Books every homeschooling parent should read

Even parents need some learning before teaching their children.

Teaching children at home even after school hours, comes across as the most difficult job to do for a parent. And then if it is about homeschooling there is an added learning that is required by the parent to get in the grove. There is a lot that is to be seen and taken into consideration before taking up the job of educating children at home. This requires a comprehensive approach right deciding the curriculum to the way one wants the child to perceive a concept. Here are some books to take into account for better understanding to make life easy for parents new to this role.

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

As the name of the book suggests it is a one-stop guide for parents in understanding that there is no requirement for planning to unschool children. In fact, the contents of the book are perfect for parents to be able to enhance their child’s education. The book further is a great step-by-step instruction on how one can use the whole of the world at their disposal making it a vast classroom for children. Simple and easy to read the book as such doesn’t propose any set rules that one has to follow. Instead, the book is almost like treating parents like children and starting with changing their perspective.

Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child With Confidence by Jamie Erickson

A must for all new homeschooling parents, this book is important in terms of educating parents on gaining a new perspective on homeschooling. Basically, the book is trying to make the readers see the concept of homeschooling as a way of life and merely as a project or a job that needs to be done. At the same time, this book also helps the readers to plan and learn what to teach, juggle homeschooling and parenting, teach a struggling learner, accept your own limitations, and how to ‘quiet the voices of not good enough‘.

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners by Lori McWilliam Pickert

The book is a thought-through compilation of children’s interests associated with long-term and deep, complex learning. The book teaches how children need to be taught to spend time working on something that matters and is of value to them.

Some other books parents can refer to for homeschooling are Before Curriculum by Amy Fischer; For The Children’s Sake:  Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay; The Four-Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life by Durenda Wilson; A Charlotte Mason Companion:  Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning; The Well Trained Mind:  A Guide to Classical Education at Home;  The Core:  Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education; Educating The Wholehearted Child; The Handbook of Nature Study; and Pocketful of Pinecones:  Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning to name a few.

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