You know you want to homeschool your child, but traditional methods don’t appeal to you. You want to let your child be free to choose their own path in life and focus on the topics that interest them. Have you considered the unschooling approach? The basis for this approach is allowing children to lead themselves. This does not mean, necessarily, teach themselves. For the most part, you as homeschool educator and parent, listen to the interests of your child. You then offer them the resources they need to explore and learn about the topic. If this type of homeschooling approach sounds like something you’d be interested in, then check out these four resources for new unschoolers.
The Free Child Project
The Free Child project is a vital resource for the unschooling movement. This site offers a complete list of websites, books, blogs, and other resources from parents in and involved with various levels of unschooling. If you need guidance on how to start, where to start, and if this is the right option for your child then this is where to start. Free Child also offers a Facebook page for parents to stay connected.
An Untraditional Home
An Untraditional Home is a resource for parents who need to connect with another work at home mom, wife, and mother who happens to unschool. With posts about daily life, how to cope, and how to offer your children resources this site is perfect for the newcomer. You can read and get a feel for the lifestyle on a daily basis and outlook rather than a clinical defined driven level. It will definitely give you a window into the daily struggles you may face as an unschooling parent.
There is no way to properly mention unschooling and the movement without talking about Dayna Martin. Dayna is a pioneer in the movement and has written such books as Radical Unschooling: A Revolution has Begun. Her book and website cover everything from the basics of the movement to the laws that may govern the movement in your state. She discusses how to offer resources to your children and how to ensure your children are learning while developing their own path in life. Her work is truly a go to resource for any unschooling household.
The Unschooling Handbook
Mary Griffith is the author of the go to Unschooling Handbook. This guide to unschooling goes hand in hand with the other resources discussed here. Griffith breaks down everything from daily lives to different subjects and how to “teach” them. She even discuss, what she calls, practical considerations. These considerations help you determine if this method of homeschooling is right for you and how to get started. Overall, for the newcomer to this method, it is a go to first resource.