Choosing to send your child to a Sudbury School is a very big decision, and we would rather talk you out of it than into it. Having the faith and trust in your child to direct their own learning and run their own school is no small matter. Accepting that your child may choose to play, hang out with friends, or be bored all day is a huge step for many parents (and students!). Here are some resources to learn more about play-based learning, Sudbury Schools, and childhood educational freedom.
Free to Learn by Peter Gray
In this invaluable book by developmental psychologist Peter Gray, the reader learns about the history of the modern school system, the importance of play as a learning tool, how the decline of play in modern children is affecting them psychologically, mentally, and physically, and different methods of education that are healthier for children. The Sudbury method is discussed at length, and Dr. Gray gives an excellent description of how it works for children.
Free at Last by Daniel Greenberg
This is the story of Sudbury Valley in Massachusetts, written by one of the founders. In it Mr. Greenberg covers how the school works, how the students learn, and the overall philosophy through engaging stories and anecdotes. This is a must-read if you are considering sending your child to a Sudbury-style school.
This introduction video by Sudbury Valley is excellent.