Books about homeschooling can be educational, informative, and inspiring. Five homeschooling books that we really like include–

  • The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

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. 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, book 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.

  •  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.

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 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 how 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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

Stay tuned—we’re recommending five MORE homeschooling books tomorrow!

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