My Most Recommended Homeschooling Books

 I started reading about homeschooling and various educational philosophies when I was in high school.  Though now there are a wealth of encouraging, thought-provoking homeschool books, I find that I recommend the same ones over and over. Most of these authors have other excellent books as well, but these are my favorites.


Here’s a quick list of my most recommended homeschool books.


For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Educating the Wholehearted Child, Clay and Sally Clarkson

Home Education Series (Six Volumes), Charlotte Mason
Free online or well-formatted hardcover set.

The 3 R’s: Grades 1-3, Ruth Beechick

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-8, Ruth Beechick

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration, Karen Glass

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook, Raymond & Dorothy Moore

Read Aloud Family, Sarah MacKenzie

Well-Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer

(Most of the above links are Amazon affiliate links — you pay the same price, I get a small cut.)



Welcome to Homeschooling!

You’ve decided to homeschool. 

Maybe you have been wanting to homeschool, but weren’t ready to take the plunge.  Or maybe you are a reluctant homeschooler, choosing this because it seems the least-worst of challenging options.

Mom and Dad. . . I want you to know that YOU CAN DO IT!

It’s not going to look the same as school-building school. Some days are going to be awesome, and some days you’ll want to lock yourself in the bathroom just to get a moment alone.

But the truth is. . . No one loves your child as much as you do. No one knows your child and is seeking the best for your child the way you do.

I’m so thankful for the amazing teachers, family, and community who come alongside us and nurture our children as well. But you, Mom and Dad, no one is like you.

The past four months have been survival mode for everyone. We might be continuing in survival mode for a while longer, but most of us are transitioning in to the “new normal.”

Child development researchers and teachers know that children learn best within a secure, attached relationship. You know already that the best teachers you’ve had are the ones who cared for you. As you are figuring out this new school year, you are starting from a place of great strength — the loving relationship you have with your child.

Figuring out schedules and curricula and learning styles and educational philosophies. . . Sure, these things help plan this school year. But these are less important than the connection and growth of your child, secure in relationship with you. 

Start your planning with a smile, a hug, and prayer.

You can do it.