Unfortunately, Growing Without Schooling is no longer being published.
Fortunately, back issues
of the magazine are still available. For a listing of the back issues, go to
GWS Back Issues. Also, the first 12 issues have
been combined into a book. See information below.
To read the publishers announcement about the end of GWS publication, go to:
Growing Without Schooling was the nation's first homeschooling magazine,
founded in 1977 by author and teacher, John Holt.
John Holt is widely recognized as the founder of the modern homeschooling
movement. He is the author of many books about education and homeschooling, and
the person who coined the term "unschooling." Perhaps one of his most important
contributions to supporting homeschooling was the publishing of Growing
Without Schooling. When that first issue was published back in 1977,
homeschooling wasn't legal in every state, there were no curriculum fairs, no
homeschooling sections in bookstores, and it was difficult to find support. GWS
provided a critical source of information and community for homeschoolers.
For 24 years, GWS continued the tradition of supporting homeschoolers by
providing a forum for families to share ideas, insight, and support for
independent ways of learning and thinking. There are articles to help you
nurture your child's natural curiosity, to discover creative ways to inspire and
strengthen their learning experiences (even if you aren't homeschooling), and to
show you new ways to think about learning and teaching. There are reviews and
recommendations for high quality books and other resources, and the opportunity
to hear directly from children and teens.
Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage
Liberation Handbook answers your questions about helping teenagers
Amy and David Mantell write about innovative ways to learn and think
Susannah Sheffer, author of A Sense of
Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls, and
Writing Because We Love To: Homeschoolers At Work,
covers a wide ranging variety of topics.
These great columnist and many others, combined with the writings of
parents and children who are learning at home, make this a "support group in
your mail box" that can help you and your children gain confidence and skill
about learning at home.
A variety of back issues are available from issue 2 to issue 143. To read
descriptions or to purchase individual issues, go to GWS