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Big List of Unschooling and Natural Learning Books

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  • How Children Fail, John Holt
  • How Children Learn, John Holt
  • Learning in the Absence of Education, Beverley Paine
  • Natural Learning (booklet), Beverley Paine
  • Natural Learning Answers, Beverley Paine
  • Free Range Learning, Laura Weldon
  • Moving a Puddle, Sandra Dodd
  • Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education, Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko
  • And the Skylark Sings to Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education, David H Albert
  • How Children Learn at Home, Alan Thomas
  • Guerilla Learning, Amy Silver and Grace Llewellyn
  • The Unschooling Unmanual, Jan Hunt and Nanda Van Gestel
  • Challenging Assumptions in Education, Wendy Priesnitz
  • Free Range Education How Home Education Works, Terri Dowty
  • The Unprocessed Child, Living Without School, Valerie Fitzenreiter
  • Bound to be Free, Jan Fortune Wood
  • Educating Children At Home, Alan Thomas
  • Those Unschooled Minds, Julie Webb
  • Doing it their way, Jan Fortune Wood
  • Big Book of Unschooling, Sandra Dodd
  • Radical Unschooling - a Revolution has Begun, Dayna Martin
  • Fortune Wood, Jan. With Consent: parenting for all to win
  • The Continuum Concept, Jean Leidloff
  • Free to Learn: Five ideas for a joyful unschooling life, Pam Laricchia
  • Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School, Grace Llewellyn
  • The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education, Grace Llewellyn
  • Unconditional Parenting, Alfie Kohn,
  • The Unschooled Mind, Howard Gardner.
  • The Natural Child, Jan Hunt
  • Instead of Education, John Holt
  • Free to Live, by Pam Laricchia
  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, John Taylor Gatto
  • Live Love Learn, Csilla Tottszer
  • Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery: A Journey of Original Seeking, David H Albert
  • Homeschooling For Excellence, David and Micki Colfax
  • Parenting a Free Child - an Unschooled Life, Rue Kream
  • Beyond Schooling : Building Communities Where Learning Really Matters, Gatto, John Taylor & Hamza Yusuf Hanson.
  • Unschooling, Sara McGrath
  • The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom, Griffith, Mary
  • The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies That Befell Me Thereafter, Hailey, Kendall
  • Self University, Hayes, Charles D
  • Deschooling Our Lives, Hern, Matt
  • Magical Child, J Chilton Pearce
  • Escape from Childhood; the needs and rights of children, John Holt
  • Learning All the Time, John Holt
  • Honey for a Child's Heart, Hunt, Gladys
  • Deschooling Society, llich, Ivan
  • Better than College, Blake Boles
  • Trust the Children, Kealoha, Anna
  • Free to Learn, Peter Gray
  • Never Too Late, John Holt
  • Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Taylor Gatto
  • Gifted Education Comes Home: A Case for Self-Directed Homeschooling, Rivero, Lisa
  • Unschooling Rules, Clark Aldridge
  • Punished By Rewards, Alfie Kohn
  • No Contest, Alfie Kohn
  • I Learn Better by Teaching Myself, Leistico, Agnes.
  • For the Children's Sake, Sheffer, Susannah
  • A Life Worth Living : The Selected Letters of John Holt, Sheffer, Susannah.
  • The Simplicity of Homeschooling: Discover the Freedom of Learning Through Living, Goodchild, Vicki and Goodchild, Jack.
  • Summerhill, a New View of Childhood, AS Neill
  • Leistico, Agnes. Still Teaching Ourselves
  • McKee, Alison. Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves
  • The Freethinker's Pocket Directory to the Educational Universe, Meighan, Roland
  • Meighan, Roland John Holt, Meighan, Roland
  • Meighan, Roland. Learning Unlimited, Meighan, Roland
  • The Next Learning System, Meighan, Roland
  • Theory and Practice of Regressive Education, Meighan, Roland
  • Natural Learning and the Natural Learning Curriculum, Meighan, Roland
  • Creating Learning Communities, Ron Miller (Ed)
  • Unschooling Kelly, John McEwan


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We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine


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