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I go back and forth between Waldorf and unschooling. I'm currently leaning to unschooling. I need some online support. Where is the best place to hang out for unschooling support?<br><br>
I have read a lot of unschooling books over the years. I have a new one on hold at the library. It's called <i>Homeschooling Our Children Unschooling Ourselves</i> I think? Is it any good? Do you subscribe to an unschooling mag?
 

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BTW I do have a group in real life that I get with once or twice a month that are mostly unschoolers. That's helpful.
 

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There are a lot of different groups. There's <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CrunchyUnschoolers/" target="_blank">Crunchy Unschoolers</a> Yahoo group, <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/shinewithunschooling/" target="_blank">Shine With Unschooling</a> Yahoo Group (incredibly active), the new unschooling forum that doesn't yet have enough posting members to be too active (but hopefully will soon): <a href="http://www.unschoold.com/" target="_blank">http://www.unschoold.com/</a><br>
There's also the unschooling blog ring: <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/ring/Unschooling_Blogs/" target="_blank">http://www.ringsurf.com/ring/Unschooling_Blogs/</a><br><br>
There are other blog rings as well, <a href="http://www.ringsurf.com/ring/Live_and_Learn_Blogs/" target="_blank">Live and Learn</a>, and <a href="http://lifeisgoodtribe.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Life is Good</a>, most notably.<br><br>
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here's a link to a helpful site by a parent on MDC. This is a list of the unschooling internet groups. <a href="http://theparentingpit.com/reviews/unschooling-parenting-egroups/" target="_blank">http://theparentingpit.com/reviews/u...nting-egroups/</a>
 

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Quick responses. Thanks mamas! Lots of support there.<br><br>
Has anyone read <i>Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves</i>?
 

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I have. It's not a "how to" kind of book. It's more a story of one family's journey. I enjoyed it. It's not new though--if you mean the one by Alison McKee--it was written about 6 years ago.
 

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I just wanted to say that I love this book so much. Can anyone reccomend another book about an unschooling family that is equally good?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just wanted to say that I love this book so much. Can anyone reccomend another book about an unschooling family that is equally good?</div>
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I really enjoyed <span style="text-decoration:underline;">And the Skylark Sings With Me</span> by David Albert. I've heard some people say that they found it intimidating, but if you take it as one family's individual journey and don't get caught up in the "MY kids never did that." worries, it's fascinating.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">the new unschooling forum that doesn't yet have enough posting members to be too active (but hopefully will soon): <a href="http://www.unschoold.com/" target="_blank">http://www.unschoold.com/</a><br><br>
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I must be an idiot because I don't get how this site works <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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That yahoo list link that granolapunk posted is great! I really like the yahoo groups for support, discussion, and really "getting" unschooling.<br><br>
The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School by Valerie Fitzenreiter is another book of one family's unschooling journey. It's a single child family, possibly single parent (can't remember) story.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I must be an idiot because I don't get how this site works <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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It's kinda weird. There are groups where discussion happens in a threaded way like on forums and then there are blogs that member can post and then comment on and have threaded discussion that way. They had forums too, but since there were so many other ways to have threaded discussion, the webmaster did away with them. Which makes sense. The live discussions as well as recent blog and group posts are listed in the right column of the main page, so if a title piques your interest, you can go check it out. You get used to it.
 

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I just read Mary Griffith's <i>Viral Learning</i> this year. It's her newest. She talks about how unschooling her girls changed her, as a person, and includes the journey her girls took to where they are now ("graduated"). I liked it. Reaffirms my inner belief that people can learn what they need when they need it, in the midst of doubts or criticisms.<br><br>
An oldy but a goody is her book, "<i>The Unschooling Handbook</i>". I believe there are some people on these forums who are featured in the book. I liked this book a whole lot when I first read it. It certainly isn't the "end all, be all" of unschooling or a total "how-to", but, to answer your question, it is a big support to me and I like reading it to "see" how a variety of families deal with different things. It does go "subject" by "subject", so parents and others can get a glimpse how children learn different things without boxed curriculum. I got it cheap on amazon. com. I'm the type who likes to choose from a "buffet" of ideas, so I can learn about ways to do things that are new to me, and choose what works best for me at the time. It's one of <i>those</i> books.<br><br>
I second the pp who mentioned David Albert. I like reading his stuff from time to time, also.<br><br>
Here's some more to read, too: <a href="http://www.homeedmag.com/blogs/newscomm/?cat=10" target="_blank">Valerie Moon's Home Ed. magazine blog</a>.<br><br>
I'm curious: what inspires you to unschool? What appeals to you the most about it as an option to learn?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's kinda weird. There are groups where discussion happens in a threaded way like on forums and then there are blogs that member can post and then comment on and have threaded discussion that way. They had forums too, but since there were so many other ways to have threaded discussion, the webmaster did away with them. Which makes sense. The live discussions as well as recent blog and group posts are listed in the right column of the main page, so if a title piques your interest, you can go check it out. You get used to it.</div>
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aaah see thats what I wasn't getting ok it makes a lot more sense now I will go back and have a look later thanks a lot!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's kinda weird. There are groups where discussion happens in a threaded way like on forums and then there are blogs that member can post and then comment on and have threaded discussion that way. They had forums too, but since there were so many other ways to have threaded discussion, the webmaster did away with them. Which makes sense. The live discussions as well as recent blog and group posts are listed in the right column of the main page, so if a title piques your interest, you can go check it out. You get used to it.</div>
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aaah see thats what I wasn't getting ok it makes a lot more sense now I will go back and have a look later thanks a lot!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">here's a link to a helpful site by a parent on MDC. This is a list of the unschooling internet groups. <a href="http://theparentingpit.com/reviews/unschooling-parenting-egroups/" target="_blank">http://theparentingpit.com/reviews/u...nting-egroups/</a></div>
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thanks for mentioning this... i actually <a href="http://theparentingpit.com/reviews/unschooling-parenting-egroups/" target="_blank">just updated the list</a> to include Arp's initiated <i>Unschoold</i> forum (sort of facebook for unschoolers); Danya Martins initiated list <i>Radical Unschooling with LOA</i> (laws of attraction); as well as other more specific egroups like "peaceful partnerships" (for unschoolers to discuss their adult relationships; "crazy life unschoolers" (for non traditional unschooling families) etc etc etc..<br><br>
there are a few more i wanted to include but i ran out of energy on it for now.<br><br>
mama_kass you mentioned you were deciding between waldorf and unschooling... we used to be very into waldorf and i wrote about my transition to <a href="http://theparentingpit.com/about/an-unschooling-journey-%E2%80%93-from-control-to-connection/" target="_blank">unschooling here</a> (the link sometimes does not work but its in the top column on the right called "unschooling journey from control to connection)<br><br>
one of my favourite unschooling bloggers also came from a Waldorf background, its <a href="http://www.thenewunschooler.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">coleen who does the New Unschooler blog</a><br><br>
besides that my absolute, biggest, holy cow this is a wonderful book and people must think i get commission from these over the top plugs, recommendation has to go to <i>Rue Kreams Parenting a Free Child</i>. I still find myself referring to this book in my daily parenting now.<br><br>
Then there are mags like Life Learning or the online (and more infrequent) one called Connections which are pretty cool.<br><br>
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