There are so many books out there. How do we choose what to read? Should we read only in “our field”? Even in the homeschool category, there are so many books! And I’ve checked out our library’s selection. Not all of them are worth reading.
We have limited time to read. We want to bring our best selves to this game of homeschooling.
What’s a homeschool mom supposed to read?
Here are my short lists in the categories I’ve read over the years. All of these are books that will always have a permanent place on my bookshelf, because they’re important and have been formative.
My Favorite Books for Homeschooling Young Kids
If you’re starting with young children or researching homeschooling and educational philosophy while your oldest is still 5-or-under, these books make good starting points. They’ll give you the right vision without overwhelming you with high school and college requirements or detailed information about starting schools (I read several like that).
These are the books I collect and pass around to new homeschooling moms.
Education is about all of life, not just math and reading. This conversational manual for a holistic life approach to homeschooling isn’t light on academics, but it does prioritize relationship and connections.
I was skeptical going into this one, but fully convinced by the end. Waiting for readiness before starting phonics or math is better for the student - whether readiness happens at 4 or 6 or even later.
Dense, meaty, and rich - this is a vision for classical education beyond timeline chants. Education is and always has been about character and virtue. Yes, the title is intimidating, the price is intimidating, and the content is intimidating - but it's so worth it all!
No one laid out such a consistent, practical program for implementing classical ideals of education, and volume 6 is the clearest expression of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. For first-time readers, Karen Glass’ edition which removes sections addressing Victorian educators and issues no longer relevant is a better, slimmer choice.
This would be a good first pick if you’ve never dipped your toe in educational philosophy; it lays out the principles of classical education clearly and without the academic tone of *Norms & Nobility* or *Poetic Knowledge*.
My Favorite Parenting Books
Education is simply an extension of parenting, and in the early years particularly, it is your parenting habits that make a bigger difference than phonics or handwriting.
Change your mind and your attitude about repetitive work at home. It doesn’t have to be tedious and frustrating. There is joy hiding within the mundane. MP3 + pdf versions included.
##### Simplified Dinners
by Mystie Winckler
Feed your family simply, healthfully, frugally – without spending too much time or energy thinking about it. Take the thinking out of the whole dinner cycle of planning, shopping, and cooking and customize healthy, whole-food dinners according to your family’s tastes.