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Reading books by other homeschoolers is a great way to reconnect with your vision for homeschooling and remind yourself why you’re doing this. Here, in no particular order, are ten books that we believe will help keep your passion for this homeschooling adventure going strong!
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie
As a homeschool mom, this is the book I return to year after year, and I’ve heard so many other moms say the same. Sarah beautifully articulates the heart behind her homeschool as she aims to focus on relationships and pointing her children toward Christ without sacrificing an excellent education along the way. Her gentle encouragement to set aside frantic box-checking for a more restful way of teaching will be a balm to your weary soul. At just 88 pages it’s a quick read, but one that will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
When I talk to homeschool moms about what helped them take the plunge into homeschooling, the book that comes up more than any other is For the Children’s Sake. Drawing from the vision of Charlotte Mason, this book offers a window into a world where every child is respected as the unique individual God created them to be and home is filled with the richness of living and learning as a family. You’ll be inspired and equipped to begin cultivating a vibrant home atmosphere that cares not just for the minds of your children, but for their hearts and souls as well.
Withdrawing your child from the traditional school system can be daunting. Many parents wonder if they have what it takes to homeschool day in and day out. Durenda Wilson knows these doubts and insecurities well, but after homeschooling 8 children for 25+ years, she has seen God’s faithfulness as she trusted the process of home education. Whether you’re a brand-new homeschool parent or you’ve been homeschooling for a while, this book will encourage you to break free from comparison, let go of your ideas of what homeschooling “should” look like, and embrace the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling in a way that works for your unique family.
As a homeschooling mom of 6, Laura Booz has an important message to share about the meaning of motherhood. We don’t just pour ourselves out for the children in our care because it’s good for them or because it’s what God requires of us. God has something important for us to receive from Him in our mothering! God is ready and willing to shower us with peace through the ups and downs, patience amidst the trials, ironclad trust in His promises, countless opportunities for worship, and so much more! Let Laura’s words invite you to experience all the goodness God has for you in motherhood.
The Brave Learner is like therapy for your homeschool mama heart in book form. Drawing from her decades of experience homeschooling 5 kids, Julie challenges us to question the educational paradigms that drive us to push, nag, and battle our kids over schoolwork. Instead, she invites us to create a learning atmosphere that makes room for surprise, risk, mystery and adventure, to set our children free to explore and grow with curiosity and delight.
Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God and Teach Your Children with Confidence by Jamie Erickson
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with doubt as a homeschool mom? If the what-ifs are taking up too much space in your head (What if I’m not doing enough? What if I made the wrong decision? What if they never get into college?), you’ll love the shift in perspective Jamie brings based on her decades of homeschooling experience. With lots of practical guidance like what to do with the toddlers while your trying to teach and how to stay strong when others criticize your decision to homeschool, you’ll be encouraged and inspired by this book.
The Call of the Wild + Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education by Ainsley Arment
If you long for your children to experience a childhood rooted in a love of nature, reading great stories, pursuing interests and hobbies, and making the entire world your classroom, then this book is for you! Founder of the Wild + Free movement and homeschooling mom of 5, Ainsley Arment will invite you to imagine a homeschool life steeped in wonder and empower you to bring this vision to life in your own family.
Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy by Jamie C. Martin
Jamie has written a gem of a book filled with vulnerable stories from her own journey of mothering and sanity-saving principles from the lives of her favorite literary heroines: Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Jane Austen to name a few. If you’ve ever wondered if you can make it as a homeschool mom with the 24/7 noise, constant relational interaction, and unending stimulation, this book will show you that you can thrive as a homeschool mom and that your introversion isn’t just a deficit. It is a strength. I wish I’d had this book years ago.
Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education by Susan Wise Bauer
A second generation homeschooler, Susan has lots to say about why the mainstream educational system doesn’t work for many families. She encourages parents to adopt the mindset that if your child isn’t thriving in school, the problem is the school environment, not the child. Susan shows us how to get on the same team with our children in finding ways to flex the school environment to work for you, or if that fails, to remove the child from the school setting completely. This book is invaluable for anyone who is considering homeschooling after time in a traditional school setting or who is weighing which educational options will be the best fit for their child.
Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning by Sally Clarkson
For years, parents around the world have asked beloved author and speaker Sally Clarkson how she and her husband ignited a love of learning and a deep faith in each of their four children. This book is her answer. If you are filled with idealistic longings and hope to raise healthy, vibrant adults, you will find encouragement in these pages. And if you’re feeling exhausted, ill-equipped, or unsupported in your homeschool life, Sally’s stories will give you a breath of hope as well as practical ideas for moving forward. You can nurture your children to live into their potential by laying a foundation of spiritual formation and strong faith. This book will point the way.
We hope you’ll enjoy one (or more!) of these books and that they’ll infuse your homeschooling with fresh energy and enthusiasm.
Looking for even more book recommendations? Here are a few more we think you’ll love.
Books to Encourage Your Faith
- The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman
- Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks by Priscilla Shirer
- Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life by Beth Moore
- In Want + Plenty: Waking Up to God’s Provision in a Land of Longing by Meredith McDaniel
- Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons
- Finding Selah: The Simple Practice of Peace When You Need It Most by Kristen Kill
- Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack by Alia Joy
Books to Encourage Your Parenting
- Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
- Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler
- Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies by Hillary Morgan Ferrer
- Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight With All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith by Heidi St. John
- Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids by Greta Eskridge
- The Life-Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson
Books to Encourage Your Reading Life
- The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie
- Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life by Gladys Hunt
- Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of Reading Life by Sarah Clarkson
- Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin
- On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior
- I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel
- The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer
For more great book recommendations, be sure to download our free Summer Reading packet that’s filled with lots more titles and activities to help your family embrace reading this summer.