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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

My Favourite Books for Christian Unschoolers

I thought I would share with you a few of the books that have greatly encouraged, challenged, and inspired me to the freedom of the unschooling/delight-led learning life we're on. My hope is that if you need building up or are looking for other Christian families experiences with unschooling, these books will be a resource for you.

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Christian Unschooling: Growing Your Children in the Freedom of Christ {Teri J Brown}




This was my first ever discovery of a Christian unschooling book and I think it was exactly right for when I was curious about the whole idea, but very influenced by my own misconceptions and presumptions. It is a book that goes into great depth, but gives a good overall idea about the Christian and unschooling, as well as other mother's experiences, thoughts, and day-in-the-life. I'm currently re-reading it and it is a wonderful refresher. My score: 3.5/5

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn {Julie Polanco}




I have never liked the title of this book as anything that seems to present itself as a 'biblical authority' on a issue that isn't clear-cut makes me deeply skeptical. So, hear me when I say that I don't think that unschooling is the right and only way to educate our children! That being said, this book really is excellent. Julie shares with us her own journey with her children - which sounds just like my own journey! I really appreciated how Scripture and characters of the Bible influenced her decisions as well as how she gave recommendations on the different stages of childhood. My score: 4/5

Homeschooling With Gentleness: A Catholic Discovers Unschooling {Suzie Andres}




It took me a long time to finally buy this wee book. I'm not sure whether it was because I am not Catholic or whether I thought I had read too many homeschooling books! But I remember, as I read it a year ago, it felt like coming home. Suzie explains unschooling and the complications we could have as Christians with it, and both brings peace to the heart and a laugh to the soul. I will forever be thankful for Suze Andres because I truly believe both her books changed me as a homeschooling mother. My score: 4.5/5

A Little Way Homeschooling: Thirteen Families Discover Catholic Unschooling {Suzie Andres}




I thought Suzie couldn't get better - but she did! Humble, quiet, and a little way is how she describes unschooling with her children, with encouragements drawn from the life of St Therese. She shows that home education doesn't have to be a burden or a weight, but with unschooling, it can be a life that lifts one upwards. What built on this beautiful beginning was the thirteen mothers who shared their journey with unschooling in honest and encouraging ways. To me, it showed that unschooling is not a one-fit methodology. To say that there is only 'one right way' to unschool is against it's very meaning, and the variety of unschooling experiences in this book just shows that. It doesn't matter if you are not Catholic, this is an encouraging and uplifting book for all Christians. My score: 5/5


If you have been thinking about unschooling, but don't think a Christian can do it, let me encourage you: Yes, you can! If it seems that God is leading you down that path (into whatever aspect of the spectrum), follow Him! It really is scary and unnerving and takes an enormous amount of deschooling for you, as the mother. Trust me. I am still on that path! But the fruit I have seen in my children, in me, and in our connection together - it truly is wonderful. And these books have helped that so much. I hope they bless you, too.

6 comments:

  1. I so agree! Deschooling from my own baggage as a mother has been the most challenging part :) One of the books that really helped me, while completely secular, is called Sage Homeschooling by Rachel Rainbolt. Thanks for sharing these great resources!

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    1. I have heard of Sage Homeschool - how did you find it, particularly from a secular point of view? I loved John Holt's works and didn't find them hard to line up with a biblical view of the world.

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  2. Wow, this looks like a great list of books! I am going to have to check these out!

    Thanks for linking up @LiveLifeWell!

    Blessings,

    Amy

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    1. I hope you do, they really are encouraging and help your homeschooling-mama heart relax and rest - our children will be okay!

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  3. Thanks for linking up at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 40!

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  4. Sounds like a great list of resources for "unschooling" parents! I loved my time as an unconditional homeschooling mom. Thanks for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 40

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