My Favorite Homeschool Books

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I love books! I am a self confessed nerd remember. 🙂 That being said I wanted to share a few of my favorite books about home education.

These are the more practical, how-to books:

  • Honey For A Child’s Heart – I have skimmed the first portion of this book and often return to the book lists in the back when I am looking for quality literature to read to my children. I love her selection of picture books and authors! If your building your children’s library this is a great place to start.
  • The Well-Trained Mind – I treat this book as a resource. I don’t read it cover to cover but only what pertains to me in season. This was the first book on classical education I ever read. It caused me to LOVE classical education but feel very overwhelmed with the “how” of classical education.
  • The Core – This book took what I loved about classical education and made it accessible to me. Essentially in this book, the author, Leigh Bortins took the cookie jar off the top shelf for me! When something isn’t working well at home I pick this up and see what I can do differently or better.
  • Classical Education Made Approachable – I love the brevity of this book as a basic introduction to classical education and Classical Conversations.
  • Teaching the Trivium – I treat this book a lot like I treat The Well-Trained Mind, as a resource. However I LOVE the section titled Ten Things To Do With Your Child Before Age Ten. I think it is a great jumping off point. Wanna know what is awesome, you can read it and download a pdf of that section by clicking here!
  • An Introduction to Classical Education – I am working my way through this little pamphlet. It is a shot accessible booklet on classical education for any parent wanting to better understand classical education. The best part, you can download the complete PDF here.

These are the more thought-provoking,  why books:

  • An Echo in Celebration – This was the first book on education that I read when we started homeschooling. It is a short, encouraging read. It is a great place for anyone to start. Greatest part about it, you can download it NOW and read it for FREE! Your welcome!
  • The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling – I picked this gem up at a local homeschool convention after listening to the author speak. I think the education part of homeschooling is fun… to me, the relationship part is the hardest. This book has convicted, encouraged and equipped me as much as any other parenting book I have ever read.
  • Teaching From Rest – I haven’t yet read the newest print version of the book but the original was a great encouragement to this mom who was a bit weary. I am looking forward to carving out time to read the expanded print version.

Books I am currently working through or are in the to be read pile that are worthy of a look:

  • For the Children’s Sake –  I am enjoying this book after hearing so many recommendations. I know people who read this every summer to be refreshed and reminded of “why” they choose to educate their children at home.
  • A Charlotte Mason Companion – I have been intrigued by Charlotte Mason’s methods for awhile but cannot devote the time to read Charlotte herself. I can see the beauty in a Charlotte Mason education but cannot say I agree fully with all her methods. This book has been helpful to me as I seek to integrate classical and Charlotte Mason methods.
  • Awakening Wonder – This is in the to read pile. I was sucked into the title, Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
  • The Classical Reader – I am a sucker for a really good reading list. This book is just that!
  • Educating the WholeHearted Child – This book gets rave reviews from so many people. I have worked through portions of the book and been blessed. I can’t seem to get all the way through it but I wouldn’t blame the book but rather my preference for fiction. 🙂
  • Consider This – Also in the to be read pile because of it’s title, Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition.

These books are the ones that have blessed me and the ones I most recommend. What other books have you found useful in equipping and encouraging you as you educate your children.

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