Whether you’re new to homeschooling or you’ve been living the adventure that is home education for a long time, you know how scary this homeschooling journey can be.
To help ease your fears, you might have considered reading a few good books about homeschooling. The trouble is, there are so many books about homeschooling out there, it can be hard to know which ones to start with!
Which books will offer you peace and encouragement, and which books will leave you feeling even more overwhelmed? That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the top books written by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. Almost all of these great books were written by homeschooling moms. Because who better to help you with this new adventure than another homeschool parent?
Take a look at these top picks. Pick a book (or two!) and get ready for some top-notch levels of encouragement.
Table of Contents
- 1. Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson
- 2. Before Curriculum by Amy Fischer
- 3. Help! I’m Homeschooling! by Tricia Hodge
- 4. Plan Your Year by Pam Barnhill
- 5. Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School by Ann Karako
- 6. Homeschooling Gifted Kids by Cindy West
- 7. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Boys by Michelle Caskey
- 8. God Schooling by Julie Polanco
- 9. The Freedom Fighter by Robert Hess
- 10. 100 Ways to Motivate Kids by Julie Polanco
Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson is a must-read for all new homeschooling parents. In this book, readers will learn how to view homeschooling as a way of life instead of a project or a job.
Readers will also learn how to plan 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‘.
If you’re interested in the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, then take a look at Before Curriculum. Before deciding what curriculum you are going to use, you must first learn the essentials of homeschooling.
And that’s where Amy Fischer’s book comes in. Before Curriculum is one of those homeschooling books that will give you the deep principles of education that will ‘set your focus, build your confidence, and give you practical tools’ to use on your homeschooling journey.
Tricia is what we call a homeschooling mom veteran and her book comes with a wealth of wisdom, information, and practical tips. Whether you are homeschooling youngsters or high schoolers, “Help! I’m Homeschooling!” has something for you.
“Help! I’m Homeschooling!” talks about homeschooling multiple ages, balancing homework and housework, what to do about your college-bound teenager, and so much more!
Plan Your Year is filled with practical advice and inspiration – just for homeschoolers! Plan Your Year is one great book that you will not want to read just once and then forget about it.
You’ll want to read Pam’s book, again and again, year after year. Get actionable tips every time you read this book and learn the best way to plan for your own upcoming year.
By the end of the book, you will know how to choose your homeschool curriculum (to avoid buyer’s remorse), how to eliminate guilt and overwhelm, how to design your dream schedule, and you’ll know the first steps to homeschool failure.
Even seasoned homeschooling families still harbor a secret, real-life fear of homeschooling high school. Homeschooling high schoolers is a lot different than homeschooling during the elementary years.
Ann’s book “Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School” will put all your fears to rest. Learn how to teach high school level courses when you don’t feel qualified. Create a solid foundation that will set your teenagers up for a life of success.
Learn how to navigate the confusions of credits, AP tests, and dual enrollment. Because homeschooling high schoolers don’t have to be scary!
Are you the parent of a gifted kid? You might be thinking homeschooling your gifted child is the best way to set them up for true success, but you’re feeling scared and overwhelmed because homeschooling a gifted child is so much different from homeschooling a ‘regular’ child! But you don’t have to be afraid!
Cindy’s book “Homeschooling Gifted Kids” will give you the peace and encouragement you need to feel equipped to handle this unique home education circumstance.
From picking the perfect curriculum to finding social support, this book will give you the guidance you need.
Let’s be real – homeschooling boys are not like homeschooling girls. Stereotypically, girls are softer, sweeter, and gentler. Boys are rough-and-tumble and adventurous.
Even though these stereotypes do not always hold true, ti’s a fact of life that boys think differently than girls. Their brains are just wired differently!
If you’re the homeschool mom of a boy, then you are well aware of the adventure you’ve started. Boys need different teaching styles. And we need to meet them at their needs.
Join Michelle as she walks you through her adventure of educating sons. Grab your coffee and settle in for some laughs, some tears, and a whole lot of encouragement.
For the Christian homeschool family, Julie’s book, God Schooling, talks about ‘how God intended us to learn’ and teaches that not all children learn in the same way – and that’s okay!
God Schooling will answer two of the most commonly asked questions – ‘how do I do this’ and ‘how do I get my child to do his work’.If you’re looking for some top-notch levels of encouragement, then Julie is your gal!
The Freedom Fighter is less of a book of encouragement and more a book of entertainment. But The Freedom Fighter was written by a homeschooled teen as a final high school project.
In the book, our main character Daniel suffers from a horrible car accident. During recovery, he has dreams that he realizes are actually visions of the future and the foretelling of the destruction of our country. Now Daniel must embark on a journey to save his beloved home – before it’s too late.
Last but not least, we’ve got another gem by an unschooling homeschool mom, Julie Polanco – “100 Ways to Motivate Kids”. This book gives exactly what the title describes – 100 tried and surefire ways to motivate your kids!
This guide is divided by age group and subject, giving you a quick and easy manual for getting your kids ready to learn – or to do whatever else it is you need them to do! Bonus – all of these activities are cheap or free!