As a homeschool mom, the learning curve has been amazing. The every day, in-the-trenches work of homeschooling my children has molded and shaped me in ways that I never would have expected. Today I wanted to share with you some of my most favorite books for learning about homeschooling. Though these first books are specifically about unschooling, they are also great for ANY homeschool parent because they give great ideas, help us to re-think what learning is, and to reconstruct the ideas we ourselves have about what learning must and does look like.
Favorite Books for Homeschool Parents
I am planning to build this list further as I find new books or remember others I have read, so please do check back often to see if there is anything new for you to explore!
This book has fabulous ideas within its pages for how to embrace child-led learning. Chapter five talks about reading and writing. A quote within that chapter that I particulalry love is this:
“With our natural emphasis on truly individualized learning, we observe the ways our children learn best, and help them pick and choose from among the many available tools to find the ones that work best for them.”
Personally, I try to apply this to any area of our lives. If I am not understanding a concept, because I am still learning too at the age of 40, or if my children are not, I will do my best to find someone, a curriculum, a book, or a class that can help me, or them, to ‘get it’. There is no reason to feel stuck with a certain book or class. There are many ways to learn, so use the one that is best for you and your kids!
The title of this book is kind of funny because you may think, when you hear the word unschooling, that there are no rules. While there may be some families to which the ‘no rules’ thing actually does apply, it does not for ours. We do have rules, we have chores, and we have expectations for our children. The subtitle of this book says it all:
55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know About Schools and Rediscover Education
This book gives the reader 55 ‘rules’ for educating himself, for UNlearning what he (or she) has come to know about education and learning.
This is a great book! Aadel discusses strewing in a way that makes sense, and causes the reader to feel like it is possible to strew for her child’s education. No pressure. No comparison. Just fun and encouraging explanations and how to’s about what unschooling is and how it works, and some great strewing resources, too!
Oh, and don’t miss out on this HUGE list of homeschool resources found over at MeetPenny.com. Tabitha offers links for activity kits, support groups, help with special needs homeschooling, free curriculum, where to purchase curriculum, homeschool blogs, educational toys, and so much more!
Are you part of a homeschooling family? What are your favorite books and resources for child-led learning?
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