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If you don’t yet know me yet, I am a reader. I read a lot. When I started researching homeschooling, I read SO many books on homeschooling. If you are looking for some support, this is my list of the BEST homeschooling books to read.
One of first book I read about homeschooling was A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century, by Oliver DeMille. It is a fabulous book and really started me out with a great vision of homeschooling. It talks about preparing our children to be future leaders, calling it a “Leadership Education”. I HIGHLY recommend this book!
There are more in this series by Oliver DeMille that I recommend as well, but this is the first. He also wrote A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion, and Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning. All three books are fantastic and further expound on this style of homeschooling.
Next I want to recommend a book called The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, by Susan Wise Bauer. This book teaches you how to follow the “Classical” style of homeschooling. She outlines courses of study that I have really loved. I found some great book and curriculum recommendations through this book. Some of her ideas are really wonderful.
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start by Linda Dobson was a great starting book for me. She went through various styles and did a week in the life from each style of homeschooling (classical, charlotte mason, eclectic, unschooling, etc.) I also really liked the “what I wish I had known my first year” tips she had throughout the book.
The Homeschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith, was another really great all around beginning homeschooling book. I remember taking lots of notes as I read this book. She gave lots of support and ideas.
If you are concerned at all with the social aspect of homeschooling- which most people are, this is a great read for you-The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling, by Rachel Gathercole. I like how she completely turned the argument around and makes you realize that, for the most part, the socialization we get in schools is negative. Also, it really reasured me that my kids would be alright!
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto This book is about the education system and why it is so messed up! It was one of the first books I read and really helped me make the decision to homeschool.
How Children Learn by John Holt
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay This book is a beautiful one that really impacted me! It is based on the Charlotte Mason style of educating and really helped me get a hold on that style of teaching.
Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie- This has been one of my favorites in more recent years. It helped me realize I need to slow down and be ok with that. I need to savor each moment and make room for quiet moments in our school.
Consider This by Karen Glass This book was huge for me! I loved it and loved the ideas in it. It is about merging Charlotte Mason and classical education. I seriously loved it!
Free Range Learning by Laura Grace Weldon – This book is great for out of the box learning. It helps you see that learning can happen anywhere and at anytime, not just in a classroom!