Recommended books for homeschooling parents: Encouragement, examples, what the Bible says, homeschooling how-to’s, curriculum ideas, philosophy of education and more! [Please note: Christian Heritage School does not necessarily agree with every point presented in every book listed.]
Things We Wish We’d Known—Bill and Diana Waring. A compilation of stories from 50 veteran Christian homeschoolers. Concepts, priorities, basics and more for new or experienced home educators
So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling: Fifteen Families Show How You Can Do It—Lisa Whelchel. Confused and intimidated by the complexities of homeschooling, many sincere parents never get past the “thinking about it” stage. Now Lisa Whelchel – herself a homeschooling mother of three – introduces fifteen real families and shows how they overcome the challenges of their unique homeschooling situations. This nuts-and-bolts approach deals with common questions of time management, teaching weaknesses, and outside responsibilities, as well as children’s age variations, social and sports involvement, learning disabilities, and boredom. Seeing a wide variety of successfully homeschooling families in action will give parents the confidence to make their own dream of home-based education a reality.
Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe—Todd Wilson. As a mom new to homeschooling, this book was just what I needed to read. This book took all of my doubts away and was extremely insightful. Those horrible feelings you have about homeschooling your kids ARE normal and they are LIES! You are not alone.
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook: A Creative and Stress-Free Approach to Homeschooling —Raymond & Dorothy Moore. The Moores, who were considered to be the “Grandparents” of the homeschooling movement, use personal experience and extensive research to show readers how to educate their children at home with low stress, low cost and great success. Part II: Homeschool Stress: Prevention and Remedy, is covered better here than in any other homeschooling book on the market. The Moores have helped thousands of parents successfully homeschool their children and their book is a must-read for all homeschooling families.
For the Children’s Sake—Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. A must-read for parents who desire to give their children a true education by awakening their minds and giving them a new richness, stability and a joy for living.
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace—Sarah Mackenzie and Dr. Christopher Perrin. Great reminders about what our priorities should be and not biting off more than we can (or should) chew! Gives an excellent reorientation toward a God-dependent commitment to the souls of our children, the reason that most of us are homeschooling in the first place.
A Biblical Psychology of Learning—Dr. Ruth Beechick. Gives biblical insight into how children learn and how we can teach them accordingly.
The Three R’s Series: Grades K-3—Dr. Ruth Beechick. These three small books (A Home Start in Reading, A Strong Start in Language, An Easy Start in Arithmetic) tell you what is “expected” in each grade and gives you practical help for teaching the three R’s. A much-needed contrast to the approach of traditional education.
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling—John Taylor Gatto. By a former New York state “Teacher of the Year,” Gatto’s book should be read by every parent in America before they blindly send their children to school. The author asserts that the true goal of childhood learning should be to discover the special gift each child has, and that passion and enthusiasm will lead to other learning pursuits. His assessment of conventional schooling and what type of citizen it produces is a wake-up call for anyone concerned about the future of this country.