Now you all should know by now my love and passion for books and reading. My homeschool style of teaching runs on books, and so does my own personal development as an educator. I can’t expect my children to read and learn if I’m not emulating it myself. So I have put together a list of some popular books in the homeschool community, as well as a few of my personal favorites! Of course, some of these would be great for ANY educator to read, but a lot focus on homeschool. So here it is 5 Amazing Books for Homeschool Educators:
The stories we read–and the conversations we have about them–help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family–it has the power to change the world.
Discover how to:
- Prepare your kids for academic success by reading to them
- Develop empathy and compassion in your kids through books
- Find time to read aloud in the midst of school, sports, and dinner dishes
- Choose books across a variety of sibling interests and ages
- Make reading aloud the best part of your family’s day
Reading is so important in our homeschool, and it’s something I love to do with my kids. Whether I’m reading to them or were listening to an audiobook, books play an important role. My kids are still very young, so I love to read to them while they play, or craft. It may not always seem like it but they are listening.
Finally, homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum, from one of the country’s foremost homeschooling experts. , Rebecca Rupp presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through the 12th-grade structure.
Home Learning Year by Year features:
- The integral subjects to be covered within each grade
- Standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level
- Recommended books to use as texts for every subject
- Guidelines for the importance of each topic: which knowledge is essential and which is best for more expansive study based on your child’s personal interests
- Suggestions for how to sensitively approach less academic subjects, such as sex education and physical fitness
My homeschool mentor recommended this book to me. I can’t wait to start reading it. This is something that has made me nervous and a bit scared to homeschool. What if I’m missing something? What if I don’t teach everything I should? This book will be a gamechanger to help me build a great homeschool foundation, and make sure my kids are getting a full education at home!
Homeschool Bravely teaches you to see homeschooling as a calling, helps you overthrow the tyranny of impossible expectations, and guides you through the common bumps in the road, including how to:
- juggle school and parenting with toddlers at home
- teach a struggling learner
- plan with the end in mind
- accept your own limitations without feeling guilty
- stay the course even in the face of criticism
I bought the audiobook version of this, and honestly, it’s a great one to listen to while I drive in the car. It’s encouraging, helpful, and really takes the weight off my shoulders. It helped me to see homeschool in a whole different light! A Must for my 5 Amazing Books for Homeschool Educators.
Ok, this is my personal favorite of the batch! Lol, This changed how I viewed my kids, how they learn, and how they grow. Seriously this made homeschooling so much easier! I realized the freedom in homeschooling, the fun, the adventure, but also that each kid is different! To celebrate my kid’s differences and that I can learn from them just as much as they learn from me.
In this book, Julie Bogart distills decades of experience–homeschooling her five now-grown children, developing curricula, and training homeschooling families around the world–to show parents how to make education an exciting, even enchanting, experience for their kids, whether they’re in elementary or high school.
Enchantment is about ease, not striving. Bogart shows parents how to make room for surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure in their family’s routine, so they can create an environment that naturally moves to learn forward. If a child wants to pick up a new hobby or explore a subject area that the parent knows little about, it’s easy to simply say “no” to end the discussion and the parental discomfort while dousing their child’s curious spark. Bogart gently invites parents to model brave learning for their kids so they, too, can approach life with curiosity, joy, and the courage to take learning risks.
The homeschool approach of past generations is gone—including the stigma of socially awkward kids, conservative clothes, and a classroom setting replicated in the home. The Wild + Free movement is focused on a love of nature, reading great books, pursuing interests and hobbies, making the entire world a classroom, and prolonging the wonder of childhood, an appealing philosophy that is unpacked in the pages of this book.
The Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, as well as parents, educators, and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids’ traditional educations.
This is something I have been doing a lot with my kids. Instilling a sense of freedom and wonder. Some people may call it the unschool approach to homeschooling. I call it AMAZING!
Well, there it is! A short but seriously game-changing list of 5 Amazing Books for Homeschool Educators, and public educators alike. Seriously though anyone can learn a few things from these books. They have changed my outlook on my children, how they learn, how I teach, how to just do this thing called homeschooling. I am still a newbie. My daughter is only 3 1/2 but reading these books has made me less scared, and more confident that I made the right choice for my kids.
Homeschool isn’t for everyone, but if you’re even thinking about it, or curious, or have been doing it for YEARS! Then please take a look at these wonderful reads, I promise you won’t regret it!
Written By: Brittany Coleman
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