Homeschool Book Recommendations

Top Ten Homeschooler's Book List

March 2020 was the official commencement of our family's homeschooling adventures. Immediately all the self doubt flooded in.. full force. And in true form I decided to purchase ALL the self help books, this time, homeschool help. So as a newbie homeschool Mama I decided to put together a quick list of the books I've acquired this past year and the ones I'd recommend. 

Here goes nothin':

#1 Call of the Wild and Free- Ainsley Arment- I'd like to call this the Homeschooler's Bible. This book sparked it all for me. It spoke to my soul and rang true to exactly my vision for our children. It covers darn near every homeschooler's questions. Specifically this read debunks a lot of homeschooling myths out there. Another bonus is it gives a brief rundown of the various homeschooling educational philosophies. I can't recommend this book enough for anyone tiptoeing around the idea of starting homeschool. 

"Our children are children for such a small season of life. Let their laughter ring out, their imaginations soar, their feet stomp in puddles, their hands clap for joy. To soon they will grow up an out of their youthful exuberance and zest and settle into life and routine of adulthood."

#2 Teaching From Rest by: Mackenzie- This was a well needed breath of fresh air when I really needed it. Along with homeschooling comes a lot of self doubt... like daily. This book put me at ease and helped me refocus on what truly matters in homeschooling, which is the connection to your children on a deep, spiritual level with Jesus. If you are looking for a quick read full of all the goodness of God, snag this book. 
"We must approach the Holy Spirit every single day, asking Him to lead us and to quiet our anxious souls so that we can really bless our children - not with shiny curriculum or perfect lesson plans, but rather with purposeful, restful spirits."

#3 The Brave Learner by: Julie Bogart- I FLEW through this book I just loved it so much. I found this book to be practical and useful for jumping into homeschooling young kids. It details ways in which to sort of, roll with the punches, and encourage risks, surprises, and adventures. This book is all about learning joyfully. This book has so so many useful nuggets of wisdom I felt like highlighting the entire thing. I'd say it truly sparked enchantment for me.

"The best education we can give our children is the one that says: There are unlimited ways to get to where you want to go; I'm here to help you find your way"

#4 Wild & Free by: Connolly & Morgan- I decided to include this novel in the mix even though it's not exactly a homeschoolers guide per say. The authors in this book do an incredible job reminding women of worthy they are EXACTLY the way God made us. I'd say homeschool mamas out there, this is one for your arsenal. 
"The world may tell us we're too much or never enough, but we walk wildly in who God created us to be and rest freely in the work Jesus did for us. We do not have to be confined or conformed to cultural expectations. We are unchained from our past and unafraid of our future. We choose compassion over comparison. We love without condition, without reserve. Our eyes are on God; we hold nothing back; we run fast and strong; we do not hide our light. We aren't wild and free for our sake alone; rather we sing life, hope, and truth over the world with abandon--just as our God sings over us. We are wild and free. And we are poised to do mighty things, in Christ alone." 


#5 Homeschool Bravely by: Erikson- First of all this cover got me, just sayin'. Second of all, the title truly embodies the idea behind this book. The idea that we can homeschool because of God's grace. We can tackle the unimaginable because God is on our side. One of the greatest gifts of homeschooling is to be able to weave God's truth into everything our children are learning, and this in itself gives our kids the firmest footing possible. 
"Your child is a sentence that is not yet complete. Don't anxiously put a period where God has only dropped a comma." 

#6 Five Hour School Week- Oh I needed this title. I'm always wondering if we are doing enough "schooling." This is a realistic approach to what homeschooling actually looks like. Learning happens all day every day, even if we as parents aren't formally administering it. This book does make me jealous of all the travel but I'd say it's still a solid read.

 “Stop questioning if you can teach your children, instead question the system that made you feel as though you can’t.”

#7 Glow Kids by: Nicholas Kardaras, Ph. D. *** THIS BOOK ! This book has nothing to do with homeschooling but I HAD to include it in this list. Ever wonder what the effects are on our kids and technology today? This book is equally shocking as it is informative. I cannot recommend this book enough. Keeping screens out of the hands of our children is such an important concept in my eyes. This book is so necessary for any parent in todays' society.

“If you really want a child to thrive and blossom, lose the screens for the first few years of their lives. During those key developmental periods, let them engaging creative play. Legos are always great, as they encourage creativity and the hand-eye coordination nurtures synaptic growth. Let them explore their surroundings and allow them opportunities to experience nature. . Activities like cooking and playing music also have been shown to help young children thrive developmentally. But most importantly, let them experience boredom; there is nothing healthier for a child then to learn how to use their own interior resources to work through the challenges of being bored. This then acts as the fertile ground for developing their powers of observation, cultivating patience and developing an active imagination-- the most developmentally and neurosynaptically important skill that they can learn.”
#8 Raising an Original by: Julie Lyles Carr- This book is helpful for the spirited kiddo in your bunch. You know, the one you are certain is absorbing nothing you're teaching. Yes this is a great reminder of how your children are all uniquely amazingly different. Its beneficial to re-group and praise the idiosyncratic behaviors each child has been gifted. 
"I think we jump onto the what-do-you-want-to-be band-wagon because we're searching for threads of identity within our children. If we can just learn what they aspire to, then we'll see what they're made of, what skills and talents and dreams they have. We think that what they want to be will help us understand who they are. Understable. But flawed"

#9 Extraordinary Parenting by: Eloise Rickman- I was on a wait list for this book. I found it straight forward, pretty informative but nothing earth-shattering. I liked it enough to recommend it but perhaps I read it after the above eight so similar concepts were repeated in this. 
"This vision as 'a beautiful childhood': a childhood with strong family connections, laughter, play, and joyful learning, where children feel seen, heard, and valued for who they are."

#10 Home Education by: Charlotte M. Mason ** -this is written more like a textbook and details the classic approach to homeschooling based off the Charlotte Mason methods. I incorporate all sorts of educational approaches when attempting to homeschool but I do value a lot of what Charlotte Mason stands for. Snag a copy of this if you have any inclination to learn more about this approach to learning. 

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