Australian Homeschool Stories

Vicci - Sunshine Coast, QLD / Gubbi Gubbi Country

April 10, 2023 Australian Homeschool Stories Season 1 Episode 1
Australian Homeschool Stories
Vicci - Sunshine Coast, QLD / Gubbi Gubbi Country
Show Notes

Vicci Oliver is a dead set nature play legend, and a voice you may recognise. She is one half of the Raising Wildlings Podcast and owner of Wildlings Forest School in sunny Queensland. 

Vicci has always homeschooled her two daughters, now aged 11 & 9. 

In our conversation we talk about:

  • What her own school days looked like growing up and what type of student she was
  • Her love of marine science and following her passion into a career that didn't live up to her expectations
  • Becoming a high schooler teacher and choosing not to return to the profession after having children 
  • Her gratitude towards her sister for introducing her to homeschooling and paving the way for her
  • Freedom & possibility as the drivers for choosing this lifestyle
  • Wanting to raise children who know themselves deeply from a young age
  • How she met her business partner Nicki at playgroup
  • Why Vicci & Nicki started Wildlings Forest School and how it's evolved overtime alongside their homeschool lifestyles
  • The importance of nature play for kids
  • What continual exposure to nature has meant for her own daughters 
  • Being drawn to rockpooling as a means of self care
  • Vicci's favourite nature spots on the Sunshine Coast to explore
  • Her advice to others considering this path or currently homeschooling

Vicci recommends:

How Children Fail - John Holt
Free to Learn - Peter Gray
(Consider asking your local library to purchase a copy if they don't currently have these books in their collection)

A thousand rivers - Carol Black
What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning

Stark Raving Dad

Wildlings Forest School - Facebook
@wildlings_forestschool - Instagram
@raising_wildlings_podcast - Instagram
SunnyHomeschool/Unschool - Sunshine Coast Homeschool Community Group

If you haven't already, be sure to check out Vicci & Nicki's podcast, Raising Wildlings - parenting, alternative education and stepping into the wilderness is what they are all about. It's one of my personal favourites.


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This podcast is recorded on the land of the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, always will be aboriginal land.

Original Music - Hazel by Daniel Garrood @garroodcomposer
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