Email Lists and Groups

These are some unschooling email lists.  Not every groupt will fit everyone.  Please read the description of the group you are interested in.  When/if you decide to subscribe, we recommend that you read for a few weeks and also read in the group archives to see if this yahoo list will be a good fit for you.  If not, look for another, they are all so different.

*DISCLAIMER* - The descriptions of each web site or Yahoo group have been copied directly from the home page. They do not represent the opinions, beliefs nor imply endorsement of NC Unschoolers leaders nor the designer of this web site.

Regional Groups

NC Unschoolers - As unschoolers we recognize that learning is a byproduct of living life. We respect our children, and trust that our children will learn everything they need to know through living their lives and following their passions. This group is created to support and connect unschoolers in North Carolina. If you are looking for support or advice about a certain curriculum, this is not the list for you.

Greenville Unschoolers - As unschoolers we understand a child's natural curiosity about the world around them. We trust that our children have interests that may last a day or a lifetime, and learn best about the world when allowed to explore these interests in their own time and in their own way. We enjoy exploring with and beside our children, acting as a trusted confidant, a source of in formation, and an ally in life.

This list is for discussion of all things unschooling and support for unschoolers in upstate South Carolina, and the surrounding area.

Asheville-Unschoolers - ASHEVILLE UNSCHOOLERS UNITE!!

Welcome to a great community of families in Western North Carolina who unschool... We believe learning is done best through simply living!

This group is for general unschooling discussion, as well as cooridinating activities, and keeping up to date of events going on in and around Asheville, NC that would interest unschoolers.

Talk of curriculum, forced learning, spam mail, or just lots of off-topic matters are frowned upon, and will probably result in loss of membership. Thanks for understanding!

TNunschooling - Welcome! This list is for unschoolers, unschool-learning, or unschool curious in the state of Tennessee. We're open to all religious persuasions and those with none.

This list is about about unschooling -- no school, no tests, no assignments, no lesson plans, no curriculum, no learning objectives.

This a place to give and get support for your unschooling journey, ask for and offer help, and receive and present suggestions for snags, frustration, fears, and general problems of being an unschooling parent. It's also a venue for creating friendships and sharing your unschooling triumphs and joys.

If you consider yourself a relaxed or eclectic homeschooler, who may require, force, or even strongly encourage your children to "do schoolwork" of any kind, *and you don't wish to stop*, then you may feel this list isn't for you.

General Unschooling Lists - Good resources for families new to unschooling

Unschooling Basics- A list designed for those new to the philosophy of unschooling. Ask experienced unschoolers all those niggling questions, and find out how unschooling works in real families.

If you're familiar with John Holt's work, but unsure of how to begin or what an unschooling day really looks like, this is a place for you to discuss,question, ponder and become deeply familiar with natural learning and how it affects our entire lives. From parenting issues to learning from the whole wide world and beyond, come explore the issues that unschooling families have dealt with in the past and how to get beyond "school-think" to a joyful unschooling lifestyle!

Unschooling Discussion- From Sandra Dodd's web site. For a description of these lists click here

Unschooling-dotcom- What is Unschooling? Have you ever described 'red' to a person who is color blind? Sometimes, trying to define unschooling is like trying to define red. Ask thirty unschoolers to define the word and you'll get thirty shades of red. They'll all be red, but they'll all be different. Generally, unschoolers are concerned with learning or becoming educated, not with 'doing school.' The focus is upon the choices made by each individual learner, and those choices can vary according to learning style and personality type. There is no one way to unschool.

Unschooling Discussions - Courteous open forum for intellectual discussion of unschooled home education: definition, principles and practices.

~~>Pajama'd emperors won't be parading here, and we'll be hoping to gently sort items into what "is" or "is not" a component of unschooling (home school ~ home education). Subject lines are important for developing archives. And, please: No spam or school/ curriculum promotions - thanks very much!

If, due to your faith or questioning of unschool authorities and/or resident homeschool experts, you have been bleeped off "that other list" (whichever list that may have been), welcome!

School's Out Support - School's Out Support (SOS) is a volunteer-driven, statewide organization whose mission is to support and promote unschooling, provide information, monitor and influence legislation, offer opportunities for families to get together, and empower families to make the choices that respect the rights, needs and aspirations of their children. SOS welcomes anyone with an interest in unschooling.

HEM-unschooling- Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can into the school and classroom (in our case, into their lives); give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest. ~John Holt, How Children Learn

Always Learning - Discussion for homeschooling fans of John Holt, whose books Learning All the Time, Never Too Late, and Teach your Own have made unschooling a sweet and viable option for thousands of families. This is a moderated group, with trapdoors for the uncooperative. (Not moderated in the advance-approval way, but in the be-nice-to-play way.) It's an idea group and is intended to lean more toward pure unschooling than neutral, general homeschooling discussion—there are hundreds of general homeschooling discussions for newcomers. It's to focus more toward how people learn no matter where in the world they are, rather than on what's legal in any particular country or jurisdiction.

