Books about Homeschooling

You can find many of these homeschooling books in the public libraries and local bookstores.

General Information

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
by Peter Gray (2013)

Developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that our children, if free to pursue their own interests through play, will not only learn all they need to know, but will do so with energy and passion.

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners
by Lori McWilliam Pickert (2012)

This book gives parents concrete tips for setting up a workspace that encourages independence and building a family culture that supports self-directed learning.

101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
by Cathy Duffy (2012)

The key to successful home education is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child's learning style, so that you can make an informed decision in choosing the right educational curriculum for the child. Christian perspective.

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything
by Laura Grace Weldon (2010)

This book presents eye-opening data about the meaning and importance of natural learning balanced by quotes and stories from over 100 homeschoolers.

Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home
by LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski (2009)

The majority of homeschoolers are single-income families who consequently look for simple, inexpensive resources to use in teaching their children.

The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It's Right for Your Family
by Lisa Rivero (2008)

This book addresses the major questions parents have as they consider the homeschooling option: socialization, curriculum, special needs, resources, and much more.

The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling
by Rachel Gathercole (2007)

This book answers the œsocialization question with opinions, facts, and personal accounts. Gathercole persuasively argues that homeschooling is not isolating but rather a sophisticated approach to socializing and educating children.

Homeschooling Our Children Unschooling Ourselves
by Alison McKee (2002)

This book helps you let go of your expectations and allow your children to become the people they are meant to be.

The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 101 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices
by Linda Dobson (updated 2002)

Drawing from the collective wisdom and experience of homeschoolers, this book provides answers from several perspectives for the 101 most commonly raised concerns about homeschooling.

A Parent's Guide to Home Schooling
by Tamra Orr (2002)

An encouraging guidebook offering plenty of experienced support and helpful resources. Includes essays from homeschooling parents providing real-life descriptions of a variety of homeschooling approaches.

Fundamentals of Homeschooling: Notes on Successful Family Living
by Ann Lahrson-Fisher (2002)

This book is like the Joy of Cooking for homeschoolers. It provides both reassurance (and an understanding of why homeschooling works so well) as well as new ideas when your well is running dry.

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start
by Linda Dobson (2001)

With the constant concern about the safety and quality of our nation's schools, many of today's families are opting to teach their children at home. This book will help you get started.

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
by Rebecca Rupp (2000)

A structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school.

The Homeschooling Handbook, 2nd Edition
by Mary Griffith (1999)

This non-ideological book examines homeschooling's pros and cons, discusses how to handle regulations, and shows how to design and implement a productive learning atmosphere at home for students of all ages. The author incorporates useful teaching ideas from schools such as Montessori and Waldorf.

Homeschooling in Oregon: The Handbook
by Ann Lahrson-Fisher (1998)

This book will help you through the many options that are available to homeschoolers. The information about homeschool laws is out of date, but current information is available on the OHEN website.

The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology
by Rebecca Rupp (1998)

This ambitious reference guide lives up to its name. Practically three inches thick--and we're not talking large print here--it's packed with titles, ordering information, and Web site addresses.

Good Stuff: Learning Tools for All Ages
by Rebecca Rupp (1997)

This popular resource guide covers every subject area schools do, and many more they don't. It offers something more than "testbooks" for learning.

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore (1994)

If you are thinking about homeschooling, or are struggling with a homeschooling curriculum that is difficult to use, let Dr. Ray and Dorothy Moore show you how to make homeschooling an easy-to-live-with family adventure in learning.

Charlotte Mason

A Charlotte Mason Education and More Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison (1999, 2001)
Levison has collected the key points of Charlotte Mason's methods and presents them in a simple, straightforward way that will allow families to quickly maximize the opportunities of home schooling.

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola (1998)
A thorough chapter-by-chapter overview of the inspiring teaching principles of Christian educator Charlotte Mason, this book reveals the practical day by day method of how to teach "the Charlotte Mason way".

Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series by Charlotte Mason (1993)
This complete unabridged and authorized edition includes over 2400 pages on education, child training and parenting.

Children with Special Needs

Home Schooling Children with Special Needs (3rd Edition) by Sharon Hensley (2009)
This book will help you locate the best resources for home schooling your child with special needs.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner by Kathy Kuhl (2009)
Kathy draws on her experience homeschooling her own struggling learner and also interviews with 64 homeschoolers who have children with different learning problems, including autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, and other conditions.

Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome by Lise Pyles (2004)
Lise explains how to design a varied study program built around the child's own interests and provides instructions on how to assess and improve body language and social skills, accommodating the child's need for ritual or perfectionist tendencies, and how to develop handwriting and coordination skills.

Classic Education

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise (2009)
Thought-provoking description of a thorough course of classical education based on the Western trivium. An inspiration to many homeschoolers with high aspirations for their children. Loaded with detailed descriptions of resources.

A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of

Leaders for the Twenty-First Century by Oliver Van DeMille (2009)
This book presents a new educational vision based on preparing the future leaders our nation needs.

The Latin-Centered Curriculum: A Home Educator's Guide to a Classical Education by Andrew Campbell (2008)
In addition to a useful scope and sequence for how a Latin-centered classical education can be accomplished in a home or private school, Campbell provides a short history of the mode classical movement.

