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 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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