The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom

The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom

by Mary Griffith


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761512769
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Series: Prima Home Learning Library
Edition description: 2ND
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 657,261
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Griffith is the author of The Unchooling Handbook (Prima) and a long-time activist with the Homeschool Association of California. Her two children have always been homeschooled.

Table of Contents


1: What Is Unschooling and How Can It Possibly Work?
2: Resources: Finding What You Need
3: TV or Not TV (and Other Questions of Technology)
4: How Can You Tell They're Learning?
An Unschooling Week One
5: Reading and Writing
6: Math and Problem-Solving
7: Science
An Unschooling Week Two
8: History
9: The Arts
10: Changes As Kids Grow Older
An Unschooling Week Three
11: Practical Considerations
12: Coping with Doubts and Challenges
13: Is Unschooling Contagious?

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The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I flipped through this book real quick. A large part of the reading is just individaul people telling their testimonies on how they feel and run their own homeschool. Most of this book is pretty much just plan common sense. I found a much more informative and useful book called Homeschool Your Child For Free. It has loads of resources that any parent would use even if they don't homeschool.
EvaElisabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent intro to the subject, great bibliography.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really nice introduction to homeschooling -- clear and straight-forward.
crashingwaves38 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has many strengths. It goes into a good amount of depth as to how one actually unschools, something I have yet to find in a home-schooling book. The anecdotes also give more insight into unschooling families and how all that works. But one of the greatest strengths is the explanation of the philosophies behind unschooling--why people choose to unschool, why it works, what its strengths are, what its meant to accomplish. Those philosophies are the biggest message that I'll take from this book. The other significant strength is the resources. Griffith lists her resources at the end of each chapter, from websites to magazines to books. I am very pleased by this and will be making use of many of the resources she's listed.The weakness in this book, and it's a significant one for someone like me, is that there is no scientific/statistical backing for any of the claims she makes. I have yet to find someone who actually knows a family who successfully unschooled. I do not doubt that they exist, but I haven't met one yet, nor has anyone I know. This makes it harder to believe claims that unschooling is the right way to educate your children, particularly when combined with the lack of data surrounding unschooling. How many unschooled children attend college? How many do so successfully? How many unschooled children are not successful, either at college or in life? How do those numbers compare to other conventionally and unconventionally schooled children?Griffith's bias towards unschooling is apparent in this book. While I don't mind that, particularly since she's upfront about it, it means that the full picture is not presented since there are gaps of information, particularly information that might be at all damaging to unschooling.However, that is the only weak point in the book. If you're looking for educational philosophies and ideas and are willing to be a critical reader, then I definitely recommend this book. If you're looking for resources, I also recommend this book. If you're someone who will be taken in by anything, then I caution you to read it with a critical eye. There is a lot of good information in this book that home-schoolers of any variety can use, but if you're easily swayed by what you read, this may not be the best book for you since it doesn't present the entire picture.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
a great resource to use if you're contemplating unschooling. clears up many misconceptions and helps give you an idea of how other people make it work for them.