"If school is about manipulative, power-based relationships between children and adults, life learning is about a team-based approach where everyone is heard and supported, and where children learn to make good choices and meet their own needs (and become "well educated" along the way). Free to Learn is an excellent guide to that goal."
- Wendy Priesnitz, editor of Life Learning Magazine
"Free to Learn is an elegant presentation of ideas that can help a family move from frustration to joy. For a family already involved in unschooling, the book can be a refresher and an inspiration to move ever nearer to the principles of parenting in this expansive way. It could be a great gift or loaner book for friends and relatives whose understandable fears and prejudices are keeping them from seeing the value of unschooling."
- Sandra Dodd, author of Sandra Dodd's Big Book of Unschooling
"Thanks to Pam Laricchia's book, Free to Learn, an exciting, crystal clear roadmap is now available to everyone who wants to understand unschooling, Her logical, concise and graceful writing is illuminating, as she walks you through the five ideas that will, no doubt, have you saying, "Yes! It just makes so much sense!" Be forewarned, however: fantastic things are waiting to happen when you shift away from the standard society-held paradigms!"
- Anne Ohman, unschooling mom, writer, conference speaker, and Shine with Unschooling list founder
About the Author
Pam Laricchia wants to live in a world where kids are treated as real people. And sleep is optional.
A long-time unschooling mom from Ontario, Canada--her kids left school in 2002 and are now grown--she writes regularly for The Natural Parent Magazine and has been published in Toronto Life, Life Learning Magazine, The Homeschooler, Our Schools / Our Selves, and the peer-reviewed Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning.
She's written three books about unschooling: Free to Learn, Free to Live, and Life through the Lens of Unschooling.
She also hosts the weekly podcast, Exploring Unschooling.
Join Pam to explore unschooling at livingjoyfully.ca.