When I first made the choice to homeschool many years ago, I read so many books! So many books that made me see learning and education in a completely different way.
These books helped show me that learning and education opportunities are literally everywhere and that there was absolutely no reason to stress or worry!
I mean, cooking in the kitchen with your children can cover health, math, science, chemistry and more! My kids all learned fractions and math in the kitchen!
So anyhow, here is a list of some of my most loved homeschool books for parents. I even still turn to these same books today to renew my spirit and get some tips.
My Favorite Homeschool Books for Parents
One of the most used books in my homeschool parent library is The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12. In fact, I purchased this book in 2008 and am still using it today!
This book helped me so much when we first chose homeschool as our choice for education for our children. There are fun activities for every subject.
Another book that I have used year after year is called Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School. This book can help you design your own curriculum.
This book acts as a guide on what is suitable to be covered each year. How you incorporate that into your homeschool plan is totally up to you. It is just nice to see where you are compared to traditional schools.
Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life is a book that helps you choose books for your kids to read. This is a great resource! Honey for a Child’s Heart has book lists that are geared to your child’s age.
Homeschool for Free!
I’ve never been one to feel like I needed to buy full curriculum sets for my kids. They would get super bored that way. Plus we didn’t choose to homeschool to recreate a school-at-home. We chose to homeschool so that we could spend our time really learning things that were important.
With the library and internet, you can find so much to use for free. But there are other resources as well. I love the book called Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home.
This book has complete curriculum plans for comprehensive education, from preschool all the way through high school. It tells you where to find free online courses and how to partner with public school resources. It covers legal guidelines, even how to graduate a homeschooler (I’ve done that and she is in college!). This book is a great resource for homeschool families!
The Book That Helped Me Relax
I purchased the The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom back in 2007! This book is old and worn and was used so much. Many people come into homeschooling thinking they will be doing school-at-home, and a high percentage of those people become unschoolers like us.
It happens pretty naturally when you step back and watch your kids. Because learning is a natural, inborn impulse! I mean, babies walk because they want to right? Kids want to learn! I touched on unschooling in a different post.
You may have heard of it before as “radical unschooling”, this is NOT what I am talking about. Unschooling and radical unschooling are two very different things. This book can help you understand the way some kids learn even if you still choose to educate a different way.
I highly suggest checking out these books to help you prepare for this new adventure of learning at home! They will help take some of your fears away! Stress isn’t helping anyone, you have to relax!