Many parents new to homeschooling often immediately think “what curriculum or program should I buy” when in reality, that question should be much further down the list. Every family comes to homeschooling for different reasons but regardless of that reason, a parent should really take some time to think about what they want for their child’s education, as well as, what their child needs to learn best. These are two separate issues to think about. Both are are very important though to determine how to move forward in determining how and what to teach your child(ren).
The good news is there are a variety of social media groups, blogs, articles, and books to learn from and get insight for your educational needs. It’s important to take time to research, think and formulate your own educational philosophies and needs for YOU and YOUR CHILD. Once you think a bit deeper about your needs, you may find that what you want for your child isn’t “traditional” and you want something more natural or developmental. On the flip side, you may find that you want something more rigorous and challenging. Each child is different and it will be easier to target curriculum or programs that might work for you and your child once you dive deeper into these ideas.
Here’s a list of well regarded books to explore education and homeschooling as a larger issue. It’s by no means an exhaustive list and there are many books available through your library e media, amazon, Kindle, or perhaps even a fellow homeschooler can loan you one. Reading just a few of these will very likely get you thinking differently about education and sharpen your educational goals. You will find it’s much easier to continue your homeschool journey with a better foundation.
Educational Realities (or why you should homeschool)
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School by Blake Boles (releasing soon)
Free to Learn by Peter Gray
John Holt-any of his books
The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life by Julie Bogart (www.bravewriter.com)
The Unschooling Journey by Pam Laricchia
Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom by Kerry McDonald, forward by Peter Gray
Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education By Susan Wise Bauer
A Literary Education by Emily Cook
How to books
Project Based Learning by Blair Lee & Samantha Cook
The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer (caveat:this is a lengthy book that can feel intimidating and overwhelming, however, if used as a guide, it can be very helpful for those interested in a more rigorous and/or classical education model)
Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
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