There are several books and magazines that I have enjoyed reading over the years that have helped me to articulate what our homeschool needs were/are. These books and magazines challenged me, gave me much to think about and gave me a sense of what I wanted our homeschool to look like. They gave me ideas and practical ways of implementing those ideas. Most of all, the variety of philosophies challenged me to be open. To develop our own way, guided by God and put into practical daily educating. I am going to highlight a few of them here.
- One of the first books that I read about homeschooling 16 years ago was John Holt’s “How they Learn”. I went on to read several of Holt’s other books including “Teach Your Own” ,“What do I do Monday?” and “Learning All the Time”. These books, though not from a Christian perspective really challenged me at the time to look at my assumptions about learning, children, school and creativity.
- The second book I read when it first came out in 1999 was "The Well Trained Mind" by Susan Wise Bauer. This book remained on my shelf for many, many years. What I like most about "The Well Trained Mind" is the practicality of it. I loved all the suggestions and how it was laid out. It influenced me to thinking how children learn from a classical approach.
- I remember reading and then re-reading David Guterson’s book "Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense" back in those early days. When he went on to publish "Snow Falling on Cedars" I read that as well!
- I found Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s book “For the Children’s Sake” on a library sale table for .25 cents about the first or second year I was homeschooling. This book has stayed on my shelf all these years and I have read it many times over. It led me to the next book.
- "The Charlotte Mason Companion" by Karen Androlea. I have read this book over many times enjoying the aspects of a liberal education that I often loose in all the other educational demands. Art Appreciation, Nature Study, Music Appreciation, Poetry and so many more aspects of a Charlotte Mason education have attracted me.
- Reading "Teaching the Trivium" by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn was another book that I got a lot of practical advice from. Based on the Classical Education model but so much different than "The Well Trained Mind".
- I recently read "Educating the Whole Hearted Child" by Clay and Sally Clarkson. I have read several other of the Clarkson’s books, but this one addresses homeschooling in detail.
- I recently re-read "Ignite the Fire" by Terri Camp. This is a very quick read but I like her way of going through the stages of building a fire through learning interests. A book like this reminds me that homeschooling can be fun, productive and that “rabbit trails” can offer amazing learning.
- I still subscribe to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. They have however changed their format to digital rather than hard copy.
- I have read Growing Without Schooling magazines in the past and they are now all online for free here.
- I have enjoyed reading our Canadian Homeschool Magazine - Homeschool Horizons.
- In the past I have been very challenged by the articles in The Homeschool Digest. This magazine in not for the “faint of heart”.
This only represents a few of the books and magazines that could guide you in your homeschooling journey. I have a few books on my “to read” list:
- "Heart and Mind - What the Bible says about Learning" by Ruth Beechik
- "Homeschooling from a Biblical World View" from Israel Wayne
- "The Philosophy of Christian Curriculum" by R.J. Rushdoony