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Unschooling Resources

Unschooling Materials to Help You and Free Unschooling Resources for Your Homeschool

Best Unschooling ResourcesBy Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

So… You have decided to try the Unschooling Method of Homeschooling. Now what? Where are the best unschooling resources? You’ve read a lot about unschooling, but now it’s “go time.” If you don’t know where to start or have been unschooling for a while and are looking for something new, A2Z Homeschooling is here to help! While your child is investigating the world alongside you, explore these unschooling resources to help make the logistics of unschooling easier and more enjoyable for you:

Free Unschooling Resources to Support You

Unschooling Resources for Recordkeeping

Additional Unschooling Resources 

*This post contains affiliate links. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. Although many of the resources listed here are free, those marked with a $ have a cost or require a fee/subscription in order to access the full range of materials.


Free Unschooling Resources to Support You

You may have known that unschooling was the right choice for your child, but perhaps the logistics of unschooling have been a little more challenging for you. Are you trying to meet certain state homeschooling laws? Are you concerned that your child is not learning everything that will bring success for college or career or relationships? Make sure you reach out to homeschooling support groups and then check out these unschooling resources:

Family Unschoolers Network
“The Family Unschoolers Network provides support for unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. If you are an unschooler, homeschooler, self-directed learner, or just learning in general, then this is the site for you! You will find newsletter articles, reviews, resources, web sites, books and lots of other information to help your homeschooling or unschooling efforts.”

Who am I? Probably about the last person you’d expect to be unschooling, let alone radical unschooling. Before becoming a mom in 2003 I was an elementary school teacher. I held dual certifications in regular and special education and taught for ten years in a variety of capacities and grade levels. Today, I’m wife to an amazing husband, mom to four extraordinary little ones, and happily living the unschooling life.” Check out Nicole’s blog and books and discover lots of resources on unschooling, peaceful parenting, and home life.

Unschooling Mom2Mom
“You’ve just discovered unschooling but aren’t sure how you’d make it work for your family.” Or… “You’re ready to unschool but need a few resources to help you on the journey.” Or… “You’re in a panic! You want to unschool but you don’t want to do this all alone! […] Choose your own adventure!” Find information, FAQs, resources, blogs, and podcasts. Ask questions and get support or visit the shop for all things unschooling.

What Really Matters | Sue Patterson
“Whether you’re leaving the school system or switching from a more traditional homeschooling approach, I can help you figure out how to unschool in a way that will work for your family. I want to help you say goodbye to power struggles and worry. You really can create an environment where you connect more with the kids—and they rekindle their love of learning! As someone who’s ‘been there,’ I can give you the support you need. You don’t have to do this alone!” Find free information through videos, podcasts, and blogs or sign up for coaching, group memberships, or an online course.

You Might Be An Unschooler If… | Leaping from the Box
Curiosity is the first step in learning. To understand a subject well, one must first have an interest in that subject, questions that need answering, and a desire to know more. True learning does not occur when curiosity is absent. It is my goal here to provide articles and resources that will aid you in your journey of learning, whether you are a home educator, a homeschooler, or simply desirous of furthering your own education in some way.”


Best Unschooling Resources

Unschooling Resources for Recordkeeping

Depending on your situation, there may be some tension between the informal, free method of learning and the homeschool requirements in your state. Part of what may be challenging for you is how to structure and document the learning that your child is doing. Here are some unschooling resources to help:

ACME Academy: Course of Study—Elementary Students
“This is a plan for elementary that took Carol’s unschooling curriculum and expanded it using the California state educational standards’ language. It could be customized by someone needing to submit something to a school official. It would also be useful as a “suggestion list” for putting different activities under educationese-sounding headings, if you have to turn something in like a report or portfolio.”

ACME Academy: Course of Study—Secondary Students
“This is a secondary education plan that took Carol Narigon’s unschooling curriculum and expanded it using the California state educational standards’ language. It could be customized by someone needing to submit something to a school official. It would also be useful as a “suggestion list” for putting different activities under educationese-sounding headings, if you have to turn something in like a report or portfolio.”

Carol Narigon’s Unschooling Curriculum
In case an unschooler is required to submit a curriculum, here is one Carol Narigon wrote, and has generously offered as a model for other families in need. There are two similar descriptions […], and a couple of lists that could be utilized for writing up a proposal or summary, if needed.”

