Ten Homeschooling Books You Need to Read | @iHomeschoolNet | #ihsnet

Christmas break is either coming up, or is already here for many of us homeschoolers. So, Mom, be sure to take some time for yourself this month. What better way to treat yourself this Christmas than to buy yourself a new, inspiring book. As Ann said, reading homeschooling books can re-ignite your motivation and remind you of the big picture. 

Enjoy this list of ten fabulous homeschool books, written by iHomeschool bloggers. Each book listed is available in digital format, so once you purchase, you’ll be immediately ready to snuggle up with a hot mug of your favorite drink and get reading!

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: 55 Moms Share Their Expertise on 103 TopicsThe Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: 55 Moms Share Their Expertise on 103 Topics

Wouldn’t it be great to have a resource you could turn to when you have a question in your homeschool? But we go beyond the basics of academics and delve into delightful methods like active learning, learning with video games, using LEGO bricks for learning, teaching on the road, learning with movies, and gardening. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas talks about all kinds of children: boys, only children, twins, teenage girls, and perfectionists. There are chapters about special needs such as giftedness, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, and sensory issues. The 55 experienced homeschool moms who contributed to this resource don’t hold back from sharing their best advice about managing a homeschool budget, balancing homemaking with homeschooling, and even maintaining a strong marriage.


How We Teach: the real lives of homeschoolers from classical to unschooling and everything in betweenHow We Teach: the real lives of homeschoolers from classical to unschooling and everything in between

We asked each contributor to choose a homeschool method, a subject, and an age range, and then write about how exactly they teach in their own unique way. You’ll be astonished to see that homeschooling is definitely not one size fits all. Maybe you are a homeschool mom of elementary aged children, using the Charlotte Mason method, and you are curious about what an unschooling house looks like. Maybe you are inspired by the classical method, but want to see some real world examples of what that method looks like in the homes of middle school to high school level students. Maybe you are just simply eclectic at heart and want to pull ideas from all of the other methods and create your personalize road map for your homeschool. If you have ever wondered what a homeschool season looks like in another person’s home, this is the book for you.


EricaHomeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started by Erica Arndt

So you’ve finally decided to homeschool, but have no clue where to get started? Erica sets it all out for you in a step-by-step format would a great benefit to new and current homeschoolers! Homeschooling 101 is a practical guide that will help you to get started, and continue on in your homeschooling journey. It is designed to help guide you through all of the steps to getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, creating effective lesson plans, scheduling your day, organizing your home, staying the course and more! It even includes helpful homeschooling forms!

KendraPreschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids With Success While Loving the Little Ones at Your Feet by Kendra Fletcher

For years, readers of the popular Preschoolers and Peace blog have asked for the “best of” the site in an eBook, easy to read and ready to go. Now, it’s here! Covering such topics as “How Do I Plan Preschool?”, and “What Does a 2-Year-Old’s Day Look Like?”, the Preschoolers and Peace eBook packs a ton of useful information into easy-to-read, short articles that can be read on the fly by busy homeschooling parents.


KarenSimply Homeschool: Have Less Fluff and Bear More Fruit by Karen DeBeus

Are you feeling disheartened, discouraged, or lost on the homeschooling journey? It doesn’t have to be so complicated…Slow down. Stop chasing. Stop striving. Stop making it about the world. Make it about Him. This world and all it has passes away, but He is eternal. Stop. Look in your child’s eyes. Focus on the relationship with the child. At that moment. These are the things that matter for eternity. Let the extras go…if they are bogging you down, then they aren’t meant to be there. This journey isn’t going to last forever. In fact, each year it gets shorter and shorter…so do it well.


AliciaMPlan To Be Flexible: Designing A Homeschool Rhythm and Curriculum Plan That Works for Your Family by Alicia Michelle

Overwhelmed by the challenge of homeschooling in the real world? Are rewarding school days possible in the midst of errands, laundry piles and extracurricular activities? Absolutely! Let Plan To Be Flexible show you how. Born out of one mom’s struggle to find order and peace, reading this book is like having a coffee with someone that’s “been there, done that.” Plan to Be Flexible’s focus on “rhythms” instead of a rigid schedule testifies to how free-form learning (and the realities of daily life) can happily co-exist within the framework of a goal-oriented plan.


JamieSteady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood by Jamie C. Martin

You can apply the same techniques of efficiency, intention, and purpose that you’ve used in other careers to your most important position in life-motherhood. Steady Days takes you through the process of becoming a professional mother: one who is organized and excited to spend time with your young children. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by a lack of direction in your parenting, this book can help. You already have the skills you need to be an incredible mother. Empower yourself by reading Steady Days and implementing the ideas to benefit those important little people who call you “Mom.”


MarleneCreating A Schedule That Works – Your Life, Your Schedule by Marlene Griffith

Creating A Schedule That Works offers tools to help you create and implement a schedule that works for you and your life. The simple, straight-forward approach shows you how to break your day into bite-sized pieces by scheduling four blocks of time in your day to help meet the demands of your day-to-day life. Let’s face it, life is full of constant demands and most of them need to be met. Marlene wrote this eBook to be your guide in helping you create and implement a schedule that works for you and your life. It is a simple, straight-forward approach without any fluff.


Pam2Your Morning Basket: How to Transform Your Homeschool One Morning At a Time by Pam Barnhill

As a homeschooling mom you are anxious about many things. Your children, all at different grade levels, all need you at once. Your day is an endless list of soulless subjects and dry facts. You can’t muster the energy to inspire wonder between spelling and soccer practice. The joy is lost in your homeschool and you don’t know where to find it. You can find that joy. What if you had time each day to turn their hearts toward God through prayer and Scripture? What if you could build family relationships by learning together instead of separately? What if you could simplify your day and still have time for beautiful things like art, music, and nature study? What if you could wake up each morning and look forward to learning with your children? What if the solution was one simple daily practice?


KrisHands-On Learning: Cross-Curricular Projects to Make Learning Come Alive! by Kris Bales

Are you tired of textbooks? Are your children bored with their schoolwork? Are YOU bored with their schoolwork? Is homeschooling just one more thing you have to do? Bring the excitement back to your homeschool with Hands-On Learning: Cross-Curricular Projects to Make Learning Come Alive! Hands-On Learning is a collection of some of the best project tutorials, games, and hands-on learning fun from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, expanded and organized into an easy-to-access, at your finger-tips e-Book. Featuring a clickable table of contents for the ultimate ease-of-use, Hands-On Learning is the project-packed punch you need to bring your homeschool from weary to wow!


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About Amy Stults

I am Christian wife of 17 years to my knight in shining armor and mom to our 13-year-old scientist. We have homeschooled our son since birth using a classical, literature-rich method. I have a passion for genealogy and a love for helping others trace their family trees to learn more about their roots. We are die-hard Whovians and Trekkies, I adore my husband and son, love sweet tea, small kitchen appliances, and holidays, even the silly ones like National Eat Like a Hobbit Day.

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