There are SO many books available for homeschooling parents. But how in the world do you know where to start? To help you simplify the process, here are 5 books every homeschooling parent should read!
Because let’s be honest…
There are SO many different titles out there!
With all of the various methods, philosophies, and approaches, it can feel overwhelming simply trying to sort through where to begin.
Now let me tell you, I’ve read LOTS of homeschooling books over the years.
Some have been good and some have been mediocre. But the following books are ones that I have read and re-read, underlined, highlighted, turned to for guidance and encouragement, and recommended to other homeschoolers.
They are my tried and trusted companions.
Here is my list of 5 books every homeschooling parent should read:
by Laura Grace Weldon
This is the first book about homeschooling I ever read.
And I am so glad it was!
Because it is packed with encouragement for parents who are considering homeschooling.
It does a great job explaining the benefits of homeschooling (many of which are backed by scientific research) and illustrates the diversity of homeschooling families and learning opportunities.
In addition to addressing the more common academic subjects, this book also emphasizes respecting the learning process of each individual child. It includes examples of how to engage children in the abundance of natural learning opportunities, such as specific examples and practical suggestions for slowing down, practicing kindness, developing empathy, strengthening family bonds and friendships, and becoming a life-long learner.
This is a wonderfully encouraging and affirming book to start with!
by Julie Bogart
If you aren’t familiar with Julie Bogart, you’re in for a treat!
Julie homeschooled her five children, (who are now adults) and is the creator of the popular Brave Writer language arts program. Over the years, she has developed, (and still develops) curricula for young children all the way through high school.
Julie is kind, generous, brilliant, authentic, and encouraging. She knows exactly what it feels like to be in the homeschooling trenches, either while juggling the preschool years or navigating the teen years.
She understands the exhaustion, uncertainty, monotony, and loneliness that often accompany the homeschooling path, as well as the joy, excitement, wonder, and creativity that are experienced together as a family.
This book provides both a loose framework for enchanted natural learning, as well as specific suggestions for how to incorporate surprise, adventure, and excitement into your family’s routine.
Be sure to check out Julie’s fantastic Ask Julie Brave Writer Podcast too!
by Jamie Martin
This book has become one of my go-to resources for teaching my children about geography, history, different cultures, and the shared humanity of every human being on earth.
Including hundreds of children’s literature recommendations from around the world, specific reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). The lists include a description of the book, the central themes, and content parents should be aware of.
Also provided are practical parenting suggestions and inspiration to help raise compassionate kids who are eager to participate in the world as global citizens.
This is an excellent read to inspire compassion and involvement through using the power of story and connection.
Note: If you consider yourself an introvert, I HIGHLY recommend Jamie’s most recent book, The Introverted Mom!
by Gary Chapman
What if you could discover a superpower that would magically allow you to connect with your child in meaningful ways? The ability to understand how your child gives and receives love, and the insight to be able to love them well?
Well, this book will equip you with powerful yet simple tools to connect with your child.
Gary Chapman is the author of a variety of The Five Love Languages books, and while they all vary depending on specific relationships and age ranges, the central message is the same.
As human beings, there are five main ways that humans give and receive love. And knowing your child’s preference is the key to understanding how to best love them well.
This is a simple, yet powerful book that is capable of transforming your relationships.
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Wait a second!
What in the world does Big Magic have to do with homeschooling!?!
Here’s what I mean…
This book is all about the creative process. It provides encouragement to follow where our curiosity leads us and to embrace the mystery, inspiration, empathy, and generosity all around us.
Aren’t these qualities that sound like they’d be ideal for a rich and stimulating homeschooling environment!?!
Now before you dismiss this book as impractical and nothing but rainbows and unicorns, the central message is also one of discipline. Dedication, persistence, courage, and gratitude are all essential to living a creative and purposeful life.
Whether we are looking for more inspired ways of homeschooling, longing to plan a travel adventure, or wanting to pursue a new hobby, this book is an excellent guide to filling our lives with more creativity.
I re-read this book every year and it always fills me with inspiration, joy, and purpose.
In summary, here are the 5 books every homeschooling parent should read:
- FREE RANGE LEARNING By Laura Grace Weldon
- BRAVER LEARNER By Julie Bogart
- GIVE YOUR CHILD THE WORLD By Jamie Martin
- THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN: THE SECRET TO LOVING CHILDREN EFFECTIVELY By Gary Chapman
- BIG MAGIC By Elizabeth Gilbert
What I’ve realized after nearly a decade of homeschooling, is that I believe there are three main areas of homeschooling that should be prioritized.
These three critical areas are the foundation from which all other aspects of homeschooling (and life!) grow.
The five books I’ve recommend address at least one of these areas. But early on in my homeschooling journey, I struggled to find a specific organizational approach, a sustainable routine, or a guidebook.
So I created one!
If you’re searching for a guide that streamlines the homeschooling process, you may want to consider purchasing my Homeschooling with the Seasons ebook and guidebook.
These materials provide a simple outline for homeschooling in harmony with the seasons. Included is a simple and effective seasonal system to help you organize all areas of your life. Additionally, free and affordable recommendations for self-care are included, as well as specific suggestions for how to nurture your relationships with family and friends.
Do you have any “must-read” homeschooling book suggestions? If so, please share!