By Leo Babauta; used by permission
This isn't a definitive guide -- I don't have the experience or knowledge to write that guide. Better people than I have written much more on the topic, and while I can't provide a comprehensive list, I will share some books and sites to get you started (many are from Eva and my sister Kat):
- Sandra Dodd – one of the first and best writers on unschooling.
- John Holt – another of the seminal writers on unschooling, a classic.
- A-Z Homeschooling – so many things for homeschoolers. So many.
- Khan Academy – amazing resource for learning all kinds of subjects.
- Open Culture – such a powerful collection of free learning resources, including a list of free online college courses, language learning, and so much more. Wow.
- Clickschooling – newsletter with links to learn about different learning topics.
- Schmoop – a fun way to learn literature, history and more.
- Reading Rants – blog by a librarian who gives reading suggestions for young adults.
- Free Rice – game for learning different subjects.
- YouTube – It's an interesting video site that you might not have heard of. But what an incredible resource for learning videos — learn French or Spanish, math raps, and much much more.
- Self-Made Scholar – free classes.
- Free-Range Kids – how to raise self-reliant children.
- The Sparkling Martins – for unschooling inspiration.
- Homeschoolers Guide to Getting Into College – it's not only possible, but very doable.
- Life Learning Magazine – on non-coercive, interest-based learning.
- Natural Child – learning to treat children with with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion.
- Joyfully Rejoicing – great overview of unschooling philosophy with more resources for learning more.
- Zinn Education Project – excellent resources for learning history, Howard Zinn style.
- Coursera – free online courses.
Leo Babauta is a simplicity blogger & author. He created Zen Habits, a Top 25 blog (according to TIME magazine) with 260,000 subscribers, mnmlist.com, and the best-selling books focus, The Power of Less, and Zen To Done.
Babauta is a former journalist of 18 years, a husband, father of six children, and in 2010 moved from Guam to San Francisco, where he leads a simple life.