Life through the Lens of Unschooling: A Living Joyfully Companion
As more and more parents challenge the assumptions of the school system, their curiosity about unschooling grows, and often one of their burning questions is:
What does day-to-day life look like for an unschooling family?
Pam Laricchia has been unschooling her three children for over a decade. Life through the Lens of Unschooling, like day-to-day life, meanders here and there, covering a wide array of topics. You’ll find essays tackling everything from learning to read to visiting relatives, all organized around nine key words that have been woven into the fabric of their unschooling lives: deschooling, learning, days, parenting, relationships, family, lifestyle, unconventional, and perspective. The theme is life; the lens—unschooling.
Drawn from her popular blog at livingjoyfully.ca, imagine this book accompanying you, a joyful companion on your unschooling journey, as you dig deeper into your understanding of unschooling and what it might look like day-to-day in your family.
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Table of Contents
chapter one: deschooling
Some ideas to consider as you begin your journey to unschooling.
What to Do instead of School
Do Classes Hinder Deschooling?
Shifting Philosophically to Unschooling
Don’t Get Complacent about Unschooling
chapter two: learning
What does learning look like in an unschooling family?
Unschooling Doesn’t Look like School at All
Learning to Read without Lessons
Learning to Write Is about Communicating
Math Is more than Arithmetic
What Does Lifelong Learning Look Like?
chapter three: days
What might unschooling days look like and why?
“What Will I Do Today?”
Unschooling Days: Inside the Nest
Unschooling Days: Out in the World
“Who Am I and What Makes Me Tick?”
Raising Children and Developing Character
Exploring Organized Activities
chapter four: parenting
Let’s talk about the kind of parenting that supports unschooling.
Attachment Parenting Flows into Unschooling
Transitioning to Unschooling with Young Children
Unschooling and the Power Paradigm
How Do You Measure “Fair”?
Communication instead of Discipline
A Bigger Picture: The Transition from Childhood to Adolescence
Teens Reap what Their Parents Sow
chapter five: relationships
What do relationships look like through the lens of unschooling?
The World of Siblings and Unschooling
Building Strong Relationships with Your Kids
Online Connections: Do They Count?
Five Unconventional Ideas about Relationships with Teens
chapter six: family
Looking at unschooling from the perspective of the family.
Are You Playing the Role of “Mother”?
The Unschooling Family: Considering Everyone’s Needs
Life with Children
What’s behind a Typical Unschooling Day?
Enjoying Visits with Extended Family
Supporting Our Kids’ Relationships with Their Relatives
When Negative Relatives Won’t Let Go
chapter seven: lifestyle
Musings on unschooling as a lifestyle.
Why Choice is Key in Learning Life Skills
Unschooling with Strong Beliefs
Chores for Cash — A Fair Exchange?
How Does Your Child Like to Learn?
Think, Think, Think …
Supporting Our Unschooling Children
Learning Is Learning No Matter Your Age
chapter eight: unconventional
Unschooling is decidedly unconventional.
“Learn to Say No or You’ll Spoil Your Child”
“If You’re Bored, I’ll Give You Something to Do”
“You Have to Limit Screen Time”
“Video Games Are Making Children Violent”
Chores and an Unschooling Childhood
How Do Unschooling Children Learn How to Act in Society?
What about College?
chapter nine: perspective
Some of the ways my perspective on things has grown through unschooling.
Unschooling Grows Far beyond “Not School”
A Positive Outlook Isn’t Turning a Blind Eye
A Lifetime of Living and Learning
What Makes a Successful Life?
Mindfulness and Unschooling
“I Can Read, You Know!”
All I Need to Know I Learned from Video Games
Walks the Walk
“Pam Laricchia has been unschooling for years and writes a blog, and another book about it too. She knows of what she speaks. She is really informative and helpful, and I highly recommend her new book. Her book is helpful and inspiring, and I hope that many people decide to go ahead and read it, because it can make so much of a difference when your children truly understand the power of freedom in their lives. We live in a culture that has so many random schooling rules that infect the adults supervising children these days, and while that may not be our fault (as toxic adults, like ME for one) it is up to us to educate ourselves and learn to be better parents so that our children can truly thrive. This book is meaty and funny and enjoyable and helps me learn to relax more and let my son lead the way. Thank you Ms. Laricchia!” ~ Amazon review
“I finished Life through the Lens of Unschooling the other day. It is terrific! I feel with minimal editing it could be a beautiful general parenting book, whether or not the kids end up in government schools. Certainly I’ve been recommending it to people left, right, and centre!” ~ reader by email
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