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    Hi, I'm looking to find out a little more about unschooling. I've read John Gatto, Alfie Kohn, and should probably tackle some John Holt. I'm also looking through the Unschooling Handbook. Does anyone have any other reading suggestions or know of any forums particularly amenable to questions or thoughtful discussions on this topic?

    Thanks!
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    Honestly, reading discussions on unschooling groups was one of the main things that turned me off it, so proceed with caution.

    The Unschooling Handbook is ten years old so all the resources in it feel out of date. It also seems to either predate or be blissfully unaware of the whole radical unschooling movement, so just know that.

    There are a number of good unschooling blogs though... I feel like I don't read that many of them, but I do like Strewing: Unschooling Resources (be warned, it's a pretty Catholic blog). And there's The Sparkling Martins, which is Dayna Martin's blog (she's the author of a book about radical unschooling). There's another one that I used to read a lot... and now I can't seem to find it in my reader... I must have taken it out for some reason. Huh. Anyway, I know there are a lot more, so that's one way to delve into the unschooling world.
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    http://joyfullyrejoycing.com/

    http://sandradodd.com/unschooling

    http://zombieprincess.blogspot.com/

    http://thenewunschooler.blogspot.com/

    I also read a lot at the Yahoo group Unschooling Basics, but they're RADICAL unschoolers & do not mince words. When I first started reading there, I thought they were a bunch of jerks.
    Melissa
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    Thank you both. Farrar, thanks so much for the warnings. Melissa, thanks for the links. Ronnie of Zombieprincess lives very close to me.
    Batman--9, ASD, private school for now, afterschooling w/ R&S Math & Grammar, Memoria Lit., CHOW, Mr. Q Science
    Robin--7, PS and loving it, afterschooling history and science with brother.


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    I have been interested in unschooling over the years, but some parts just don't seem to fit with us.

    Anyway, I enjoyed the few posts that a particular unschool blogger wrote just for me
    I had asked her what her top five advice would be for a wanna-be unschooler. She answered with posts on her blog:

    Advice for a wanna-be unschooler part 1

    part 2

    part 3

    She hasn't written the rest yet, but has many great posts about unschooling and funschooling. Even if we are not technically unschooling, I still walk away with great ideas and advice from reading her blog.
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    while my two oldest (dd 17 & ds 15) attend public senior high school (they both homeschooled until grade 9).

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    Alex, thats a nice website. She manages to talk in glowing terms about the way she and her kids unschool but still express respect for the fact that some people might prefer other ways than hers. My radical unschooler 'freind' once told me I'm really more 'relaxed' than I think I am. She drives me totally nuts because, IMO, she unparents and is just as rude to her kids as she is to me. She also is really rude any time anyone mentions curriculum. So she gave me a really bad feeling about radical unschooling.

    But I still think that I have some of it in my core approach - i think I am able to hear my kids when they say what they want, and meet (most of their) educational needs. My 14 yo is like I was - he needs an external schedule and likes life to be predictable. I give my younger one more unstructured time, and he watched khan academy videos for fun.

    Sometimes people seem to think that if you arent playing with mudpies every day, you arent unschooling - but my kids NEVER liekd mudpies, only like the woods if we go very infrequently, have no interest in farm animals . . . they like books and numbers. So thats what we do.

    oh, sorry to go off again . . .
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    Cara: I understand what you are saying, especially about the unparenting part. I agree with respecting my children and listening to their wants and desires, but I still parent them. I am still their mother, not their best friend
    I have seen "unschooling" families that seem to be completely hands-off when it comes to parenting. I have a difficult time seeing the benefits of that. But I guess everyone is different.

    My son is like your 14yr old, he needs structure and a schedule, even if it's just a loose idea of what needs to be done in a day.
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    while my two oldest (dd 17 & ds 15) attend public senior high school (they both homeschooled until grade 9).

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    Honestly, reading discussions on unschooling groups was one of the main things that turned me off it, so proceed with caution.
    I wholeheartedly agree with this statement! I have been interested in unschooling for about a year, so began looking for resources. I signed up for many of the unschooling groups on Yahoo and after a few months was completely turned off to the idea. While I do agree with many aspects of unschooling, we do not "fit in" with the concept of RADICAL unschooling and that is what most of these groups focus on. I do, however, follow many unschooling blogs and have friended several of the more open-minded unschoolers on Facebook. I am truly learning a lot from them. I find it a bit ironic, though, that a group that seems to shun rules has SO MANY rules for what constitutes unschooling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexdk View Post
    I agree with respecting my children and listening to their wants and desires, but I still parent them. I am still their mother, not their best friend
    I have seen "unschooling" families that seem to be completely hands-off when it comes to parenting. I have a difficult time seeing the benefits of that. But I guess everyone is different.
    Exactly! This is the main reason we do not "fit in" with radical unschoolers. I really feel that unschooling should apply to the "school" part, not the parenting part, of our relationships with our kids.

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    Hmmmm, I don't think we'd fit in with radical unschooling folks, either. I am very attracted to what I read about the idea, but start getting very uneasy when I look at sites for unschooling conventions.There just seems to be so much baggage that goes along with it, like unparenting, for example. Kind of like attachment parenting, I practised the techniques, but met so many people for whom it was a lifestyle--like if you did AP, you also automatically did no vax, no circ, cloth diapers, all organic food, all wooden toys. For so many folks it seemed to be all or nothing.

    Incidentally, at the first (and so far only) meeting I went to of the secular, inclusive hs group in my area, all the classical homeschoolers sat together on one side of the room and all the unschoolers sat together on the other side. When I expressed relief at finding the group and dismay over how many curricula I was finding with a creationist point of view, the group coordinator leaned in and interrupted, "I just want to let you all know that we accept people with ALL different beliefs in this group." Later, she told me, "I hope I didn't make you feel bad (she did) but you should have seen the looks on people's faces!"

    I'm still not sure whether I should go back. I'm sure there are some fun, non-religious people there. DH was there and he thought it was weird too. But they're the only secular group around here. Maybe I should try the group in the actual city of Seattle......
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    Robin--7, PS and loving it, afterschooling history and science with brother.


    "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained."-Mark Twain

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