Suggested Reading for Virginia Homeschoolers

Book Suggestions for Homeschoolers

Suggested Reading

Here are some of HEAV’s favorite books for new and seasoned homeschoolers alike.
  • Aslett, Don Clutter’s Last Stand, Writer’s Digest Books, 1984. There is not a word about your child’s education in this book, but Mr. Aslett will teach you to clean your house so quickly, and keep it clean, that you can read all the other books on this list!
  • Baker, Virginia Birt Teaching Your Children at Home, Self-published, 1981. Mrs. Baker gives detailed advice on setting up your own homeschool program, including scheduling and curriculum tips.
  • Ballman, Ray The How and Why of homeschooling, Crossway Books, 1987. Just as the title says, Rev. Ballman starts with why he believes homeschooling should be the educational method of choice, then goes on to tell how to go about it. His book includes an excellent chapter for grandparents of homeschooled children and another on answering common questions about home education.
  • Barnes, Emilie More Hours in Your Day, Harvest House, 1982. A wealth of time management and household organization tips.
  • Beechick, Dr. Ruth You Can Teach Your Child Successfully, Arrow Press, 1988. What and how to teach your child in grades 4-8.
  • Beechick, Dr. Ruth The 3 Rs Series (K-3rd): An Easy Start in Arithmetic, A Strong Start in Language, and A Home Start in Reading, Arrow Press, 1986. Learn to teach your children naturally, using common experiences and tools from your everyday life.
  • Bell, Debra The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. Motivating the reluctant learner, guidelines to tailoring a program to fit your child’s needs, and creative solutions to some of the most common homeschool problems.
  • Boyer, Rick and Marilyn Home Educating with Confidence, Homeschool Press, 1996. The Boyers share what they’ve learned in 15 years of home educating their 13 children. Includes information on curricula, classroom procedures, and the father’s role.
  • Boyer, Rick and Marilyn The Socialization Trap.The Boyers refute, with humor, the common assumption that home taught children are at a disadvantage.
  • Butterworth, Bill The Peanut Butter Family Homeschool, Revell, 1987. The humorous, well-written story of one family’s first year of homeschooling.
  • Clarkson, Clay & Sally Educating the Whole Hearted Child, Whole Hearted Ministries, 1994. How to use whole books and real life to teach and train four- through fourteen-year-old children.
  • Colfax, David & Micki  Homeschooling for Excellence, Warner Books, 1989. The Colfaxes homeschooled their four sons in a rural California setting, then sent them to Harvard University. Written from a secular perspective.
  • Farris, Michael The Homeschooling Father, Mr. Farris is the founder and president of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. He and his wife Vickie have nine children and have been homeschooling since 1981.
  • Graham, Gayle How to Homeschool: A Practical Approach, Here’s help with organization, goal setting, and teaching the basics. Includes reproducible charts.
  • Hunt, Gladys Honey for a Child’s Heart, How to select excellent children’s literature.
  • Klicka, Chris Homeschooling: The Right Choice!, Noble Publishing Associates, 1996. Mr. Klicka is Senior Counsel for the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. After contrasting public education and homeschooling and discussing the biblical reasons for home education, Mr. Klicka focuses on legal challenges and how to deal with them. (Available through HEAV.)
  • Macaulay, Susan Schaeffer For the Children’s Sake, Crossway Books, 1984. While not strictly about homeschooling, it’s difficult to imagine any other application of Susan Macaulay’s ideas on what a child’s education should be. A wonderful book on the joy of teaching children.
  • Mason, Charlotte The Original Homeschooling Series, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1935. Charlotte Mason wrote six wonderful books at the turn of the century on teaching children. She believed in structured instruction, teaching recitation, a noble character, a fine mind and afternoons spent with nature, reading and creative play. See For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay. Also, check out The Charlotte Mason Companion, and the A Charlotte Mason Education.
  • McCollough, Bonnie and Monson, Sue 401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work at Home, St. Martin’s Press, 1981. Practical advice on teaching and motivating your children to help with the housework.
  • Moore, Raymond and Dorothy Home Grown Kids, Word Books, 1981. Dr. Moore presents his case for home education in one of the earliest homeschooling books.
  • Moore, Raymond and Dorothy Home Style Teaching, Word Books, 1984. This excellent book for beginning homeschoolers outlines how to organize and get started teaching your children. It includes Dr. Moore’s philosophy on why you should teach your children to work and a list of ideas for home businesses for children.
  • Moore, Raymond and Dorothy The Successful Homeschooler, Why homeschooling parents sometimes “burn out” and how to avoid it.
  • Pride, Mary Schoolproof, Crossway Books, 1988. Mrs. Pride does a wonderful job of debunking educational myths while showing you how to teach your child at home and enjoy it.
  • Shackleford, Luane and White, Susan A Survivor’s Guide to Homeschooling, Crossway Books, 1988. Mrs. Shackleford and Mrs. White present a humorous, realistic look at homeschooling along with many practical suggestions for making it work.
  • Walsh, Lisa The Good Steward Cookbook, self-published, 1994. Available through Great Books & Gifts. Many homeschool moms are finding that they can save time, energy, and money by cooking and freezing meals for 30 days at a time.
  • Wade, Ted The Homeschool Manual, Gazelle Publishing, 1994. Describes various curricula available.

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  1. Ann! So true. It’s so shallow minedd of christians to hold each other to their individual beliefs and try to place other Christians in sometype of mold. I don’t want my life to replicate anyone other than Christ and if I try to fit any other mold than one He has designed me for it will be like this size 9 shoe wearing girl trying to fit a size 4. 🙂

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