As the school year begins, many families forgo the bus and packing of lunches to wake up with a table full of books and the eager faces of their children, waiting to learn at home. Homeschooling has taken on a life of its own in the past few years, becoming one of the fastest growing forms of education — HSLDA.
Whether you’re a seasoned homeschooler just starting out, or wondering if it’s right for your family, many of us turn to books on the subject to learn more. Books on homeschooling are written by education professionals, child development specialists, and parents who have taught their own children for years. To many of us homeschooling parents, the thrill of finding a few moments alone at the end of the day* to curl up with a book that helps us with this journey is a wonderful feeling.
*Or just locking yourself in the bathroom and reading three pages before the children realize they haven’t seen you in 4 whole minutes.
I’ve listed 9 of my very favorite, most helpful homeschooling e-books (some are also available in print). Each deals with a specific part of homeschooling that almost all families face at some time or another, such as:
- The first year of homeschooling
- The many curriculum choices
- Working with your state’s laws
- Different homeschooling methods
Click through to see my must-have e-books for this (home)school year:
9 Essential Homeschool e-Books for Every Family 1 of 10
Click through to see my favorites.
The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling 2 of 10
An informative, unbiased look at the way kids socialize in a homeschool setting. This book answers the often asked question that homeschooling parents deal with about how their children interact with others if they aren't in a school setting.
Secrets of a Successful Homeschool Mom: A Manifesto of Freedom and Joy in Home Learning 3 of 10
So, You Think You Wanna Homeschool? 4 of 10
Tiffany puts all the info on homeschooling, from legal to links, in one easy to navigate book. It's a short read packed with everything you need to know about how to homeschool in your state or in unique circumstances.
Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child 5 of 10
One of my favorite books. While it is very pro-homeschool, the information in it on how to teach your 3-8 year olds is priceless. You can easily skip to chapters that apply to your family without feeling like you need to read the entire book.
Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool 6 of 10
The approach in this book is to minimize the overwhelming amount of "stuff" that so many of us eager homeschool parents gather over the months and years. Karen simplifies both things and routines by gently encouraging each family to look at what they need and utilize, not just what the latest fad is.
Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything 7 of 10
On the fence or just curious about unschooling? This book changed the way I thought about learning without it being structured. As a former teacher who ran a very organized classroom, it helped me to prepare for just our daughter and her needs in a home setting.
Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners 8 of 10
If your child is a very independent learner (or you'd like them to start to be more of one) this book is for you. While most of it, I felt, was geared towards children 5+, it has wonderful advice and suggestions for parents with children of all ages. I loved reading how to set up a space that allows your child to push what they know and want to find out more on.
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child 9 of 10
From being overwhelmed with curriculum choices, to that first day of homeschool, Linda's book on the first year at home is a resource every parent should have. It helps organize, prepare, and encourage as you navigate the world of homeschool.
Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started 10 of 10
Homeschooling 101 offers practical, current information on getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, creating effective lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, staying the course and more! It even includes helpful homeschooling forms. I also love, love Erica's site, Confessions of a Homeschooler, for everyday essentials, tips, and activities for Bella.
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