UNSCHOOLING TO UNIVERSITY: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content. by Judy ArnallUNSCHOOLING TO UNIVERSITY: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content. by Judy Arnall

UNSCHOOLING TO UNIVERSITY: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content.

byJudy Arnall

Paperback | September 15, 2018

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School is one option for education; homeschooling is the second, and unschooling is the third.


Many parents are frustrated by the school system, perhaps because of bullying, crowded classrooms, and outdated, dull, online courses. Disengaged learners that have no say in their coerced curriculum tend to act out, tune out, or drop out. Education must change and unschooling is the fastest-growing alternative method of learning.


Two decades ago, students registered with their local school based on their house address. Now, with the internet, students are borderless. Learning can occur anywhere, anytime, anyway and from anyone—including self-taught.


Self-directing their education, unschoolers learn through:

  • Play                                                       
  • Projects
  • Reading
  • Volunteering
  • Video games
  • Sports
  • Mentorship
  • Travel
  • Life


This book explores the path of 30 unschooled children who self-directed all or part of their education and were accepted by universities, colleges, and other postsecondary schools. Most have already graduated.


What children need most are close relationships-parents, teachers, siblings, relatives, coaches, and mentors within a wider community, not just within an institutional school. Educational content is everywhere. Caring relationships are not.


Families that embrace unschooling, do not have to choose between a quality education and a relaxed, connected family lifestyle. They can have both.

Judy Arnall, BA, DTM, is a certified child development expert, keynote speaker and master of non-punative parenting and education practices. She is the bestselling author of four print books that have been translated into five languages. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Title:UNSCHOOLING TO UNIVERSITY: Relationships matter most in a world crammed with content.Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 15, 2018Publisher:Professional Parenting CanadaLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part 1 What is Unschooling?
Chapter 1 The problem

Chapter 2 The solution

Chapter 3 What unschooling is and is not

Chapter 4 Play

Chapter 5 Free schools

Part 2 Why Unschool?
Chapter 6 History of education

Chapter 7 Academic benefits

Chapter 8 Social benefits

Chapter 9 Emotional benefits

Chapter 10 Physical benefits

Chapter 11 Societal benefits

Part 3 How to Unschool
Chapter 12 Adult

Chapter 13 Resources

Chapter 14 Unstructured time

Chapter 15 Assessment

Part 4 Unschooling and Child Development
Chapter 16 Brain basics

Chapter 17 Babies, toddlers and preschoolers Ages 0-5

Chapter 18 Elementary years Ages 6-11

Chapter 19 Junior high years Ages 12-14

Chapter 20 High school years Ages 15-18

Chapter 21 Post-secondary years Ages 19-25

Editorial Reviews

Advance Praise for Unschooling To University

“Concise parenting advice that presents alternative ways to help children grow, learn, and get into college or work. Arnall's stage-by-stage descriptions, supporting documentation, and personal stories create a useful handbook for families interested in self-directed education.” — Patrick Farenga, John Holt/Growing Without Schooling