Resources

I’m going to be compiling a giant list of resources I love here. Know that this is really specific to the things I’m interested in and enjoy. It’s a work in progress, so some sections are currently not finished (nor will they ever be!). Also, recognize that these are only split up for the sake of organization and easy finding. Learning does not fit into categories!

About Unschooling:

Books:

  • The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewelyn
  • The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child’s Classroom by Mary Griffith
  • The Unschooling Unmanual by Nanda Van Gestel
  • Homeschooled Teens by Sue Patterson
  • What do I do Monday?(review) and anything else by John Holt

Blogs:

Note: There are a TON of other unschooling blogs and even more homeschooling blogs in general. But these are the only specifically unschooling blogs that I revisit regularly and really enjoy enjoy.

Websites:

Podcasts (here is the post where I mention the first three):

  • Stories of An Unschooling Family
  • Living Joyfully
  • The Unschooling Life
  • Fare of the Free Child
  • Off-Trail Learning (about education in general)

Overall:

  • Khan Academy:  I won’t talk here about this because I have detailed reviews in both this post and this post.
  • Edx: Edx is a website full of free courses from colleges all over the world. I’ve taken a few classes through the site and found them challenging and interesting.

English:

  • Goodreads: This is a great way to organize what you’ve read and want to read, in addition to having access to reviews and suggestions!

Math:

Books:

  • One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics by David Berlinski
  • Measurement by Paul Lockhart
  • Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife

Websites:

  • The Joy of Stats: This is a fascinating documentary about the history and applications of statistics.

Social Studies/History:

  • The History Shelf: This page lists different books and other media related to time periods going back to 0 CE. I love the way it’s set up in a timeline and I find it very easy to navigate. I believe this family is Christian, so just keep that in mind when checking out the selections.
  • World of Where: I’ve been interested and excited about geography for a long long time. And it’s all thanks to World of Where. This application is basically a geography quiz, but I found it astonishingly captivating as a child (I was the 9yr old who could place practically any country on the map and knew the provinces of Norway and Brazil) and I still do today. You have the option of testing yourself based on countries in a given continent or the states/provinces of various countries, plus the physical worlds for each continent.

 

Science:

  • Geniverse: A computer game designed to teach genetics and biology. I’ve explored it a little and found it fairly interesting and not as blatantly taught as I expected it to be. There are some other games made by the same company but I haven’t tried any of them. I found that you need to create a “teacher” account to make this work, but a parent or just someone else can do that in only a few minutes.

 

Languages:

Books:

  • Origin of Human Communications by Michael Tomasello
  • Lingo: A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe by Gaston Dorren
  • The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language by John McWhorter

Websites: