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10 homeschooling books you need to read
Homeschooling may feel like an overwhelming, solitary journey at times, but it’s not. Over the years there are many, many families who have walked the homeschooling path. Here are 10 homeschooling books you should read for encouragement, ideas, and inspiration.
1. How We Teach
Have you ever wondered how different families and different homeschooling styles homeschool? That’s just what How We Teach covers. Many, many different homeschoolers, including myself, collaborated to write this book.
We chat about various ways to teach history, science, and art. How to teach our young kids to read. Unschooling and classically homeschooling high school are covered. All your questions answered about how to teach different subjects in various styles of homeschooling.
2. The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
The Well-Trained Mind is a wonderful guide to classical education at home. It guides you through homeschooling starting with preschool and moving on to the three stages of modern classical education.
You’ll find information and tips about homeschooling high school, researching and getting into colleges, what to do if you’re looking for help, and even sample schedules. It’s guided my family since I discovered the book in 2000.
3. My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool
My Kitchen, My Classroom by Jennifer Bly has wonderful tips on how to start homeschooling. She gives an overview of many of the homeschooling methods, how to get organized and connected.
Jennifer Bly also has an entire chapter dealing with the common issues many homeschoolers face when first homeschooling. These are issues such as burning out, how to homeschool with toddlers, and when your kids say they want to go to school.
4. Towards a Philosophy of Education in Modern English: Volume 6 of Charlotte Mason’s Series
As I was reliably informed by friends if you can only read one volume of Charlotte Mason’s series on education, read volume 6. It summarizes what she learned over her long teaching career.
Towards a Philosophy of Education had many tips I wished I knew about years ago. Over the next year, I plan to put many of these into play within my own homeschool.
5. Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum doesn’t just cover recommendations for homeschool curriculum, it does much more. It guides you through finding your children’s learning style and your homeschooling style.
There are recommendations about the pros and cons of various curricula. Cathy Duffy also recommends which homeschooling and learning styles best fit each curriculum. If you’re looking for a new curriculum for your homeschool, check out Cathy Duffy’s recommendations.
6. Teaching from Rest: A Homeschool’s Guide to Unshakable Peace
Teaching from Rest was my first introduction into the world of scholé and restful learning. I fell in love! Scholé has been the style and goal of my homeschool the entire time, as I meandered through my homeschool journey.
Thankfully you don’t have to meander as I did. Teaching from Rest is a wonderful guide into scholé!
7. Managers of Their Homes: A Practical Guide to Daily Scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families
Managers of Their Homes was a lifesaver during the years I was homeschooling 3 or more children while chasing toddlers around the house. We set up schedules, everyone’s needs were met, the house was reasonably clean, and dinners appeared on time.
Each year I found that while we began the year with a strict schedule, it quickly turned into a comfortable routine for my family. However, the thought that was put into creating the schedule and routine meant it balanced everyone’s needs.
8. Creating Transcripts for Your Unique Child: Help Your Homeschool Graduate Stand Out from the Crowd
Lee Binz has quite a few books and webinars on homeschooling high school. These books and webinars were a huge help in setting up transcripts and courses for my kids.
If you’re about the homeschool a high school teenager, I highly recommend reading and listening to the books and webinars. They’ll help you guide your kids through high school while maintaining your sanity!
9. Homeschooling: What do Do When You Want to Quit
Are you discouraged and overwhelmed by your homeschool and just want to call it quits? Homeschooling: What to Do When You want to Quit gives you 56 solutions for homeschooling issues from experienced homeschool moms.
You’re given tips for dealing with toddlers, special needs children, a messy house, melt-downs, and high school. Don’t give up, get the advice you need to be a successful homeschooler today!
10. The Organized Homeschool Life: A Week by Week Guide to Homeschool Sanity
Are you looking for a guide to get your homeschool organized this summer and start the new school year off right? Look no further! Dr. Melanie Wilson has created a month-by-month guide to organize your house and home.
The summer months include the guidance you need to set goals, prep, and get organized for August.
These 10 homeschooling books will give you guidance when you’re not certain what to do. They’ll help you organize your homeschool, create a transcript, and guide you through the trials and tribulations of homeschooling!