The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith
“It’s hard to watch your children learn to walk, learn to understand and use language, and learn to get into anything and everything within reach, without believing that they are capable of learning about anything they are curious about.”
-The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child’s Classroom by Mary Griffith
If you’re looking for one book to give you a solid and unintimidating introduction to unschooling, look no further. Griffith provides a brief history of homeschooling with a particular emphasis on unschooling. Then she shows how unschooling works in different families, including lots of quotes and anecdotes from real homescholers. Griffith does a nice job spanning the range of unschoolers: from those who believe that adults are generally best seen and not heard to those who mostly unschool but do incorporate some more formal teaching methods here and there. Griffith makes unschooling sound both appealing and completely possible, covering everything from how children learn to how families can make unschooling economically feasible. The resource lists that end each chapter are uniformly excellent, relevant, and interesting. This is a must-read for librarians who want to learn more about homeschooling and a must-have for library collections.
Mary Griffith also blogs, although it looks like she’s been taking a break. We’ll hope she comes back soon…. :)Explore posts in the same categories: Book Reviews, Secular Homeschooling, Unschooling