I have been homeschooling my children forever it seems – actually it mounts to a total of over 15 years, some of them fun, some of them not so fun. But no matter what the day to day struggle is like, (and the struggle is real at times), there are some truly awesome homeschooling books out there to assist you along the way. I have my own take on homeschooling, as well as it’s pro’s and cons, but for now, I want to share with you some useful books that can make your own homeschooling journey a little easier.
- The Homeschooling Handbook: How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun, and Effective. A good book to get you started, and over the fear that homeschooling can cost a lot of money. If you are interested in potentially unschooling your children, this book will showcase what all can be considered school, and how to add up the time that your kid spends on learning. I am not an unschooler, so some of the techniques are not what I would use, but they do work for other families, who prefer a more unstructured approach on a budget.
- Home Management for the Homeschool Mom: Simplifying the big things so you don’t miss the little things. I wish someone would have pointed out to me how to organize my life, homeschool lessons, and my own ambitions when I first started! This book will help you manage your home AND your homeschool. It is a lot more traditional than I like it to be, but you can learn a lot from it, nevertheless. If you are new to homeschooling, but already feel overwhelmed, or are a burnt out mom, about to go on strike, this book is for you.
- The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve. Again this is not an approach for everyone, but if you are interested in getting your children college ready, and that quickly, then this is the book you should check out. Outline a way to maximize on dual enrollment as early as possible, the Harding Family highlights what worked for them. This is not a relaxed approach to homeschooling!
- Homeschool Basics: How to Get Started, Keep Motivated, and Bring Out the Best in Your Kids. Keeping your kids and yourself motivated is essential to making homeschooling work. Of course, education should not be left open for debate, but your kids might go through a time, where everything is more important than opening up that school book. What to do, without looking your mind? Well, this book has some ideas that are very practical and are designed to keep you sane, and happy. Which in turn makes for a happy educational experience for your kids.
- Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School. This is probably the most practical book on the list. As a homeschooling parent, you may wonder what your kid needs to learn each year to stay on track with his or her peers. Well, wonder no more. Instead of having to hunt for curriculum outlines, this book gives you the basic idea what you should center your studies on and allows you to make sure you have covered everything that your child will need to have an acceptable high school diploma. This book is an essential reference guide for all homeschooling parents, no matter what type of schooling or curriculum you will choose. Also, it makes it easy for you to judge if a curriculum you are about to purchase covers what is necessary for each school year.
Do you have any specific homeschool books that you love? Share your recommendations below!
Stay Tuned For The Upcoming Parts of the Back To School Books Series
Back to School Books – Part Two: Early Childhood Education Books
Back to School Books – Part Three: Parenting School Age Children