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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Book Review: The Unschooling Handbook

I finally finished The Unschooling Handbook. Finally, not because it's a slow read, rather because I hardly make time to read, being busy with well, the internet most of the time, and some parenting aside *wink* and then some  (read hundreds) little projects on the side. So I thought I should share this with you.
I will be reviewing the books I read as I go along, you can find what is awaiting my attention in the bottom of the left column.

A comprehensive guide to unschooling essentials
The Unschooling Handbook is a light and rather fun read. The author's words are interlaced with exerpts from interviews with unschoolers and their parents. These real life testimonies are often fun to read, and add to the lightness of this book.
For the novice unschooler, or anybody just diving into the idea of unschooling, this book might be just what you are looking for. It takles the most important questions one has about unschooling and offers huge amounts of varied ressources for further reading and for connecting with fellow unschoolers. If you are already familiar to unschooling and have read a lot about it before, it might not give you any new insights. Yet you could make use of the lists of ressources and the interviews are quite fun.
For me personally, the book took away any remaining doubts - if any - I had about unschooling and was very reassuring, to say the least.

Quote from the book:

Unschoolers are a different breed from those who have had more conventional education and way of life. There is this aura that surrounds us, and most people are very jeaalous of it. We are confident and self-assured even when we are nervous. We have a much better handle on who we are and who we want to become than most people have.
- Chase, Florida, as quoted in The Unschooling Handbook 



  1. Hi, I am visiting from SITS.

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    I read your above post with curiosity, all my children went to school, so I have none of the experience spoken about but the way the education system is going is England, I am wondering what my grand-children will be best educated by.

    Have a beautiful Saturday! xxx

  2. Thanks for visiting, Raymonde. I agree, schooling is getting worse by the minute. In Belgium, toddlers now have to pass an exam before they can get into primary school and a friends' daughter even had to take afterschool lessens in cutting so she could go to the second year of kindergarten

  3. Thank you for the review. I'll be looking into this. It's early days for me yet, but it's good to be prepared!

  4. How exiting, Tacey. How old is your little one?
    I am so happy that I found out about unschooling before we bothered with the schooling... I can't imagine how different our lives would have been if we had chosen anything else. My dd is not yet school age either (22months)

  5. She's only 8 months at the moment! I'm a primary school teacher (well, I was until I became a SAHM) so it will take a bit of time to get my head around not having a syllabus. That book sounds like a good starting point for a novice like me.

  6. Yes I think it's a good read to start off with. If you have any questions, be sure to ask.
    I've found that teachers are often the most understanding of unschooling, because they know the flaws of the system


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