My BIG Page of Unschooling Resources

Unschooling and Education Basics

My Unschooling Blog Posts

There are posts about unschooling and education on my Unschooling Pinterest Board and Education Pinterest Board:


Unschooling / Homeschooling Blogs and Websites

These are some of the unschooling places I like to visit.

Stories of an Unschooling Family: My blog, of course! Unschooling, gentle parenting, and family life

Joyfully RejoycingGetting started with unschooling? Digging deeper into radical unschooling? Here is a collection of my answers to the most common questions asked about Radical Unschooling.

Sandra Dodd: Learning for fun is the best way to learn, and to live. I have gathered much and written some to inspire you to revel in your own learning, in your children’s learning, and in your friends’ curiosity and happiness in the face of a world of information!

The Educating Parent: Children learning and living naturally at home and in the community

Laura Grace Weldon: Free range learning, creative living, gentle encouragement, big questions, poetry. occasional drollery

Unschooling Mom2Mom: Your children. Their learning. Your relationship with them. Things that really matter.

Navigating By Joy: Learning, laughing and loving together

Living Joyfully With Unschooling: … an online home for engaged parents choosing to live joyfully with their children through unschooling

Living the Education Revolution: We are a family of educational revolutionaries; Free-Range Learners, Unschoolers, Life Learners, World Schoolers, Democratic Learners, we embrace all and none of these labels. We are on a journey to be free and have a lot of fun on the way!

Happiness is Here: … where I share about our life of living and learning together, and my passion for natural learning and respectful parenting

Racheous: Respectful learning and parenting

Unschooling the Kids: We are all pretty much crazy in a very good way. It all of course depends on your perspective…..

Ben Hewitt: Adventures in parenting off the beaten track, unschooling, and reconnecting with the natural world

Homeschooling without Training Wheels: Homeschool freedom and other free-wheelin’ fun

Unschool Me: UnschoolMe is an evolution.  What started as a simple blog is now growing into an online community for unschoolers.  We believe the unschooling world needs a place to unite us so that we can share the goodness of what we do and believe in.  We hope you will join us on the journey.

Natural Medley: … an unschooling Mum of two boys 11 and 14. I adore creating anything from painting, to poetry, to singing, to sewing and decorating. I can be quiet until I know you, and then loud! I like to philosophise about life, and shop secondhand and handmade wherever and whenever possible.

Jitterberry: Intentional living

Angelic Scalliwags: Homeschooling to give our children roots to ground them and wings to help them fly

Clean: ... blogging about peaceful parenting, simplicity, homeschooling, food preservation, and crafting of all sorts.


Unschooling Podcasts

Stories of an Unschooling Family: In this podcast, I share the LOVE and JOY of living an unschooling and gentle parenting way of life. I ponder ideas while telling family stories, chat to my unschoolers, and share strewing resources. Please join me!

Exploring Unschooling: Explore unschooling with Pam Laricchia, unschooling mom and author. Enjoy in-depth interviews with veteran unschooling parents sharing their family’s experience, dig into a wide range of unschooling topics with experienced guests, and get answers to listener questions in the Q&A episodes. Choosing to live and learn without school isn’t as intimidating as you might imagine. Children really do love learning when it’s driven by curiosity rather than curriculum, and the strong and trusting relationships that develop in unschooling families are priceless.

The Unschooling Life: What is unschooling? How does unschooling work? How can I be an unschooling parent – or a better unschooling parent? This podcast is for people who want to be peaceful and respectful parents. It is for people who think learning is a natural byproduct of being alive and being human. It is for people who want to play in the real world, and have more fun.

Fare of the Free Childis a biweekly podcast that aims to centralize black and brown people’s voices and experiences in discussions about unconventional parenting. With a particular interest in the self-directed education (aka unschooling) movement, Akilah S. Richards and special guest co-hosts will discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising liberated children of color in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

Off Trail Learning: Interviews with self-directed learners, innovative educators, and young people blazing their own paths through life. Formerly the Real Education Podcast.

There are more podcasts on my Unschool / Homeschool Podcasts Pinterest Board:


Unschooling Books

I haven’t read all these books, but they look interesting so they might be worth taking a look at.

