Saturday, April 17, 2010

Good unschooling blogs

Two very good unschooling blogs that are worth recording here are: Pat Farenga's blog about the teachings of John Holt, homeschooling's Messiah; and Boston College professor Peter Gray's blog, Freedom to Learn.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Unschooling

My favorite homeschooling book is Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves, by Alison McKee. A teacher, McKee started homeschooling her kids before they entered school and all the way through high school, when she saw how deleterious government schools can be for kids-- and this was back in the 80s.

I am definitely adopting more of an "unschooling" approach to homeschooling, which rejects things like textbooks, workbooks and established curricula in favor of organic learning and community experiences. Teaching math while picking dandelions, sounding out words while at a local diner, visiting galleries and museums, reading Charlotte's Web aloud every night. I think this is how kids learn best, at least in the early years.