10 Books on Homeschooling Every Parent Should Read BEFORE Starting!

Deciding to homeschool your child is a huge step, and it can be both exciting and overwhelming. It requires a significant commitment of time, energy, and resources, and it’s a big life change for the entire family. But with the right information, inspiration, and guidance, homeschooling can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for both you and your child. One of the best ways to prepare for this journey is by reading books on homeschooling.

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These books can provide valuable insights, tips, and strategies that can help you navigate the homeschooling process with confidence.

In this article, we’ll be sharing with you a carefully curated list of the top 10 books on homeschooling that every parent should read before taking the plunge.

These books cover a wide range of topics, from:

  • curriculum planning,
  • teaching methods,
  • legal requirements and
  • the pros and cons of homeschooling.

They will give you the information and inspiration to make the best decision for your family and pave the way for a successful homeschooling journey.

Let’s take a look!

Homeschooling can be a big decision, so make sure you're well-informed before making the choice. These books provide a wealth of information on the different homeschooling methods, the potential benefits and challenges, and the resources available for homeschooling. They also provide practical tips and advice for dealing with common challenges such as socialization and working with children with special needs.

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10 Books on Homeschooling to Read BEFORE Starting!

Here is a list of 10 books that parents may find helpful when considering homeschooling or when starting their homeschooling journey (and yes, this first one is my book!)

Why on Earth Homeschool by Rebecca Devitt

Discover how to grow spiritually, morally, and educationally advanced children with Why on Earth Homeschool, a unique and engaging book filled with stories and research studies from homeschooling experts.

From issues with the traditional education system to the benefits and potential pitfalls of homeschooling, this book offers a comprehensive look at the homeschooling experience. Learn about the secrets of socialization, the benefits of customized learning, and how homeschooling can help children become morally and spiritually mature.

With information for prospective parents, parents with young children, and homeschooling parents, this book is a must-read for anyone considering homeschooling.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to revolutionize your child’s education, and consider getting a copy of the book.

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

The Well-Trained Mind is a comprehensive guide for parents looking to provide a classical education for their children at home.

The book covers everything from preschool to high school and provides detailed information on curriculum, planning, and resources. It introduces the concept of classical education and explains the benefits of this type of education, including the development of critical thinking skills and the cultivation of a lifelong love of learning.

The book also guides parents on how to adapt the classical education model to fit the needs of individual children.

If you’re looking to give your child a well-rounded and thorough education at home, this book is a must-read.

Consider getting a copy to guide you in your homeschooling journey

Don't go into homeschooling blind! Make sure you're well-informed before making the decision. These books provide a comprehensive guide to homeschooling, covering everything from understanding the legal requirements to creating a curriculum and dealing with common challenges. They also provide a wealth of resources such as sample schedules, lesson plans, and homeschooling organizations. Make sure you're well-prepared and read these books before homeschooling.

Homeschooling for Dummies by Jennifer Kaufeld

Homeschooling for Dummies by Jennifer Kaufeld is a complete homeschooling guide for parents who are new to the homeschooling process.

The book covers everything from understanding the legal requirements for homeschooling to creating a curriculum and assessing your child’s progress. It also provides practical tips and advice on dealing with common challenges such as socialization and working with children with special needs.

The book also includes resources such as sample lesson plans, homeschooling organizations, and websites.

If you’re considering homeschooling or are new to the process and looking for a comprehensive guide, Homeschooling for Dummies is a great resource.

Consider getting a copy to help you navigate the homeschooling journey with confidence.

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

This publication is a critical examination of the traditional education system and its impact on society.

The author, John Taylor Gatto, is a former teacher and school administrator, and in this book, he argues that the traditional education system is failing to educate children and instead, it’s conditioning them to be passive, dependent, and conformist.

He also exposes the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling, designed to teach children to be obedient, uncreative, and conformist. The book is a call to action for parents and educators to question the traditional education system and to seek alternative forms of education.

If you’re looking for a thought-provoking and critical examination of the traditional education system, this book is a must-read. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling and get your copy today.

