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The Top Five Books Every New Homeschool Mom Needs to Read

I was introducing myself in a group the other day and added to my introduction that I've been homeschooling for fourteen years- counting kindergarten. Fourteen years. That amazes me sometimes.

I can remember those early days of homeschooling very well, though. I can remember the excitement I felt and the thrill that the kids had to "do school." I remember reading Mailbox magazine and planning little kindergarten learning centers for our house. Those early days of homeschooling were so much fun.

But...I also remember the concerns of those early days. Am I doing this right? How should I teach the kids to read? Did we do enough school today? Am I going to be able to keep this up? What in the world do I do with the baby and the toddler when I'm homeschooling the older kids?!

Books for homeschool moms
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If you're a homeschooling mom who's in the midst of those days, I'm here with some help. These five books are ones that will encourage, inform, and instruct you as you're headed along your own homeschooling journey. So take a deep breath, hide in the bathroom, and read, read, read.


I have to admit that I didn't read this one at the beginning of my homeschooling journey. I've only read it recently. But that's only because this awesome book wasn't available until more recently.

One of the biggest fears I think all homeschool moms have at one time or another is, "Am I doing enough?" Sarah addresses this fear in Teaching from Rest. She encourages moms to teach, not from a place of stress and anxiety, but from a place of rest. This book is so full of great advice, you don't want to miss it.

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Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson


The Clarkson's book was originally published in 1994, but it's been revised and updated and rereleased. If you're homeschooling with a desire to pass on your faith to your children, this is an excellent book for you. 

In Educating the Whole-Hearted Child you'll read not only about getting started with homeschooling, but also about nurturing the heart of your child, developing relationships in the family, and passing on your faith.


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A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola


Learning about the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling is something I wish I had known of and done before I began homeschooling. Instead, I didn't discover Charlotte Mason and her methods until my oldest children were elementary aged. This was one of the books that introduced me to Charlotte Mason.

I don't consider myself a full Charlotte Mason homeschooler. But I do love the spirit of her gentle methods, and there have been many that have been extremely effective in our homeschool. 

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A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century by Oliver DeMille


Occasionally I've come across an excellent homeschooling book because of a recommendation from a homeschool convention. This book was one of those. In the session I attended, the speaker, who had high school aged children (when I only had younger ones), spoke about preparing our children for life. She talked about an education beyond that of a traditional school and curricula. And she recommended this book.

If you don't want your children to turn out in the cookie cutter mold that other students from traditional schools seem to follow, this book is for you. The author introduces a vision for an education that will produce leaders, not followers.

To go along with this book- which is more theoretical- you can read A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion. This companion book gives more practical suggestions for putting the theories of this style of education into practice.
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The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias


I actually first read this book as a teacher in traditional school. It made such an impact that I carried it into my homeschooling as well. 

One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is that, when we are choosing curricula or teaching, we can adapt to the way that our kids learn. Sometimes we don't do this, however. We try to stuff our kids into the mold we've created. This book is a great reminder that all of our kids learn differently.

Although it is written primarily for parents with kids in traditional schools, The Way They Learn can be a valuable tool for homeschool parents as well. It will help you determine your child's learning style and how to build on their strengths.


Books for homeschool moms


A few years ago, I published an ebook for new and prospective homeschoolers- So You Want to Be a Homeschooler? In this book, new homeschool moms and moms considering homeschooling can read about developing a homeschool vision statement, choosing the method that's right for their family, how to choose curricula, and more. 


Books for homeschool moms



Books for homeschool moms

There's your reading list for the next few months. Do you have any other favorite books for new homeschoolers?


6 comments:

  1. I loved the Unschooling Unmanual. It helped me see the value in all the learning my kids were doing even when weren't "doing school!"

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    1. I need to read it. I've always said I wish I were brave enough to truly unschool. :-)

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  2. Thanks for this! I posted in my facebook group Homeschool Curriculum 101 where we get lots of new homeschooling moms looking for advice!

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    1. I hope it can be helpful. I learned so much from these!

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  3. I own 2-3 of these books, but have yet to actually read them. Finishing 13 years of homeschooling this year. I've heard of the other titles as well. Guess I have some reading to do!

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    1. Sometimes I get so caught up in reading books for the kids' school that I don't read my own!

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