Every homeschooling parent knows that a well stocked library is one of their most important investments. In addition to great works of literature, reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias, however, there are also wonderful books on the topic of homeschooling itself that I consider must reads.
Here are a few of my favorites.
One of the most important (and first) decisions you’ll make is finding the best home school curriculum. You want one that matches your educational philosophy and that also works with your child’s learning style. This book makes this process of picking one among the many available choices so much easier. It’s a must read for parents at the start of their homeschool journey or for any homeschooling parent who wants to make a change in their home education.
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child by Susan Wise Bauer
Susan Wise Bauer is the author of several books on classical homeschooling. Her Story of the World series are well loved by home educators. They help parents create a living history experience for children and I enjoy them too, which is no small thing considering history was my least favorite subject in school! I think I enjoyed going through the first volume more than my son did. The Story of the World books also have companion workbooks for those who wish to use them alongside the volumes, especially for older children.
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling
John Holt has been called the “father of unschooling”. His name is frequently mentioned among homeschooling advocates and pops up on message forums and websites for home educators frequently. As a former public school teacher turned unschooling advocate, Holt has penned several wonderful books on the topic of how children learn and why the public school system is failing.
What I truly love about Holt is how he encourages parents to trust their child’s learning process. Reading Holt gives you confidence that as a homeschooling parent you’re capable of educating your child and preparing them for adult life better than anyone else can.
This one is another favorite among homeschooling parents. One of the ongoing challenges homeschoolers face is how we can teach our kids the most important subjects: reading, writing and math every day without boring ourselves and our children. This book offers hundreds of ideas that will keep things fresh and interesting for you as you teach your kids at home. It will also assist you in meeting your individual children’s needs since they differ in ability and learning style.
The Kingfisher First Books
The Kingfisher First Animal Book and The Kingfisher First Human Body Book are wonderful for preschoolers and young children and could form the basis of early science curriculum. The other titles in the Kingfisher lineup are also excellent resource materials for homeschooling families.
The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom by Mary Griffiths
Unschooling, or child directed learning, is practiced by an estimated 10 – 15% of American parents. This book teaches you how to use the “whole world as your child’s curriculum” and is a breath of fresh air to parents who trust their children to learn naturally with minimal outside interference.
There are many other awesome books for homeschooling parents, but these are a few of my personal favorites. Please share some of your favorites in the comments.