A free source of support and information about interest-based, learner-directed
education for all ages (also known as life learning,
unschooling, natural learning, and free-range learning). There
are hundreds of articles on this site, and more are being added
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The First Day of School - After the first day of
kindergarten, a mother struggles with seeing her child's misery, wonders why school is so bad, and
wonders if she is capable of homeschooling her daughter.
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A Life Learner's Path to College - An
unschooling mother describes how her life learning child’s interests
and passions formed the basis of a most excellent education
while providing a path to college acceptance and success.
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Un-Sanity: Five Daily Practices of Unstressed
Unschoolers - Five ways that one life learning family makes sure they are unstressed unschoolers,
ready to live and learn together
societal messages about the need for school.
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Reading Late - An unschooling mother trusted
her two young daughters to learn to read on their own, with a
lot of family reading aloud. They did learn, at the ages of nine and eleven,
and now they are adults who are prolific readers and writers.
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TED Talks, Young Geniuses, Overwhelm, and Extreme Admiration
- A life learning mom questions the conventional definition of success and her expectations
of her children as a result of unschooling community pressure.
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Raising Children in a Digital Age
- A former Waldorf teacher is guided by her son as she finds her way to raising children in a digital age,
knowing that disapproving of or banning her son's passion won't
develop trust in their relationship.
Life Learning Teens
of young children often wonder what unschooling looks like for
teens and young adults. Here are some profiles of adults who
learned without school, and articles by and about life learning
teens. You can read many more like this by checking out our
article index page.
Interview with a musician, age 24
A teen balances her life and learning
A 15-year-old writes about trust
Here at Life Learning Magazine, we
coined the term "life learning" to
describe a form of homeschooling that trusts and respects
children, and that avoids the trappings of school. Here are some
more articles that explore definitions. And check out our
definitions page for
even more on this topic.
Living As If School Doesn't Exist
Free-Range Learning: A Dialogue
John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto resigned from teaching because
he didn’t want to do any more harm to children. He has since
authored a number of books and is a frequent contributor to Life
Learning. Here are a few of those articles. You will find more on
articles index page.
We Need Experience More Than We Need Algebra
The Hall of Mirrors
Don't Worry About College
Trusting in children is one of the foundations of life learning. Here are some articles that illustrate what that means,
and what it looks like in practice. Visit our main articles index page to read many more articles
about why and how to trust children to learn and live autonomously.
Living and Learning Without Coercion
Fear of the TV Beast