The Homeschooling Starter Guide: How to Create and Adapt the Best Education Action Plan for Your Needs
“As an academic and homeschooling insider, Dr. Gina Riley offers essential, worthwhile, and practical resources, tips, and indispensable information about homeschooling. Among the useful information Dr. Riley provides are different approaches to teaching, learning, and all aspects of homeschooling. She shares how to plan in the long-term and short-term, how to assess whether what you are doing is working, and so much more. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in, considering, or currently homeschooling.” ―Carlo Ricci, PhD, founding editor of The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning
“Dr. Gina Riley does not tell you how to homeschool. She does something much better. She provides a comprehensive and very clear menu of possibilities so you can choose what will work best for you and your child or children.” ―Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College and author of Free to Learn: Why Releasing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
“After leaving the school system that marks out every path and box to check for students and parents, taking the responsibility of education into our own hands can be daunting. Gina Riley’s book is a wonderful companion for any parent beginning the journey. Gina is not only a clinical professor and program leader of adolescent special education, she also homeschooled her son to adulthood. Gina’s book is a straightforward guide that addresses the major homeschool questions. It is factual, to the point, and written with kindness and personal experience. I would recommend it to any parent looking to homeschool.” ―Robyn Robertson, creator and host of Honey! I’m Homeschooling The Kids
Homeschooling can help kids of all ages immerse themselves in learning that builds on their unique strengths, interests, and preferences. It gives them the chance to thrive with one-on-one attention and customized lesson plans that fit their learning style―and their family’s needs. This starter guide to homeschooling is the ultimate resource for turning any home into an ideal school environment and helping any child succeed.
Learn how to homeschool:
Schooling styles―Compare the most popular education philosophies and homeschool models, and choose the best combination for every homeschool situation.
Stay on track―Find checklists, calendars, tables, and step-by-step instructions to help set and track homeschooling goals.
Standards and requirements―Get a general breakdown of U.S. homeschooling requirements, along with easy and affordable ways to develop custom curriculum.
Inclusive action plans―Learn to create a homeschooling structure that accommodates each child’s culture, language, religion, special needs, and more.
Build a complete action plan for effective home learning with The Homeschooling Starter Guide.
Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom
“I know of no one more qualified than Gina Riley to introduce unschooling to curious readers. She has unschooled her own son and conducted seminal research studies of grown unschoolers and unschooling families. She has also taught in a conventional middle school, been a field supervisor in big city middle and high schools, and taught university classes to candidates for teaching in conventional schools. She lives in and appreciates two very different educational worlds. This is a gentle, nondogmatic, research-based, thoughtful introduction to unschooling by a gentle, nondogmatic, thoughtful scholar.”
―Peter Gray, Research Professor of Psychology at Boston College, USA, and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
“To read a book written by an academic scholar who has dedicated so much to researching a topic is a true joy and luxury, but this book is so much more. That it is written by someone who also embodies unschooling and has lived it as an unschooling mother is a rare privilege. As an unschooling insider, Gina’s love, passion, and caring lead to powerful insights that truly make this book a special must read for anyone interested in unschooling.”
―Carlo Ricci, Professor of Education, Nipissing University, Canada, and author of The Willed Curriculum, Unschooling, and Self-Direction: What Do Love, Trust, Respect, Care, and Compassion Have To Do With Learning
“Gina Riley is an authority on unschooling, and in this wonderful book she brings together everything you need to understand the movement: the research, the history, associated theories (like Self-Determination Theory and attachment parenting), and common concerns (How do unschoolers learn to read? How do they fare in college?). As both a professor and a parent, no one is better suited than Riley to give unschooling the academic treatment it has long deserved.”
―Blake Boles, author of Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?
“Gina Riley’s Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom is the first definitive book on unschooling, making a vital contribution to the research literature on home education. Its thoroughly researched, clearly argued style incorporates a compellingly personal account of the practice. This book is a must read for anyone wishing to better understand unschooling.”
―Rebecca English, Lecturer in Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
“Unschooling should be of interest to anyone who studies how learning can work. But research on unschooling is sparse, diverse, and scattered. In this book, Riley does readers a huge service: she collects, summarizes, and extrapolates from the research that does exist to give us a coherent picture of how it fits together. The picture that emerges should serve as a wonderful supplement to more conventional research on school learning.”
―Kevin Currie-Knight, Teaching Associate Professor, East Carolina University, USA, and author of Education in the Marketplace
This book explores the history of the unschooling movement and the forces shaping the trajectory of the movement in current times. As an increasing number of families choose to unschool, it becomes important to further study this philosophical and educational movement. It is also essential to ascribe theory to the movement, to gain greater understanding of its workings as well as to increase the legitimacy of unschooling itself. In this book, Riley provides a useful overview of the unschooling movement, grounding her study in the choices and challenges facing families as they consider different paths towards educating their children outside of traditional school systems.