You’ve done it. You weighed the pros and cons of homeschooling your kids and have finally decided to take the leap! There is so much to consider when thinking about homeschooling, like do you choose classical homeschooling methods or go with a more progressive ‘unschooling‘ approach?
Classical Homeschooling or Unschooling?
I’ve actually been looking into both methods myself recently because we’ve decided to homeschool our oldest. While unschooling has its appeal, as a certified teacher, I’m not sure I’d be very good at sticking to the methodology behind it completely. I also don’t think classical homeschooling is 100% the way we want to go as that approach (more like traditional school, just at home) is why we want to homeschool in the first place. With that being said, I plan to do a blended approach of the two.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be scary
No matter what route you go, starting your homeschool journey can be a scary time. There is so much information that info overload is a very real thing. Even pro-homeschoolers need some encouragement to keep going. These 10 books are great for first-time homeschoolers who are considering a more classical homeschooling approach.
10 Must Read Books on Homeschooling
- 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum – For those new to homeschooling this is such a great resource. There are so many different curriculums out there you can get lost for months looking at it all. Even veterans homeschoolers need help finding curriculum for certain subjects and each kid. I love that this book gives you a ‘test’ to see what kind of learner you child is, what kind of teach your child is and your homeschool goals and then recommends curriculum based on that
- Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started – This book is more of a must have for newbies. It gives you tips on getting started, organizing, creating lesson plans, tips for staying on course and more. I have re-read this book several times because I always get something new out of it!
- Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe – There are so many myths surrounding homeschooling and so many struggles we face as homeschooling families. This book is a great focus to get back on track to what really matters and I know it has saved several families homeschooling journeys.
- Homeschool Co-ops 101 – Mentioning homeschool lies, one big one is socialization. Because of that one word many homeschool families run to Co-Ops for ‘socialization’ and don’t really know what they are getting into. This book lays it all out for you.
- Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities to Turn Travel Time into Learning Time – For Kids Ages 4 to 17 –This book is one I recommend to even non homeschooling families. It is perfect for long road trips. If you are a homeschool family you know learning doesn’t end at your front door. Your kids do it everywhere! This book covers every subject and many grade levels to make learning on the road fun.
- The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 (Prima Home Learning Library) – You will never be at a lack of ideas with this book. A few of my favorite activities are the create maps based on favorite stories, such asTreasure Island or The Wizard of Oz and review spelling words by writing them on the sidewalk with chalk
- The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance: Nurturing Your Marriage Through the Homeschool Years – Let’s face it, homeschooling takes a lot of time and effort and sometimes your marriage gets put on the side lines. This book is a great reminder to take time for your marriage.
- Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years – The days seem to fly by so fast and then you wonder what happened because you barely got half-done of what you wanted. This is a great resource to help you through that time and manage your time more to get more done.
- The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home –If you go into any homeschool page, or group this is one of the most recommended homeschooling books. This book explains so much of how to homeschool and the concepts for each grade level.
- Handbook of Nature Study – Getting out into nature is a great part of homeschool. This handbook give you’re a guide on how incorporate this great part your homeschool.
What books did you find instrumental in helping your homeschool journey?