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Growing Without Schooling (GWS), the original unschooling magazine, created by John Holt, is now making all of its issues available online for free. If you are interested in learning more about unschooling, this would be an ideal place to find out more about it in its truest sense.
John Holt (1923-1985) was a professional educator who came to believe that education is an intensely personal journey. He advocated allowing children follow their own interests and was a forefather of the modern homeschooling movement. His book, Teach Your Own, is still a favorite.
Medford, MA, Sept. 14, 2011: Holt More >
In 2011, Concordia University and Mount Allison University published a study showing the academic benefits of homeschooling. While homeschool families have been proclaiming the benefits of homeschooling for years, it seems the general public is finally catching on.
Participants between the ages of 5 and 10 years old were evaluated by standardized test on their reading, writing and math skills. Structured homeschoolers, those who use curriculum, outperformed across the board. Unschoolers didn’t fare as well, scoring lower in all categories.
Although public school children we assessed were More >
As personal as homeschooling is, the method of unschooling is even more so. Unschooling families vary widely in their approach. Some use a few select curriculums for a few select subject; others use none. This makes writing on the subject of unschooling difficult. I know. I’ve read several books about it, and most have difficulty putting down on paper exactly how to use the method. The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom is no different.
Author Mary Griffith takes on the subject of unschooling in a very relaxed, open-minded way. She introduces the More >
I just finished Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax. Quite simply, it is the educational journey that the Colfax family took while educating their children on their homestead in Northern California. While there was some structure to their homeschool, the Colfaxes (from what I have read elsewhere) consider themselves unschoolers. Whatever method they used, it worked. Three of their four sons attended Harvard University. View my video review of Homeschooling for Excellence below.
Since beginning my journey into homeschooling, I’ve been fascinated by the many different philosophies of home education. I’ve been stretched and challenged. The way I understood education before now has been narrow. I accepted that the way I was educated—public school, lecture and textbook fashion—was the right way. I now see that isn’t the case. There are many approaches that allow us as home educators to tailor our lessons to the needs of our individual children. I embrace that now, and yet, some philosophies still make me uncomfortable. Unschooling is one of those philosophies. I find it More >