We are not currently home-schooling, but we are still fans of the home-schooling movement. Our family motto during our years doing school at home was “Life is Learning, and Learning is Life.” We followed an eclectic mix of educational methods and styles. I often functioned as a facilitator more than an educator, guiding my kids’ choices but very much guided by their interests and giftings. Here are some resources that might help you learn more about the delightful homeschooling life, and whether it could work for you.
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Check out these books and websites I’ve found to be helpful:
|The Way They Learn – eBook
By Cynthia Ulrich Tobias / Tyndale HouseLearning styles expert Cynthia Tobias gives parents a better understanding of the types of learning approaches that will help their children do better. Focus on the Family Recommendation.
|The Way They Learn
The actual book — for those of us who still like the feel of paper in our hands.
|The Everything Homeschooling Book, Second Edition
By Sherri Lisenbach / Adams MediaEverything you want to know about homeschooling, in one easy, quick-access guide! Great for getting started. 289 pages, softcover, indexed.
|The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
By Raymond Moore / Thomas NelsonThis is a classic, and will encourage beginners and seasoned homeschoolers alike. Addresses socialization, lesson plans, perfectionism, and encouragement for the tough times. 300 pages, softcover.
|Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling
By Diana Waring / Emerald BooksDiscover how to have a successful, joy-filled homeschooling experience! Brimming with lots of practical advice, this introduction to “realistic homeschooling for real people” will help you understand learning and teaching styles, survive your first homeschool convention, juggle multilevel teaching, and more. A list of resources is included at the end of each chapter. With a foreword by Cathy Duffy. 218 pages, softcover from Emerald Books.
|Honey for a Child’s Heart Fourth Edition
By Gladys Hunt / ZondervanWholesome literature is important for building good character—and this newly updated guide will help you choose the best of the classics for preschoolers through teens. Drawing from a range of genres, including fantasy, biography, and poetry, Hunt offers a select list of books that will start your youngsters on the road to a lifetime of reading pleasure. 240 pages, softcover from Zondervan. Annotated list of books for ages 0-14.
|A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning
By Karen Andreola / Charlotte Mason ResearchWhy are the time-tested principles of respected 19th-century British educator Charlotte Mason so popular with homeschoolers? Because they work! Andreola shares her experiences in homeschooling the “Charlotte Mason way.” Discover how to teach children to think independently, retain what they learn, and communicate clearly by narrating what they read in “living books.” 384 pages, softcover from Charlotte Mason Research.
|Creative Correction: Extraordinary Ideas for Everyday Discipline
By Lisa Whelchel / Tyndale HouseIf you’ve tried everything and your child is still more Billy the Kid than Billy Graham, it’s time to read Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel. Wife, mom, homeschooler and actress, Lisa Whelchel offers hundreds of refreshing ways to discipline children. Organized for busy parents, it’s full of ideas for those times when you don’t know what to do. A Focus on the Family resource. Paperback.
A to Z Homeschooling
Excellent all-around resource for home educators, whether you have struggling learners or students whose giftedness creates special needs and challenges.
Hoagie’s Gifted Ed Page
Great reference for gifted education, and for identifying the giftedness of your students.
Alpha Omega devotions
You don’t need to use Alpha Omega’s curriculum (although it is an excellent resource) to benefit from these encouraging devotions, emailed directly to you.