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Where can I read about how unschooling works?

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My oldest is about to turn 4 and is currently in a special ed preschool program. She likes it, it all seems great, but I always thought that I'd homeschool my kids - possibly with a partial at-home/in-school program. But before I go jumping into anything I'd like to know all my options so that I choose what's right for us. So I've heard of unschooling but honestly don't know anything about it. Would someone mind pointing me in the right direction? Also, any advice on dealing with a special needs child would be great. My dd isn't so terribly far off, but she does have speech delays (at least a year behind) and her comprehension is definitely lacking. The other issues aren't bad. Dh was in favor of homeschooling before we learned about her special needs, but now thinks that we probably can't give her all the help she needs. I question that too. Thanks!!!
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Hi there My family unschools. Here are some things you might want to look at:

www.unschooling.com

Anything by Sandra Dodd (if you search her name on the net you will get good unschooling stuff)
http://sandradodd.com/unschooling

http://www.naturalchild.com/guest/earl_stevens.html

http://www.unhinderedliving.com/unschooling.html

http://borntoexplore.org/unschool/whatis.htm

Also John Holt stuff (search his name for good links)
post #3 of 7
One of my favorite unschooling books is The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn. (sp?) I know your daughter isn't quite a teenager yet , but I recommend it anyway because it covers the philosophy of unschooling so well.

I love John Holt too. Oh, and I have a few unschooling links on my webpage: http://home.earthlink.net/~eaglefalc...education.html

ETA, your Allie has got to be one of the cutest babies I've ever seen! Ohmigosh!
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ETA, your Allie has got to be one of the cutest babies I've ever seen! Ohmigosh!
Thanks!
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Me too BCmama! :

I've been reading the "The Unschooling Handbook" by Mary Griffith and am considering doing some form of unschooling. You pretty much let your child guide what is learned and just find materials and projects and branch out from there (that's putting it simply). I have agreed with many of the philisophies that children learn much better when there is so set deadline and they have the time to pursue their own interests.
Good luck!
post #7 of 7
I really liked the Unschooling Handbook too I bought it for my dad, in the hopes he'd get our "crazy, wierd" lifestyle a little more lol.
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