4 Must Have Books For Homeschooling Parents

Every homeschooling parent knows that a well stocked library is one of their greatest assets. In addition to great pieces of literature and reference books, however, there are also wonderful books on the topic of homeschooling itself that are must have additions to the family library.

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a homeschooling parent is finding the right curriculum. You want one that matches your educational philosophy and that also works with your child’s learning style. This book makes this process of picking one among the many available choices so much easier. It’s a must read for parents at the start of theirhomeschool journey or for any homeschooling parent who wants to make a change in their home education.

Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of The World

Susan Wise Bauer is the author of several books on classical homeschooling. Her Story of the World series are well loved by home educators. They help parents create a living history experience for children and I enjoy them too, which is no small thing considering history was my least favorite subject in school!. The Story of the World books also have companion workbooks for those who wish to employ them alongside the volumes.

John Holt’s Teach Your Own

John Holt has been called the “father of unschooling”. His name is frequently mentioned among homeschooling advocates and pops up on message forums and websites for home educators with frequency. As a former public school teacher turnedunschooling advocate, Holt has penned several wonderful books on the topic of how children learn, why the public school system is failing, and encourages parents to trust their child’s learning process. Reading Holt gives you confidence that as a homeschooling parent you’re capable of educating your child and preparing them for adult life better than anyone else can.

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas by Linda Dobson

This one is another favorite among homeschooling parents. One of the ongoing challenges homeschoolers face is how we can teach our kids the most important subjects: reading, writing and math every day without boring ourselves and our children. This book offers hundreds of ideas that will keep things fresh and interesting for you as you teach your kids at home. It will also assist you in meeting your individual children’s needs since they differ in ability and learning style.

There are many other awesome books for homeschooling parents, but these are four of my personal favorites.

Things To Do When You Home School Your Child

The best of fun and education can both be had in home schooling. It is one of the many education solutions available for your child. Previously, HSLDA used to keep a list of colleges accepting homeschooled students. Now, however, many colleges take in homeschooled students. From working parents to primary teachers to stay-at-home dads, home schooling is sought by many as the preferred alternative to mainstream schooling.

Parents are finding it easier to homeschool their kid with the help of online resources available. A multitude of resource books and kits are available online helping parents homeschool their children successfully. Parents who are unhappy with the disciplinary problems in school are choosing to homeschool their kids too. Many parents think it not only allows them to spend more time with their kid but also makes the best use of his talents and potential by choosing the curriculum accordingly.

So, you decided to homeschool your kid. Now what? Here is a list of things you need to keep in mind:

a. Check your state laws. Some states require no notification from parents. On the other hand, some states like New York and North Dakota require parents have the highest regulations. You have to notify them. The curriculum is approved by the states too. Plus, you might be visited by state officials.

b. If you are required by state to keep grade records, you will have to do so. Print online templates of report cards. You might also need reports cards as colleges place importance on grades. Maintain a file of the report cards.

c. Keep detailed records of your child’s progress. Not only will it help if your kid starts going back to school but will also ease the transition if you move to another state.

d. Go online. You will find state requirements and rules on a local or state group. You could also join support groups for home schooling parents. Their experiences might help you with the paperwork involved and in deciding how to set curriculum for your child.

e. See the state requirements for curriculum. Varying degrees of flexibility are allowed to parents for curriculum being taught, depending the state you live in. Some states will require inclusion of science, math, language arts, and civic studies or history. You can define your educational content as you want, as long as you devote some time to these subjects on a daily basis.

Get the help of an educational advocate. An educational consultant helps the family work out the curriculum to homeschool the kid. Educational consultants monitor child’s progress and coach them. They develop educational plan according to the child’s capabilities.

Is Using the Charlotte Mason Method Right For Your Homeschool?

If you are looking for a way to homeschool a number of children of various age ranges, enjoy reading books with them, want to enhance their writing skills, delve into stories of historical figures and events, and minimize the use of textbooks, using Charlotte Mason’s methods may be just the right path for you to follow.

Ms. Mason was an educator in England in the 19th century. She wanted children to learn from “living books” not textbooks. She felt children should go outside and experience nature, make observations, and record them in a nature journal. She advocated that children learned and retained information best when they listened to or read good literature and had the opportunity to narrate orally what they remembered from the reading. Their writing skills developed from reading good literature, studying it, and copying it into copy work journals, and writing down dictation. This is a simplified summary of her philosophy, but it gives you a starting point of her basic ideas. To fully understand and implement her methods you can read her original works or books that have been written summarizing her methods. Ambleside Online has published her works in six volumes for your convenience.

Using CM’s methods, you teach history chronologically, and can include Bible instruction if you wish. Lessons are kept short so that the child does not dawdle and includes foreign language and art and music appreciation. There are suggested curriculums you can follow at Ambleside as well.

Some homeschooling families combine the use of these methods with unit study topics. They use notebooking pages to write their narrations, copy work, and dictation to document what they have learned about the theme they are studying. For example, if your family is studying the Middle Ages, you would read living books about the Middle Ages or stories set in the Middle Ages, provide copy work for your child from the book or written work from that time period, and tie in a science topic like disease (black plague) or any scientists’ biographies from that time. You would also include art and music appreciation of artists and musicians from that era.

This is just an introduction to the wonderful homeschooling experience you and your children can enjoy when implementing Charlotte Mason methods in your daily routine. For further information, read any of the following books: A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola; A Charlotte Mason Education and More Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison; and When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today by Elaine Cooper, Eve Anderson, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, and Jack Beckman.

You can find lots of fun ideas for combining unit studies with Charlotte Mason methods at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage.