Today’s post is all about unschooling resources!
When you start your homeschooling/unschooling journey, or even if you’re just considering it, you need a master list of resources to help get you started! I’ve been working hard compiling this list for all of you!
What is Unschooling?
I recently wrote a post explaining what unschooling is, but here’s a great quote to summarize for you…
When people ask, “How do you unschool?” My answer is that we follow our interests – and our interests inevitably lead to science, literature, history, mathematics, music – all the things that have interested people before anybody thought of them as “subjects”. A large component of unschooling is grounded in doing real things, not because we hope they will be good for us, but because they are intrinsically fascinating. (source)
The Master List of Unschooling Resources
This is going to be pretty lengthy, so let’s just dive right in, shall we?
As a parent, it’s a good idea to start off with a good unschooling book. It really opens your eyes to this method of natural learning.
There are mounds of information on the internet about unschooling, you just have to know where to look!
- Unschool Rules – (One of my favorite sites for breaking down subjects (for my public school-taught brain)
- Family Unschoolers Network
- The Unschooler Experiment – Stories about adults who were unschooled as children.
- Learning in Freedom
- Radical Unschooling
- Living Joyfully
- AHA! Parenting
- Christian Unschooling
- Unschooling Mom2Mom
- Free Range Kids
- Freedom to Learn
- John Holt GWS
- Sir Ken Robinson
- Stone Age Techie
- Stories of an Unschooling Family
- The Natural Child Project
- The Orange Rhino
- The Ultimate Guide to Reading Comprehension
The Unschooling Blog Carnival is one-stop shop to read from many different unschooling blogs. It’s a great way to see real life examples of others who have embraced the unschooling method of learning!
- Unschooling Blog & Pinterest Carnival
- Sue Patterson’s Raising Kids
- Sue Patterson’s Unschooling
- Unschooling is Awesome
- Simple Homeschooling & Unschooling
ONLINE SITES for KIDS:
Minecraft Homeschool – I can’t say enough good things about this online Minecraft Homeschool. They have taken this popular game and turned it into an amazing way to learn about history! My kids finish their chores early each day just to be able to take their quiz and earn money to build their assignment for the week. Love it.
Typing for Kids – I really love this program and how fun they make typing for kids!
Starfall – Online learning and games just for kids!
Khan Academy – Their mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. All of their resources are completely free forever, regardless of whether you’re a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology.
Open Culture – such a powerful collection of free learning resources, including a list of free online college courses, language learning, and so much more.
Schmoop – an exciting way to learn literature and history.
Self-Made Scholar – Free classes and resources for self-education.
Zinn Education Project – excellent resources for learning history, Howard Zinn style.
Coursera – free online courses.
Homeschoolers Guide to Getting Into College – it’s not only possible, but very doable.
Free Rice – game for learning different subjects.
- Blue Planet
- Planet Earth
- Climbing Redwood Giants
- Great Migrations
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Merlin (A BBC family-approved series set during medieval times) – it’s also free on Netflix
- Once Upon a Time – also on Hulu
- Cloud watching
- Wildlife Photography
- Local 4-H Club
- Not Back to School Camp (a camp for unschooled teenagers)
- Gardening with Kids Pinterest Board
- Lowe’s and Home Depot free Saturday workshops
- Green Kids Crafts Pinterest Board
- Green Kid Crafts Subscription Program – this is a great resource for parents who don’t like search for craft ideas and gather all the supplies for crafts. Every month, you are shipped a Discovery Box of ready to make crafts! My kids really look forward to this delivery!
Green Kid Crafts delights kids and their parents with fun, creative and earth-friendly craft and STEM activities, delivered right to their door through the company’s subscription program! Every month’s Discovery Box is packed with three unique and engaging activity kits designed to foster a child’s creativity and confidence while developing their respect and love for the environment.
Green Kid Crafts’ Creativity Kits, STEM Science Kits (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), and monthly Discovery Boxes are developed by teachers, crafty moms, and STEM experts to support key developmental skills for kids ages 3-10.Their award-winning products celebrate creativity and activates thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation while aligning with the company’s Happy & Healthy Child criteria. Each activity is also kid tested and parent approved for fun.
Green Kid Crafts is a mom-owned, green company founded by Penny Bauder, a mom of two and an environmental activist from Alaska. The company operates a virtual office, employing a network of passionate team members based across the US from California to Alaska to Connecticut.
When I go to the Library with my kids, I let them pick out what they want, and then I find a bunch of books that I think they’d be interested in and that make learning fun and stack them all together. Without me even asking, they read all the books I choose as well.
Lydia’s Library Picks (9 years old)
Ethan’s Library Picks (10 years old)
My Picks for the Kids
Be sure to join local Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook Groups:
I can’t stress enough the importance of joining a homeschooling/unschooling group! You will be blown away at how many people in your community are homeschooling. It’s not only a great support for parents to talk, but also for your children to make friends and to plan activities together. I’m in a few different local homeschooling groups and there are so many events we have to say no to many so we don’t over schedule. There are some amazing people out there. Go connect with them and you just might find life-long friends!
Read my other articles on Unschooling: