If you caught the live video on Homeschool Curriculum 101 we were chatting all about books that every homeschool mom should read. So, here are my top 10 recommendations. Some of them I have read and others are ones that are still on my list to read. The ones I haven’t read yet come recommended from other homeschooling families who found them helpful.
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Teaching from Rest is an amazing encouragement to homeschooling mothers. Sarah shares her experiences of homeschooling and life with 6 kids. She is realistic about life and how her family has simplified life to have unshakeable peace. She also covers information on the art of schole or restful learning. Furthermore, she shares how her family has used literature for learning. Sarah runs the Read Aloud Revival with an awesome podcast. You can join the podcast here.
by Karen Andreola
The Charlotte Mason Companion Book is a great summary of Charlotte Mason style learning. Karen is a homeschooling mom who brought Charlotte Mason style teaching to America with her in the 1980’s. Filled with habit training ideas and inspirations to carry out, this book is filled with practical advice on how to implement learning through good book (living literature), heroes of history, poetry, art, music appreciation, nature study, creating the atmosphere in your home and more. It’s an easy read with plenty of great advice, even for those not teaching a solely Charlotte Mason style education.
by Karen Andreola
Pocket Full of Pinecones is a living book in and of itself! It’s the story of a sweet mother, Carol, and her two young children as they enter the journey into homeschooling. The book is written as Carol’s journal. Set in a time period where homeschooling wasn’t widely accepted, this book details how to begin homeschooling in a Charlotte Mason style. With many examples of language arts lessons, nature study, verses and questions this book is a great resource to many homeschooling families.
by Karen Andreola
Lessons at Blackberry Inn is the continuing story of Carol and her two children as they adapt to life in the country and deepen their homeschooling studies as they enter their second year. The principles of living an educational lifestyle are woven throughout the story. Continue along the journey with Carol as she and her family learn how to practice hospitality, manage their chores, cook healthy meals, form friendships and live simply. Another heart warming story to encourage homeschooling moms.
by John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto was school teacher of the year in 1991. Shortly after accepting his award he stepped down as a teacher and began a career of writing and speaking to encourage and inform others about the need for educational reform. His book covers many of the challenges that teachers face in school settings and the short fallings of the educational system in terms developing learners that have great critical thinking skills. This books was foundational in helping me to understand the role of socialization in development and its downfall in the school system.
by Lisa Welchel
So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling is a great book for new and seasoned families. Lisa Welchel, best known for her role as Blair in The Facts of Life, is a homeschooling mom to her 3 kids. This book features the stories of 15 families as they navigate their own family circumstances, challenges, and desires. It is an encouraging book to show the diversity that exists within homeschooling and how other tackle the common concerns people often have about homeschooling like time management, learning disabilities, boredom and more.
The Well Trained Mind is a guide to classical education at home. It contains curriculum suggestions, easy to understand explanations of the stages of learning, and more. I’m not a classical schooler myself but the theory behind classical education is fascinating and useful no matter what your homeschooing style is.
by Clay & Sally Clarkson
Educating the Whole Hearted Child is a book about relationship-based, literature based learning. Many topics are covered in this book, from training children to be creative and self directed learners, to using living books, to identifying your children’s learning styles and more. The Clarkson’s cover curriculum recommendations and provide encouragement, chore charts, schedules, book suggestions and more. This is a pretty comprehensive book that makes a great addition to any homeschooling library.
by Kim Brenneman
Home Management Plain and Simple is just a beautiful book, seriously coffee table worthy. This book has been beautifully published. On top of that, it is filled with excellent encouragement and advice for mom’s of large families. Kim tackles all the common obstacles of daily tasks for running a home while keeping the home feeling like a place of rest, restoration and relationship. Although written for large families, many of the solutions in here will also work very well for smaller families. I can’t wait to add this one to our collection.
102 Tops Picks for Homeschool Curriculum is an excellent resource for new families as well as families that need to change up how they’ve been doing things. This book covers the most popular and common curriculums available, looking at at the pros and cons to each one. But it is so much more than just that. Cathy helps you to discover your educational philosophy and teaching style as well as the learning style of your children. You can then take this information to help you select curriculum that will fit well for your family’s style.
This is a new one that I hadn’t heard of before but it came up in several different blog posts and sounds great. I plan to add it to my list for the year…..
by Todd Wilson
Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe is a funny and truthful book about the lies that we homeschooling moms often believe. Todd helps encourage moms by identifying these common lies and speaks truth into them. Instead of feeling alone and defeated, we can find peace, joy and freedom. Todd does this through filling our minds and hearts with the truth of God.
I hope you find something in my list of top 10 books that every homeschool mom should read! Let me know which ones you loved and which ones you didn’t! And if you have another suggestion you think should be on the list, I’d love to hear about it!
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