I am interested in unschooling my homeschooled children. What are the best books on unschooling?
If you’re already homeschooling your children, chances are that you’ve heard of some of these authors before. There are many resources out there (and some great blogs!), but here are four of our favorites.
- Learning All the Time, by John Holt – John Holt is credited as the father of unschooling, and this is one of his seminal books. This book offers wisdom and encouragement for parents new to unschooling.
- The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child’s Classroom, by Mary Griffith – This is probably as close as you can get to a curriculum guide for a learning philosophy that, by definition, has no curriculum. Griffith provides lots of information, from unschooling anecdotes to sample activities to extensive lists of other resources.
- Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, by Peter Gray – Free to Learn was written in 2015–the most recently of any book on this list. Gray is a developmental psychologist, and he puts together a framework for unschooling and provides strong evidence from a host of social sciences.
- The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education, by Grace Llewellyn – In this comprehensive book, Llewellyn walks teens through the entire unschooling journey, beginning with the decision to leave the traditional education system. She will entertain teens and parents alike!