Like most homeschooling Moms, I love to read. Over the past few years of homeschooling, I have found a few books that are so inspirational and have such great advice that I turn to them again and again. Today, in the hopes of pointing you in a great inspirational direction, I thought I’d share five of those great homeschooling books with you guys.
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Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson. This is my very favorite book on homeschooling. In this book, you’re introduced to gentle, Biblical parenting methods that strengthen your relationship with your child and their relationship to God. Then, using a delightful Charlotte Mason-ish methodology, they go through learning styles, subject areas and more giving you wonderful resources to explore along the way. It was here that I really learned more about living books and about relationship. Since relationship is so important to me, this book won a spot in my heart. It also has helped me on the gentle parenting path as well.
Deschooling Gently by Tammy Takahashi. This is also a book that I’ve found very helpful on my path toward a more gentle and relaxed education for my children. Takahashi has reminded me to stop comparing my children to other children and to a false standard that is unhelpful and totally created by our society and their schools. Takahashi also encouraged me to stop thinking so much in terms of keeping records and to instead keep a journal or scrapbook. That’s where my “This week” originates from. It’s my scrapbook of our “school journey.”
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola. This shows you how gentle and comprehensive education can be. It’s a beautiful book taking Charlotte Mason’s theories and bringing them down to a relatable level. It’s also a very organic look at how education can be much more rich and less schoolish than what we imagine.
Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell. This isn’t one I would have normally picked off the shelf, but it is a book that the ladies in my local homeschooling community were reading and discussing in their monthly Mom’s night out meetings. I gleaned a lot from it about keeping my cool, about how my children’s emergencies weren’t really my emergencies, and about consistency. The biggest thing that stuck with me, however, was how often having a messy, disorganized house, etc. was triggering my own frustration and impatience with the children.
Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling by Diana Waring. After reading books like The Well Trained Mind and The Core, I was a little terrified. I was afraid of messing up my children, not providing the right resources, and the way my oldest balked at doing schoolwork. After having half of a miserable year with my children, I found this book. It was the first book I read that advocated a gentler path of homeschooling and because I encountered this book, I started down a path that is much more interest-led, organic to our family and much happier. We’re way beyond survival (most of the time) now, and I think I wouldn’t have started down this road if I hadn’t of encountered Waring’s book and others like it.
So those are five of my favorite homeschooling books. Have you read any of these? Which books are your favorites?