Pat's next webinar is June 26, 2015, 3–4pm EST: Homeschooling the Teenage Years. This session is free during the day of broadcast and 24 hours after it airs. The entire series will be available for sale when all the webinars are recorded. The first webinar is available free: Why Should I Homeschool?


Pat's next webinar is June 26, 2015, 3–4pm EST:
Homeschooling the Teenage Years. This session is free during the day of broadcast and 24 hours after it airs. The entire series will be available for sale when all the webinars are recorded.

The first webinar is available free: Why Should I Homeschool?

Welcome to the site about John Holt , a teacher and writer who advocated more humane classrooms and then, when he sensed such school reform was not really wanted by most people, became one of the founders of the homeschooling movement, which Holt originally called "unschooling." Unschooling—learning that doesn't look like school nor has to happen at home—is an effective way to work with, not on, young children and teenagers to help them learn.

Unschooling is also documented in the pages of the magazine Holt founded, Growing Without Schooling (GWS), as are articles, audio, and video recordings of Holt and other pioneers of learning without schooling.

You will also find information, research, and support for learning outside of school.
—Patrick Farenga

John Holt's Reading List

Over 200 books, materials, games, and recordings sold by HoltGWS over the course of more than twenty years. Many were selected and reviewed by John Holt in the pages of Growing Without Schooling (GWS). Get inspired by the materials used by unschoolers and homeschoolers before the Internet!

Download your free copy or read it online here.

Purchase the book for $9.99 and get the Kindle version for .99 cents!  Available alone as Kindle or in ePub and other formats at Smashwords: $2.99 "The Legacy of John Holt is unequivocally provocative and memorable."—The Portland (OR) Book Review. More reviews of The Legacy of John Holt

Purchase the book for $9.99 and get the Kindle version for .99 cents!  Available alone as Kindle or in ePub and other formats at Smashwords: $2.99 "The Legacy of John Holt is unequivocally provocative and memorable."—The Portland (OR) Book Review. More reviews of The Legacy of John Holt

Pat Farenga's Blog

Pat Farenga's Blog
Choosing Home: 20 Mothers Celebrate Staying Home, Raising Children, and Changing the World

"Insisting that both women and men must work in equally high paying and prestigious jobs to attain gender equality explicitly assumes that high paying jobs reflect the pinnacle of success and importance. We disagree. When mothers (and increasingly fathers) stay home—whether they earn a paycheck never, now, or in the future—they change the world for the better by raising and prioritizing children, cultivating family and community, and investing in the future . . ."

Join the Education Jam

The second annual Education Jam is happening in Burlington, VT, this August . . .

Starting to Homeschool and Chat with Pat

This photo shows our living room during a typical day of homeschooling. I'll talk about how moments like this add up to powerful learning and enhanced self-esteem for children in my next Starting to Homeschool webinar . . .