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One Family’s Journey To Unschooling

I’m thrilled to welcome my good friend Kim as a writer to An Unschooling Life. She’ll be writing a monthly article on a variety of unschooling topics. In her first article here, she writes about her families journey to unschooling. When my family sat down in 2006 to discuss the possibility of homeschooling the first method of learning we all agreed on was called Natural Learning, Child-led Learning, or better...

Unschooling Interview

A few months ago, a student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism contacted me and asked if they could interview me about unschooling for research they were doing. Here are her questions, and my answers. 1) You address a lot of the day to day in your blog, but what are the biggest hurdles to starting unschooling? For me, it was changing the way I view education, school and learning. Real learning…learning...

The Unschooling Unmanual

Unschooling isn’t a technique – it’s living and learning naturally, lovingly, and respectfully together. The Unschooling Unmanual features 11 essays by 8 writers: Nanda Van Gestel, Jan Hunt, Daniel Quinn, Rue Kream, Kim Houssenloge, Earl Stevens, and Mary Van Doren. Through engaging personal stories, examples, and essays, the writers offer inspiration and encouragement for seasoned and prospective...

Horde Of Unschoolers

Wow.com (World of Warcraft) interviewed an unschooling mom, who along with her two children, are involved in the Horde of Unschoolers, at World of Warcraft. In the article, Sarah Spooner, senior admission counselor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, was asked if unschoolers succeed in college and later in life. “These students are really well motivated, have done their homework and done their...

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit Schoo...

Customer Review: You won’t find this book on a school library shelf–it’s pure teenage anarchy. With the exception of a forwarding note to parents, this book is written entirely for teenagers, and the first 75 pages explain why school is a waste of time. Grace Llewellyn insists that people learn better when they are self-motivated and not confined by school walls. Instead of homeschooling, which connotes...

Self-Learning

“…recent studies show that online learning, distance learning, and self-learning in general, are not only more convenient, but, in fact, more effective than the classroom, for high school, college and adult learners”. “The walls of academia, and the costs of learning, are crumbling before our eyes and ears”. “For those who are conditioned to think that learning only happens in a classroom,...

How Unschooling Is Changing How We Think Of Learni...

Class dismissed…how the unschooling movement is changing how we think of learning. By Rachel Tennenbaum Imagine waking up on a Monday and driving up to Berkeley to check out a new art gallery opening. That night you play some video games and crack open a book before hitting the hay. Think this sounds like a day off for a college student? It’s actually the school day of a 9-year-old. No, it’s not a fantasy Ferris...

Unschooling Math

**originally written in 2008** When my daughter Jacqueline was seven years old, she asked if I could buy some stories that explained math. She was becoming more and more interested in how math fit into her world and had started to take notice of it in movies, TV shows and by watching my husband & I. She had a basic understanding of addition and telling time but she was more interested in math as a whole, not broken down...

Unschooling In The News

**originally posted in 2008** Kathryn Baptista, who heads the Northeast Unschooling Conferenceand Rue Kream, author of Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooled Life, were interviewed for an article on unschooling for The Patriot Ledger in Boston. When DROPOUT isn’t a bad word: Some local teens are thriving by setting their own schedules and learning by doing Anna Finklestein, a 16-year-old Sharon resident, is learning on her...

Real Learning

Originally posted in 2006 My daughter Jacqueline (age 7) is self taught on the subject of space/the universe. She’s interested in learning about the universe, because she’s interested in the universe, and that interest has taken her in many directions. I’ve been re-reading Guerrilla Learning by Grace Llewellyn and I wanted to share this: “Real learning requires meaning. Meaningless information can be...