Special Interest Groups - Something for Everyone

Af-Am Unschoolers- African American Unschoolers is for African-American Moms (and Dads!) who use the whole world as their child(ren)'s classroom. Unschoolers encounter math, science, reading, writing, art and history in the Real World because real living leads to real learning!

Always Unschooled- At AlwaysUnschooled, members create a space in which Radical Unschooling can be seriously discussed as a lifestyle that begins at birth. AU is geared towards thoughtful discussion and exploration of what Radical Unschooling looks like from birth and beyond for our "always unschooled" children.

Secular in nature, we welcome unschoolers from all walks of life. Our discussions focus on exploring topics like organic learning, respectful parenting, consensual-living, freedom and autonomy, living by principles, convincing family, surviving panic and criticism, living without fear, resisting enrollment, non-coercive parenting, deschooling ourselves, joyful living and releasing control.

Crunchy Unschoolers- Crunchy Unschoolers - A list for radical unschoolers who are interested in moving towards a sustainable lifestyle. Topics for discussion may include how sustainability and unschooling complement each other, and also how we resolve conflicting values - for instance, when a child wants lots of big plastic toys and this conflicts with a value of not adding more plastic to the earth, or balancing not controlling what a child wants to eat with attempting to feed a family healthy and sustainable food.

Freethinking Unschoolers- This is a place for people who are living life both without school AND without religion to talk openly in an uncensored forum. Any unschooler who is an open-minded, non-dogmatic "freethinker" (as defined above) is welcome to join, even if you happen to believe in something supernatural; BUT, bear in mind that people here are free to talk negatively about any and all beliefs, possibly yours, so if you are sensitive about this sort of thing you should probably stay away. Also, please don't join this list just to repeatedly spam us with commercial messages, religious proselytizing, NEA propaganda, and/or abusive/threatening posts. Diversity of opinion is welcome and encouraged, but doing nothing but spamming or trolling is not.

WARNING: Freethinkers are often very opinionated and passionate people, and don't mind openly saying what they think and feel, even if it's not always nice. As such, this group is not for the easily offended!! Take what you want and leave the rest. :)

Unschooling Gamers - This group is for unschooling gamers to connect and chat and share tips and tricks and otherwise meet and have fun! The main focus of this group is video games, but on-line game chat is also welcome (like Neopets or Subeta or RuneScape)!

Radical Unschoolers List- This is the "Radical Unschoolers List". It is for all families, regardless of religious affiliation, choosing to unschool. Unschooling is learning as a part of life. It allows the child to learn naturally, without adult-imposed "lessons", schedules, or timelines. This list is to offer support, information, perspective, and enlightenment to anyone already unschooling or interested in unschooling.

Shine With Unschooling- This *ShineWithUnschooling* list is a joyful, positive, radical unschooling community that celebrates each and every child for the unique gifts they bring to the world.

This *Shine* community honors, respects and celebrates ALL children for being exactly Who They Are.

And thanks to radical unschooling, our children are allowed to remain True to their Shining Selves, for our every day lives are centered around our children's gifts, their passions, their strengths, their joys...their *Shine*!

RadChristian Unschoolers- Radically Unschooling Christians! We DO exist!!

Feeling like you must be the only radical unschooler in the Christian faith? Tired of hearing those who claim to be Christian unschoolers discuss curriculum or how to make their kids do chores? Tired of hearing secular unschoolers say that you couldn't possibly exist?

Look no further! On this list there will be no talk of curriculum, partial enrollment, spanking, chore charts, punitive coercion, arbitrary limitations, forced respect, or anything else that doesn't jive with radical unschooling.

Unschooling Spirituality - We live simultaneously on three planes... 1) We are spiritual beings; 2) We each have a marvelous mind; and 3) We each live in a physical body ... Radical? Discover that everything is connected. Creative visionaries discovering and designing our futures. Wanting to come out of your box? Join us -- "What the Mind of {Women-Men-Children} can CONCEIVE - and BELIEVE - IT CAN ACHIEVE

Unschooling Dads- This list is a place for UNSCHOOLING Dads - NO MOMS/WOMEN ALLOWED , sorry . Whether you're an advocate, long-time unschooler, novice, or somewhere in the middle, you're welcome here. This list is for Dads Only. Dads should feel secure here to discuss any aspect of fatherhood, manhood, and life in general. Introduce yourself, tell us about your family and how unschooling looks at your house right now.

SSUDs (Secret Society of Unschooling Dads)- This group is for Unschooling Dads, Granddads, and Dads-to-be who have attended one of the past 5 Live and Learn Conferences or its sister conferences OR who have spouses who attended one of these conferences. Other unschooling fathers (et al.) can also join the group through invitation. Our intention is to keep a running dialog and passion for unschooling our children between conferences.