Making the decision to homeschool can be overwhelming.  Thankfully, homeschooling textbooks are available to provide a plethora of information for both new and veteran homeschooling families.

As your child’s first and foremost teacher, here are four books that will help you move forward on your homeschooling journey.

1. Deschooling our Lives
Edited by Matt Hern

This book presents an overview of ways that families are educating their children without using traditional schools.  A collection of inspiring essays, this book will challenge what you believe about schooling.

2. The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas:
500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12
by Linda Dobson

When you’ve run out of educational ways to keep your children engaged, crack open this homeschooling textbook.  Inside are over 500 inexpensive, kid-tested ideas for teaching all of the subject areas.  For instance, your child could create a map from a book that is being read, or write her spelling words in colorful sidewalk chalk outside. With this book, you won’t hear the words, “I’m bored” again.

3. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
By John Taylor Gatto

This book was written by a prior “Teacher of the Year” in the state of New York.  It is recommended reading for every parent in our country, whether or not they are planning on homeschooling.  Conventional schooling, by its nature, cannot meet what the author proclaims as the true goal of education—to discover that special ability and talent that each child has, and help it blossom.  This book will help you feel empowered about your decision to homeschool.

4. Carschooling
By Diane Flynn Keith

Are you on the road a lot?  This book examines over 350 appealing games that will reclaim travel time for education time.  Presented in an easy-to-use manner, this book will provide details on how to help your five-year old practice his new reading skills, or your nine-year old bolster her math facts.  The whole family can play, and create fond memories of being in the car.

These four books will bring creativity into your homeschool.  They offer practical support; ideas and encouragement that will help you feel more confident in your ability to teach your children at home.

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