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Unschooling To University (and College too) Book

Relationships (Parents and Teachers) Matter Most in a World Crammed With Content


School is one option to get an education; Homeschooling is the second and Unschooling is the third.

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NEW! Learn about the fastest growing educational alternative where the learning focus is on acquiring competencies through self-directed education within solid relationships. This book examines the nature of learning, teaching, motivation, stress, and the power of relationships, written by a child development specialist. It also reveals the insights from the Team of Thirty (TOT), which are 30 family friends that all unschooled and gained entrance to post-secondary education.

More and more parents are pulling kids out of school due to bullying, boring on-line courses and irrelevant, outdated curriculum delivered from a rigid government prescribed agenda. Until now, students were tied to their neighborhood school, government and country, based on their house address, however, with the Internet, today's students are now border-less. Learning can occur anywhere, anytime, any method, any content, and from any expert, including self-taught.

Disengaged learners in our assembly-line model of school currently tune-out, act-out or drop-out. Education must change and unschooling is the fastest growing alternative method of learning.

Children today can get just as good education playing video games as going to school. Self-directing their education, students learn through play, volunteering, jobs, mentorship, projects, travel and even (gasp!) playing computer games. This book follows the path of 30 unschooled children who self-directed all or part of their education and were accepted and/or graduated universities, colleges and post-secondary schools.

What children need most is close relationships with adults such as parents, teachers, coaches, grandparents and siblings within a community, not just a school. Educational content is everywhere. Caring relationships are not. Many children are self-taught. When families choose unschooling, they no longer have to choose between a quality education and a relaxed family lifestyle. Now they can have both.

Table Of Contents

Part 1 What is Unschooling?

Part 2 Why Unschool?

Part 3 How to Unschool

Part 4 Unschooling and Child Development Stages



"Concise parenting advice that presents alternative ways to help children grow, learn, and get into college or work. Arnall's stage-by-stage descriptions, supporting documentation, and personal stories create a useful handbook for families interested in self-directed education." Patrick Farenga, John Holt/Growing Without Schooling

"This book is for anyone dissatisfied with the educational system but doesn't want to homeschool either. There really is a third option." Sandra P., Unschooling Mom

"Received the book and am thoroughly enjoying it. My fears are already in abeyance after just a few pages" Lisa Z.

"Absolutely LOVE this book! It answers so many questions!" Heather M.

"Thank you for Unschooling To University. It had shown me a new perspective of unschooling and outlined the key elements very clearly." Maria O.

"This book forces one to look at education in a whole new lens." Shari H.

"I recently found your book and am loving every page. I bought 2 more copies that I have sent to the "grandparents", as my introduction to them of my son & my family decision in respect to his new learning style. Thank you again." Maureen D.

"I’m reading Unschooling To University right now! I couldn’t put it down last night! Ha! I woke up this morning and told the kids...don’t worry about your workbooks today." Reena G.

"Best. Book. Ever. I wish I had this book when I was starting out. I recommend it to everyone (even those who are not 'unschooling'). It is a fascinating read with tonnes of current studies, reports, and polls." Melanie R.

Where To Buy

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In The News


Check out the article in The Globe And Mail

The Globe and Mail Article Sept 2018

Calgary Herald Article 2010

Calgary Journal Article

Listen to the QR77 Unschooling podcast with Angela Kokott

Read about Unschooling's academic benefits at Today's Parent magazine

Read about Unschooling's creative benefits at Today's Parent magazine

Read about Unschooling and an age-by-age guide to creativity at Today's Parent magazine

The Globe and Mail Article Nov 2016

CTV TV "Unschooling in Alberta" September 2019

BT TV "Unschooling To University Book" September 2018

CTV TV "Unschooling To University Book" September 2018

Judy Arnall speaks on Unschooling at Motivational Mondays

City TV "How to Unschool" Judy Arnall

CTV TV "What is Unschooling? Part 1" Judy Arnall

CTV TV "What is Unschooling? Part 2" Judy Arnall

Global Education Conference-Unschooling To University-Judy Arnall

Global Homeschooling Conference-Unschooling To University-Judy Arnall

Visit The Unschooling To University Blog

Like The Unschooling To University Facebook Page

Watch The Book Webinar

Book a Keynote for Your Homeschooling/Alternative Education/Teachers Conference

"Play Is The Key To University" Keynote Description


Print ISBN 97809780509-93 $29.95 CAN, $24.95 US

Trade Paperback, 384 pages, 6 X 9 inches, perfect bound

E-Book ISBN 97817751786-06 $12.99 CAN, $9.99 US

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