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08-19-2005, 02:31 PM
Would everyone like to share their favorite books and resources?

Mine is John Holt's Teach your own. It was about as eye opening as Biblical Parenting. Both of these books were a battle for me to read because they went against all of my knee jerk reactions. They both really opened up my eyes and my heart and changed who I am today.

The skylark sings with me is another book that took me a few times of putting down and picking back up. It's a collection of essays and it's good casual reading. Kind of like a homeschool devotional. David Albert is married to a woman and they have two lovely adopted young women they homeschooling. He writes for Home Ed magazine, as well. He is a humble thoughtful mind.

I actually preferred the second book.

As for actual teaching resources, I really like KONOS (www.konos.com) unit studies. We are very relaxed with our schooling. I wouldn't consider me a full on unit study teacher. But, I love that we can pull out a study when they boys are interested in something. I feel like it's a good curriculum for me to use because I'm not a slave to it. I just pick what I want and I don't have to spend so much time trying to be creative. I usually just let the boys pick what they want to do. The timeline is really appealing to the boys and they do seem to remember the people we have studied. I just wish I had a better place to put it because it's really big.

I'm adding another book I enjoyed. It's Ready, Set, Read by Barbara Curtis. It's a Montessori approach to reading. It doesn't take a bunch of expensive materials unless you want to buy or make sandpaper letters. (We are just using flashcards.) This is a great approach if some of the other phonics programs just don't appeal to your family or if you are looking for something more hands on. I did a review on it on the board, so you can do a search for it as well.

Edited to add a new article: http://www.midnightbeach.com/hs/CanAChristianBeAnUnschooler.html

08-21-2005, 10:03 AM
I kind of like the Charlotte Mason series in a simplified summary (http://www.lulu.com/content/152071). It's a way for busy people to get a halfway accurate, fairly thorough picture of the whole series because it's actually taken just about page for page from the series, but condensed into one easy-to-read volume. And then it has the added sentimental value of being something I wrote myself. ;) Volume 1 of Charlotte Mason's series (the one she wrote for parents of children younger than age 9) is also available in a modern paraphrase (http://www.lulu.com/content/149755).

They have the added benefit of being online so that anyone who wants to can read them for free (http://www.amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.html). :-)

08-21-2005, 02:04 PM
I love the original Charlotte Mason series. It just resonates so much with my ideas about how children learn best and how they should be treated. Ambleside Online is an amazing resource with so much information for those who want to use the CM method, even if they don't choose to use the AO reading list. And like Leslie said, it's all free!

I also use FIAR and love their messageboard. And Heather, you will be happy to hear I just ordered KONOS volume 1! I had picked up just the Obedience unit used at a homeschool book shop and loved what I saw, so we are doing it when we return from our vacation in September. Then I found volume 1 in its entirety used on a KONOS curriculum email list I'm on. I am so excited. I know unit studies aren't very CM, but my kids really love the hands-on stuff. I think we're going to have so much fun. We'll drop the FIAR when we are doing a KONOS unit but we'll keep up the AO readings (only a few minutes a day). I think all are wonderful resources.

Those are my favorites.

09-12-2005, 11:17 AM
Family Math are great books for more relaxed Math learning. Copy them out and put them in ziploc bags or make a Math Box!

09-13-2005, 04:25 AM
Homeschooling the Challenging Child by Christine Field has been very helpful to me. It has lots of website addresses in it including one for chore charts for children with ADHD. This is a great book for people who really struggle with homeschooling or with kids with special needs. I even found sites in here for kids with math issues and I shared them with a coworker who struggles with math. He is around 20 years old and he says they've been very helpful to him! (this is a guy who failed basic math last year in college!)

Sorry, I'm rambling again.. :rockon

Beyond Blessed
10-09-2005, 04:53 PM
I love using www.edhelper.com - it fits my teaching style and the boys learning styles - I can print out just about any kind of worksheet you can imagine and upload my own spelling/vocabulary lists. It rocks :rockon I'm a paid member, but I think it was only $20 for a year. It has all the main school "subjects" - except I can't find anything for a foreign language.

