I was recently asked to name my favorite homeschool book, a near impossible feat for someone who has been reading every book she could find on the subject for the last decade. So instead of naming a single favorite title, I’ve compiled a list of My All-Time Top Ten Favorite Homeschooling Books and why I would and do suggest them to others.
10. A Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola
Written as a lovely story about a mother that begins homeschooling her child using ‘the gentle art of learning’, this book will show you that homeschooling need not be difficult but happens naturally.
9. Talkers, Watchers, and Doers: Unlocking your Child’s Unique Learning Style by Cheri Fuller
This book is not written specifically for homeschoolers, but parents in general. I love the easy writing style of Cheri Fuller, she is able to take what could be a confusing topic and simply break it down into a very readable, basic introduction to learning styles.
8. How to get your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning by Carol Barnier
Subtitled Homeschooling Highly Distractible, ADHD, or Just Plain Fidgety Kids; all I can say is if you have boys- you must read this book! This book is full of wonderful tips, activities and games for teaching kids that just can’t sit still or learn by “doing”. If you think you’ll pass on this one because you don’t have an ADHD child, you’ll be missing out! This book is a gem!
7. A Thomas Jefferson Education by Dr. Oliver DeMille
Though this book was highly recommended, I put off reading it because I didn’t trust myself to read one more ‘how-to’ book for fear that I’d throw away our current routine for just another phase. Though it is written as an instruction manual for the Thomas Jefferson model of education, I certainly found that I could take what I learned and use it to enhance what we already practice in our home; reading lots and lots of books and discussing them.
6. Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling by Diana Waring
If you’ve not yet embraced homeschooling as a lifestyle and not just as ‘a thing you do from sometime in the morning until you’ve finished sometime in the afternoon’, this is the book for you. This book will ease many fears that you have about homeschooling while encouraging you with the wisdom and experience of several well-known veteran homeschooling families.
5. A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison
Charlotte Mason philosophy made simple. This small, easy to read paperback is a great introduction to the methods and ideals of the late 19th century educator, just the book to get you started!
4. Guerrilla Learning: How to Give your Kids a Real Education With or Without School by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver
This book is not written with homeschoolers in mind, but rather for those with children in public schools. This book will challenge you to create a love of learning in your home, using five basic principles: Opportunity, Timing, Interest, Freedom, and Support.
3. The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life Education by Grace Llewellyn
Written to teenagers to read on their own, this book makes the argument as to why institutional schooling is unnecessary. Though I don’t agree with all the opinions of the author, I did love all the ideas and suggestions that are offered as an alternative to ‘normal’ classes. Not only will this book teach you to think outside the box, it’s guaranteed to give you a new outlook on what true learning really is.
2. Ignite the Fire by Terri Camp
I had a hard time putting this book in the number two spot. In fact, you could say that both of my top picks are interchangeable, they could both be ones! My book is highlighted, bent and marked up with notes. Freedom is Real Education (F.I.R.E) encourages you to think outside the box and trust God to direct you and guide you. This book will challenge to pray and truly seek the Lord’s leading for each of your children before all else.
1. Christian Unschooling : Growing your Children in the Freedom of Christ by Teri J. Brown and Elissa M. Wahl
When I read this book, which is a collection of essays written by homeschooling parents, I felt like I’d finally found a definition for what we do. This is one of those books that I read and continue to refer to from time to time. In fact, after I lent a copy of the book out and it was never returned, I bought a new one because I just couldn’t stand to lose my copy! Even if unschooling is not for you, I think this book will be an eye opener in regards to showing you that learning really does happen ALL the time.
This list certainly is not exhaustive, but I had to stop somewhere. So, now that you’ve seen my list of favorites, why not share one or two of your own?
When Tonya is not reading about homeschooling, she’s writing about her own homeschooling journey at Live the Adventure.