To provide assistance, resources, and information for individualized and self-directed learning to encourage the natural development of all kinds of skills and attributes, namely self-confidence and self-esteem.
Our vision is a world that honors learner autonomy and supports meaningful education for all.
Community | Compassion | Creativity | Curiosity | Fun | Growth | Learning | Meaningful work | Respect | Service
My Learning List will provide service/s to the community with respect and compassion while promoting creativity, curiosity, learning, fun, and encouraging growth through meaningful work.
My Learning List was founded in 2020 by Kitchie McBride, MHA. As a mother supporting her son with unique learning needs, the struggle of trying to fit her child into a restrictive and traditional model of education inspired her to start a nonprofit organization. The focus is to increase awareness about the benefits of individualized and self-directed learning and its impact on self-confidence and self-esteem.
She dedicated her time and resources to get My Learning List incorporated on May 21. 2020. A couple of weeks later, the newly established nonprofit received its 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced many families to educate their children at home, My Learning List launched a directory website with information and resources for homeschooling families looking to provide individualized education.
Then, My Learning List started a couple of Facebook groups that support ADHD & Homeschooling and a second group that discusses individualized and self-directed learning. At the same time, it started publishing blogs to educate, inspire, and inform families about the benefits of autonomy in learning.
My Learning List is also now hosting and coordinating Youth Leadership Programs by Toastmasters. The goal is to help young people develop public speaking and communication skills.
Trying to fit a unique learner into a standard program can be very challenging. The child may feel inadequate or lacking the skills to become successful, negatively impacting self-confidence. At the same time, parents feel pressured to take extra steps so their child meets a particular grade level or a performance comparable to others. If this situation persists, it may negatively affect the parent-child relationship. Sometimes, all we need is to see things in a different light.
Instead of trying to fit a learner into a program, what if we find ways to modify the program to work around an individual’s unique learning needs? And if it is also self-led, the learner can explore and work on activities they love. What could be a better motivator than individualized and self-directed learning?
If you can choose what to learn, you tend to become better or are more likely to improve at what you do.
And if you are good or great at what you do, you develop a sense of purpose. It boosts your self-confidence, and it increases your self-esteem.
You tend to build more positive relationships. And when everything feels so good, you are more likely to help others.
So, My Learning List is reaching out to families, encouraging them to look at their kids’ abilities differently. We hope to help parents understand how honoring a child’s learning choices can significantly impact their self-confidence and self-esteem.
Can you imagine what a world could be if we have more people with increased self-esteem and positive relationships?
Remember, when you feel good inside, you tend to look for ways to help others.