The Homeschooling Handbook: How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun, and Effective by Mary Griffith

This book is a practical guide for parents looking to homeschool their children. The book covers everything from understanding the different homeschooling methods and styles to creating a curriculum and dealing with common challenges such as socialization and working with children with special needs.

It also provides a wealth of resources such as sample schedules, lesson plans, and homeschooling organizations.

The author, Mary Griffith, is a homeschooling veteran and shares her own experiences and insights on how to make homeschooling simple, affordable, fun and effective.

If you’re looking for a practical and experienced guide to homeschooling, this book is a great resource to have.

Consider getting a copy to help you make the most of your homeschooling journey.

Considering homeschooling but not sure where to start? These books provide a comprehensive guide to homeschooling, covering everything from understanding the legal requirements to creating a curriculum and dealing with common challenges. They also provide a wealth of resources such as sample schedules, lesson plans, and homeschooling organizations. Reading these books before homeschooling will help you make the most of your homeschooling journey and ensure that you're well-informed and well-prepared.

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola

This work is a personal and practical guide to implementing the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling. The book covers everything from understanding the principles of the Charlotte Mason method to creating a curriculum and dealing with common challenges such as socialization and working with children with special needs.

It also provides a wealth of resources, such as sample schedules, lesson plans, and book lists.

The author, Karen Andreola, is a homeschooling veteran and has personally implemented the Charlotte Mason method in her own homeschooling journey.

The book is filled with personal anecdotes and reflections that make the method relatable and easy to implement. If you’re looking for a guide to the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, this book is a great resource to have.

Consider getting a copy to help you make the most of your homeschooling journey.

The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom by Mary Griffith

This publication is a comprehensive guide to unschooling, a form of homeschooling that emphasizes a child-led, self-directed approach to learning.

The book covers everything from understanding the principles of unschooling to creating a curriculum and dealing with everyday challenges such as socialization and working with children with special needs.

It also provides a wealth of resources such as sample schedules, lesson plans, and unschooling organizations.

The author, Mary Griffith, is an unschooling veteran and shares her own experiences and insights on how to make unschooling simple, affordable, fun and effective.

If you’re looking for a guide to unschooling and how to use the whole world as your child’s classroom, this book is a must-read. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to revolutionize your child’s education and get your copy today.

The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It’s Right for Your Family by Lisa Whelchel

This book is a comprehensive guide for parents considering homeschooling as an option for their child’s education. The book covers everything from understanding the different homeschooling methods, the legal requirements, the potential benefits and challenges, and the resources available for homeschooling.

The author, Lisa Whelchel, is a homeschooling mother and a former actress. She shares her personal experience and insights on how to make the decision to homeschool and make it work for your family.

If you’re considering homeschooling or are on the fence about it, this book is a great resource. It will give you the information and guidance you need to make an informed decision about whether homeschooling is right for your family.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make the best decision for your child’s education, and get your copy today.

Want to make sure you're well-informed before homeschooling? These books provide a wealth of information on the different homeschooling methods, the potential benefits and challenges, and the resources available for homeschooling. They also provide practical tips and advice for dealing with common challenges such as socialization and working with children with special needs. Reading these books before homeschooling will help you make the most of your homeschooling journey and ensure that you're well-prepared and well-informed.The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

The Abolition of Man is a philosophical treatise on the nature of education and the importance of preserving tradition and objective truth.

Lewis argues that contemporary education is failing to transmit a shared moral and cultural heritage to future generations and instead is promoting a relativistic and subjectivist worldview that undermines the very foundations of human flourishing.

He also critiques the idea that education should be solely focused on the development of an individual’s abilities and skills and instead argues that education should be focused on the cultivation of virtue and the cultivation of the inner self.

The book is a powerful and thought-provoking read that provides valuable insights for parents considering homeschooling.

It emphasizes the importance of providing children with a solid moral (biblical) and cultural foundation, and it argues that education should be focused on the cultivation of virtue and the cultivation of the inner self.

If you’re considering homeschooling, The Abolition of Man is an excellent option to read.