02-16-2006, 09:57 AM

I just realized that I never listed this link. I have seen others mention it from time to time.

03-25-2006, 10:49 PM
Two books: Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto and The Well Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. The first one helped to give me hutzpah and the second helped to give me a vision.

tempus vernum
04-10-2006, 11:59 AM
Relaxed Home School and Joyful Homeschooler by Mary Hood. Anything by Mary HOod really is a great resource :tu

04-17-2006, 05:25 PM
I just checked out Homeschool Your Child for Free by LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski. It lists bunches of helpful websites and other freebies. The lists are annotated and grouped by subject. I am definetely going to put ths on my "wishlist." :grin

04-22-2006, 05:13 AM
Check out this website:

The creators of this curriculum have such a beautiful Christ-like world view and such a heart for passing that on to the next generation.

06-22-2006, 04:01 PM
New favorite resource - Discovery channel's www.Cosmeo.com. It's a homework help site, but it has 30,000 videos. We are doing World Geography and watched a video today about the middle east. :D

08-09-2006, 12:05 PM
MORE MORE!! I want read more! I know there are more out there than these :mrgreen


08-09-2006, 12:16 PM
My ds is into trains. We are using his intrest to help him learn some preschool stuff. Anyone know any train songs to learn some letters?

11-09-2006, 08:57 PM
John Holt has already been mentioned but I believe his books are worth another post.

I'm almost finished with How Children Learn by John Holt and it is one of the most amazing yet humble books I have ever read--after spending 4 years majoring in education at a very progressive University where constructivist learning was emphasized!!

It's an older book and considered a classic so it is in most public libraries--another plus!! If you can't find this book, read any of John Holt's books. You won't regret it.

12-21-2006, 11:50 PM
This article has just blown my mind and knocked my socks off!!!

A MUST read if you are even remotely interested in unschooling!!

John Taylor Gatto's Teacher of the Year award acceptance speech;
"Why Schools Don't Educate" http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/john_gatto.html

Teacher Mom
06-05-2007, 10:41 AM
Just thought I would add these magazines. Great resources for current stories and encouragement.



WI Mama05
06-14-2007, 12:34 PM
JUST finished this book *phew* :phew Homeschooling Take a Deep Breath - You Can Do This! by Terrie Lynn Bittner It was AWESOME for a person like me who doubted that she had the skills and ability to HS. I'm more fired up than ever to give it a go. TONS of practical information for HSing :rockon

06-14-2007, 03:07 PM
Hmm there's a lot missing here :think Here are a few others....

For The Children's Sake by Macaulay (Charlotte Mason)
The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer (Classical)
Homeschooling For Success (good for everyone)

Can read all the Charlotte Mason stuff online here also http://www.amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.html
Curriculum: http://www.amblesideonline.org/New.shtml

The Tickle Momster
06-21-2007, 09:38 PM
What about "The Well Educated Child" by Sally and Clay Clarkson?

ETA: OOOPS!!! Make that Educating the Whole-hearted Child by the Clarksons. :o That's what I get for being on the boards late at night and not having a clear head. :doh

06-27-2007, 07:30 PM
Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves  http://www.amazon.com/Homeschooling-Our-Children-Unschooling-Ourselves/dp/0965780627/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-4044674-0233566?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182996800&sr=8-1
The Teenage Liberation Handbook  http://www.lowryhousepublishers.com/TeenageLiberationHandbook.htm
Real Live: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School  (This book blew me away)  http://www.lowryhousepublishers.com/RealLives.htm

Anything by the Moores  http://www.moorefoundation.com/


http://www.amazon.com/Better-Late-Than-Early-Education/dp/0883490498/ref=sr_1_2/104-4044674-0233566?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182997002&sr=1-2  (I haven't read this one yet, the library doesn't have it, but I have heard tons of great things about it)

Homeschooling for Excellence  http://www.amazon.com/Homeschooling-Excellence-David-Colfax/dp/0446389862/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-4044674-0233566?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182997127&sr=1-1

I learn better by teaching myself  http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Better-Teaching-Myself-Ourselves/dp/0913677124/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-4044674-0233566?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1182997178&sr=1-1

The Learning Parent  http://www.thelearningparent.com/  I've only read Home Educating With Confidence but I LOVED it and I really like their website.  Plus they say they only sell products that they have used and like.

