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Unschooling can mean many things to many people - it is more a
way of life than just an educational approach. You can find information about
www.unschooling.org and www.unschooling.com
See our selection of books by
John Holt, who created the term "unschooling" and is recognized as the
father of the modern homeschooling movement.
Here are many other good resources to help you on your
Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves by Alison McKee is the author's
reflection on her family's adventure in homeschooling, her work as a
schoolteacher, and the insights she gained from both. After reading about some
of the frustrations Alison directly experienced within the school system, you
may better understand why so many teachers don't send their own children to
“...An unusual and clear-headed examination of what children
need--and why even well-meaning schools can't supply it.”- John Taylor Gatto.
Paper, 168 pages.
Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
by Mary Griffith -Just from the
cover, you can tell this is not your typical homeschooling book - and not just
because it has "unschooling" in the title!
The colorful cover shows a drawing
of a family driving past a zoo, the beach, a capitol building, and a museum.
They are smiling and pointing; obviously enjoying their journey and many
interesting things along the way. Just like life should be! Inside, Mary has
provided lots of good information, including resources for different subjects,
real-life examples of what people do, and lots of great explanations.
If you or someone you know doesn't understand this whole unschooling idea,
then this may be the book to convince you (or them) to try it. If you are
already an ardent unschooler, it will still give you lots of good tips and
insights into what other unschoolers may do, and lots of information to help you
explain and defend your unschooling decision.
Paper, 230 pages.
Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School by
Grace Llewellyn. Author of the
popular Teenage Liberation Handbook, Grace Llewellyn
edits this book of firsthand accounts written by teenagers about the things they
can do when given the opportunity. It is reassuring for parents and kids to hear
the voices of "real-life" teenagers. It is also fascinating to read all the
different teenage stories and see the variety of interests they have and the
different educational experiences they've gone through.
We have the
Eleven-year anniversary edition, with updates from all the writers).
First published in 1993; updated in 2005.
Nominee, Best Books for Young Adults 1994 (American Library Association)
Includes index, appendix, recommended resources, and black & white photographs.
From the publisher:
In 1993, eleven homeschooled teenagers described their lives in rich detail,
and Real Lives quickly became a homeschooling classic. Erin's favorite teacher
was her horse Nick, blind in one eye. Kyla flew to South America in September of
what would have been her senior year alone, except for her mountain bike.
Jeremiah and his sister Serena published a newsletter on peace issues. Patrick,
who hoped someday to design video games, had spent the past few years compiling
portfolios of his writing and artwork. Rebecca worked at homeless shelters and,
through Habitat for Humanity, built houses for people in need. Anne tended
honeybees and plucked a bluegrass banjo. Ayanna kept pace with 50 pen-pals
mostly in Africa while Kevin talked with people all over the world on his ham
radio. Amanda performed with a violin quintet and worked through the mail with
her writing mentor. Vallie answered questions at a marine science center;
Tabitha answered the phone at a crisis line, and helped midwives at births.
Now those eleven homeschoolers have grown up and engaged the territory of
adulthood, college, and career and the new edition of Real Lives includes
updates from all of them. From gaining admission to an Ivy League institution
without taking the SAT to crafting a simple life centered on writing and
gardening, they tell where life has taken them and where they have taken life,
and offer hindsight and advice for others choosing to learn outside of school.
This is great reading for teenagers (schooled or unschooled), homeschoolers of any
age, educators who want to broaden their understanding of how people learn, and
anyone who is curious about what homeschooled kids think of homeschooling--and
what those same "kids" think eleven years later. Lots of black/white action
Paper, 320 pages. Updated & revised edition.
Liberation Handbook: How to quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
by Grace Llewellyn. This is a
terrific book! Written especially for teenagers and people with teenagers in
their lives, it is also helpful for anyone who has ever gone to school. Grace
discusses how to regain the natural ability to learn and be excited about it,
ways of going to college, volunteering, apprenticeships, and more. Leans toward
an "unschooling" approach, which Grace is able to superbly articulate. Popular
for teenagers who plan on taking charge of their education, whether they are
currently homeschooling, planning on homeschooling, or moving on to college.
Highly recommended. Paper, 443 pages.
This is the complete,
international, revised and expanded edition. There is another less-expensive
version available, but it only contains about 1/3 of the content. This edition
has more anecdotal material and background information included for each topic
and is recommended by the author.
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