A directory of ‘real’ educational resources for the liberty-minded household. This is a community driven directory, however Parents For Liberty has given each listing its stamp of approval. We encourage you to contribute, it’s free!
We use the term ‘school’ merely because this is a common expression. Home education directory is a more accurate description of this resource.
Our goal is to create the most useful home education directory on the internet.
Unschooling / Peaceful Parenting
Authentic Parenting is a blog about alternative parenting and green living. The blogger, Laura, posts various related articles with a focus on environmentally sound and healthy living, natural birth, and peaceful parenting. Laura currently lives in Liberia (native of Belgium) with her husband and two children. She is passionate about parenting, natural living, and unschooling. She also provides private parenting and unschooling mentoring services.
This is 5 part series in philosophical parenting by one of the most important minds of our time.
The Philosophy of Peaceful Parenting.
Free Range Learning presents eye-opening data about the meaning and importance of natural learning. This data-from neurologists, child development specialists, anthropologists, educators, historians and business innovators-turns many current assumptions about school-based education upside down. The book’s factual approach is balanced by quotes and stories from over 100 homeschoolers from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, India and Singapore. These parents and kids are the true authorities on alternative learning. Written for interested parents and educators, Free Range Learning will also encourage and excite those who want their children to have the benefits, but who are timid to approach homeschooling. This is the only book anyone needs to make the choice and start the process of homeschooling children, and is applicable for young people from pre-school through high school.
Studies indicate that adults who were homeschooled are:
*More likely to vote, volunteer and be involved in their communities than graduates of conventional schools.
*Read more books than average.
*More likely to have taken college level courses than the population as a whole.
*Tend to be independent and self-reliant. Free Range Learning presents the simple choice to homeschool as something much more significant than a homespun method of education. Weldon asks us to consider this choice as participation in a cultural shift toward redefining success; and as a form of collective intelligence with major implications for the future of education. Children are naturally “free range” learners, she says. They build knowledge and skills naturally, within the full spectrum of their daily lives, while observing, exploring and pursuing their interests. This book guides any parent or educator in assisting that process.
Free Range Learning demonstrates:
*that children and teens can best be nurtured outside of restrictive educational systems
*that we can restore what is heart-centered and meaningful back to a central place in education
*how networking with others enriches the learning experience for our kids
*how homeschooling has become a force of positive social change-making the community a better place for everyone.
Philosophical conversation that literally changed my life.
Digs in deep to the principles of Unschooling.
The Life Rocks! Conference is a gathering of conscious parents, radical unschoolers, organic, natural learning families and those wishing to explore a partnership parenting paradigm.
Parenting is supposed to be joyful, and it can be when we learn to connect with, rather than control, our children. We were raised in a different era, where the majority of the parenting focused on obedience and doing what we were told…Once you understand that there is a more respectful, fulfilling way to live in harmony with not only our children, but also with others, you are well on your way. Just learning that a new parenting paradigm exists is often the first step in someone’s journey to a new awakening.
We aim to provide a forum where we offer a glimpse into true human potential by bringing together inspiring people from all over the world who have created their lives fueled by their passions in a self-directed way. Our goal is to offer information and support through a multi-sensory experience that you will leave feeling empowered and enlightened.
Life Rocks! is not only a conference, it is a family vacation at an incredible resort and indoor waterpark located in one of the most popular vacation spots in the world – the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Love and Logic® provides simple and practical techniques to help parents
with kids of all ages:
•Raise responsible kids
• Have more fun in their role
• Easily and immediately (first use) change their children’s behavior
Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. It is the approach of choice among leading educators, parents, and other professionals worldwide.
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A great collection of posts gathered mostly from an unschooling discussion list. There are many examples from parents of situations in which they are learning to parent peacefully and how unschooling is a big part of that paradigm shift for them.
There are also many other useful links on this page.
A must-read for those wanting to teach their children to be respectful of religions while teaching them from a purely secular standpoint.
From the back cover:
As a freethinking parent, you face a unique set of challenges in raising children without religious guidance. How will you help them understand issues like death, sexuality, morality, and religion itself, all while encouraging them to think for themselves?
Dale McGowan’s popular and compassionate guide Parenting Beyond Belief was the first comprehensive book to offer a general philosophy of nonreligious parenting. Raising Freethinkers is a practical sequel, providing specific answers to common questions and more than 100 activities for parents and their children. Raising Freethinkers covers every topic nonreligious parents need to know to help their children with their own moral, intellectual, and emotional development, including sound advice on religious-extended-family issues, death and life, secular celebrations, wondering and questioning, and more. Here parents will discover practical and effective ways to:
- Help children achieve religious literacy without indoctrination
- Explore life’s meaning and purpose
- Promote a healthy perspective on sexuality and body image
- Encourage ravenous curiosity
- Help kids come to terms with death and loss
- Find and create community
Complete with reviews of books, DVDs, curricula, educational toys, and online resources relevant to each chapter topic, Raising Freethinkers helps nonreligious parents raise their children with confidence.
To Unschoolers, Learning Is As Natural As Breathing
Did you know that a growing percentage of home schoolers are becoming unschoolers? The unschooling movement is founded on the principle that children learn best when they pursue their own natural curiosities and interests. Without bells, schedules, and rules about what to do and when, the knowledge they gain through mindful living and exploration is absorbed more easily and enthusiastically. Learning is a natural, inborn impulse, and the world is rich with lessons to be learned and puzzles to be solved.
Successful unschooling parents know how to stimulate and direct their children’s learning impulse. Once you read this book, so will you!
Unschooling isn’t a technique – it’s living and learning naturally, lovingly, and respectfully together.
The Unschooling Unmanual features 11 essays by 8 writers: Nanda Van Gestel, Jan Hunt, Daniel Quinn, Rue Kream, Kim Houssenloge, Earl Stevens, and Mary Van Doren.
Through engaging personal stories, examples, and essays, the writers offer inspiration and encouragement for seasoned and prospective unschoolers alike.
”A concise, readable and accessible manifesto for natural learning and trust in children, The Unschooling Unmanual brings together contributions from eight authors in eleven very readable essays. The Unmanual is a great introduction to learning and unschooling for people coming from an educational perspective… at the same time it can be an invaluable confidence booster for people already on an unschooling journey.” – Arun Pradhan, The Parenting Pit
”The Unschooling Unmanual is a unique and empowering book about the growing trend of unschooling. It is the book to give to doubtful or fearing partners and family as well as anyone considering or interested in this life.” – Dayna Martin, Unschooling America