All month I have been blogging through the alphabet about unschooling, or child led, organic learning. I thought the letter “R ” would be a perfect chance to share some resources for those who are unfamiliar with with this way of learning. Perhaps you are curious or wonder what it all means. I have some great resources to share on the topic.
Sandra Dodd is an excellent resource for understanding unschooling and it’s role in parenting and everyday life. Once you visit her page you can see a nice selection of unschooling topics down the left side to explore. It’s a great resource for building confidence in the fact that learning happens everywhere. She is considered a radical unschooler and has written The Unschooling Handbook, that you may find at your local library.
John Holt, though he has passed away, is an amazing resource for unschooling and homeschooling families. He had a magazine at one time called Growing Without Schooling that was pretty inspiring. I have been able to find a few old copies here and there from some other parents that were passing them along. Pat Farenga had worked closely with John Holt and is continuing to share the same ideas of unschooling. He has a few of his own websites and maintains John Holt’s site. He has some webinars and recordings on his site that are free to watch. The first one is designed for those considering homeschooling. You can find that info, HERE.
In attending the Unschooling Waterpark Gathering at Kalahari resort, I’ve met some inspiring speakers on the topic:
Cindy Gattis has written a great book called The Right Side of Normal. She isn’t radical in her unschooling, but very effective in trusting her children to lead the way in their education. I really enjoyed her current article on How to Shift From School Mindset to Engaged Learning. I have always enjoyed hearing her speak.
A few years ago I had the privilege to meet David H. Albert . He is another inspiring parent with the proof in the pudding. He has adult children that have lived a curriculum of abundance, as he calls it. I enjoyed hearing him speak and reading his book Dismantling the Inner School. If you’ve read my post Deschool, and are curious more about that topic. I would start with his book.
One of the questions I received on a post earlier this month was how do unschoolers get admitted into college? Psychology today had a great article discussing this issue HERE, discussing a few experiences of grown unschoolers and their route to college. It’s great to see the experience being, if a student wants to go to college, there are many options out there to consider.
There are some amazing TedX talks and videos done by unschoolers that share some great unschooling wisdom . I”m clearly unable to list all of the resources on this post. Please check out my Pinterest board . I keep an updated list of inspiring homeschooling and child led resources.
Please let me know what inspires you in your home education journeys. Share in the comments.