Best Homeschooling  http://www.besthomeschooling.org/

The Art of Education (another Favorite)  http://www.amazon.com/Art-Education-Linda-Dobson/dp/0913677140/ref=pd_bbs_1_s9_rk/104-4044674-0233566?ie=UTF8&s=books&s9r=8a10d2bf1316630201131aef07ab004d&itemPosition=1&qid=1182997572&sr=1-1

A Charlotte Mason Education (Not sure if this one was mentioned yet, but she provides you with resources in directions I tend to be clueless, like Music)  http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1891400169/ref=s9_asin_title_1-2288_g1/103-0107337-4605455?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=00DXBNQ522XMJZ3SVHDN&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=288448401&pf_rd_i=507846

07-06-2007, 06:36 PM
The Little Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool


tempus vernum
07-10-2007, 03:07 AM
"The Home School Source Book" by Donn and Jean Reed- lists and ideas and resources for learning - awesome book

Rebecca Rupp's books
"Good stuff" - learning ideas and projects - great for unschoolers or those looking for resources on a certain topic
"the complete home learning sourcebook" (similar to goodstuf but homeschool related)
"home learning year by year"

09-16-2007, 03:24 PM
I've posted this on this board and another, but I thought I'd do it here - about the 50 states. Highly recommended, even has homeschooling info in each state:


Mama Calidad
10-26-2007, 11:59 AM
I just found this one. You can search for stories by country:

05-09-2008, 10:40 AM
I have so many favorites, but these are my most used:

The method we use:

As a Friend, I'm finding their children's section helpful for resources in the area of faith and practice:

This book really sealed the deal for me on deciding to homeschool (you can read it online):

tempus vernum
07-08-2008, 04:37 AM
Beyond SUrvival: a guide to the abundant life homeschooling BY Diana Waring

08-11-2008, 09:55 AM
A must read book. Seriously this mom breastfeeding a babe, run after toddlers and homeschool at least 5+ of her 10 children while managing a household so can you. She also gives great scripture to help strengthen and encourage you on your journey. I seriously think its the best book I ever read. This is the story of the Wife of the Man who started HSLDA. Written by her and her daughter. :heart

A Mom just Like You, Written by Vickie Farris and Jayme Farris Metzgar

08-20-2008, 06:57 PM
Best resources for my girls learning to read I ever bought was http://www.jollylearning.co.uk/ videos & resources and followed the method for http://www.phonicsinternational.com/ (synthetic phonics).

For a 6 year old who just did not want to read, she excelled in this program and found it a lot of fun - highly recommend it. (It made my job a lot easier).

01-13-2010, 09:48 AM
I like any of the books by Raymond Moore. Home Grown Kids, Better Late than Never are a couple of the titles.

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I like your profile I see it is updated.

03-20-2010, 05:15 PM
Has anyone evr heard of Paperback Swap? It is an online book swap club. It only costs for shipping when a sender is shipping books out, not the receiver. Credit for books are given initally when books are posted, and then when someone orders books.
I have gotton many free books. I have even got some free college text books for free! There are books for all ages, so it would be very useful for homeschoolers.
There is another options inthat there are very inexpensive credits that can be purchaced for those that don't want to give many books away.
There are a bunch of online book swapping clubs. This is the one that I am personally familiar with.


For people interested in other free stuff, I have a free share blog: