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Are you considering home education? Are you curious about unschooling? The Unschooled Life combines personal storytelling with advice and guidance for any parent on a home education journey. In this book, Lizi Gambell tells how her eldest son became deeply unhappy at school, and how things transformed when they left the system and started to build their own learning life. Are you considering home education? Are you curious about unschooling? The Unschooled Life combines personal storytelling with advice and guidance for any parent on a home education journey. In this book, Lizi Gambell tells how her eldest son became deeply unhappy at school, and how things transformed when they left the system and started to build their own learning life. Lizi shares the ups and downs of this decision, including the process of confronting her own conditioning, and the wonder to be found in learning alongside her children. The Unschooled Life includes chapters on: - Developing your Education Philosophy - Juggling a family and work with self-care and wellbeing - Coping with other peoples’ questions and criticism - Tackling screen time and the lure of new technologies Using anecdotes from her own life, Lizi shows how a real family can develop a holistic approach to education and parenting, and live happily outside the box! Lizi is a remedial hypnotist, with a deep interest in the mind, self-confidence, and overcoming anxiety. In The Unschooled Life, she brings this unique perspective to the opportunities of unschooling.


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Are you considering home education? Are you curious about unschooling? The Unschooled Life combines personal storytelling with advice and guidance for any parent on a home education journey. In this book, Lizi Gambell tells how her eldest son became deeply unhappy at school, and how things transformed when they left the system and started to build their own learning life. Are you considering home education? Are you curious about unschooling? The Unschooled Life combines personal storytelling with advice and guidance for any parent on a home education journey. In this book, Lizi Gambell tells how her eldest son became deeply unhappy at school, and how things transformed when they left the system and started to build their own learning life. Lizi shares the ups and downs of this decision, including the process of confronting her own conditioning, and the wonder to be found in learning alongside her children. The Unschooled Life includes chapters on: - Developing your Education Philosophy - Juggling a family and work with self-care and wellbeing - Coping with other peoples’ questions and criticism - Tackling screen time and the lure of new technologies Using anecdotes from her own life, Lizi shows how a real family can develop a holistic approach to education and parenting, and live happily outside the box! Lizi is a remedial hypnotist, with a deep interest in the mind, self-confidence, and overcoming anxiety. In The Unschooled Life, she brings this unique perspective to the opportunities of unschooling.

43 review for The Unschooled Life: One Family's Home Education Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Musings of a Middle-aged Mum

    I was given a copy of this book for free, in exchange for an honest review. As someone who unschooled/s her child(ren), I was interested to read Lizi's take on it. If you are looking for a how-to of home education in general, this isn't the book for you. There just is not enough information about the technical side of where to start and who to contact (if indeed anybody) if you decide to home educate. There are some useful parts, but primarily this is a book about Lizi's personal journey. If you a I was given a copy of this book for free, in exchange for an honest review. As someone who unschooled/s her child(ren), I was interested to read Lizi's take on it. If you are looking for a how-to of home education in general, this isn't the book for you. There just is not enough information about the technical side of where to start and who to contact (if indeed anybody) if you decide to home educate. There are some useful parts, but primarily this is a book about Lizi's personal journey. If you are looking into unschooling, I would say this book is more useful. Unschooling is a sub-type of home education where you follow the child's interests and natural curiosity, rather than imposing a curriculum or formal work on them. This is what I did with my girls, allowing them the freedom to learn in their own way and own their own education. Though much of the book is about Lizi's approach to home educating her children, it is good to read a real life example of unschooling in action, and if you are concerned that this approach is neglectful or too hands-off, then this book will reassure you. The book itself is very easy to read. Lizi writes as if you're a friend, so it is informal in style, with plenty of anecdotes and stories that reiterate what she is saying. If unschooling is new to you, then I can see this book being an easy intro to the topic. At the end of the book, there are also plenty of 'further reading' to choose to dig deeper if you think unschooling would be right for you and your family. My main criticism of the book is the final topic on screens. As Lizi mentions that she follows Sandra Dodd and has read Sandra's Big Book of Unschooling, I was expecting Lizi to be considered a Radical or Whole-Life Unschooler, but the chapter on screens suggest that she is not as she does impose arbitrary limits (imo). Screens and various new technologies are not a problem. By giving children broad and various opportunities, they will self-regulate and learn loads whether using technology or otherwise. Am I a radical unschooler? Ideally I would be, however, we did implement bedtimes, after years of not having one, when my children were dancing more in the evenings and not recognising their own tiredness cues. I don't know if that technically makes me a not radical unschooler, but at my point in life I don't really care. Rather than Sandra Dodd, I tended to follow Joyce Fetterol's Joyfully Rejoycing and would recommend her to people looking to unschooling. Overall, this book shows the joy that Lizi has for her family and seeing her children learn naturally as part of an unschooling lifestyle. For people new to the idea of home education or unschooling, this lighthearted book will give you a positive, but realistic, view of how children can effectively learn outside the institution of school.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Braj

    This is a lovely book detailing the experience of the author's family in home education. You get to hear about the highs and lows and details of how it would work. There is no judgement that there is one way for everyone, but it made me wish that I had been in the position to go this route with my children. But it is not only a book about home education, it has great insights into how to raise well rounded children. It was an easy read and I highly recommend it. This is a lovely book detailing the experience of the author's family in home education. You get to hear about the highs and lows and details of how it would work. There is no judgement that there is one way for everyone, but it made me wish that I had been in the position to go this route with my children. But it is not only a book about home education, it has great insights into how to raise well rounded children. It was an easy read and I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne Stripeycat Newman

    Thank you soo much Lizi! This book was just what I needed to read right now. We were thinking about home schooling before the covid pandemic then were plunged into it. The time that has been afforded during lockdown has allowed us the chance to dream large. I'm both excited and nervous about what is to come but most of all I'm sure it is the right decision. Thank you for writing this wonderful book and for all the suggested reading. Thank you soo much Lizi! This book was just what I needed to read right now. We were thinking about home schooling before the covid pandemic then were plunged into it. The time that has been afforded during lockdown has allowed us the chance to dream large. I'm both excited and nervous about what is to come but most of all I'm sure it is the right decision. Thank you for writing this wonderful book and for all the suggested reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simon Woodhouse

    An honest and helpful guide to bringing up happy children Wonderful read on my plane journey. After seeing first hand how these 2 crazy people have embraced the home schooling of their 2 wonderful children, it is a testament to their hard work and determination to do better for their children. If you are thinking of going down the same path then this is a must-read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Allsop

    Brilliant and insightful! I am so glad this was the first book on the subject of home education that I read. The author has allayed my fears and I feel excited for the future. A true advocate for how home education can help your children to thrive and how you all benefit as a family. I highly recommend any parent considering home education, to read this book!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Great and easy to read. Agreed with lots of Lizi's points and opinions; just wished it was more in depth, I wanted to dive deeper into their lives and practices! Great and easy to read. Agreed with lots of Lizi's points and opinions; just wished it was more in depth, I wanted to dive deeper into their lives and practices!

  7. 4 out of 5

    LadyH37

    Really enjoyed the quick easy read. A lot of it really resonates with me and it’s always nice to come across others loving a similar lifestyle.

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