Disposable Checklists for Unschoolers | Sandra Dodd
“Beginning unschoolers are often afraid. Without the touchstone of a schedule and a list, they don’t know how they will see progress, or how they will recognize “sufficient effort” on the part of children or parents. For some people, treating their first months of unschooling as summer vacation, or a month or two of Saturdays is sufficient, but some people schedule even their Saturdays and vacations. “Just hang out with your kids” sounds torturous to them and may be more frightening than abandoning public school was. Here, then, are some possible replacement checklists and scheduling aids for those who truly want to unschool but who can’t breathe well or sleep soundly without a plan.”

Do It Yourself Unschooling Journal $
By Sarah Janisse Brown (Author)
“This Homeschooling Curriculum Journal is for students who love to learn using a variety of methods, and for moms who want their kids to be more independent with their schoolwork. This is a perfect way for unschoolers to create a portfolio of their work. This workbook includes over 380 lessons and activities. A student can use 6 pages per day for a 60-day homeschooling plan. Now you can learn everything you need to know with library books, movies and YouTube tutorials! Learn from nature. Be creative. Use your own imagination while studying up to 9 Subjects, Topics and Skills! This homeschooling journal will guide you through your stack of educational books and movies!”


Additional Unschooling Resources

Want even more resources to help with your unschooling adventure and keep you motivated? Consider these:

Parenting Cards
Our Parenting Cards offer gentle sug­gestions for parenting with love and delight. Each of the one hundred small cards features a unique reminder about compas­sionate parenting, with a full-color logo on the oppo­site side. […] The Parenting Cards were created by Jan Hunt, the director of The Natural Child Project, author of The Natural Child and A Gift for Baby, and co-editor of The Unschooling Unmanual.”

Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun (Audiobook) $
By Dayna Martin (Author), Linda Velwest (Narrator)
Radical Unschooling philosophy focuses on trust of a child’s innate ability to learn without coercion and invites children to explore their passions. The parent’s role is to facilitate their interests and curiosity. Radical Unschooling – the book – focuses also on the evolutionary aspect of parenting and human consciousness. We are parenting and educating our children today to succeed in a joyful, productive life by following their passions, not someone else’s agenda.”

Raising Free People (Audiobook) $
By Akilah S. Richards (Author, Narrator)
Raising Free People explores examples of the transition from school or homeschooling to unschooling, how single parents and people facing financial challenges unschool successfully, and ways unschooling allows us to address generational trauma and unlearn the habits we mindlessly pass on to children. In these detailed and unabashed stories and insights, Richards examines the ways that her relationships to blackness, decolonization, and healing work all combine to form relationships and enable community-healing strategies rooted in an unschooling practice. This is how millions of families center human connection, practice clear, and honest communication, and raise children who do not grow up to feel that they narrowly survived their childhoods.”

Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling $
By Sandra Dodd (Author)
Sandra Dodd lives and breathes unschooling. Her family’s unschooling story began in 1991 when her eldest turned five and didn’t go to school. In the end, all three of their children were always unschooled and, along the way, Sandra generously shared their experience. Over the years she’s spoken at more than sixty homeschooling conferences and events spanning eight countries and is still adding to the most extensive and helpful unschooling and mindful parenting site on the web today, sandradodd.com […] Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling is a wellspring of ideas and inspiration for both new and seasoned unschooling parents alike.”

Synergia Learning Ventures
Synergia offers experiential education programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. Serving youth and families, school classes through the university level, and professional staff teams, Synergia Learning Ventures is a Northern California based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. In every Synergia program, the learning objectives are for students to learn more about themselves and their relationship to the world—the natural world, and the world of human culture and social interaction. The learning includes inquiring deeply into one’s sense of purpose and contribution; one’s capacities to live a meaningful life; and how to manifest those things to change the world.”

The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide $
By Pam Laricchia (Author), Hema Bharadwaj (Illustrator)
“When Pam’s three children left school back in 2002, she had no idea that one decision would lead her to question so much of the conventional wisdom around learning and parenting. […] Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey framework, The Unschooling Journey is a weave of myths, contemporary stories, and tales from Pam’s journey. It’s not a “how to” book—no two paths through the world of unschooling have the same twists and turns—yet having a general sense of where you are on your journey can bring valuable insight as you navigate the challenges that will inevitably appear. She shares this book as a field guide to the stages and characters you are likely to encounter in some form on your unschooling journey.”

The Unschooling Unmanual $
By Jan Hunt (Author), Nanda Van Gestal (Author), and others
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 unschoolers alike.”

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