Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Homeschooling Handbook” as Want to Read:
The Homeschooling Handbook
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Homeschooling Handbook

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  180 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Don't Even Think About Teaching Your Child at Home—Until You Read This Book
Discover why millions of parents are homeschooling their children. In this revised edition of her groundbreaking book, Mary Griffith tells you everything you need to know about the fastest-growing educational movement in the country, including:
·When, why, and how to homeschool
·Detailed learning id
Paperback, Revised, Second Edition, 320 pages
Published March 30th 1999 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 8th 1997)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Homeschooling Handbook, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Homeschooling Handbook

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 339)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mar 28, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Some helpful information, but a great deal of generalities. This may have suffered simply because it wasn't the first homeschooling book I've picked up and so a lot was review, but it felt like it tried to cover too much too quickly. Maybe good for an overview and then read additional books to get more into the nitty-gritty.

For more book reviews, come visit my blog, Build Enough Bookshelves.
Apr 19, 2009 James rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Parents considering homeschooling
The Homeschooling Handbook is a good read for parents considering homeschooling. The first book I picked up on the subject, it have me a fairly decent idea on various homeschooling methods and things to consider before you decide on a course. The author does make her favoritism toward a method known as "unschooling" well known, showing a bias on the method in my opinion. That one nitpick aside, it is an interesting and informative read if homeschooling is a subject you'd like to learn more about ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
Great introduction to homeschooling. Author is biased about her preferred method of homeschooling; however, that bias does not interfere with her ability to explain key concepts regarding homeschooling.
Bobbie Grob
Mar 08, 2013 Bobbie Grob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent guide for those who are thinking of homeschooling. It is a bit out of date, having been published in the late 90's, but the answers still hold true. The author doesn't try to point the reader in any direction, but instead offers information on all the different directions so that the reader can pick and choose and then pick and choose again if necessary.

Unless you have children that run the gamut of ages between K - 12, this is probably not a book you will read cover to cov
Jun 05, 2009 Erika rated it really liked it
A good primer for home-schooling theories, how-to's, and pep talks to reassure readers through the parental anxieties, doubting relatives, and obnoxious others who don't get it. This is a great reference book, with lists of great references: other books to read, magazines, lists to join, support groups, etc. I took some notes and was inspired to plan more field trips to local business plants, theatre and ballet dress rehearsals, and even nursing homes. Or, maybe I'll just visit Grandma more and ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it

The good news: this book will help any parent anxiously coming into homeschooling. I admit that a lot of the real life scenarios helped me see how I don't need to worry if I'm doing it right. That load off my shoulders is invaluable before I start with Kindergarten in 2 years.

The bad news: it is clearly edited to indicate a BIAS for unschooling, virtually no testing, and not pushing your kids for higher education. Coming from a public school background (as a student AND a former teacher) I can o
I still like the Complete Guide to Homeschooling, but this one is good in different ways. I'm not really fond of it's bias toward unschooling, but that's a personal choice. It has a few other things I wasn't impressed with, but it had some things that the other book didn't have, like pages & pages listing colleges that have accepted homeschoolers, lots of internet & otherwise resources, etc. I'd use the Complete Guide for setting up & this one for additional resources, if I had the o ...more
Selene Castillo
Sep 22, 2014 Selene Castillo rated it liked it
First home schooling book I've read.. Very brief details on how to start up .. A bit helpful
Mary Ann
Apr 10, 2011 Mary Ann rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read about homeschooling. I found it helpful in becoming aware of what I need to consider when deciding if homeschooling is really for my family, and what approach would be the most affective. The book is a bit outdated (brought to my attention especially when naming AOL as a viable connection option) but I think some of the resources listed by the author will still be helpful as I continue my research into homeschooling.
Jul 05, 2008 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: homeschool
This was a review of a lot of things I've already read. Perhaps if I'd read it first, I would have liked it more. However, it was still helpful to me as a brand-new home-educator, as I muddle my way through the beginning stages of this experience. I especially liked the appendices: lists of resources with short descriptions of each, including web sites.
May 19, 2011 Pequete rated it liked it
Shelves: meus
This is a good and thorough book on homeschooling, but I found it didn't add a lot to what I already had read in other books. It also has several sections that apply to the US reality only, and not to ours, which probably made me find it a bit less interesting than I might have.
Jane H
Mar 08, 2011 Jane H rated it really liked it
Shelves: learning
This was definitely a great beginner guide to homeschooling and raised some interesting questions and gave a wide range of information. A lot of it I'd already seen on blogs but I did read most of the sections. Quick and easy, and I did add some notes into my files.
Bunga Petualang
Feb 10, 2009 Bunga Petualang rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
I read this book in order to nurture my children. I learned so many practical things in educating children at home.

I hope my children found learning is interesting and fun. Enjoy your reading!
Lou Adira
Feb 06, 2015 Lou Adira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read. I gobbled it up in a couple of days. Covers the whole spectrum with resources so the reader can choose where to delve for greater detail. Definitely recommend.
Jun 15, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
This book had lots of information about homeschooling. it is great for someone trying to decide if they want to teach their children at home and what information you will need.
Feb 23, 2009 Brittanyshapiro rated it really liked it
Seemed a bit dated since it was published in 1997. It was a good first book to read on the subject. I enjoyed reading the examples given by some homeschooling families.
Aug 14, 2009 Karyn rated it really liked it
Thinking about homeschooling my kids. This book gave some really great resources. I kept a notebook handy while reading. I especially enjoyed the personal accounts.
Jan 03, 2011 Tauna rated it really liked it
Great for those beginning or thinking of homeschooling. Good overview as well as examples to get an idea of what it's like in different families.
Jan 07, 2014 Heather! rated it liked it
I wouldn't call it a handbook. It's more like a very basic intro. Pretty boring/useless if you have some experience or knowledge of homeschooling.
Feb 11, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
A helpful introduction to homeschooling especially for someone is clueless as where to start!
Dec 13, 2009 Deanna rated it it was ok
This probably would have been more useful to me if I would have read it 5 years ago when I started.
Heather Tabares
Jan 10, 2013 Heather Tabares rated it did not like it
A big bore. Not much info you wouldn't already have known or would have considered.
May 10, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
Strong Resources Appendix and clear layout of homeschooling concerns and methods.
Mar 05, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
Not one of my favorite homeschooling books, but I still found it very useful.
Dec 09, 2010 Sonja rated it liked it
Didn't rock my world, but good. Practical. Pretty common sense.
Nov 13, 2010 Kyra rated it liked it
A good first book for those investigating homeschooling.
Feb 13, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Answers a lot of basic homeschool questions
May 07, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Outstanding resource! Loved it!
Jul 31, 2008 sleeps9hours rated it liked it
Good resource for ideas.
Wiwi Bunda azka
Wiwi Bunda azka marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
  • The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 101 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices
  • Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling
  • Homeschooling for Excellence
  • And the Skylark Sings with Me
  • What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second-Grade Education Revised
  • Teach the Children: An Agency Approach to Education
  • Homeschooling Our Children Unschooling Ourselves
  • Homeschooling: The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old
  • The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling
  • The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
  • The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
  • The Everything Homeschooling Book: All You Need to Create the Best Curriculum and Learning Environment for Your Child
  • College Without High School: A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College
  • Homeschooling for Dummies
Mary Griffith is a longtime nonfiction writer who is stepping less and less gingerly into fiction. After pondering and discarding mystery plots and characters for the past two decades, she finally swallowed hard and tackled her first novel for the 2009 National Novel Writing Month. During her seemingly endless revision process since then, she's seen major improvements in her story, to the point wh ...more
More about Mary Griffith...

Share This Book