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.
Here are some recommendations,but you'll find many more stories just by browsing the GWS Issue Archives.
Child's Work: Taking Children's Choices Seriously by Nancy Wallace Buy now
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. Buy now
The Self-Respecting Child by Alison Stallibrass. Foreword by John Holt. Buy now
Free at Last by Dan Greenberg and Mimsy Sadofsky Buy now
American Journal of Play, Spring 2011. A special edition devoted to children's free play and edited by Peter Gray.
See GWS on Older Readers for many more such stories.
Educating Children at Home by Dr. Alan Thomas
Better Late Than Early, Raymond and Dorothy Moore Buy now
Reading Without Nonsense, by Frank Smith Buy now
Joining the Literacy Club by Frank Smith Buy now
Philosophy and the Young Child by Gareth Matthews Buy now
The First Honest Book About Lies by Jodie Kithcner and mm Buy now
Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn Buy now
Anchor Math by Leslie Hart Buy now
Arithmetic Made Simple by Robert Belge Buy now
Elementary Algebra by Harold Jacobs Buy now
The I Hate Math Book by Linda Alison Buy now
Math by Kids by Susan Richman Buy now
The Math Kit: A three-dimensional tour through mathematics by Ron Van Der Meer & Bob Gardner Buy now
A Mathematical Mystery Tour by Mark Wahl Buy now
Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs Buy now
Insult to Intelligence by Frank Smith Buy now
In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong Buy now
National Center for Fair and Open Testing—A great source of information about the serious issues that surround testing.
Examples of what children learning at home and in their community do instead of school work.
The illustrations in this booklet are by 13-year-old Emily Linn, who also writes about how she earned money by giving harp lessons.