Your Guide to Unschooling: “The Unschooling Handbook” Reviewed

Homeschooling is homeschooling… Right? Well, not exactly. There’s also what’s known as “unschooling.” What is it and what’s it all about? In “The Unschooling Handbook” by Mary Griffith this question and many more are answered for you.


Unschooling: What’s it really all about? Mary Griffith has great answers for you.



This book starts out by explaining how there’s a large percentage of homeschoolers who are actually unschoolers (approximately 10 to 15 percent of the estimated 1.5 million homeschoolers in the United States). It then moves on to explain that the unschooling movement is founded upon the principle that children learn best when they pursue their own natural curiosities and interests. Mary Griffith explains that there are no bells, schedules, and rules about what to do and when to do it. Instead, children more easily and enthusiastically absorb the knowledge that they gain through mindful living and exploration. She explains that this is because the learning is a natural, inborn impulse, and the world is rich with lessons to learn and puzzles to solve. Of course, there’s so much more in this book about how successful unschooling parents know how to stimulate and direct their children’s learning impulse.


There’s lots of practical advice in this book, including quotes from unschoolers. You’ll also find plenty of samples, such as one teen’s “transcript,” and what a typical weekly log looks like for a third-grader. This book also includes helpful lists of magazines, online mailing lists, Web sites, and catalogs.


I have learned a great deal from this book and strongly believe that you will too.

"The Unschooling Handbook"


Includes chapters on math, science, reading and writing, and how to use the world around your children to foster these skills without "doing school."


    An easy read (Written in a conversational manner)


      A good introduction to unschooling



        • - Helpful in showing how homeschool families use this method
        • - Lots of encouragement


        • - Somewhat repetitive

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