As I’m getting myself geared up for another new school year, I am revisiting a few old friends. I’ve pulled my favorite how-to books from the shelf and I’m snuggling into my favorite chair with my favorite hot beverage and browsing through familiar pages to be reminded and rejuvenated and ready for the task at hand.
There are many, many books out there that offer wonderful advice and encouragement on how to educate your children. I have not read them all. I have read these and have found the kind of support I needed. So much so, that I come back time and again to read them. These are some of what what I consider the ‘classics’ for homeschooling moms.
How to Homeschool: A Practical Approach by Gayle Graham. This is my all-time, absolute favorite. The author offers fantastic tips on teaching multiple ages, dealing with toddlers, balancing home and schooling, plus includes great planning sheets and forms.
Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson. I heard the Clarksons speak at the very first homeschool convention we ever attended – over 20 years ago. I was touched by their gentle yet focused and firm approach to raising their children and homeschooling. I think they were the first I heard use the term ‘living books.’ They include some great booklists.
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola. While doing some research on the Charlotte Mason approach to education, Karen Andreola’s name kept popping up. And then she summed it all up in this beautiful book. Reading it is like sitting down with the author over a cup of tea.
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer MacCauley. The first time I read this little book I couldn’t put it down. And I cried through much of it. I so wanted to have the relationships with my children she describes here. This book, and the Clarkson’s book changed the way I approach educating our children. (psst! the author is the daughter of Edith Schaeffer who wrote The Hidden Art of Homemaking)
Parenting From the Heart by Marilyn Boyer. This book is all about being a mom, from a mom of 14. The Boyer’s are one of our pioneer families in home education circles and we are free to do what we do today because of families like this. In this book, Marilyn shares tips and tricks she’s used in parenting and schooling their children. It’s a fun and honest look at real life homeschooling.
Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson. This is a devotional book to encourage and strengthen homeschooling moms. Let’s face it – we give and give all day and all night, and sometimes our own cup needs to be filled. This is a wonderful resource for doing just that.
I could list more, but I’ll stop here. These are my favorites. Not exactly check-list how-to books, but books filled with nuggets of gold and practical tips from Moms who’ve been there and shown us that we, too, can educate our children.
Now it’s your turn! What resources have encouraged you? What are your favorite homeschool reads?
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