The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith

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Subtitle: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom

This book was counted towards the 888 challenge.

Unschooling is a type of homeschooling that is child-led. You can learn more here.

Although I had already decided I was going to go in the middle ground with my kids, (not unschooling but not such structured homeschooling that it’s just like school but at home,) but I still wanted to check this book out for ideas. I’m certainly glad I did.

Although I’m not comfortable with going full on unschooling, I do want to make sure my kids enjoy learning. I’d rather teach them what they need to know using what they are interested in at the time.

Anyways, in this book you will find: What is Unschooling and How Can it Possibly Work?, Resources: Finding What You Need, TV or Not TV (And Other Questions of Technology), How Can You Tell They’re Learning?, Reading and Writing, Math and Problem-Solving, Science, History, The Arts, Changes As Kids Grow Older, Practical Considerations, Coping with Doubts and Challenges, Is Unschooling Contagious and three week-long reports from three different unschooling families detailing how their days went.

It was refreshing to read in the TV chapter not that one way or another was the right way, but just showing both sides of the coin and letting you decide for yourself. For each chapter devoted to a school subject, examples and ideas are given for how your child can learn those on their own.

Throughout the whole book you will find ancedotes from unschooling families related to what is being talked about.

If you are interested in unschooling, this is THE book for you.

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