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Posts Tagged ‘ unschooling ’

# 1 – Don’t Waste Your Time Homeschooling, by Traci Matt

# 1 – Don’t Waste Your Time Homeschooling, by Traci Matt

With the empty nest looming, author Traci Matt takes a look back at two decades of successes and regrets and offers field-tested ideas to help you on your home education journey. "Don’t Waste Your Time Homeschooling: 72 Things I Wish I’d Known" features concrete suggestions to help you.
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Unschooling Stories From Families

Unschooling Stories From Families

Unschoolers tell what they aren't doing on a daily basis. Websites recommended by your Homeschool Guide, Ann Zeise.
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Natural Learning Method At Home

Adora Svitak This is Adora Svitak, a 12-year old author who does public speaking to educators and kids around the country. She exhibits just a little of the wisdom our kids can share, if we’re willing to listen to them. Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education In this post Peter Gray wishes to be a...
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Resources For Unschooling

Gift Ideas for Unschooling Kids and Families Or presents for yourself! Chaos to Confidence DIY Are you feeling overwhelmed or isolated? Maybe you’re not sure if you want to unschool. But you know you need some help figuring this all out! Course by Sue Patterson. Family Unschoolers Network If you are interested in unschooling,...
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Out of the Box Learning, by Beverly Burgess

Out of the Box Learning, by Beverly Burgess

OUT OF THE BOX LEARNING tells of the deep courage of one mother who realizes that only she has the power to turn around her son’s education. It is both heartfelt story, and step-by-step guide to alternative learning through homeschooling. OUT OF THE BOX LEARNING will inspire readers to rethink the landscape and purpose...
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Unschooling Defined

Unschooling Defined

What is unschooling? How is unschooling defined? How is it different from homeschooling? Unschooling: the Movie Lee Stranahan’s film to show a little bit of what unschooling is about: a film based on the Stranahan family’s personal experience, as well as talks with Sandra Dodd, her family and other unschoolers. The Beginner’s Guide to...
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Unschooling Mail Lists, Social Networks, etc.

Unschooling Mail Lists, Social Networks, etc.

Unschooling Social Networks Christian Radical Unschoolers It is a place for those who honestly want to re-think their fears, prejudices, knee-jerk reactions & beliefs about learning, teaching, “education”, & controlling parenting practices. Creative Unschooling Unschooling is a way of life, not just for (all) children but their parents, too. Creativity, on the other hand,...
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How to Report Unschooling to School Officials

How to Report Unschooling to School Officials

If your state requires you to submit a periodic evaluation you might need to explain your children’s growth and development in more depth to readers who do not understand unschooling.
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Success of Unschooling vs. School-At-Home

Success of Unschooling vs. School-At-Home

Comparisons between using schools methods (School-at-Home) and natural learning methods, unschooling vs academic lessons. Beware the Curriculum Mentality Author Sarah Lawrence reminds us that learning is one thing. Looking at one’s learning is something quite different. A Survey of Grown Unschoolers A 4-part series of a survey of unschooled youth by Peter Gray in...
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Pros And Cons of the Unschooling Homeschool Method

Understanding the pros and cons of unschooling. If we don’t do school-at-home, will our child turn out OK? What are the pros and cons of homeschooling with the unschooling method? Developing a Homeschooling Philosophy: The Unschool Mambo Having already been interested in issues of education, parenting and human potential for several years, I used...
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Constructing Knowledge With Children

Constructing Knowledge With Children

Academic Club Method Instead of lectures and textbooks, this format enables a child to become an active part of whatever topic is being studied. Children make, do, act, chant, build and live the material that they could not learn by reading. Creative Activities I would like to teach my children through creation, not books...
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Teaching Tips for Homeschooling Parents

How to teach young children in a homeschool. Teaching tips, methods and ideas for teaching such things as spelling, creativity, English, science, writing, math in fun, creative lessons, using Bloom’s Taxonomy to improve their thinking processes. It isn’t hard for parents to learn the ways top teachers instruct. Drivers Ed AN A to Z...
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The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companion

The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companion

After The Beginning – Homeschooling Day-to-Day Chapter 7 of  The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companion by Julie Gattis and Laura Saba Congratulations! You’ve moved past all the necessary legal, organizational, and methodological issues and are ready to begin homeschooling. Now you can look at what your days will be like. Homeschooling can be much more than...
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Deschooling Gently, by Tammy Takahashi

Deschooling Gently, by Tammy Takahashi

Deschooling Gently will help you whether you are new to homeschooling, or if you are experienced, but are in need of new approaches. Discover the best way to educate your children at home, not through rote process, but by learning how to find the answer within yourself. This plan will provide confidence to trust...
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Living Joyfully with Unschooling Box Set

Living Joyfully with Unschooling Box Set

Curious about unschooling? Wonder what day-to-day life looks like for an unschooling family? Come dive deep into the world of unschooling and explore real learning, the importance of curiosity and patience, and ways to build strong and connected relationships with your children that last a lifetime. Discover whether this unconventional lifestyle just might be for...
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Grown Without Schooling 20% Off

A frank and often illuminating portrait of the triumphs and struggles homeschoolers face as children, teens and adults who grow up without formal schooling.
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Unschooling Beginning Guide

Unschooling Beginning Guide

How to stop using curriculum and start enjoying learning. Unschooling websites recommended by your Homeschool Guide, Ann Zeise.
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Radical Unschooling, by Dayna Martin

Radical Unschooling, by Dayna Martin

Radical Unschooling – A Revolution Has Begun-Revised Edition by Dayna Martin Full of brilliant common sense! Mrs. Martin takes us behind the curtain to see in rich detail what alternative education really looks like when it bestows upon its subjects the freedom to choose. Every parent who feels compelled to give their kids into...
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The Unschooling Handbook, by Mary Griffith

The Unschooling Handbook, by Mary Griffith

Unschooling, a homeschooling method based on the belief that kids learn best when allowed to pursue their natural curiosities and interests, is practiced by 10 to 15 percent of the estimated 1.5 million homeschoolers in the United States.
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Curriculum To Unschooling

Curriculum To Unschooling

Transitioning From Curriculum To Child Led Learning By Ann Zeise Purchasing an off-the-shelf curriculum or accepting one from a school district’s Independent Study Program often seems like the easiest way to homeschool. I’m going to tell you a story how we came to not using curriculum. So what’s wrong with curriculum? It can be...
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