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John Holt

Suzie Andres

Sandra Dodd

Anthony and Lehla Eldridge-Rogers

Mary Griffith

Ben Hewitt

Peter Gray

Clark Aldrich

Grace Llewellyn

Blake Boles

Luminara King

Sara McGrath

Pam Laricchia

Laura Grace Weldon

Nanda Van Gestel and others

Lori McWilliam Pickert


Homeschool Record Keeping

 

Can we unschool if we have to fulfil homeschooling registration requirements? I have written blog posts, made videos and talked about this subject in my podcasts.

There are more ideas on my Homeschool Record Keeping and Registration Pinterest Board:


Key Learning Area Resources

Of course, unschooling isn’t divided into school subjects, but I have listed them in this way for record keeping purposes. Some of us have to prove our kids are learning the Key Learning Areas of the school syllabus in order to be legally registered as homeschoolers.

We have dipped into many of these resources, but not all of them. I have listed ones we like plus others that look like they could be interesting. Most of the descriptions were taken directly from the appropriate website.


Maths

Websites

Plus Magazine... living mathematics: Plus is an internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics… Plus provides articles and podcasts on any aspect of mathematics, covering topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport, a news section, showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of maths that never made it to the newspapers, reviews of popular maths books, and puzzles for you to sharpen your wits….

Wild Maths: Wild Maths is a collection of mathematical games, activities and stories, encouraging you to think creatively.

Nrich Maths: The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners.

Online Chart Tool: Charts are a great tool for communicating information visually. On Onlinecharttool.com you can design and share your own charts online and for free. We support a number of different chart types like: bar charts, pie charts, line charts, bubble charts and radar plots.

The Math DudeMath can be confusing and scary. But it doesn’t have to be! I’ll decode the mystery (and fear) behind all aspects of math, helping you make sense of the math in your life.

Which One Doesn’t Belong?  A website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn’t belong.

Math Pickle: A free online resource of original mathematical puzzles, games and unsolved problems

Stand Up Maths: Youtube: mathematics and stand-up. Occasionally while being filmed.

Numberphile: Youtube: Videos about numbers – it’s that simple.

Code by Math: A place for people to explore mathematics in the context of writing simple computer programs

A Brief History of Mathematics – podcast: Professor of Mathematics Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations and argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science

More or Less: Behind the Stats – podcast: Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us.

Yummy Math: engaging real world math activities

XP Math: XP Math features fun and educational math games for Grades 2-9

Mathematics in Movies: A collection of movie clips in which Mathematics appears

Murderous Maths: The books, the extra bits, games, hints, puzzles… they’re all here!

Cool Math Games: This is our brain-training site, for everyone, where logic & thinking meet fun & games. These games have no violence, no empty action, just a lot of challenges that will make you forget you’re getting a mental workout!

Maths Puzzles: A range of puzzles on this page, all with a mathematical connection, that are just waiting to be solved

Bedtime Math: Our mission is to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life.

Vi Hart –  Youtube, blog: Vi Hart likes triangles! AND APPLES!

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

Australian Bureau of Statistics: The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.


Books

Sydney Padua

Eugenia Cheng

Arthur Benjamin

Anna Weltman

Joan D’Amico and Karen Eich Drummond

Johnny Ball

Alex Bellos

Steve Richards

Denise Gaskins

Mama Jenn’s Living Math Books List

My Maths Blog Posts

There are more resources on my Unschool Maths Pinterest Board


English

Websites

Absolute Shakespeare: The essential resource for William Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets, poems, quotes, biography and the legendary Globe Theatre.

Grammarly blog

Oxford Dictionaries blog

Shmoop: Over 100,000 courses, test prep resources, and learning guides, armed with gallons of academic WD-40 to male learning easy and fun. Literature, Shakespeare, Poetry, Movies

Film Education

Shakespeare on FilmFeaturing resources on 13 of Shakespeare’s plays, from Romeo and Juliet to Titus Andronicus, the resources cover over 25 different filmed versions of his works.

Poetry Foundation

Australian Poetry Library

The Poetry Archive

NaNoWriMo: Write a novel in a month

NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers’ Program

Camp NaNoWriMo: Complete a writing project in a month

Audiobooks: Librivox

My English Blog Posts

There are more resources on my Unschool English Pinterest Board and Shakespeare Pinterest Board


Science

National Parks and Wildlife: NSW, Australia. Perhaps your local area has a similar organisation.

