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.

Here are some recommendations,but you'll find many more stories just by browsing the GWS Issue Archives.

On Learning Through Fantasy Play, GWS 64.

Related books:

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

Peter Gray's Freeedom 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, GWS 76

See GWS on Older Readers for many more such stories.

Related books:

Educating Children at Home by Dr. Alan Thomas

How Children Learn at Home by Dr. Alan Thomas and Helen Pattison Buy now

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

On Responding to Children's Thoughts and Ideas: Interview with philosopher Gareth Matthews, GWS 75

Related books:

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

On Math, GWS 79

Related books:

Unschooling Math edited by Susannah Sheffer

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

On Testing, GWS 57

Related books:

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.

11-year-old homeschooler becomes an activist about Frankenfood instead of following the conventional school curriculum.

Earning Our Own Money: Homeschoolers 13 and under tell their stories.

The illustrations in this booklet are by 13-year-old Emily Linn, who also writes about how she earned money by giving harp lessons.

Open publication - Free publishing - More gws