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2017 homeschool book picks

My 2017 Reading List, Part 2: Homeschooling Books

2017 reading challenge book list

Yesterday, I shared my list of home business / blogging books that I plan to read this year. Today I continue my 2017 reading list with a collection of homeschooling books.

I am always looking to learn how to be a better homeschool teacher to my children. You’d think I’d have this all figured out since this is my 12th year to homeschool and I have one child graduated, but every child is different and every year is different. We face new challenges as time goes by and what worked before might not be working now. Part of homeschooling is being willing to adjust when necessary, but without continuing our education as Moms and homeschool teachers, how will we be able to make the best adjustments for our family?

This year I am excited to get started with “Morning Time,” where we come together to learn things that might be overshadowed by the “basics” in our homeschool. Things like read-aloud time, art, scripture memorization, poetry, mythology and others, are important but often get shoved to the back burner behind other more pressing subjects like math and English. I want to make these a priority in our homeschool, so I’ve chosen some resources that will help me with this.

In addition, I feel we need to really focus on developing consistency and good habits. This is one of the necessary adjustments I mentioned above. We’ve (well, I should say I) have been lax in this department and I can see the negative effects this has had on our family. So, I’ve chosen books that will also help in this area. (This post has affiliate links in case you would like to order the books I mention and want to do so from my link).

Homeschooling books

Homeschooling Day by Day by Kristy Howard – I received this ebook in my Ultimate Homemaking Bundle in 2015 and never got around to reading it. With 10 contributing authors, it has 40 chapters of advice on things from handling expectations to dealing with bad attitudes and juggling multiple ages, all of which I need help with right now. It’s available as a Kindle book, too.


Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie – I bought this book last year when I attended the Great Homeschool Convention in Ft. Worth, Texas and I heard Sarah speak for the first time. She taught me about really enjoying my time with the kids and looking for what’s lovely and beautiful to share with them. She is also who sparked my interest in Morning Time and Classical Education and loop schedules and… can you tell I was really inspired by her?? Anyway, I started this book but didn’t finish it, so it’s at the top of my homeschool book list. Who couldn’t use a little more beauty and rest in their homeschool day?

How We Teach from iHomeschool Network – This is an interesting looking book that I picked up for 99 cents at iHomeschool Network. “The real lives of homeschoolers from Classical to Unschooling and everything in between”


Homeschooling: What to Do When You Want to Quit by iHomeschool Network – here’s another 99 cent book from iHomeschool Network. Who has homeschooled for more than a week and hasn’t had a day when they felt like quitting? I struggle with this frequently. It’s not that I really want to quit, because I know it’s what I’m called to do, but good grief! Character flaws (mine and my children’s) are really magnified by spending so much time together and when your expectations are thwarted by the comings and goings of everyday life, it can be downright exasperating. I need frequent reminders of why I’m doing this and how to do it better in the future.


The Confident Homeschooler: How to Thrive in the Day-to-Day by Pam Barnhill  – Pam Barnhill is another lady who I’ve enjoyed learning from. Oh, to be a confident homeschooler. I don’t know about you, buy my insecurities abound and I could use a good dose of confidence right about now.


Your Morning Basket: How to Transform Your Homeschool One Morning at a Time by Pam Barnhill – This is another great book by Pam Barnhill all about creating a Morning Time ritual in your homeschool. This is a practice that we are incorporating this year and I am learning so much from Pam about it. I’ve started this book, but haven’t finished it yet. Head over to her website and check out this book as well as all the amazing resources she has to help with establishing a Morning Time in your homeschool.

The last two books are about habit training from Simply Charlotte Mason.

Laying Down the Rails  and Laying Down the Rails for Children by Sonya Shafer are awesome resources to help with instilling powerful habits and routines into our days to simplify and enrich our and our children’s lives. You can visit the Simply Charlotte Mason website to download a sample of these books or purchase your own copy. I’ve read parts of both of these books, but I really want to devote some time and thought to these so I can implement them in our home.

Laying Down the Rails for Yourself

What books will you use to help you become a better homeschooler this year? Share your homeschool picks with me.


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