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The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom Paperback – April 29, 1998
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There are chapters on math, science, reading and writing, and how to use the world around your children to foster these skills without "doing school". Using the unschooling concept has made the boys' curiosity and wonder of the world around them just explode and has made learning exciting for them. The unschooling philosophy has made learning a 24/7 event at our house, thanks to this wonderful book.
Any family considering homeschooling, or "doing school" at home, or using a curriculum needs to read this unique and fabulous book.
After having read a few overview books of homeschooling, that mentioned different methods, I thought that unschooling sounded interesting, so I wanted to look into it more. I believe that it works for some children, yet I feel that some subjects simply require more structure. And some children actually prefer to have more structure. I was actually appalled at some of the stories in this book and decided that the unschooling method definitely wasn't for me, although I think aspects of it can be included.
On the positive side, it was helpful to see how families homeschooled using this method and it did have useful information, especially if you decide to choose unschooling.
I would recommend this book only if you believe that unschooling is the method for you and your family. Otherwise I would recommend Griffith's other book (which contained all the useful information in this book plus much more) or numerous other overview homeschooling books out there.
The Unschooling Handbook is really not a handbook at all. It's a pat on the back for those families that are already unschooling and an encouraging read for those considering it. The back cover states, "successful unschooling parents know how to stimulate and direct their children's learning impulse. Once you read this book, so will you!" but I did not find this to be true. There is lots of encouragement, but very little instruction. The Unschooling Handbook is a good introduction and an easy read, but it quickly becomes repetitive and frequently fails to delve below the surface of each broad topic.
I was hoping to see information about how to determine if unschooling is right for your family and how to determine your child's personality and learning type and whether or not it is likely to be conducive to unschooling. I was hoping to see some guidance about knowing when to lead and when to follow. I was hoping for lists of materials to have on hand for several age groups, and lists of topics to expose children to at different ages.Read more ›
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We are a unschooling family, and while at my local library I came across this book and decided to check it out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tracy S.
I absolutely love this book. So clear and simple, yet so informative. Definitely the best start for anyone looking to learn about unschooling!Published 11 months ago by Miranda
I'm incredibly new to the concept of Unschooling. It (homeschooling) only recently became something we were able to discuss realistically pursuing (choosing to become a one income... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christina L
I like the input from other parents and unschooling kids. This book was excellent in understanding unschooling and figuring out how to do it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brenda S.