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10 Must Read Books for Homeschool Moms

There are books every homeschool mom needs to have in her library.

 

When we made the decision to homeschool, all I wanted to do was read and research. I am a researcher by nature, so I read all I could get my hands on and then some. I still read about various methods and approaches and learning styles, years later. I am always growing and my children and constantly changing, so it helps to have fresh perspective and encouragement in our journey.

I learned SO MUCH from those books. They gave me inspiration, motivation, ideas, encouragement, and just the TOOLS I needed to begin my journey.

Some of these books are more of guidebooks, more practical information. Some of them are more inspirational and encouraging. All are needed.

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MUST READ BOOKS FOR EVERY HOMESCHOOL MOM:

 

THE WELL TRAINED MIND BY SUSAN WISE BAUER

This was my first homeschool book that I ever read. I actually picked up this book when my oldest was in kindergarten, in public school. I assumed I would be reading it as a way to supplement his education. Little did I know, God had a whole different plan for me. I consider this my homeschool Bible. Although I do not do everything suggested in this book (really, no one can), I constantly refer to it throughout my homeschool years. The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school―one that will train him or her to read, to think, to understand, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school “grammar stage,” when the building blocks of information are absorbed through memorization and rules; the middle school “logic stage,” in which the student begins to think more analytically; and the high-school “rhetoric stage,” where the student learns to write and speak with force and originality. Using this theory as your model, you’ll be able to instruct your child―whether full-time or as a supplement to classroom education―in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.


TEACHING FROM REST BY SARAH MACKENZIE

READ THIS BOOK. I now read this book quarterly. It is that needed. Sarah is a delight and you can find her book club videos on this book to help you even more. So needed and such a breathe of air for new and veteran homeschool moms. Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (scholé) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her (six) children.


HOME LEARNING YEAR BY YEAR BY REBECCA RUPP

This is a book that helps you to design a homeschool curriculum from preschool through high school.  I did enjoy this book because we have used an eclectic style in our homeschool for years and I appreciate having a guide. Rebecca Rupp presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure, Home Learning Year by Year features:

The integral subjects to be covered within each grade
Standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level
Recommended books to use as texts for every subject
Guidelines for the importance of each topic: which knowledge is essential and which is best for more expansive study based on your child’s personal interests
Suggestions for how to sensitively approach less academic subjects, such as sex education and physical fitness.


EDUCATING THE WHOLE HEARTED CHILD BY CLAY AND SALLY CLARKSON

I am a huge Sally Clarkson fan, so of course I picked this up devoured it multiple times. This is an excellent resource for the Christian, homeschooling family.  It is full of so much wisdom and advice that will help you build a solid biblical foundation for educating and nurturing your children’s hearts and minds. In this book you will discover how to:

* Make your home and family the heart of your children’s education
* Train your children to become creative, self-directed learners
* Enrich your family’s life and education with living books
* Identify and work with each child’s learning style
* Help your children love to learn as naturally as they love to play
* Gain confidence to teach using practical, common-sense methods

Whether you are a first-time homeschooler or a longtime veteran, this comprehensive guide will equip and empower you for your journey of faith as a family. Discover the joy of bringing relationship-based, book-centered learning into the natural daily life of your home.


WHEN CHILDREN LOVE TO LEARN BY ELAINE COOPER

I was so inspired by this book. Elaine really shows you how learning is natural to our children, if we just take the time to observe and help develop the love.

It can’t be denied-children have an inherent desire to know. Teachers and parents can either encourage this natural inquisitiveness or squelch it. There is joy in the classroom when children learn-not to take a test, not to get a grade, not to compete with each other, and not to please their parents or their teachers-but because they want to know about the world around them!

Both Christian educators and parents will find proven help in creating a positive learning atmosphere through methods pioneered by Charlotte Mason that show how to develop a child’s natural love of learning. The professional educators, administrators, and Mason supporters contributing to this volume give useful applications that work in a variety of educational settings, from Christian schools to homeschools.

This is a follow up to For the Children’s Sake, and follows a tradition of giving serious thought to what education is, so that children will be learning for life and for everlasting life.


POCKETFUL OF PINECONES BY KAREN ANDREOLA

This is such a sweet book. Pocketful of Pinecones is a story about Carol. Carol is on her feet a lot-industriously caring for her family. In her diary Carol pours out her secret worries, hopes, joys, and disappointments. She also writes of the nature walks she enjoys with her children. Her goal is to safeguard their sense of wonder. Together they observe God’s marvelous creation and the children record their finds in their Nature Notebooks. Carol reads Home Education by Miss Charlotte Mason and attempts to put the advice into practice. Designed to be a pick-me-up, each chapter is short enough to minister to a mother who has only snatches of time in which to nourish her soul.


102 TOP PICKS FOR HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM BY CATHY DUFFY

Most, if not all, homeschool moms know about Cathy Duffy. I have had this book from the beginning and still refer to it when picking my curriculum. It helps determine your child’s learning style and your teaching style, and develop your own philosophy of education. Then, it gives you charts that break down the different curriculum that may suit your family’s style. Cathy thoroughly reviews each selection as well.


BUSY HOMESCHOOL MOM’S GUIDE TO DAYLIGHT BY HEIDI ST JOHN

This book is such a delight! If you have ever experienced a series of days, weeks or even months when you felt like you just could NOT get on top of all you had to do, you are not alone. Juggling homeschooling and homemaking can be challenging-or so we’ve heard! Whether you’re struggling with managing your day, or simply looking for encouragement and fresh ideas for tackling your list of things to do, you will enjoy hearing from the heart of busy homeschool mom of seven, wife and author, Heidi St. John. You’ll laugh out loud, learn some of Heidi’s favorite tips on everything from home organization to meal preparation, and discover how you can homeschool in freedom and joy. Are you ready to be encouraged? Then join Heidi in discovering that real moms sometimes serve cereal for dinner-and live to write about it!


HONEY FOR A CHILD’S HEART BY GLADYS HUNT

I’m sure you can tell I love books and book lists.  I love this book because it gives me lots of book lists broken down by age and book type. Since its publication in 1969, this has been an essential guide for parents wanting to find the best books for their children. Now in its fourth edition, Honey for a Child’s Heart discusses everything from the ways reading affects both children’s view of the world and their imagination to how to choose good books. Illustrated with drawings from dozens of favorites, it includes an indexed and updated list of the best new books on the market and the classics that you want your children to enjoy.


THE UNSCHOOLING HANDBOOK BY MARY GRIFFITH

Now, I am not an unschooler. However, I have read this and many other unschooling books and articles. I think every homeschool mom should read this book, even if you don’t unschool. The world is your child’s playground and this book opens your eyes to the possibilities. We do not have to teach in one particular way. Mary Griffith and thousands of other unschooling parents believe that learning is as natural to children as breathing. If allowed to pursue their own interests, children will cover all the subjects taught in school. And, more importantly, they will continue to love to learn and explore their world. Filled with advice from other unschooling families (parents and kids), “The Unschooling Handbook” should be on hand for the inevitable days when you wonder if your kids are really learning. All homeschooling families, whether they use a curriculum or not, will find inspiring reasons to let their children have some freedom in how they learn.

 

WHAT OTHER HOMESCHOOL BOOKS HAVE YOU READ THAT ARE ON YOUR MUST READ LIST?



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