It will give you a deeper understanding of the importance of preserving tradition and objective truth, and it will provide you with a powerful and thought-provoking read that will inspire you to provide your children with a solid moral and cultural foundation.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the nature of education and the importance of preserving tradition and objective truth, and get your copy today.

The Homeschooling Revolution: A Clear-Headed Guide to the Most Controversial Movement in Education by Mitchell L. Stevens

This work is a comprehensive guide for parents and educators who want to learn more about homeschooling and its impact on education.

The book covers the history and evolution of homeschooling, the different approaches and methods, the legal and policy implications, and the social, economic, and cultural factors that have influenced the growth of homeschooling.

The author, Mitchell L. Stevens, is a sociologist and provides a balanced and research-based analysis of the homeschooling phenomenon.

If you’re looking for a clear-headed guide to the most controversial movement in education, this book is a must-read.

If you can find a copy of this book, you’re doing well as it’s been taken off the market.

The Big Book of Homeschooling by Debra Bell

This treatise is a comprehensive guide for parents who are new to homeschooling or are looking for new ideas and resources.

The book covers everything from understanding the legal requirements, creating a curriculum, and dealing with common challenges such as socialization and working with children with special needs.

It also provides a wealth of resources, such as sample schedules, lesson plans, and book lists.

The author, Debra Bell, is a homeschooling veteran and shares her own experiences and insights on how to make homeschooling simple, affordable, fun, and effective. If you’re new to homeschooling or looking for new ideas and resources, this book is a great resource.

It will provide the information and guidance you need to make the most of your homeschooling journey. I had trouble finding this volume though.

Are you considering homeschooling for your child's education? Make sure to read these essential books before diving in. From understanding the legal requirements to creating a curriculum and dealing with common challenges, these books will provide you with the information and guidance you need to make the most of your homeschooling journey.What to Do After Reading These Books on Homeschooling

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1. The Ultimate Homeschool Parenting Program

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You’ll have lifetime access to the course for just $67.

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2. The Free How to Homeschool YouTube Channel

Want something better than a homeschool blog? Look no further than the How to Homeschool YouTube channel!

This channel is designed to help homeschooling parents with expert tips, educational content and a wide range of resources.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to the homeschooling world, you’ll find something valuable on our channel. And the best part? It’s completely free!

I know you’re going to love the channel!

Check out Blogs on How to Homeschool

Don’t forget to also look into blogs on how to homeschool. I’ve listed some of the best homeschool blogs here. Blogs are great places to learn about how to homeschool more efficiently and get tips to make your homeschool more enjoyable.

You can also find great freebies.

For example, you can get my free homeschool methods quiz here. This quiz will help you decide what homeschool method will be best for your homeschool.

Conclusion: Books on Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a big decision and a huge life change, but it’s also an opportunity to give your child the best possible education and the chance to thrive. The books on this list have been chosen to provide you with the information, inspiration, and guidance you need to make the decision to homeschool with confidence and set your child on the path to success. These books on homeschooling are a valuable resource that will help you navigate the homeschooling process with ease and equip you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies to create a positive and engaging learning environment for your child. Whether you are just considering homeschooling or you have already started, these books are an essential read for any parent embarking on the homeschooling journey.

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Rebecca Devitt

Most adults don't particularly want to relive their schooling experience on a daily basis. They would gladly move on to a new life devoid of homework and teachers. Very, very few adults will passionately blog about their schooling some 15 years after graduating. This makes Rebecca Devitt somewhat unique. As it happens, she was homeschooled. And she loved it. Still does. And she wishes every kid could get a taste of homeschooling at its very best. Her website How Do I Homeschool, is a springboard for parents to see what a life of homeschooling could be for both them & their children. When she's not blogging Rebecca is still homeschooling her-adult-self by learning Latin, growing weird vegetables and most importantly looking after her two children Luke & Penny. She has a husband Tristan and is a participant at Wollongong Baptist Church. She's also written a book about why parents should homeschool called 'Why on Earth Homeschool'.

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