Gifted Education

Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Fit Your Atypical Child by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson (2011)
This book discusses how giftedness and twice exceptionality might affect the educational needs of your child, and considers a variety of options regarding educational choices and provides a guide for evaluating them.

Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families by Lisa Rivero (2002)
Rivero addresses areas not usually covered in homeschooling books such as asynchronous development (uneven development), perfectionism, and learning for self-actualization.

Older Children

Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships by Lee Binz (2010)
Provides the tools and information you need to create homeschool records to perfectly document your amazing homeschool education in a way that demands attention.

College Without High School: A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College by Blake Boles (2009)
This book shows how independent teens can self-design their high school education by becoming unschooled. Students begin by defining their goals and dreams and then pursue them through a combination of meaningful and engaging adventures.

And What About College?: How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities;
Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing Your 12- to 18-Year-Old for a Smooth Transition;
Homeschooling The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old by Cafi Cohen (2000)

These three books have a thorough discussion of the college application process and how homeschoolers can best prepare. Provides samples of œhomegrown transcripts, resumes and application cover letters.

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn (1998)
This book is a guide for bright, frustrated high schoolers to take charge of their own education through homeschooling (and learning by doing).

Success Stories

Viral Learning: Reflections on the Homeschooling Life by Mary Griffith (2007)
This book is a personal reflection on how Griffith came to homeschooling, how it affected her and her view of the world, and how those changes in her - and us - may spark changes around us.

The Call to Brilliance: A True Story to Inspire Parents and Educators by Resa Steindel Brown (2007)
With insightful commentary, Brown recalls her own trials as a student and teacher in our industrial, one-size-fits-all educational system. Then she encounters the needs of her young sons. Unable to read until ages nine and ten, they entered college at eleven and twelve, became systems administrators, chief technology officers, trained with the Berlin Opera and Hamburg Ballet, created digital images used in the film "Lord of the Rings," presented software solutions to TRW, Pac Bell, Industrial Light & Magic, NSA, Sony, and more, all before the ages of eighteen.

Homeschooling Odyssey by Matthew James (updated 2006)
Hour-a-day homeschooling has sent their six children to Stanford and beyond. While academic achievements are gratifying, they represent a drop in the bucket of benefits in store for families who choose to homeschool.

After Homeschool: Fifteen Homeschoolers Out in the Real World by Tamra Orr (2003)
This personal look at the lives of 15 homeschoolers between the ages of 17 and 22 examines life after homeschool and offers insights into the effects of homeschooling as these students reenter the mainstream. Featured are interviews with young adults of varying backgrounds, along with their parents, who explain why they chose the homeschooling path, what homeschooling philosophy they followed, and what the future may hold.

I LearnBetter by Teaching Myself and Still Teaching Ourselves: And, Still Teaching Ourselves by Agnes Leistico (1997)
This new edition combines two books under one cover. A homeschooling mother of three describes how she leaed to trust her children and herself to learn in new ways. Answers the question, "How much structure should there be in a homeschool?"

Homeschooling for Excellence by David & Micki Colfax (1988)
A step-by-step manual for people who want to educate their children at home. The Colfaxes are two former educators who taught their three sons at home and saw them accepted at Harvard.

Unschooling

A Little Way of Homeschooling by Suzie Andres (2011)
Suzie Andres and twelve other Catholic homeschoolers describe how they implement an unschooling style of teaching in their homes drawing from St. Therese, St. John Bosco, John Holt and ancient philosophers.

Big Book of Unschooling by Sandra Dodd (2009)
This book contains hundreds of practical ideas about how to move from schoolish thinking to living a life of natural learning and joy.

Have Fun. Learn Stuff. Grow.: Homeschooling and the Curriculum of Love by David Albert (2005)
Gently and passionately, Albert insists that the curriculum of love is not about exteals - it is about what is essential in each individual human being and in every child It demands that we assist our children in seeking to embrace a world that is their own.

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling by John Holt & Pat Farenga (2003)
The classic work on teaching children at home, updated for today's new laws, new lifestyles, and a new generation of homeschooling parents.

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom by Mary Griffith (1998)
Unschooling, a homeschooling method based on the belief that kids learn best when allowed to pursue their natural curiosities and interests, is practiced by 10 to 15 percent of the estimated 1.5 million homeschoolers in the United States.

Learning All The Time by John Holt (1990)
This delightful book shows how children learn to read, write, and count in their everyday life at home and how adults can respect and encourage this wonderful process.

Younger Children

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 by Linda Dobson (2002)
As a homeschooling parent, you're always looking for new and creative ways to teach your child the basics. Look no longer! Inside this innovative helper, you'll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family's homeschooling needs.

Homeschooling The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child by Linda Dobson (1999)
More families are adopting the homeschooling lifestyle well before legal school age by not sending their toddlers to organized preschools.

Trust the Children: An Activity Manual for Homeschooling and Alternative Learning by Anna Kealoha (1995)
This is an excellent book for fun learning activities for younger homeschoolers (about preschool to age 9).

How Children Learn by John Holt (1991)
This pioneering work explains in detail how children are born with curiosity and the ability to learn.