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I really love reading. I was also interested to home educate my children from reading a lot of books. I would never have known about home schooling without reading books. Here are a list of my favourite home education books that I still love to read until right now. They are very inspiring and encouraging.
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start by Linda Dobson
This is the first book that I read. This book has been motivating me a lot. Although this is a very basic book of home school, I reread this book when I lack of motivation. By reading this book and the bible, I recharge my spirit to get better.
Catholic Education: Homeward Bound – Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling by Kimberly Hahn
This book has a very special meaning for me as it convinces me that home education is not merely a way of avoiding “at school” problems or dissatisfication. However, home education is a responsibility of catholic parents toward children as the gifts of God.
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)
This is one of the most important reference in choosing resources. Beside amblesideonline.org, I use this wonderful book a lot. It explains the trivium not too deep, but enough and also gives alternatives for almost every classical resources that we use.
For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School
This is a very great introduction to Charlotte Mason method for me. It is not as complete as the series, but this book is really touching for me to realise that children are gift from God.
The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
This book hands in hand together with The Well Trained mind, but it has firmer explanation. It has a lot of reasons to return to classical educational method which is very strict in some aspects compared to other homeschooling method. I agree with most of them.
Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work
There are a lot of homeschool “tricks” and simple daily aspects that sometimes I didn't think of that are anticipated in this book. It gives me some broader thought on the practical life.
Homeschool Sanity: A Practical Guide to Redemptive Home Educating (Volume 1) by Sherry K. Hayes
Having 3 children to homeschool at once made me insane for the first time. Reading this book is an enlightment for me. I also use McGuffey readers for checking fluency, formal vocabulary learning, and some emergency occasion whenever I have short of time. Kids also love doing copywork and memorising the poems.
The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 101 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices (Prima Home Learning Library) by Linda Dobson
This book has answered most inquiry of homeschooling that I was curious about when I started doing homeschool formally at the first time. It also helps me answering questions asked about homeschooling which is not common in my country.
The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling by Rachel Gaterchole
The main question in whole world regarding homeschooling is always about socialisation. This book answers that question completely. I am very satisfied with all arguments and explanation.
When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason's Philosophy for Today by Elaine Cooper
This is another book about Charlotte Mason which I really like as it explained most practical things which are close with my condition. It means that the explanation is not in really “high condition”
Wish that books will help others too.
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.