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10 Excellent Books about Homeschooling

10 Excellent Books about Homeschooling

While I know that I don’t find as much time as I would like to be able to read, I am excited to participate in this week’s iHomeschool Network 10 in 10 (and have those participating link up here for Top Ten Tuesday) with a theme of our favorite books on homeschooling.

I realized while putting my list together that there were some similarities in the books that I enjoyed.  Ironically, I didn’t follow the advice that I loved most in some of these books, as I often find myself more trapped in a traditional school model, even when I try not to go that route.  Maybe one of these days I’ll finally break out of that mold.


10 Excellent Books about Homeschooling

Charlotte Mason Books

While we don’t use the Charlotte Mason method, I really love the method and have enjoyed these books that centered around a Charlotte Mason approach:

A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levinson

Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home by Elizabeth Foss

Thomas Jefferson Education Books

Okay, so honestly, this is another method that I never managed to adopt.  If I had it in me though, I would love to use it.  My copies of the following books are filled with highlighter marks and notes.  I was so impressed with the ideas and approach.

Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning by Oliver and Rachel DeMille

A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion by Oliver DeMille, Rachel DeMille, and Diann Jeppson – This was my favorite of these two books

Encouraging Hands On, Creativity, and Projects

I’ve already established that I like books that encourage creativity, so it’s no surprise to find some of those within my homeschooling books too.  I’ve included the first one one which isn’t technically a homeschooling book, but I think it fits perfectly into the homeschooling lifestyle.

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori Pickert

Writing and Language Arts

This is an area that I always feel like we struggle with the most.  These are some books that I’ve enjoyed that have been good encouragement to think outside the box as well as giving me practical ideas that I can really use.

Designing Your Language Arts Curriculum by Jimmie Lanley – This one is an eBook and less than $4.00!

The Writer’s Jungle by Julie Bogart – This is spine of the Brave Writer curriculum.  It is pricey, but I really enjoyed it.  I was able to purchase it half price through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

The Other Two Books

Okay, so they didn’t actually all go well together into categories.  These last two will just have to go together then.

Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom by Jamie Martin – I love the encouragement in this eBook.  It was something that I really needed to read.  This eBook is also available for free to email subscribers of Simple Homeschool.

The Young Man’s Handybook by Gail Keppenman and Martha Greene – We haven’t used this book yet, but after it arrived with the books that we ordered for next school year, I was so excited!  This looks like a great resource for teaching life skills (not just for boys).  A friend plans to use it as part of her life skills instruction to a small group of kids for next year.  I can’t wait!

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  1. Seeing that book by Elizabeth Foss at the top of your list made me smile. I’d love to meet her one day — she’s an amazing woman.

    Great list of resources, as usual!

  2. I love this topic! So many I recognize and a few new gems to add to my list. Thank you!

  3. The Charlotte Mason and Leadership books are ones I do reference often. I love the fact that I can find what works best for my family and implement it without being driven by one style or method. It’s one of the many beauties of growing our children, isn’t it?

  4. I don’t homeschool, the thought has always been there though. This list looks amazing!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you so much for this list. I am pinning this for future reference. While my children are still young, my husband and I have started having conversations about whether or not to homeschool, send to private school or public school. I am reading and collecting as much information as possible, so these titles are going on my reading list. Thank you!

  6. thank you so much for including my book on your list! :) i’m honored!

  7. Great list! I’m going to add these to my TBR list!


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