Are you new to homeschooling or a veteran that is just looking for a book that will help you on the journey? Here are 10 books that homeschool moms have found helpful, informative, and/or inspiring.
“102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum” by Cathy Duffy
One of the difficult decisions of homeschooling for many newbies is finding the right curricula to use. This is mostly because there are so many options available and many of them are excellent.
Narrowing down the choices to the resources that are the best fit for your family can be challenging. That’s why so many moms love this book. Not only does it give in-depth reviews of 102 curricula, it also helps you choose the right curriculum based on your child’s personality and learning style.
Of course, you could sort through different websites to find reviews on these curricula, but having them all in one place is beneficial and super helpful.
“Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School” by Rebecca Rupp
Making the decision to homeschool your child all the way through high school can be a daunting task. “How do I know I’m teaching them all the right things from year to year?” is a common question that we ask ourselves.
After all, what we teach a kindergartener is vastly different from what we would teach a 12th grader. With this book at your disposal, the doubts and fears can be soothed as you learn how to design a curriculum that fits your child’s growing educational needs.
“Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe” by Todd Wilson
Written by a homeschooling dad, this book is all about the myriad ways that homeschool moms convince themselves they’re not good enough, that they’re ruining their children, and that they’re doing everything wrong.
While this book is probably not for everyone (especially if you are confident and unflappable when it comes to your homeschooling choices), it could be a breath of fresh air for those of us who sometimes struggle with our decision.
“The Way They Learn” by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
When it comes to teaching our children, the process can be made a lot more fruitful by knowing their individual learning styles. That’s where “The Way They Learn” comes in handy.
It can help you to determine which four learning styles is best suited to each of your children and teach you ways to bring out the best in them. It is great for parents who understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach to learning, but who struggle to figure out what to do.
“The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling” by Durenda Wilson
Despite how passionate we may be about homeschool and how confident we can be about or decision, those doubts and fears still find a way to slip through the chinks in our armor.
Plus, homeschool burnout is a very real thing. Sometimes we need reassurance from homeschool parents who have not only been there, but who survived. That is what this book offers – reassurance and advice from a homeschool mom with 20 years of expertise under her belt.
At just over 70 pages, “The Unhurried Homeschooler can help you to gain clarity about your homeschool goals, cut out all the things holding you back (including negative thoughts and extraneous activities), and help you to enjoy the process.
The First Year Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start
If you are new to homeschooling (or are just considering it), I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this book. Whether you have a child who is just starting school for the first time or you are making the decision to pull your child out of the public school to homeschool them, you will find tips on developing an effective curriculum, figuring out the homeschool laws in your area, and tracking your child’s academic progress.
Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home
While it would be ideal to have enough income to buy “all the things”, for most of us, that is not a reality. However, not having a bottomless wallet doesn’t have to deter you from homeschooling.
In fact, it is 100% possible to homeschool even if you have a shoestring a budget. It not only covers information on finding free resources online for every grade level, it also talks about how you can partner with local public schools, and provides a bit of vocational guidance.
The Three R’s
For many people who start homeschooling from the beginning, it comes as a surprise how challenging it can be to teach our children the basic foundations of learning: reading, writing, and arithmetic.
This book helps to remove and mystery (and frustration) of teaching during the early grades. Divided into three sections, it shows us how to introduce these concepts naturally and help our children to master them without all the tears.
“Don’t Waste Your Time Homeschooling: 72 Things I Wish I’d Known” by Traci Matt
Wait, don’t run away! This isn’t a book about why you shouldn’t homeschool. It’s about how you can be more intentional so that you make the experience all that it can be.
While reading through the 72 pieces of advice (which range from practical to profound), you will likely find that you are far from the only person struggling with various aspects of the homeschool experience.
The book covers topics such as spending 24/7 with your kids without losing your sanity, dealing with the socialization question, and engaging in self-care while still taking care of your family’s needs.
“The Confident Homeschooler: How to Thrive in the Day-to-Day” by Pamela Barnhill
Between high expectations, public school mindsets, and plain old doubts and worries, it is remarkably easy to make things difficult for ourselves when homeschooling.
This book covers subjects such as developing homeschool schedules that work for you and other clear advice that will help you to make homeschooling more straightforward and less stressful. Even homeschool veterans say that they wish they’d had this book when they got started.
The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: 55 Moms Share Their Expertise on 103 TopicsHomeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started.Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool: Updated, Revised, and Expanded with Journal Section
These are just some books that come highly recommended for homeschool moms. Do you know of any that you think should be added to the list? If so, let me know in the comments below.