1st Edition

This is Homeschooling Stories of Unconventional Learning Practices On the Road and In Nature

Edited By Katie Rybakova Mathews Copyright 2023
    180 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    180 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    180 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    The number of homeschooling families has grown in recent years, along with the number of methods for learning at home. In this timely book, you’ll meet diverse families that are engaging in the day-to-day work of a variety of approaches, including self-directed learning, unschooling, nature-based education, farmschooling, wildschooling, and worldschooling.

    Chapters and interludes are written by scholars and families engaged in this work, who show how their approaches take a balanced, slower-paced, and nature-minded approach to learning, nourishing the child’s heart and brain. They also address common critiques of homeschooling and show how it is something that can be normalized and encouraged as a positive educational tool, helping families bond and live life to the fullest. Each chapter includes practical applications you can use right away in your own journey.

    Simultaneously inspirational and practical, this book will help guide and motivate those who are either considering or already homeschooling to see the possibilities of what learning and education can truly be.

    Preface: A Battle Cry from the Homeschooling Community

    Chapter 1: From Structured to Stepping Back Ginny Yurich

    Chapter 2: The Greenhouse Effect Joel Salatin

    Chapter 3: A Unique Education: Unschooling to Adulthood Ben Riley & Gina Riley

    Chapter 4: The ParentChild Apprenticeship: Navigating Learning with Little to No Curriculum

    Katie Rybakova Mathews

    Chapter 5: Self-Directed Education: An Interview with Dr. Peter Gray Katie Rybakova Mathews

    Interlude: The Science Behind Nature-based Learning Michael R. Barnes

    Chapter 6: Wildschooling Nicolette Sowder

    Chapter 7: The Journey of a Soulful Artist Monet Poe

    Chapter 8: Weaving Unschooling and Forest Schooling in Australia: How it Works for Our Families Nicki Farrell & Vicci Oliver

    Chapter 9: A Balance of Screentime and "Green-time": An Interview with Linda McGurk Katie Rybakova Mathews

    Interlude: Shared Lessons for Democracy? Robert Kunzman

    Chapter 10: Trust in Your Journey: Lessons from a Worldschooling Family George Kaponay

    Chapter 11: The True Advantage of Worldschooling: Time Alyson Long

    Chapter 12: From Surfing to Schooling: There is More to Homeschool Than Worksheets

    Robyn Robledo

    Interlude: Mindfulness for Home Educators Hunter Clarke-Fields

    I Am Isabelle Robledo

    Conclusion Katie Rybakova Mathews


    Katie Rybakova Mathews is a city-turned-country girl with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida State University. She is an Associate Professor of Education at Thomas College and owns a homestead with her husband Eddie where they are raising two girls in the beautiful state of Maine along with Nigerian Dwarf goats and Salmon Faverolle chickens. Her expertise lies in literacy, technology, and young adult literature.

    With contributors Nicolette Sowder, Hunter Clarke-Fields, Joel Salatin, Robert Kunzman, Ginny Yurich, Gina Riley, Ben Riley, Robyn Robledo, Monet Poe, George Kaponay, Michael R. Barnes, Nicki Farrell, Vicci Oliver, and Alyson Long.