Also, these are in no particular order... I could not pick a favorite from amoung them... they are all great, they each have particular things that make them special and unique. They are all favorites...so... here they are.
These are specifically about Homeschooling
A Survivor's Guide to Home Schooling by Luanne Shackelford and Susan White. Love this book!! Great chapter titles (check them out at Rainbow). Great wit and insight into many areas of homeschooling and areas of our homes that homeschooling affects.
Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling - Diana Waring. One of the first books about homeschooling that I read. I have loved Diana and her resources since my girls were quite young... I think Rachel was in 2nd or 3rd grade when we went to a homeschooling night featuring Diana and her kids!! We bought everything she had with her and continued to buy her resources over the years. I have all her books and cd's except the new revisions of her History guides. This book will enrich your life and lighten your homeschool load.
Things We Wish We'd Known: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling Compiled and Edited by Bill and Diana Waring. Ever wish you could ask veteran homeschoolers how they do/did it? This book has chapters by 50 homeschool veterans and not just veterans but "big names" in homeschooling. It is a big encouragement to new and old homeschoolers alike.
Child Training and the Home School : A Legacy of Grace - Jeff and Marge Barth. This is an oldie but a goodie. Mostly about child raising. They also wrote Old-Fashioned Courtship & How It Works Today.
Gaining Confidence to Teach: Forty-Two Confidence-Builders to Encourage Christian Homeschoolers - Debbie Strayer. This book will do what it says. Give you more confidence to teach your children at home. Whether you are considering homeschooling or already homeschooling your children, this book will help you feel that you can do it too!
Home Educating with Confidence - Rich and Marilyn Boyer. Check out the chapter titles on Amazon by clicking look inside this book - a link just under the picture of the book on the upper left. How can you go wrong with titles like... "Doing it God's Way" and "Making Learning Fun" ... those are just two of them... check it out.. another oldie but goodie.
Reaping the Harvest: The Bounty of Abundant-Life Homeschooling - Diana Waring. This is Diana's book about homeschooling in High School. High School is the time to keep them home and enjoy all the years of work you put into them... not send them off to public school because you are afraid they won't get into college. Wow! This book will get you thinking and if you get your High Schooler to read this book it will get him thinking. An especially good chapter for teens (and parents) is "Yagottahavagottawanna!" it is all about getting your teen to motivate themselves. There are a lot of great chapters/topics in this book.
Schoolproof: How to Help Your Family Beat the System and Learn to Love Learning - The Easy, Natural Way by Mary Pride. The title almost says it all. Some of the topics include: "20 ways to present a lesson" and "20 ways for your student to show what he knows." One of my favorite chapters is about recognizing and dumping educational clutter.
The Simplicity of Homeschooling: Discover the Freedom of Learning through Living by Vicky Goodchild. This book is especially good for new homeschoolers as it covers such basics as the history of homeschool methods; goals, priorities, and schedules; choosing resources; record keeping; and covers preschool to high school. Great book with great resources and even printables for you to use in your homeschool.
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook: A Creative and Stress-Free Approach to Homeschooling by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore. The Moores have been around for a long time and have several books they have written. This book is one of the newer ones they wrote. Their first book "Better Late Than Early" was written in 1975.... I was still in high school. This one was written in 1994. You can see all the chapter titles at this link at Amazon by clicking look inside this book - a link just under the picture of the book on the upper left. This book also has a lot of the basics and is great for new homeschoolers and those who would like a stress free approach. There is also a section written by homeschoolers where they share their wisdom, it's great.
Other books by the Moores:
- Home School Burnout
- Home Grown Kids: A Practical Handbook for Teaching Your Children at Home
- Home Style Teaching
- Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to You...
and more at Amazon... click here
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 by Linda Dobson. What can I say that the title does not say.... hmmmm... some of these would be great in workboxes!! There are activites that cover all the subjects and more. That about sums this book up.
Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell (there is also a Study Guide to go with this). At the link above you will find a great review of this book and you can look at the table of contents. We love all the resources the Maxwell's have. They are a great homeschool family and an inspiration to our family. Some more of their resources are listed below.
Homeschool Dad books
How a Man Prepares his Daughters for Life by Michael Farris (CBD has What a Daughter Needs from Her Dad How a Man Prepares His Daughter for Life this may be a new version... it does not say... but the first link to the book is the one I own, you can get it from Amazon).
The Homeschooling Father by Michael P. Farris
How to Be a Good Dad by Stephen A. Bly
- Keeping Our Children’s Hearts by Steve and Teri Maxwell
- Preparing Sons to Provide for a Single-Income Family by Steven Maxwell
- Managers of Their Homes: A Practical Guide to Daily Scheduling for Christian Homeschool Families By Steve and Teri Maxwell
- Managers of Their Chores: A Practical Guide to Children's Chores by Steve and Teri Maxwell
- Managers of Their Schools: A Practical Guide to Homeschooling by Steve and Teri Maxwell (actually I don't own this one yet... but I'm sure it is as good as the others)
- Created for Work by Bob Shultz. Excellent book for boys.
- Boyhood and Beyond by Bob Shultz. Excellent book for boys.
- 401 Ways to Get your Kids to Work at Home by Bonnie Runyan McCullough
- Families Where Grace is in Place by Jeff VanVonderen
- Home-Making/The Family by J.R. Miller (same book my copy was Home-Making it is now called The Family)
- Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes in you and your kids! by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
- The Idea Book for Mothers by Pat Hershey Owen
- Complete Home Learning Sourcebook by Rebecca Rupp
- My Kids are My Best Teachers: The ABCs of Parenting by Bill Butterworth.
Well that about does it for this installation of How to Homeschool... the Basics! I hope this helps many of my readers out and I hope you enjoy some good books this fall... get to your library or buy one.. and read something to encourage you as you start or continue your homeschool journey!!