“The Homeschooling Handbook” by Lippincott


I have read a number of homeschooling and unschooling books recently. Having been homeschooled traditionally from age 7 to 18, I have a strong opinion about what I think does and does not work when homeschooling.

I found The Homeschooling Handbook by Lorilee Lippincott┬áto be a thorough exploration through all different types of home education. She gave positive voice to the unschooling movement, and through much of her writing about personal experience, it seemed that she recognized that her children learn better when they take a break from their curriculum. Lippincott’s book is an excellent resource for families who are not sure if they want to home educate and/or if they are unsure about what home education might look like for them.

There was a frequent mention of her personal religious views and how those influenced her homeschooling, but I found these easily overlooked. It was somewhat amusing to insert “Zeus” or “Cookies” when “God” was mentioned. To her credit, she does think that it is wrong to homeschool so that children will be sheltered or protected from “the outside world.” I agree with her sentiment on this. We of course want to protect our children and open doors at an age appropriate level, but it is just as damaging to maintain credulity in a child beyond their natural curiosity.

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