The Unschooling Handbook

Unschooling uses children’s natural curiosity to propel them into a world of learning. For unschooled children, learning becomes a natural part of life, an everyday means of exploring ideas, improving skills, and developing talents.

The Unschooling Handbook combines practical advice in Mary Griffith’s usual down-to-earth style with plenty of real-life examples of how unschooling works from more than two dozen experienced unschooling families, as well as lists of resources for more information on each covered topic.


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

” . . . a quick reading tells us that this will be another title to add to our favorites list. There are resources for different subjects, real-life examples of what people do, and lots of great explanations. If you or someone you know doesn’t quite “get” this whole unschooling idea, then this may be the book to convince you to try it! If you are already an ardent unschooler, this book will still give you lots of good tips, an insight into what other unschoolers may do, and lots of information to help you explain and defend your unschooling decision.”–Billy Greer, F.U.N. Books

” . . . every support group leader’s dream-come-true. You want to know what unschooling is and how to do it? Read this book . . .”

” . . . a must-read for those considering unschooling.

. . . Of course, many of us have already made the decision to follow our children’s lead in learning and probably won’t find any new ideas within Griffith’s book. However, this book does have the capacity to provide us with a mechanism by which to authoritatively respond to those uncomfortable moments when we’re blind-sided by classroom-learning entrenched family and friends with “So how do you know they’re learning?” Just hand them a copy of The Unschooling Handbook–however, take caution that they don’t see that smug expression on your face as you walk away!”–Lenore Colacion Hayes, in The Letter Home