Unschooling To University: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content

Unschooling To University: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content

by Judy L Arnall


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School is one option for education; homeschooling is the second, and unschooling is the third.

Many parents are frustrated by the school system, perhaps because of bullying, crowded classrooms, and outdated, dull, online courses. Disengaged learners that have no say in their coerced curriculum tend to act out, tune out, or drop out. Education must change and unschooling is the fastest-growing alternative method of learning.

Two decades ago, students registered with their local school based on their house address. Now, with the internet, students are borderless. Learning can occur anywhere, anytime, anyway and from anyone—including self-taught.

Self-directing their education, unschoolers learn through:

  • Play
  • Projects
  • Reading
  • Volunteering
  • Video games
  • Sports
  • Mentorship
  • Travel
  • Life

This book explores the path of 30 unschooled children who self-directed all or part of their education and were accepted by universities, colleges, and other postsecondary schools. Most have already graduated.

What children need most are close relationships-parents, teachers, siblings, relatives, coaches, and mentors within a wider community, not just within an institutional school. Educational content is everywhere. Caring relationships are not.

Families that embrace unschooling, do not have to choose between a quality education and a relaxed, connected family lifestyle. They can have both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978050993
Publisher: Judy Arnall
Publication date: 09/28/2018
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Judy Arnall, BA, CCFE, DTM is a certified brain and child development specialist and master of non-punitive parenting and education practices. She is the founder of Unschooling Canada Association and is the bestselling author of 5 print books translated into 5 languages, including Discipline Without Distress and Parenting With Patience. She has also compiled a handy tips book titled Attachment Parenting Tips Raising Toddlers To Teens. Her latest book, Unschooling To University: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content, is becoming a bestseller in an age of parents seeking educational options. She is the parent of 5 self-directed educated children of which 3 have already graduated university, 1 is halfway through, and 1 is enjoying a Masters program. She can be reached at http://www.professionalparenting.ca

Table of Contents

Part 1 What is Unschooling?

Chapter 1 The problem

Chapter 2 The solution

Chapter 3 What unschooling is and is not

Chapter 4 Play

Chapter 5 Free schools

Part 2 Why Unschool?

Chapter 6 History of education

Chapter 7 Academic benefits

Chapter 8 Social benefits

Chapter 9 Emotional benefits

Chapter 10 Physical benefits

Chapter 11 Societal benefits

Part 3 How to Unschool

Chapter 12 Adult

Chapter 13 Resources

Chapter 14 Unstructured time

Chapter 15 Assessment

Part 4 Unschooling and Child Development

Chapter 16 Brain basics

Chapter 17 Babies, toddlers and preschoolers Ages 0-5

Chapter 18 Elementary years Ages 6-11

Chapter 19 Junior high years Ages 12-14

Chapter 20 High school years Ages 15-18

Chapter 21 Post-secondary years Ages 19-25

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