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Top Ten Homeschooling Books

Exciting news! Homeschool.com's Product Testers have just selected their Top 10 Homeschooling Books. These are the books that have been the most helpful to them in setting up and running their home school. Homeschool.com, along with Keystone National High School, an online alternative for your high school student (s) would like to share this list with you:

October 5, 2009

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The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition) by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
This beloved homeschooling book received more nominations than any other. The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home offers a step-by-step, grade-by-grade, and a subject-by-subject guide on how to give your child a comprehensive academic education. The authors outline the classical pattern of education--the trivium--which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind. Using the trivium as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in reading, writing, history, mathematics, science, foreign languages, etc., regardless of your own aptitude in these subjects. Newly revised and updated, The Well-Trained Mind includes detailed book lists with complete ordering information; up-to-date listings of resources, publications, and internet links; and other useful contacts. Thousands of parents have used the curricula, books lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children successfully at home–either full-time or as a supplement to classroom education.
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The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom by Mary Griffith
A growing percentage of homeschoolers are becoming unschoolers. The unschooling movement is founded on the principle that children learn best when they pursue their own natural curiosities and interests. Without bells, schedules, and rules about what to do and when, the knowledge they gain through mindful living and exploration is absorbed more easily and enthusiastically. Learning is a natural, inborn impulse, and the world is rich with lessons to be learned and puzzles to be solved. The Unschooling Handbook combines practical advice with plenty of real-life examples of how unschooling works.
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Homeschooling and Loving It by Rebecca Kochenderfer
In Homeschooling and Loving It, Rebecca Kochenderfer provides a common sense approach to homeschooling that is interactive and guides you in making sure that your child is at or above grade level. Common sense solutions help you organize your time between homeschooling, chores, work, etc. These solutions also help in keeping yourself and your child motivated all year long and allows you to provide your child a complete education without breaking the bank and without homeschooling 8-10 hours a day. You will learn how to homeschool different age children at the same time ( even with a baby or toddler in the house! ) as well as how to prepare your high schooler to get into the college of his/her choice.

The interactive exercises at the end of each chapter give you insight and a better understanding of you and your student (s) learn. In using these exercises you will find what will and won't work in your home without spending more time and money.

The common sense approach outlined in this book is easy to understand, easy to implement, and will save you money. And, by following the link below, you can get a free copy of this great resource.

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What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education (The Core Knowledge Series) by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
In one convenient volume per grade — from What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know through What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know — the seven-volume Core Knowledge Series provides parents, teachers, and children with an engaging, illustrated introduction to the important knowledge outlined in the Core Knowledge Sequence. Each book suggests related readings and resources. The kindergarten and first grade books also include sections on how children learn to read.
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A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century by Oliver Van DeMille
How were the brilliant men and women who founded the United States of America educated? Dr. DeMille has done extensive research that takes us back to the days of mentors, classics, and parents who nurtured and guided students through academics and beyond. This book is about nurturing, rather than forcing; inspiring, rather than demanding; and the desire to give a children more than dry facts and figures to regurgitate back to teachers. It is about learning how, not what to think, and the ideas presented here give parents and teachers the inspiration needed to help their children and students fulfill their potential to become great.
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Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp
In this book, homeschoolers find a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum. The author presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to learn when they need to learn it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure, Home Learning Year by Year features the subjects that need to be covered within each grade, standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level, and recommendations regarding texts for each subject.
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Homeschooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, And Family in the Real World by Marilyn Rockett
This book provides busy homeschooling mothers a thoughtfully thorough resource for bringing order back to their home-turned-classroom. In tune with today's pace, the book provides basic home-management principles, teaching parents how to de-clutter their homes, develop life skills in their children, tame the paper monster and keep organized records. Also emphasized are ways to build relationships and use the home as a center for hospitality and outreach. The book even includes the author's easily adaptable File-a-Plan organizing system on a bonus CD-ROM.
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The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling (3rd Edition) by Debra Bell
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling features subject-by-subject guidelines and program recommendations; tips on how to unlock your child's learning potential, tips on motivating students, and advice on multi-level teaching. Now with updated lists of available resource materials and the latest information on homeschooling technology, this manual is an excellent guide to homeschooling.
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Homeschooling Our Children Unschooling Ourselves by Alison McKee
Homeschooling Our Children Unschooling Ourselves
offers insights into how children learn and how unschooling works. This book will reassure parents considering homeschooling that nurturing children's natural desire to learn can empower their children to become enthusiastic life-long learners.
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100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child's Learning Style by Cathy Duffy
100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child's Learning Style makes planning and choosing curriculum as simpler as ever. The author guides you through the process, offering her "Top Picks" from each subject area. 100 Top Picks gives parents just the right balance of guidance and choices so they make well-informed choices in their curriculum purchases.
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