NSW Environment and Heritage: Again, there might be a similar government website for your home area.

Periodic Videos: Youtube – Your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. A video about each element on the periodic table. And we upload new videos every week about science news, interesting molecules and other stuff from the world of chemistry.

Ted Ed lessons on the Periodic Videos.

Sixty Symbols: Youtube – Cool videos about physics and astronomy.

Veritasium: Youtube – An element of truth – videos about science, education, and anything else I find interesting.

Periodic Table: podcast

BBC Science

Science News for Students: Science News for Students is an award-winning online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents and educators.

Science News: Credible science journalism is more important than ever.

ABC Science

What If? – Serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions.

PhET interactive simulations: Fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations.

Physics animations

Biology animations

Chemistry animations

Australia’s Science Channel: If it happens in science … you’ll find it here!

Science and Technology documentaries

Science videos

Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre: Explore the exhibits online by reading ‘How it Works’ and other information.

My Science Blog Posts

My free PDF ebook: Unschooling Science – Stories and Resources

There are more resources on my Unschool Science Pinterest Board:


Geography and History

Local newspapers are good sources for local history information. They also have stories about local environmental issues.

National Parks and Wildlife: NSW, Australia. Perhaps your local area has a similar organisation.

NSW Environment and Heritage: Again, there might be a similar government website for your home area.

BBC History

History videos

Google Earth: Go anywhere on any device for free.

VRROOM: Virtual Reading Room: Australia – National Archives of Australia

Nature and Environment documentaries

Travel and Adventure documentaries

Social Sciences documentaries

Australian Bureau of Statistics Lots of history and geography stories behind all the numbers.

My Geography and History Blog Posts

There are more resources on my Unschool Geography / History Pinterest Board:


Creative Arts

Art gallery and museum sites are wonderful sources of information.

Classics for KidsClassical music’s great composers come to life through music and stories.

Khan Academy Art History

The Google Art Project: is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail.

Arts documentaries

Art videos

National Gallery of Australia

There are more resources on my Creative Arts Pinterest Board and Creative Stuff Pinterest Board:


Computers / Coding / Animation

Computerphile: Youtube – Videos all about computers and computer stuff. Sister channel of Numberphile.

Computer Science for FunExplore how computer science is also about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.

CodecademyLearn to code interactively, for free.

Khan Academy Computer Programming

Pixar in a Boxis a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode.

PowtoonCreate animated videos and presentations.

ScratchCreate stories, games, and animations. Share with others around the world.

Gamestar MechanicLearn to design video games.

There are more resources on my Game Making / Coding / Animating Pinterest Board:


Current Affairs

Local newspapers are great sources of local history information.

Behind the News: Australia

Time for Kids

The Learning Network


All Subjects

ABC SplashFind resources…

Infocobuild documentaries

SBS On DemandWatch thousands of movies and TV shows all free.

Open LearnThe home of free learning from The Open University.

PBSPBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world.

PBS Learning Media

Kahn AcademyYou can learn anything. For free. For everyone. Forever.

Open CultureThe best free cultural and educational media on the web.

Learn Out LoudAudio and video learning.

Shmoop:  Over 100,000 courses, prep resources, and learning guides. (Aimed at school kids but a good resource for dipping into and using in our own way.)


Other Resources I Like

These resources aren’t directly unschooling ones, but they match my interests and I often pass on ideas from these sites to my children

Goins WriterBlog and podcast.

Michael HyattYour virtual mentor. Win at work. Succeed at life. Blog and podcast.

Problogger: is all about inspiring, teaching and supporting bloggers from around the world to create blogs that not only serve their readers and make the world a better place – but which build income streams for the bloggers behind them.

CopybloggerContent marketing mastery.

Laugh, Love, Learn: for children and parents with overexcitabilities

The Happiness Project: experiments in pursuit of happiness and good habits.

The Gentle Rebel: for introverts and highly sensitive people

Puttylike: for multipotentialites


I’ll be updating this page whenever I find something new to share.


 

 

This unschooling resources page is available as an easy-to-read PDF ebook. Please feel welcome to download a copy. I hope you find it useful!