When thinking about home schooling I began to read a lot of books. In fact, I think I checked out nearly every book on home schooling available at our local library. No joke! All that to say, I thought today I’d share with you the top 10 books I found most helpful as a new home school mom. If your are thinking about home schooling or have already begun but need a little encouragement, I highly suggest checking one of these out. I know I will be referring to many of these over and over again as the years go by.
- Home Schooling 101: The Essential Handbook by Mark and Christine Field–Excellent beginner’s resource.
- Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education, 3rd Ed. by Laura Berquist–Whether you are a Catholic or not or pursuing a classical avenue or not, this books provides excellent suggestions for grade by grade objectives as well as supported reading lists.
- Educating the WholeHearted Child: A Handbook for Christian Home Education: Home to Use Real Books and Real Life to Make Your Home a Vibrant Center of Living and Learning for You and Your Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson–The most scripture filled Charlotte Mason Philosophy resource I’ve found.
- The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease–Great reference for read aloud books similar to Honey for a Child’s Heart (see below)
- Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High Schoolby Rebecca Rupp–Provides a standard by standard list of resources and guidelines for each grade.
- The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book by Guy Baily–Provides lesson plans for activities and sports units conducive to the home school environment. If you use it along with a health book, you’ve got physical education covered K-12.
- The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling by Kathy Ishizuka–Another good beginner’s resource.
- Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt–Great reference for on-grade reading books. This may also be a book you might want to consider even if your child is not homeschooled.
- The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise–Even if you are not considering a classical education I’d still consider reading this book as it is one of the top home school books on the market.
- Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning Styles by Paul and Gena Suarez–Subtitled as a “Homeschool Convention in a Book” this book helps parents determine the teaching methodologies that would work best with their kids from a Christian perspective.
Do you have a book you’d recommend on homeschooling? If so, please share! I’m always up for a good read.