Unschooling is a form of homeschooling in which parents facilitate and support their child's interests by providing a rich, interesting and stimulating environment. Parents act as facilitators and partners with their children and help them to do more of what they love. Unschooling allows children to learn and grow in their own way and time, supports the continued love of learning, and enables the parent/child relationship to flourish.
Sandra Dodd explains unschooling (5 minute video): http://sandradodd.com/video/doright
Is it right for you and your family? How can you find out?
Read a lot about it. A LOT.
- http://sandradodd.com/help is a great page to begin. There are several links to check out from this page. http://sandradodd.com/deschooling is another good one.
- If you are thinking of unschooling or ready to begin, request Pam Laricchia's free book "Exploring Unschooling" (this used to be her email series...it is now incorporated into book form) to be sent to you by clicking here: http://livingjoyfully.ca/newsletter/. If you prefer to listen to information via podcast, click here: http://livingjoyfully.ca/podcast-2/. She has blog articles on this page http://livingjoyfully.ca/blog-topics/ and Toronto Conference Talks (TUC Talks) to listen to here: http://livingjoyfully.ca/conference/.
- Read some books. (See below for suggestions.)
- Explore Sandra Dodd's website http://sandradodd.com/ and Joyce Fetteroll's website: http://joyfullyrejoycing.com/ and as of January 2015, there is another website to check out: Unschoolingmom2mom
- Join one of the bigger unschooling yahoo or facebook groups (see below for suggestions).
- Attend a conference. They happen all over. Here is a yahoo group that provides dates of large conferences in various parts of the country. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unschoolingcircuitriders/ Or scroll down to the bottom of this page for conferences in and close to Maine. Another couple of sites to get information about unschooling events are: http://familyrun.ning.com/events/event/listUpcoming and http://www.theunschoolersemporium.com/unschooling-conferences/
- Check out the CHILDHOOD REDEFINED SUMMIT - Will surely be a life changing experience!!!
Sandra's advice: "Read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch."
Notice the learning that is happening. If you are concerned about whether or not your kids are learning, you could keep a little journal or some notes or pictures to remind you of what they are doing and learning about. Once you see that learning is happening naturally, you might not feel like you need to keep a journal of reassurance. However, if you enjoy keeping a journal, maybe it could turn into a sentimental scrapbook documenting your lives as a family living and learning together. http://sandradodd.com/gettingit
"Free To Learn" by Pam Laricchia
$2.99 for ebook or $9.99 for paperback. Also available on amazon.com
Also check out her other books "Free to Live" (published in 2013) and "Life Through the Lens of Unschooling: A Living Joyfully Companion" (published in 2014). Click here for details on "Life Through the Lens of Unschooling"
"Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooled Life" by Rue Kream
Order directly from Rue for $16.00: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mainers can borrow this book via the Maine Library Lending
system as the Camden Library has it:
Two of my other favorite books, both by Sandra Dodd:
Moving A Puddle http://sandradodd.com/puddlebook
Big Book of Unschooling http://sandradodd.com/bigbook/
Why Unschool? podcast by Amy Childs: http://unschoolingsupport.com/why-unschool/ Some other links to check out:
Pam Laricchia's book "Free to Learn" explains about learning vs teaching as well.
Great articles by Danielle Conger (After you click on the link, scroll down to see more favorite unschooling writers at the bottom of the page.): http://sandradodd.com/danielleconger/ (Use the Wayback Machine linked to the top of the page if you can't access the article you wish to read)
One of Pam's articles not to miss is called, "I Live, Therefore I Learn: Living an Unschooling Life." http://sandradodd.com/pam/ilive
How To Unschool article by Pam Sorooshian:
And another "Pam Sorooshian on How Unschooling Works":
I love what Colleen Prieto wrote about unschooling here: http://sandradodd.com/colleenprieto/
More examples of Unschooling Moments (Claire K's blog/site)
Rejecting a Pre-Packaged Life: http://sandradodd.com/joy
Unschooling in action! Check out what this 11 year old boy was interested in (sewers) and how he connected what he learned to a game he was playing (Minecraft):
Principles vs Rules:
http://sandradodd.com/danielleconger/rules.html and http://sandradodd.com/rules
This page has links to so many other great pages and respect is integral to unschooling:
Choices, freedom, and other difficult ideas: http://sandradodd.com/coaching
Good blogpost describing unschooling:
Jeff Sabo's blogpost on being your child's parent AND friend. This is only one of his amazing posts. Take the time to read more!
http://enjoylifeunschooling.com/resources/ and http://thinkingsticks.blogspot.com/
Link to Ronnie Maier's new blog: http://asoftplacetolandparenting.blogspot.com/p/about.html
Teens who came later to unschooling: http://sandradodd.com/teen/latertounschooling
"Unconditional Parenting" by Alfie Kohn Available in book or DVD. You can get a 2 hour dvd (in lecture form) from the Camden Public Library - Though Alfie Kohn isn't an unschooler, this dvd is excellent and available through the Maine Library Lending System: http://minerva.maine.edu/search~S71?/tunconditional%20parenting&search_scope=50/tunconditional+parenting/1%2C1%2C2%2CB/frameset&FF=tunconditional+parenting+moving+from+rewards+and+punishments+to+love+and+reason&2%2C%2C2
Joyce Fetteroll's Unschooling Toolbox:
Yahoo Groups - Read the group descriptions before posting. Notice especially Sandra Dodd’s, Joyce Fetteroll's, Pam Sorooshian’s, Pam Laricchia's, Meredith Novak's, Anne Ohman's, Deb Lewis', Kelly Lovejoy's, Brie Jontry’s, Connie Coyle’s and Colleen Prieto's posts.
(This group has become a "read only" group. That means you are able to access old messages to read posts, but not post anything new.)
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Radical Unschooling Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303347574750/
Living Joyfully Newsletter: http://livingjoyfully.ca/newsletter/
"The Homeschooler" Magazine.com
"Growing Without Schooling" magazines can be viewed online for free
Life Learning Magazine: http://www.LifeLearningMagazine.com
Free selected articles from Life Learning Magazine:
Parental Intelligence Newsletter - The newsletter is no longer being published, but is still available to read online: http://www.parental-intelligence.com/
The Natural Child Project - http://www.naturalchild.org/
The Daily Groove: Scott's newsletter gives inspirational words each day with regard to living with our loved little ones so that we enjoy parenting and our live in general more.
Can you unschool (only "academics") and still have limitations on food, tv, bedtimes, computer time, etc? http://sandradodd.com/option
Chores post by Pam Laricchia - which after you have a better understanding of unschooling might explain why one might not want to impose chores and joyfully model instead:
Maine Unschooling Network: http://maineunschoolingnetwork.blogspot.com/p/about.html
And Maine Unschooling Network facebook group:
UnschoolingMaine yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UnschoolingMaine/
Unschoolers Seek facebook group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/220213058080163/
Maine Unschooling Mini-Conference (one day conference in Camden, ME)
This year it will be on Saturday September 19, 2015 at the Congregational Church.
Maine Unschooling Mini-Conference facebook group:
Large Unschooling Conference in Massachusetts
(Aug 27-30, 2015):
Northeast Unschooling Conference in Wakefield, MA (end of August):