Recommended Reading about Homeschooling

The books listed can be found in many of the catalog recommendations, local and on-line bookstores, and at our local library.  The list is not exhaustive by any means!

Legal Guides:

Handbook for Texas Home Schoolers from Texas Home School Coalition – A resource all first time home schoolers should have on their shelves to read and have for reference. This book has Texas home school laws, history, questions/answers, and many additional helpful resources for home educators.

Elementary:

The 3 R’s by Ruth Beechick. For many, these small books are the first that make homeschooling seem like a viable but not over-whelming educational option. One mom writes, “3R’s are my favorite to lend out and recommend to people considering homeschooling!”

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-6 by Ruth Beechick  The author is a big supporter of parents as teachers and gives straightforward information on the how-to of teaching your children.  She answers questions and gives simple, yet effective information on the mechanics of teaching.

Teaching Children by Diane Lopez – A curriculum guide based on the home environment teaching style.  Lists suggestions for what children need to know at each level through sixth grade.

Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual (Elementary) by Cathy Duffy – An EXCELLENT resource to help with deciding on a curriculum.  Author discusses learning styles and teaching styles, in addition to writing a review on available curriculum choices. Also includes helpful reproducible forms.

Junior High and High School:

Homeschooling High School by Jeanne Gowan Dennis A guide for the high school years.

Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual (Jr./Sr. High Editions) by Cathy Duffy – An EXCELLENT resource to help with deciding on a curriculum.  Author discusses learning styles and teaching styles, in addition to writing a review on available curriculum choices. Also includes helpful reproducible forms.

By Method of Instruction:

Classical:

A Well-Trained Mind: A Guide To Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer. A K-12 guide to providing a Classical education at home, but also a great resource to learn about homeschool statistics and reasons to homeschool.

Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn  A mom writes, “This is my most borrowed book.  Following the Biblical pattern for learning–knowledge, understanding, and wisdom–has improved our homeschooling.  The ideas for what to learn when has provided me with an outline for our schooling years–an outline that I get to fill in with what suits our family. ”

Charlotte Mason/Living Books:

A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola  An introduction to Charlotte Mason method which centers homeschooling around living books.  A great read full of sweet ideas for elementary grades.

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Maccaulay – A wonderful book outlining the foundations for home education, supporting the home environment for learning.  The perspective is a gentle way to learn, especially in the younger years. The author supports the Charlotte Mason method.

Booklists:

Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt  This book is a resource for what to read when; it includes a comprehensive book list.

Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson – A comprehensive guide to the very best in children’s books.  Each book included has been carefully read and evaluated by the author.

A Reader’s Guide K-12 produced by Classical Academic Press.  A book list that features within it columns for genre, content, grade level, and difficulty.

Homeschool Parent Resources with Children of Any Age:

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell – Written by a former public school teacher who has home schooled her own four children from elementary through high school. Includes a multitude of information from planning, curriculum advice to avoiding burnout in homeschool. A good overview of all the different paths a family can take from unit studies and project based learning to following a published curriculum and heavy academics.

Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson  Universally recognized as a Christian homeschooling staple, this book explains home-centered learning with ideas, tips encouragement, motivation and inspiration from a large multi-generational homeschooling family.

Home Grown Kids: A Practical Guide for teaching your children at home by Raymond and Dorothy Moore (and their other books)

A Biblical Home Education by Ruth Beechick

Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days (share a day with 30 homeschooling families) by Nancy Lande  One mom writes, “When we first started intentional schooling, I read this aloud to my daughter. We loved learning about how families learned together that were like us and not like us.  We laughed a lot knowingly at the descriptions of real life learning and living. This inspired and confirmed our decision to homeschool.”

In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child’s Multiple Intelligences by Thomas Armstrong  This book is especially helpful if you have a child that learns differently than you.  The author discusses the science behind the types of learning, ideas for adapting subject to your kid’s learning style, and examples.  One mom writes, “This book helped me understand my spatial learner and not be so exasperated.”

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore – Gives alternatives to hard-to-use curricula, and suggests ways to educate your dren at home with low stress, low cost and high success.

The How and Why of Home Schooling by Ray E. Ballmann – Gives reasons to home school and practical guidelines for teaching your children at home.

The Big Books of Home Learning by Mary Pride – thorough guide to home education including getting started, preschool, elementary and teen through college information.