Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday #25: “Unschooling Rules” by Clark Aldrich

Best Nonfiction Book - Unschooling Rules

Dear kids,

Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich sn’t just about unschooling. It’s about all kinds of teaching situations—about the art of learning through exploration. What could be more inspiring than that?

Unschooling is the term commonly used to describe a way of homeschooling that is highly play-based and child-led—what some would call “organic” learning. Unschooled kids don’t do worksheets, and may or may not attend formal classes. They just do things and learn along the way.

The rules:

  • Do what you love.
  • Use microcosms as much as possible.
  • Use internships.
  • Embrace all technologies.
  • Excel is awesome for math.
  • Formally learn only what will be reinforced in the next 14 days.
  • Explore first. Play second. Teach third.
  • Only work on one or two subjects per day.
  • Keep a focused journal.
  • Underschedule.
  • Play outside.



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  1. There is a Buddhist expression, “When the student is ready the teacher appears.” We are in the process of deciding to homeschool my granddaughter. I have been learning about unschooling, then your blog piece appeared. I ordered the book on Amazon. Thank you!

    1. Aw, so cool! READ JOHN HOLT, TOO!!!! Anything by him. You will be hooked.

      I do a traditional curriculum, too, with my kids, but only for a small part of the day.


    2. What do you think of the book(s) on homeschooling? Once I started down that rabbit hole, I was hooked. So much to read and so much encouragement out there. My son is five and so far, it’s easy. I would miss him if he was gone all day, anyway.