Recent Update on Un-schooling

by sitstillandpayattention

Unschooling Children: The Elementary School Years.

Most homeschooling/unschooling occurs for families with children in grades K-8, with the largest

segment being middle school (grades 5-8). Here are some ideas about what you can do with your children at home and in your community, as well as support and research for working with your children instead of working on them to help them learn.

On Learning Through Fantasy Play
Related books:

Child’s Work: Taking Children’s Choices Seriously by Nancy Wallace.
How Children Learn (revised edition) by John Holt. Has great chapters on games, play, and fantasy, about how children use play to get into the world, not out of it.
The Self-Respecting Child by Alison Stallibrass. Foreword by John Holt.
Free at Last by Dan Greenberg and Mimsy Sadofsky.
Peter Gray’s Freedom to Learn blog for Psychology Today magazine.
American Journal of Play, Spring 2011. A special edition devoted to children’s free play and edited by Peter Gray.

On Older Readers
Related books:

Educating Children at Home by Dr. Alan Thomas.
How Children Learn at Home by Dr. Alan Thomas and Helen Pattison.
Better Late Than Early, Raymond and Dorothy Moore.
Reading Without Nonsense, by Frank Smith.
Joining the Literacy Club by Frank Smith.

On Responding to Children’s Thoughts and Ideas: Interview with philosopher Gareth Matthews
Related books:

Philosophy and the Young Child by Gareth Matthews.
The First Honest Book About Lies by Jodie Kithcner.
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn.

On Math
Related books:

Unschooling Math edited by Susannah Sheffer.
Anchor Math by Leslie Hart.
Arithmetic Made Simple by Robert Belge.
Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs.
The I Hate Math Book by Linda Alison.
Math by Kids by Susan Richman.
The Math Kit: A Three-Dimensional Tour Through Mathematics by Ron Van Der Meer & Bob Gardner.
A Mathematical Mystery Tour by Mark Wahl.
Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs.

On Testing
Related books:

Insult to Intelligence by Frank Smith.
In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong.
National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a great source of information about the serious issues that surround testing.