Top Homeschooling resource + inspirational books for parents

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Hey guys! So, let’s talk homeschool! I know so many mamas who have inspired me to want to homeschool my children, and just live a little Wild + Free from all the hustle and bustle that public school brings. It seems with every homeschooling mama I’ve come in contact with, I have been so inspired by their stories and just the closeness of their families in general. I’ve honestly thought about this time in our lives for years, since before my firstborn went to kindergarten, but never was courageous enough to take the leap. Now since the pandemic, Homeschooling has been on a lot of people’s minds and I finally decided to take the plunge after many hours of research and lots of money on new books for homeschooling resources. Can something please tell me I’m not the only one? haha

I don’t think I’ve ever doubted my capability to do something in my life more so then I do right now. I mean, the fact that my children’s education falls completely in my hands can be a scary thing. But honestly, after reading and researching and reading some encouragement books, along with talking to homeschool mamas, My heart and mind are at ease knowing to not put “too” much pressure on yourself, you will learn as you go, you will fail, and you will learn what’s best for you and your family.

I did find that these resource books I’m about to link were the most recommended by some of the homeschooling mamas out there, although I haven’t read most of them, these are for sure on the top of my reading list. I just finished “The Call Of The Wild + Free Reclaiming Wonder In Your Child’s Education”, and after reading this entire book and highlighting the most important information, I felt 100% confident in starting this year teaching my children at home. It was such a reassuring book for those who are feeling a little iffy about it all or just need that extra boost of encouragement. This book basically explains and goes over all the myths and doubts people (like me) had on homeschooling. I thought I wasn’t ready but turns out, it’s ok if you aren’t. You learn as you go, and you will find the best rhythm that suits you and your children.

Ok so enough chit chat, here are the book recommendations you can find off Amazon:

  1. The Call Of The Wild + Free Reclaiming Wonder In Your Child’s Education – “The Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, as well as parents, educators, and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids’ traditional educations.
  2. For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School – “For the Children’s Sake is a book about what education can be, based on a Christian understanding of what it means to be human-to be a child, a parent, a teacher-and on the Christian meaning of life. The central ideas have been proven over many years and in almost every kind of educational situation, including ideas that Susan and Ranald Macaulay have implemented in their own family and school experience.”
  3. Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace – “Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (scholé) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her (six) children.”
  4. The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life – “Parents who are deeply invested in their children’s education can be hard on themselves and their kids. When exhausted parents are living the day-to-day grind, it can seem impossible to muster enough energy to make learning fun or interesting. How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childhood chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?”
  5. The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling – “The Unhurried Homeschooler” takes parents a step further and lifts the unnecessary burdens that many parents place on themselves.Drawing on twenty years of homeschooling her eight children, Durenda Wilson gently reminds parents about the things that really matter, as she offers a clear portrait of what a life-giving home life can be during the homeschooling years. Reading “The Unhurried Homeschooler” is like having coffee with a trusted friend. You’ll be encouraged as you learn to do what God has put before you. This book will lighten your load while helping you learn how to raise life long learners and ENJOY the homeschool years with your kids.”
  6. Mother Culture ®: For a Happy Homeschool“Karen Andreola believes it is the skillful art of how a mother looks after the ways of her household. With a thinking-love she creates a culture in the home all her own. The home-teacher does a lot of taking care, so she needs to take care of herself, too. Much depends on how she manages her life.”
  7. Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence – “Homeschool Bravely teaches you to see homeschooling as a calling, helps you overthrow the tyranny of impossible expectations, and guides you through the common bumps in the road”
  8. Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter Most – “Better Together teaches you how to design a part of your homeschool day where the entire family can learn together. This time, known as “Morning Time,” has exploded in popularity since its inclusion in Sarah Mackenzie’s bestseller Teaching From Rest. Now homeschool mom and former teacher Pam Barnhill breaks down the practice for every homeschooler.”
  9. Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life – “In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today’s constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development. Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, he demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it’s time to stop asking what’s wrong with our children, and start asking what’s wrong with the system. It shows how we can act — both as parents and as members of society — to improve children’s lives and to promote their happiness and learning.”
  10. Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World -“ In Home Grown, Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in our backyards and beyond. In telling the story of his sons’ unconventional education in the fields and forests surrounding his family’s farm, he demonstrates that the sparks of learning are all around us, just waiting to be discovered. Learning is a lifelong process—and the best education is never confined to a classroom.”
  11. The Creative Family Manifesto: Encouraging Imagination and Nurturing Family Connections – “The Creative Family Manifesto is a guide to using the simple tools around you—your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials—to relax, play, and grow together as a family. When you learn to awaken your family’s creativity, wonderful things will happen: you’ll make meaningful connections with your children, your children’s imaginations will flourish, and you’ll learn to express love and gratitude for each other. This book is just what you need to get started.”
  12. The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids – “The stories we read–and the conversations we have about them–help shape family traditions, create lifelong memories, and become part of our legacy. Reading aloud not only has the power to change a family–it has the power to change the world.”

 

November 22, 2019
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