During our research journey before beginning homeschooling, we encountered various resources that helped us figure out what we were doing and why. There are many more helpful resources out there but these are the ones I vividly remember the most and I would like to share them with you!
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1) Mary Pride’s Complete Guide To Getting Started In Homeschooling
Fair Warning: This is a Large book! At 624 pages it was published in 2004 and was written by Mary Pride who also happens to publish my 2nd recommended item. Although some of the items or item links referenced within the book are discontinued or no longer available, even when I read it in 2011, the meat of the book is still very applicable today. Mrs. Pride does do a lot of compare and contrast between traditional schooling and homeschooling, which some people hate, but I did benefit greatly from her perspective being that I needed reassurance that I wouldn’t be totally jackin’ up my kids by choosing to teach them at home. Although at a certain point it did get a little old, maybe because she had already given me plenty of evidence that I was convinced.
This book will help you to:
- See the many benefits of homeschooling
- Tackle the main objections to homeschooling
- Get an in-depth view on the many homeschooling methods and their backgrounds
- Get a lead on what resources could work for your family
2) Practical Homeschooling Magazine
This was the very first homeschooling magazine that I came across and I am so it was! This mag excels where others fail in that it takes theory and makes it really easy and practical in application. In this magazine you can find topics like:
- Teaching Your Very Young Child: How To Homeschool Ages 0 to 4
- It’s Elementary: The Montessori Way for Grades 1 to 6… At Home
- 10 Things You Should Know About the New SAT
- The 305 Winning Homeschool Picks of 2016
(All of these topics were taken from Practical Homeschooling Magazine’s 122nd issue.)
Along with special contests your homeschooled child can enter and many more.
I recommend this magazine highly to anyone who is looking for ideas to easily apply some of the concepts they have been reading about or even just to get started homeschooling if you are in a hurry to start.
3) 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
When I began looking into curriculum choices this book was called 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. In that edition the assumption out the gate is that you have already decided to homeschool, so no time is wasted getting into the overwhelming and often times confusing world of homeschool curriculum. Those first few chapters are very important because Cathy Duffy, the author, helps you:
- figure out why you are homeschooling
- further develop your homeschool goals
- narrow down your child’s learning style
- narrow down your teaching style
Once you have done that then you can move on to the many charts that show how well each curriculum will fit with your child’s learning style and your teaching style. From there you can read the descriptions of some of you potentials to choose one that will work for your family.
I haven’t read the newest edition just yet, but from the reviews I have seen, it is even better than the first! Mrs. Duffy also has a website where you can find curriculum reviews at cathyduffyreviews.com
4) Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children At Home
This book gave me a welcome look into the lives of different homeschool families and was a very quick read. My only qualm was that the spark of every family was missing form their story, which I believe is due to the author of the book writing all of their stories. Most of the families in this book are Christian, but there is also a Jewish and two secular families who were included. But even in the Christian spectrum there were differences in homeschool style. It gave me hope to know that even though my family didn’t fit the typically portrayed homeschool mold, that we would not be the only family who didn’t.
Other Honorable Mentions
-The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
-Homeschooling The Early/ Middle/ Teen Years
-Homeschooling On A Shoestring
If you’re new to my How To Homeschool: Before You Start Series check out the rest of my posts! And as always if you have found a resource that has been helpful to you feel free to add it in the comments!