Unschooling Discussion Groups

Unschooling Discussion Groups

Want to talk about unschooling? Curious to find out how it works, or if it’s right choice for your family? Here’s a list of Colorado, nationwide and international discussion groups that do just that. They talk about the philosophy, share questions and doubts, celebrate successes and inspirations … and most importantly, provide sanity (and we could all use a little more of that).

I found my best bet was to be part of a local Colorado group for Mom’s Night Out and field trip stuff, while also being a member of an online community, to listen, and talk out our day-to-day challenges. I made many lifelong friends this way. I also found — much to my surprise — folks on these lists that lived close to me.

African American Unschoolers
Our group is for African-American Moms (and Dads!) who use the whole world as their child(ren)’s classroom. Unschoolers encounter math, science, reading, writing, art and history in the Real World because real living leads to real learning!

Unschooling parents are some of the most generous, interesting and resourceful people you will ever meet. All members are encouraged to post and share questions and experiences from their unschooling adventures!

Always Learning
How and why does unschooling work? What kind of parents and parenting does it take? What will help, and what will hinder?

This is a list for the examination of the philosophy of unschooling and attentive parenting and a place for sharing examined lives based on the principles underlying unschooling.

This is a moderated group, with trapdoors for the uncooperative. (Not moderated in the advance-approval way, but in the be-nice-to-play way. New members’ posts are moderated, and it’s good to read several dozen posts before jumping in.)

Colorado Unschooling
This Colorado unschooling list is to help people who are unschooling to be cognizant of Colorado homeschool law; share ideas to support our kids’ interests; to plan get-togethers to enhance understanding of unschooling (topic discussions).

“To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves … and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”
John Holt, “grandfather” of the unschooling movement, bestselling author of 10 books on natural learning

Radical Unschooling
This is a discussion and support group for Radical Unschoolers and those learning about this life.

Radical Unschooling is an evolution of our understanding about learning and the rights and respect of children. We are on the cusp of change and many people are looking for alternatives to the traditional schooling model. With Unschooling, we are reprioritizing. We are taking back our freedom and putting happiness, connection and family first!

The Radical Unschoolers’ List
This discussion list is for all families, regardless of religious affiliation, choosing to unschool. Unschooling is learning as a part of life. It allows the child to learn naturally, without adult-imposed “lessons”, schedules, or timelines. This list is to offer support, information, perspective, and enlightenment to anyone already unschooling or interested in unschooling.

Shine With Unschooling
This list is *for* radical unschoolers, those who have a grasp of it, those who want to walk in that direction. Here in this respectful community, we talk about the glories that radical unschooling brings into our family’s lives. We allow radical unschooling to stretch our minds and question everything we once thought to be true about life, learning, the world and ourSelves. Most of all, we talk about how radical unschooling allows our children to Shine oh so brightly.

PLEASE NOTE : There is a misconception that this is a special needs unschooling list. It is not. We celebrate ALL children.

The Unschooling List (UL)
Founded in 1995 by Diane Solbach and Cindy Englan Wentz (formerly Cindy Stanley), 2 Colorado unschooling moms, “The UL” was the very first online discussion list for unschoolers all over the world. It’s the place to discuss the whys and hows and worries, along with celebrating the joys, milestones and progress we’re making in unschooling our children, ourselves and our lives.

This is not a ‘radical unschooling’ list. We believe unschooling is based on the child’s choices and the family’s comfort level and circumstances. That might mean some structure or no structure, textbooks or no textbooks, workbooks or no workbooks. It includes the taking of classes, correspondence courses and private lessons. It allows for field trips, mentorships, jobs and volunteerism. It includes every learning opportunity out there and every person in the world. Come, join us!

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