Educating Your Child At Home: 10 Essential Reading For Beginner Homeschool Parents 2022

New mothers who homeschool their children frequently ask me for recommendations on books that they should read.

When I first started homeschooling 15 years ago, in what I like to refer to as practically the dark ages of homeschooling, there were no homeschool blogs, no real curriculum review sites, and the best you could do online was enter a few homeschool chat rooms and spend hours searching through chat threads for a specific topic. I like to think of this time period as practically the dark ages of homeschooling.

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As a result, I looked to printed books as a resource for inspiration, encouragement, curriculum guides, and all the other how-tos of home education. I found what I needed in those books. At the time, I didn’t really know any other homeschooling mothers who had more experience than I did and whom I could ask for guidance. My internet connection was dial-up, I had four young children, and I had no idea where to start. Basically, I was on my own.

But as time went on, I came across some wonderful books that were packed with knowledge and insight; some of these were books that I returned to again and again whenever things got difficult. Some of them I’ve purchased multiple copies of specifically so that I can hand them out to other homeschooling mothers when I meet them.

Now, of course, with the vast proliferation of homeschool blogs and websites, Instagram accounts, magazines, and conventions, you might have the opposite problem that I did, which is figuring out how to sort through the massive amount of information to find something that you can actually use. This is the problem that I had.


If you already know where to look, it won’t be difficult at all. As a result of the many years that I have spent teaching my children at home, I have been able to whittle down my extensive supply list for new homeschooling mothers to just the essentials. As promised, here it is. These books aren’t just for beginners, by the way; anyone can benefit from reading them. Every parent who chooses to educate their child at home could use some words of encouragement and advice along the way. These choices, therefore, will be helpful whether you have only been homeschooling for a few months or for a considerable amount of time.

Written by Ruth Beechick, The Three R’s.

Or any other work that Ruth Beechick has produced. In all seriousness, this woman knows and understands the struggles that homeschooling moms and their children go through. You will find her words reassuring and inspiring no matter what stage of homeschooling you are currently in due to the holistic nature, gentleness, and wisdom of her approach, which she employs.

A Biblical Home Education is a book written by Ruth Beechick that teaches how to build your homeschool on the foundation of God’s Word.

This is a wonderful resource for homeschooling parents who are taking a faith-based approach to educating their children at home.

Cynthia Ulrich Tobias’s book titled “The Way They Learn.”

This was one of the first books I read about teaching, and I cannot overstate how helpful it was not only in determining how our children learn and process information, but also in learning what methods work best for us as parents when it comes to instructing our own children. A required reading.

Cathy Duffy’s 102 Favorite Pieces of Curriculum for Homeschoolers

For the better part of two decades, Ms. Duffy has been evaluating homeschool curricula, and throughout that time, she has developed a reputation for reviews that are exhaustive, insightful, and extremely helpful. This book will be helpful to individuals who are looking for information on a variety of different types of curricula, including those for individual subjects, unit studies, and comprehensive packages.

Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning is the title of a book written by Karen Andreola and titled A Charlotte Mason Companion.

It’s called the Charlotte Mason Method, and it’s one of the more common approaches to homeschooling. Even though I take a more eclectic approach to homeschooling, you’ll find that this is a useful resource for instructing using a variety of approaches. It is a wonderful way to get started with using living books, reading rich literature, and learning in a child-centered way. It is strongly recommended.

For the Children’s Sake is a book written by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay and it is about the foundations of education for both home and school.

This author is another powerful player in the world of home education, and she is very knowledgeable. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in teaching in a way that is gentle and focused on the child’s delight.

Honey for a Child’s Heart is a book written by Gladys Hunt about the imaginative use of books in family life.

I love books. Always and only books are being discussed. Because of the insightful recommendations for timeless works of literature, this is a book that can always be found on my shelf. It was initially released in 1969, and since then, it has undergone consistent updates and revisions.

Clay and Sally Clarkson’s Educating the Wholehearted Child is the book in question.

This book is for you if you have the goal of turning your house into an environment that fosters learning that is both organic and comprehensive. You will find yourself returning to its pages time and time again because they are packed with encouragement and advice from a homeschooling family with years of experience.

The book “How Children Learn” was written by John Holt.

t would be difficult to pick just one book by this author to read. This book was written by John Holt, one of the early pioneers of the unschooling method, and it was published fifty years ago. Despite this, it continues to be useful and relevant in modern times. Although I do not strictly adhere to this method, I have found that reading his thoughts on child development and the way that children actually absorb information is extremely beneficial.

A book written by John Taylor Gatto titled “Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.”

Gatto spent decades as a public school educator and was recognized for the success of his instructional strategies in challenging classrooms. He dissects the methods that are used by schools to successfully teach all of the incorrect ways. Very encouraging for people who are contemplating whether or not homeschooling is the right choice for them. A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to listen to him in person, and I remember being very impressed by the depth of his understanding of the topic.

Which is better, the e-book or the hard copy?

Despite the fact that I adore using my Kindle, I have provided links to the physical versions of these books. Primarily due to the fact that they are reference materials that you will want to annotate and consult on a regular basis over the course of several years. If you’d rather have them in digital form, you can get most of them that way.

You have no idea how challenging it was to select just ten books to include on this list. On the other hand, these are the places to begin for anyone who is relatively new to the field of home education. These will be essential in assisting you in beginning, and continuing, homeschooling successfully with your child, no matter what age they are.

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