Some Christians feel that the bible does not support unschooling. Finding Joy: A Christian’s Journey to an Unschooled Life by Julie Polanco attempts to prove that unschooling is biblical.
Polanco explains what unschooling families do during the day, and how school subjects are accomplished without doing formal school. She gives suggestions on how to achieve school goals using natural approaches, and what has worked for her family. If unschooling sounds confusing and forbidding, this book will clarify what it’s really about.
The author believes that children develop in their own time and learn mainly through play. Pushing them to master academics too early only frustrates them. Many different experts were quoted throughout the book to affirm that this. Study questions are included at the end of each chapter so the reader can reflect on new ideas.
Bible verses were given to validate unschooling. However, they seem to encourage freedom and excellence in a more general sense, rather than pointing to a specific area. Formal lessons are discouraged for young children, but it’s difficult to understand why when so many schools are successful with it. Teaching ideas stopped at age 12, but it would be insightful to see what unschoolers do with older students.
Review submitted by HEM reader Rebecca Eitzen