For Homeschool Moms: The Top Five Homeschool Books You Must Read

If you’ve been around the blog for any time, you’ll know that I love books. I really, really love books. So it should come as no surprise that I have some favorite books that I’ve treasured as I’ve been on my homeschooling journey. In this post I’m sharing my top five all time favorite homeschooling books.

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

I was introduced to this book by a speaker at a homeschool convention. If you want to have a homeschool that is different from a traditional public school that just pushes kids through, teaching basic skills and turning out kids who are all just like the status quo, this book is for you. The author talks about how to teach kids who are going to become leaders. It helps homeschool parents learn how to teach their children to be responsible learners and to be prepared for life, not just prepared to pass a test. Along with the book, there is a Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion that gives practical ideas for putting the principles of the book into practice.

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

I came upon Charlotte Mason and her methods several years into my homeschooling. I always wished I had read more about this homeschooling philosophy much sooner. I began then using the gentle methods and principles of Charlotte Mason, and, although I wouldn’t consider myself a full-fledged Charlotte Mason homeschooler (I’m too eclectic to be a full-fledged anything!), much of what we do even now has some basis in this homeschool philosophy. This book was one of the first I read about Charlotte Mason and her methods and it’s an excellent resource for learning more about this homeschooling method.

Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson

My husband and I had the opportunity to head Todd Wilson from Familyman Ministries speak at a homeschool convention some years ago. Although Todd speaks with humor, and he’s a great entertainer, he’s also full of truth. And as the husband of a homeschool mom, he knows the struggle that so many of us homeschool moms face to be good enough, to live up to unreasonable expectations that others have for us and that we have for ourselves. This book is an excellent reminder to look for truth and not believe the lies we sometimes tell ourselves.

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate

I had the opportunity to review Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms a couple of years ago. The book is written by Mary Jo Tate who is a single, homeschooling mom and who runs a home business. She’s an extremely busy woman who has many things going on at once. In Flourish she gives some principles for how a homeschooling can not only survive but can flourish.

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

This book isn’t specifically for homeschool moms, but it is very useful and applicable for homeschoolers. The author gives a great overview of the various learning styles that we and our children may have and suggestions for how to teach to various learning styles. It’s extremely helpful to understand learning styles as I make decisions about curriculum and classes as well as extracurricular things that we do. And an understanding of learning styles can help me to know why a child may be struggling with a specific curriculum or class.

These are a few of my very favorite homeschool books. They are books that I think have helped shaped my ideas about homeschooling and have guided me in making decisions about our homeschool.

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