We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendra Maister and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kendra, what inspires you?
My Children. I truly believe that life starts when you become a parent. What used to stress you out, suddenly seems so small as you surrender to a world of selflessness and sleepless nights. Some people say that it’s not for the faint at heart, yet the love that it brings is unparallel to anything else in this life. In a world that moves at light speed, I feel compelled to slow down and cherish each moment of this journey to the fullest extent; embracing the magic and wonder that it brings.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Looking back on my childhood, I never really understood why we had to go to school for such large gaps of our lives. I always craved more time with my parents, but unfortunately, that wasn’t feasible given the society and period that I grew up in. Shortly after becoming a mother myself, I realized that I wanted something different. I knew that I wasn’t ready to give up huge chunks of time with my kids in exchange for countless hours of tedious homework and unnecessary stress.

I craved a community that we could equally be a part of while sharing the beauty of the world in and around them. I wanted to give them the opportunity to dive deep into what really makes their hearts sing while embracing their primal instinct to play and explore. The Indie Sol was founded on these principles that encourage and foster the imaginations and curiosities of our youth; resulting in a balance of heart, mind, body and spirit.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We live in such a magical place encompassed with vastly different ecosystems, amazing museums and a diverse culture to explore! I would definitely etch out some time to take them on some beautiful hikes and show them all the rich history that San Diego was built upon. In my opinion, simply walking around leisurely and taking in all the beauty is what San Diego is all about! The Gaslamp District, Maritime Museum, Balboa Park, Torrey Pines, Old Town, Hotel Del Coronado, and Little Italy are some of my favorite places to explore around town.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A good portion of our homeschooling journey has been inspired by Developmental Psychologist Peter Gray’s book: Free to Learn.

“Most children spend their days being passively instructed, and made to sit still and take tests—often against their will. In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion. Children come into this world burning to learn, equipped with the curiosity, playfulness, and sociability to direct their own education. Yet we have squelched such instincts in a school model originally developed to indoctrinate, not to promote intellectual growth.

To foster children who will thrive in today’s constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, Gray demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient.

When children are in charge of their own education, they learn better—and at lower cost than the traditional model of coercive schooling.”

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Aubree Lynn Photography

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