Reading books about homeschool is a great way to get inspired to teach your children at home. They are also a great way to give you a little extra encouragement when you find yourself lost or overwhelmed. Here are 6 homeschooling books for parents you should probably try to find time to read.
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Homeschooling Books for Parents who Just Want a Good, Fun Read
If you’re looking for a novel that will have you nodding your head in agreement as you read, The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins takes you through the ups and downs of homeschooling and juggling family life.
If you are just getting started on your homeschool journey, The Homeschool Experiment book is an excellent book. With it, you will be able to follow through the daily challenges, rewards, and humor that a homeschool family may experience. And every once in awhile, it’s just good to read something for the sake of reading, rather than gleaning information, isn’t it?
The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life
I think that if there were one person I would want to sit and have a big, juicy conversation with about homeschool, it would be Julie Bogart. From her homeschool writing curriculum, informative podcasts, and just all-around down-to-earth homeschooling insight, Julie is by far one of my favorite people in the homeschooling space.
Her latest book The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life will help any parent find those pockets of joy in their day that make homeschooling a part of your lifestyle vs. something you do ‘to’ your children.
A common thread among veteran homeschoolers is that homeschooling should emphasize home rather than school. Much of what we weave into our days revolves around being at home and our relationships with our children.
Homeschooling is an extension of parenting; we’ve been teaching our children from day one, how to count, how to sing the alphabet, if we harness the parenting part of homeschooling, often we’re able to shift our mindset around what school at home should really look like.
Julie Bogart, came to this realization during her journey as a homeschooling mom, “To have a more effective home education, I realized I needed to abandon the trappings of school and harness the energy of home.”
The Brave Learner is a great book for those who need a little pick me up and encouragement for their homeschool journey. The method is all about showing you how to make your child’s education exciting, no matter what grade level they are at, and how to spark some curiosity into their minds.
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
Susan Wise Bauer is a best-selling author and historian. She wrote the well-loved homeschool history series, Story of the World, History for the Classical Child.
Bauer is also the author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, which I’m currently listening to via Audible. A great book that will help guide you through classical education at home with step by step instructions. This homeschooling book will help you learn how to help your child succeed.
It offers advice on teaching your children to think for themselves, and how to learn to understand and discern. The Well-Trained Mind can also improve your mindset around being the educator in your home and how that correlates to parenting to help you make the most of your role.
Minimalist Intentional Homeschooling Advice
If there’s one thing I’m not when it comes to homeschooling, it’s being a minimalist. The variety of curricula available, products, services, and of course books, make me more of a collector than anything.
I love learning, I love learning tools and of course, am a complete bibliophile. These are definitely not traits of a minimalist, however, Minimalist Homeschooling: A Values-based Approach to Maximizing Learning and Minimizing Stress is a homeschooling book for parents many of us probably need.
As Dr. Zara Fagen writes, “Hard work and good intentions, without priorities and focus are a quick way to overwhelm.”
This step-by-step guide encourages you to be more intentional with your child’s learning. It offers and 15 worksheets to help you do so. So, if you’re like me and like a bit of structure when it comes to reaching goals, this book is for you.
Fagen invites you to remove the clutter from your homeschool. She encourages parents to really take a good look at how they spend their time and energy. Fagen guides parents along on a new path to rethinking priorities and changing perspective toward a more minimalist homeschooling mindset.
The book shows you how to keep your sanity while homeschooling and help you learn where to channel your time and energy for a less chaotic homeschool experience.
The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling
Just the title alone made me want to read this book. As homeschooling parents, we often don’t have time to pour into ourselves. It’s important that we find the time to do so. Written by Durenda Wilson, The Unhurried Homeschooler helps parents put homeschooling in perspective by letting them know that at the core of what they’re doing, lies their relationship with their children.
That relationship will love on well past the lesson plans and college applications. Wilson homeschooled 8 children over the course of twenty years. She offers unparalleled insight that is sure to comfort and reassure parents.
As a homeschooling parent, you may find yourself struggling with feelings of burnout and frustration. The Unhurried Homeschooler is one of the great homeschooling books for parents to help them. remember the reason they’re through this journey.
It is to remind parents about the things that really matter and to help enjoy the years of homeschooling. Wilson encourages parents to be mindful that they’re “making sure that school revolved around home life, not home life around school.”
How to Homeschool Bravely in a Christ-Centered Home
Written by a veteran homeschooler, Jamie Erickson, Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child With Confidence, is a must-read for any family considering homeschooling. Shoot, I’ve been at this homeschooling thing for several years now and it even proved helpful for me.
Moms new to homeschooling may be struggling with self-doubt coupled with the ‘advice’ and input from friends and family members. Erickson offers great advice for those moms, “Stop wearing someone else’s expectations and judgments. That outfit never looks good on anyone.”
We are all guilty at times of taking other people’s opinions to heart, that’s something we need to just stop doing, altogether.
Homeschool Bravely will help guide you through the bumps in the road that are sure to come. It can help you learn how to juggle school and parenting, it gives you tips on teaching a struggling learner, and to reclaim your purpose and hope as you transform your homeschool.
Parents who are homeschooling multiple ages or trying to homeschool older kids with littles around will find valuable insight in this book.
These homeschooling books for parents will offer encouragement as you go journey through home education. They are all about slowing down, enjoying the time, and encouraging you to continue even when faced with challenges, doubts, and insecurities.