Unschooling Resources

Our favorite homeschooling resources have already changed a ton since beginning our homeschooling journey in February 2012, and I’m sure they’ll continue to shift over the course of Ashar’s learning journey, especially as we near the end of what would be high-school years in public school. At the same time, I hope others who are on similar journeys find it useful to know what’s working for us right now.

If you really want to see the kinds of things we tend to do, check out the unschooled version of a 12th-grade-ish curriculum plan.

We did similar plans for our 11th-grade-ish year, our 10th-grade-ish year, our 9th-grade-ish year, our 8th-grade-ish year and our 7th-grade-ish year, as well.

Beyond that…

Unschooling resources we like

If you’re newer to Unschool RULES, maybe you’re wondering about this radical unschooling thing we do.

Here are a few posts that tell more about our lives!

Something I wrote in our earliest days of homeschooling, that still holds today:

We ARE informal.
We ARE trying to grab teaching and learning moments as they come.
We ARE letting Ashar make the decisions in as many cases as possible.
We ARE trying to find what works for us, and are willing to change as we go if something isn’t.
We ARE actively engaging with our kid and with the world around us.

We AREN’T using any “textbooks” at this point.
We AREN’T judgmental about other schooling approaches, including public school.
We AREN’T worried (well, at least not too much) about what goes into our portfolio at the end of the year.
We AREN’T comparing our days to what Ashar would have done in her former school.
We AREN’T experts.

I have to especially give credit to the Ask Pauline website, a compendium about homeschooling in Pennsylvania. I based the entirety of our “paperwork process” – removing Ashar from public school, filing our affidavit and objectives, having our objectives pre-approved because of Ashar’s IEP in public school, etc. – on material from that site. I found the book log and attendance log I’ve chosen to use there. If you’re homeschooling in PA, I highly recommend it.

This article, “Learning With Asperger’s: A Parent’s Perspective,” by Anita S. Charles, says a BUNCH of stuff I wish I was articulate enough to have said on my own. The reasoning in here is a HUGE part of why we homeschool – we want to work to Ashar’s strengths instead of constantly having her feel like he’s supposed to be “fixing” his supposed weaknesses.

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