18 : An Unschooling Experience

4.22 (32 ratings by Goodreads)
4.22 (32 ratings by Goodreads)
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In 2012, after experiencing numerous difficulties and disappointments within the Atlanta school system, Marta Obiols made the bold decision to remove her three children from public school. Intending to home school, the degreed educator eventually embraced "unschooling," which allows children to direct their own learning at their own pace in a supportive setting that fosters their natural curiosity.

Before long, the woman who never dreamed she'd be a stay-at-home mom, let alone raise her kids without school, was entrenched in a reality she never anticipated, but that provided unequaled rewards. And her children, suddenly free to play and explore a wide variety of passions such as horseback riding and archery, became students of life, absorbing and learning more than any school setting could have provided.

From making tough decisions to the unexpected blessings of co-ops, museums, and extended vacations, 18: An Unschooling Experience explores one family's journey to finding education-and happiness-outside the public school system.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 138 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 10mm | 263g
  • English
  • 195325912X
  • 9781953259127

Review quote

"Such a beautiful book." Dr. Gina Riley

"A solid memoir about working outside the traditional educational system."- Kirkus Reviews

"Readers interested in radically student-focused home schooling will find inspiration in this reflective memoir." Publisher Weekly

Readers' Favorite Book Award

"What do you think of when you hear the word "homeschool"? Prepare to change your thoughts. Marta is an unschooling mom and shares her experiences in the book 18: An Unschooling Experience. For anyone considering keeping their child(ren) at home for their education, this book is a must. Many parents desire to homeschool but are afraid. This book will calm their fears and give them a myriad of ideas on making it work."

"Marta shares the many adventures that she and her children share while homeschooling. This book will help explain to others what homeschooling is, and why it is a viable alternative to the traditional approach to schooling."

"Marta has written an encouraging and motivating book for those who homeschool or desire to homeschool. In 18: An Unschooling Experience, even those who do not wish to homeschool will find the stories and memories in this book heartwarming. The writing is simple to understand and folksy. Reading this book is like sitting down with the author and learning how she accomplished what seems to many to be an impossible task. Marta gently guides the reader through the minefields of homeschooling. Many fear starting to homeschool, but reading this book will lay your fears to rest. Even though Marta has a degree in education and taught in public school, she does not come across as a teacher giving lectures. Instead, she writes with compassion and understanding."
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