by Peter Kowalke. A lifelong
unschooler, Peter is a columnist for Life Learning Magazine and Home
Educator's Family Times, and a former columnist for Home Education
Magazine. Peter was communications director at the Clonlara School.
He is the producer of Grown Without Schooling, a documentary about
grown homeschoolers, and he's a regular speaker at homeschooling

Sponge Magazine officially debuts in October, but we’re soft-
launching the publication in May with the first of three, smaller
"newsletter" issues. There are many ways to get involved:

Sign up to receive the newsletter and magazine.
Be part of the discussion in our forums. Help make it the way you
want by contributing ideas and suggestions for what should be in the
magazine, share advice for how we should run the project, discuss
issues, etc.

Volunteer. We need writers, editors, web designers, promoters, etc.

If you are interested in getting involved with Sponge or just want to
receive the first issue when it is released, visit and sign up at

We look forward to hearing from you!