This Autumn will mark our sixth year of homeschooling. Over the years, I’ve read dozens of books about homeschooling. Because I wish someone had put together a list of must have books for homeschooling moms for me, I’m putting one together for you. 🙂
These books have encouraged, inspired, uplifted, and guided me in my homeschooling mom journey. While some of them are curriculum-style specific, like the Charlotte Mason Companion, the majority of these are good for the homeschooling heart, no matter your curriculum choice.
Must Have Books for Homeschooling Moms
Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days: Share a Day With 30 Homeschooling Families is a compilation of “a day in the life of …” type stories. Different homeschool families around the world share how they spend their days. From unschooling to school at home, there’s an example of every type of homeschooling style and family out there. I love the honesty within this book. It truly shows that there is no one way or wrong way to homeschool. If you are considering homeschooling your children, this is a great book to help you decide.
Charlotte Mason Companion is a must have for us with Charlotte Mason-esque homeschools. All the components of the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling is found here: using living books instead of textbooks, using narration instead of testing, teaching reading, writing, music, nature study, poetry, and history. This book is amazingly well written. It is not just a quick read manual of how to implement the Charlotte Mason method. Instead, it is a well-thought out series of essays and personal reflections. My personal copy is dog-eared, filled with notes in the margins and lots of highlighting. This is a book to buy and keep for future reference for years to come.
Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit. Does that sound like something you struggle with? Lord knows I do. When I first found this book it was out of a desperate search to find something to help me quit losing my temper with the children over school-related things (and just in general). Teri Maxwell does an amazing job of reminding us why we are doing what we are doing, and goes further to really help us do it with the right heart. This is one of three books that I reread each year. The message is always timely and helpful.
Plan to be Flexible: Designing A Homeschool Rhythm and Curriculum Plan That Works for Your Family is a great book for those just starting out or any homeschool mom stuck in a rut. Through the art of simplicity, Alicia Michelle shows you how to start over (or for the first time) with custom designed curriculum that will work for you family.
The Read Aloud Handbook is a must have for all homeschooling families. The value (short and long term) of reading aloud to your children cannot be overstated. Jim Trelease has written one of the best books for homeschooling families on the subject. He shows you how to get started, what to do when you’re stuck in a rut, and even what to read to what ages.
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School is the second of my three annual rereads each year. This is the ultimate “why we do what we do” book when it comes to homeschooling. Again, of the Charlotte Mason persuasion, but this book is a must read for any homeschooling parent- no matter their curriculum choices. It presents an overview of what homeschooling and family life can be at its best. The author writes to parents who educate their children at home and parents whose children attend a traditional school. She also writes to teachers and those who are in education. Simply put, anyone with children in their life should own this book.
Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace is my latest find. This book. This book right here speaks to my heart and soul. Sarah Mackenzie is an amazing writer. I’d been feeling weary and burnt out as a homeschool mom and Sarah’s words breathed life and fresh inspiration into our days. If you purchase only one book from this list . . . make it this one.