It’s not uncommon to deal with information overload when you’re new to homeschooling. If you’re wondering where to begin while sifting through social media, zillions of homeschool websites and blogs, and an ever-growing selection of homeschool books, you’re in luck. Today I’m sharing ten must-read books for new homeschoolers.
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Don’t get me wrong. That wealth of information available can be valuable, but if you jump in too soon, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed. Even worse, you could find yourself more confused than when you started reading.
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Thankfully that’s not the case with these must-reads. These books for new homeschoolers will leave you equipped, encouraged, and ready to keep calm and homeschool on. Let’s take a look, shall we?
10 Must-Read Books for New Homeschoolers
1. This Is My Home, This Is My School
This may seem like a strange place to start, but I wish I had This Is My Home, This Is My School when we started our homeschool journey. There is no shortage of children’s books that reflect life for children going to school, but that’s not the case for homeschooling.
2. Teaching in Your Tiara
The tagline for Teaching in Your Tiara is “a homeschooling book for the rest of us” and that’s exactly why it’s great for new homeschoolers. It’s full of practical advice, implementable instruction, and encouragement to help you along as you start your homeschool journey.
3. Home Learning Year by Year
Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp is a book I recommend to all new homeschoolers and it’s honestly one I think you’ll turn to over and over again throughout the years. That’s especially nice if it takes a while to find curricula or teaching methods that work for your family.
In a nutshell, it’s a general guideline of what to cover and when. This is especially helpful if you’re piecing together your own learning plan or if you’re not using one curriculum or publisher across the board.
4. So, You’re Thinking About Homeschooling
I devoured So, You’re Thinking About Homeschooling when I started researching home education. I knew I liked the concept of homeschooling, but had no idea of what it needed to look like in the day-to-day. This book provided insight for fifteen possible homeschooling families, the circumstances and challenges they deal with, and how they homeschool.
5. They’re Your Kids
I recently added They’re Your Kids to my personal reading list because I’ve heard great things about it. I’ve not read it yet, but I love the idea of learning more about how actress and radio host Sam Sorbo became an advocate of homeschooling. That’s the kind of inspiration and affirmation that’s invaluable when you’re getting started with homeschool.
One sentence in particular on the back cover of They’re Your Kids grabbed my attention: “Our children deserve better than to be institutionalized in an education system developed during the Industrial Age.” That alone earned it a top spot on my reading wishlist!
6. The Brave Learner
The Brave Learner is an awesome resource for homeschoolers in any part of the journey, but there’s a lot of wisdom here that new homeschoolers are in a wonderful place to receive.
It’s full of inspiration, practical ideas for partnering with your kids, and encouragement to see learning for what it really is: a big, bold adventure.
It takes enchanting, but abstract ideas about education and turns them into tangible experiences and applications. Whether you’re teaching your littles, teens, or in between kids, I absolutely recommend having this one to reference as needed!
7. For the Children’s Sake
In For the Children’s Sake, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay writes on what education could and should be through the lens of Christian worldview.
While the thoughts aren’t exclusively applicable to homeschooling, her perspective is valuable and thought-provoking and this is one of my absolute favorite books about home education and how it goes hand in hand with parenting.
8. The Core
Looking to learn more about incorporating classical education in your homeschool? Leigh Bortins’ The Core is a great place to start. This book is a go-to for many classical homeschooling families and you’ll find much to learn there!
9. A Charlotte Mason Education
This is the perfect book if you’re a new homeschool parent who is curious about the Charlotte Mason homeschooling method or simply don’t know where to begin with Charlotte Mason in your homeschool.
I absolutely recommend reading Ms. Mason’s works, but this is one of my favorite homeschooling books because it’s a great introduction to the homeschool method. I also appreciate that Levison kept A Charlotte Mason Education short and sweet; no one needs to be overwhelmed when exploring an educational philosophy!
10. The Confident Homeschooler
What I love about The Confident Homeschooler is how it helps you map out your purpose in homeschooling and get your footing for the journey. This is valuable because you can only get so far with homeschool if you don’t know your why or where you’re hoping to go.
11. Blueprint Homeschooling
As a new homeschooler, you’ll need help with the logistics regardless of your chosen method or curriculum. That’s where Blueprint Homeschooling comes into the picture. This book gives you the tools you need to design a homeschool plan that works for your family.
12. Plan to Be Flexible
Plan to Be Flexible encourages rhythms and routines over hardcore scheduling and helps homeschooling parents keep their sanity when life and homeschool collide.
What about you? Do you have some favorite book suggestions for new homeschool moms? If so, share them in the comments so I can check them out.