So many books and so little time! The topics are seemingly endless and looking through them can be a daunting task. Much like home schooling. It isn’t as difficult as one might think. Not every book is for everyone and not everyone needs every book. Thank goodness for jacket covers and the tables of contents. Most of all, thanks to those home schooling families who are willing to share their experience and knowledge to those who are new to the world of home schooling. Pick and choose to decide which books will work best for your home schooling family. These are a few that I personally recommend that will be especially helpful to home schooling families that are just starting out. They were all suggested to me by other home schooling families that had years of experience. I purposefully put them in alphabetical order, according to the title. I couldn’t list them by order of my personal preferences; I love all of these books and they have been, continue to be, a huge help to my family.
“Educating the Whole-Hearted Child” was written by Clay and Sally Clarkson. It includes information about learning styles, methods of teaching, and the ever important home schooling support groups. This book reminds home schooling parents to stay focused on the entire child, not just the child’s education. I particularly like this one because it explores how to make sure the decision of home schooling instead of traditional schooling is God’s will for your family.
Ann Larson wrote a great book that is aimed at those who are new to home schooling entitled “Fundamentals of Home Schooling: Notes on Successful Family Living. It takes a look at the biggest challenges “home school newbies” face. The book discusses how and where to find resources. Creating a lifestyle that will be conducive to learning is also discussed. It also tackles the huge issue of how the mindset of traditional schooling gets in the way of home schooling families.
“Home Schooling: The Right Choice” by Chris Klicka is a book of studies comparing and contrasting home schooling and traditional schooling. Statistics are also provided. What I like best about this specific book is it gives information on the legalities of home schooling. Helpful hints for getting started were also included.
Chris and Ellyn Davis wrote “I Saw the Angel in the Marble.” This book is a collection of essays that encourages home schooling families. Included are essays about the fundamentals of home schooling, with many hints on how to home school. I especially like how home schooling is about the entire child and the process of home schooling, not just the education the child is receiving.
Linda Dobson wrote a book for those who are doubting home schooling titled “The Home Schooling Book of Answers: The 101 Most Important Questions Answered by Home Schooling’s Most Respected Voices.” Asking for this book with the long title at you local bookstore or library is definitely worth the time and effort of saying the whole title. If you have any questions or you are dazed by any aspect of home schooling, this book is for you. After reading it, I was not as hesitant as I had been.
“The Ultimate Book of Home Schooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12” was written by Linda Dobson. I think she should re-title the book, leaving off the “for Kids Ages 3-12” because I love doing the activities she suggests. Most of the members of my home schooling group agrees. Highly creative and entertaining, these activities will keep home schoolers from starting to think that home school is boring. I even have friend, a teacher, who uses these ideas in the traditional school where she teaches sixth grade.
“Things We Wish We’d Known” by Diana Waring is an excellent read. It is a collection of stories about other home schooling families and their experiences in the home school world. It is also filled with optimistic and compassionate stories of those who have already navigated the home schooling highway. There is realistic recommendations and suggestions that will help you make it down that sometimes long and lonely road.
With the vast assortment of books available, finding the ones that are best for your home schooling family can seem difficult. Look these books over and see if they are for you. Use the ones you feel are right for you and your family. Please do not limit yourself to only these. Rely on your home schooling group and friendly librarian for additional books that may suit your specific needs. The answers to your questions are out there. Do your research and you will find them. Hopefully, these books will help you and your family on your home schooling journey as much as they helped me and my family.