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Product Details

  • Paperback: 91 pages
  • Publisher: The Natural Child Project; 1 edition (February 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968575455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968575451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Hunt is a parenting counselor and the author of The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart and the children's picture book A Gift for Baby. She is the Director of The Natural Child Project at naturalchild.org and a conference speaker. Her son Jason, the co-editor and designer of this book, has unschooled from the beginning. Jan and her son live in Sunriver, Oregon.

More About the Author

Jan Hunt, M.Sc. Counseling Psychology, is the Director of the Natural Child Project (www.naturalchild.org), a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and a member of the Advisory Board for Holistic Moms Network and Attachment Parenting Intl. Her son Jason unschooled from the beginning with a learner-directed approach.

Jan is available for parenting and unschooling telephone counseling worldwide. For information visit http://www.naturalchild.org/counseling/.

PUBLISHED WORKS

The Unschooling Unmanual (The Natural Child Project, 2009)

A Gift for Baby (The Natural Child Project, 2005)

The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart (New Society, December 2001)

"Ten Reasons Not to Hit Your Kids", Appendix D in Alice Miller's Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, (New York: Dutton, 1991).

Newspaper column: The Natural Child: Parenting and Education that Respects Children, 1989-1998.

"Ten Reasons to Respond to a Crying Child", Empathic Parenting, Journal of the CSPCC, Summer 1996, pp. 7-8.

PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

"I consider Jan Hunt's writing as exceptionally clear, based on facts, and coming out of her own experience. Parents rarely find in the press the essential, precious information her work could give them. I very much hope that her strong voice will become more and more known in the world through her lucid, well-informed writing." - Dr. Alice Miller, author of Breaking Down the Wall of Silence and Thou Shalt Not Be Aware

"Jan Hunt is a most diligent, energetic, and well-informed person with regard to children's issues. She is one of the few people who understands and can write about the real needs of children as opposed to the rationalized needs of parents in relation to their children. Moreover, she can do this in an engaging fashion that does not put parents off. For the sake of children everywhere, I hope that her Internet columns are widely read and taken to heart." - Dr. Elliott Barker, Director, Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

"Jan's writing is insightful, carefully thought out, wonderfully readable, and very useful. I wish for her writing to have as large an audience as possible. Adults all over the world need to hear the ideas she expresses so well." - Rick Lahrson, Executive Director, The Kids' Project

Customer Reviews

I have recommended this book to all my family and friends.
Sean Jagodzinski
It is great for people just starting to homeschool, or those, like me, who have been doing it for a while, and just are interested in new ideas!
Anna C. Curry
The Unschooling Unmanual is extremely easy to read and is not too lengthy for the non-reader.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By CR on January 21, 2009
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I started unschooling my son this year and have faced more well meaning people who think I'm ruining my son's education than I could have ever expected. Public school teachers, grandparents, childless friends, etc. all seem to think that the only effective way for a child to learn is to sit still for hours at a time and be force fed information. That might work for some people, but others find more to learn from being free to ask questions, make mistakes and explore the world around them on their own time.

This book is a welcome reassurance that we're on the right track in following our instincts, learning at our own pace and stretching our imaginations to reach beyond the limits of a public school education. Unschooling may not be for everyone (my other child is still in public school and happy with it for now), but for those of us who just need an emotional boost now and then, reading a short essay or two from this collection will do wonders.

Not exactly a manual or even a guide book (because unschooling isn't about rules), this little tome is a pick-me-up and a love letter to families who seek to learn from the world around them, not just a text book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Goldstein on April 8, 2010
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This book is a collection of writings from different authors -- parents and/or educational philosophers -- that each illuminate a different facet of the reality of an unschooling lifestyle. I have read the The Unschooling Handbook, which I found to be adequate but simultaneously disquieting (because some of the parents seemed to be so 'hands-off' as to be bordering on neglect), and Radical Unschooling, which clarified my own approach to unschooling by demonstrating what I was not comfortable doing (the 'radical' portion of Radical Unschooling involves allowing children to make all their own decisions... not just around what they want to learn, but also when they sleep, what they eat, how much and what television they watch, how much and which video games they play... and I think that ventures from 'unschooling' into 'unparenting'). I also read Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves, which I found to be very helpful as one family's journey into unschooling, however this book offers more and varied experiences.

Unschooling, at its best with involved, flexible, interested parents, allows children to grow and develop into their own unique, passionate, entire selves, and this book helps to see how that is possible.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Polikowsky on July 12, 2008
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This book will make parents that have been unschooling long or parents that are new to the concept to feel confident in what they are doing.
Its great for spouses that may not be totally on board, or grandparents that have lots of questions.
Its the kind of book to re-read when you need a confidence boost of have any doubts creeping up.
Its a must for new unschoolers and a great read for "old" unschoolers.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Martin on July 17, 2008
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My wife offered me the "Unschooling Unmanual" to check out a few months ago. At first I thought, "Oh no, not another book that will take me forever to get through." Once I opened it and started reading it though, I was so suprised that it was such an easy read. I loved how it has different essays so you can read one each day if you want. I learned so much from this book in such a short amount of time.
If you are unsure about Unschooling and parenting without punishments you have to read this book. It helped me so much as a father to understanding Unschooling from so many different perspectives.
I never thought I would be the type of person to recommend a parenting book to someone, but this book is the one I tell all of my Dad-buddies about. It really helped me "Get it" on a deeper level.

Joe Martin
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Smyth on July 8, 2008
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This book is just fantastic. It is a collection of articles and ideas and insights. It is wonderful to read and just reminds you that what you are doing is truely the best. I just love the ideas and the power behind this book. I would even recommend it to people who have not a clue about unschooling. Easy - fast read and a must.......
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julie L. Rogers on June 26, 2009
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The book is a treasure for those that are seeking a path to learning that is from the heart. Many of us have had our internal voice let us know that the path most traveled does not feel right when it comes to our children's education but we often don't know what to do. I know I studied many different educational methods before I found unschooling. When I did, I not only felt at home, but at peace. In these essays, you will hear from many parents who explain what unschooling means to them. You will learn that trusting your child and providing loving support are some of the most important components to creating a natural love of learning. My daughter is 6 1/2 and I continue to be amazed with her ability to connect with people of all ages. I believe by living we learn about life's greatest lessons. I've learned that I have much to learn from my children. It's an exciting adventure not only for your children, but your whole family. You will grow together and become closer as a family. Enjoy this book. It's a gem.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anna C. Curry on December 12, 2008
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I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I homeschool five children and have used a number of methods in our home to teach them with, and I find that unschooling and giving your children the freedom to explore and learn is wonderful. This book is very insightful, and short for those of us who don't have tons of time on our hands to read a lengthy book! It is great for people just starting to homeschool, or those, like me, who have been doing it for a while, and just are interested in new ideas!
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