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Time To Drop In To Life

Hmmm, what is this unschooling anyway? Well, when some people think of homeschoolers, they think of children hunched over the dining room table from 9-11 AM, diligently writing in workbooks as mom teaches them. While this approach works for some, it isn't the same as unschooling.

Unschooling is a very relaxed form of homeschooling. Relaxed doesn't mean the family does nothing. Instead, the child gets to lead his or her learning. The parent acts as facilitator or resource person. Just as a toddler learns to walk and talk and do many other things without the parent giving "lessons," so an older child learns to read and use math in everyday life.

I have not even scratched the surface of what unschooling really is. To get a better idea, check out some of these links, or read the books listed below. There is also a very high-volume listserv for unschooling families. I have learned so much from these people. Feel free to email me for subscribing information.

RECOMMENDED READING: "The Teenage Liberation Handbook" by Grace Llewellyn, "Growing Without Schooling" the magazine, "Teach Your Own," "How Children Learn," and basically anything else by John Holt, and the information in the websites listed below.

Ladyveg's Unschooling Links

The Big Booklist
Suggested reading, grouped by ages.
Reanna's Unschooling Teens List
A directory of unschooling teens.
Family Unschooler's Network
Newsletter, Homeschooling FAQ, books, and links.
Born To Explore
A must-read if your child or anyone you know has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
Information, message board, and links.
The HomeSchool Connection
A professional consulting firm. If I had problems I'd check this site out for sure.
Kachina Free Stuff
This site is run by an unschooling family. Fun sites with plenty of sources, a coupon exchange, and a web search in case you don't find the *free stuff* you were looking for.
And what ABOUT college? How homeschooling leads to admissions to the best colleges and Universities, also, center for information on homeschooling older kids.
Sue's Place
A friend of mine from the Unschooling email listserv. A very nice page with lots of great links.
Unschooling in Alabama
A nice description of unschooling and an Unschooling Books and Resources page.
 Natural MathTM
Natural Math presents efficient, gentle, and fun ways of learning advanced mathematics. The interactive materials, texts, consulting and workshops can benefit learners of all ages and levels, especially young children and math-anxious people. Unschoolers and homeschoolers find Natural Math methods most suitable for their needs.
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