Public school teachers get to swap stories and share ideas in the teachers’ lounge, but how does a homeschooling mom get the support she requires? These five homeschool books offer the academic and emotional support you need to carry out your all-important job as a homeschool teacher.
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
Whether you have questions about organization, assessment, or behavior, this handy reference is a must-have for all homeschool bookshelves. The author writes from a Christian perspective, but the content is applicable to any homeschooling environment.
Why you should read it: Every business needs a handbook. Your homeschool is your business, and this popular book serves as the perfect go-to guide.
The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
In her book The Way They Learn, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias explores four different modes of thinking: Concrete Sequential, Abstract Sequential, Abstract Random, and Concrete Random. It was not written specifically for homeschoolers, but you can use it to tailor your child’s learning experience nonetheless.
Why you should read it: This book will help you fine-tune and personalize your teaching approach.
The Three R’s by Dr. Ruth Beechick
Dr. Ruth Beechick’s The Three R’s will get your kids through their early years. The book provides practical advice on how to teach the foundational concepts every K-–3 child needs: reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Why you should read it: This user-friendly book imparts practical advice that all elementary homeschoolers can use.
Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson
A homeschooling mom may feel bad about herself because her home is messy, her children eat fast food, or her teaching skills are lacking. Wilson, who happens to be the husband of a homeschooling mother of eight children, addresses the “lies” insecure mothers believe about themselves. With sensitivity and grace, he provides the reassurance they need to hear.
Why you should read it: Wilson’s words will put some of your doubts to rest and give you confidence.
The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins
Charity Hawkins’ fictional novel, The Homeschool Experiment, paints an honest portrait of the thrills and spills of homeschooling life. It tells the story of Julianne, homeschooling mom and heroine, and her experience as a young, stay-at-home teacher.
Laced with humor, this book resonates with homeschool parents and provides lots of practical teaching ideas along the way. It’s also a great read for non-homeschooling adults who want to know what life is like on the other side.
Why you should read it: By sharing in Julianne’s experience, you’ll feel less alone in your plight to provide an authentic, home-based education for your family.
It can be difficult for a homeschooling parents to find the camaraderie they need. In addition to using these homeschool books, community support can be helpful. K12 families include a community of like-minded parents who want to help and share. For more information, visit K12.com or sign up to receive free info.