Helpful Homeschool Books (Secular Homeschooling)

When I first flirted with the idea of homeschooling my kids for the 2020-2021 school year, I felt extremely overwhelmed and anxious.  I watched a lot of videos online and read a lot of blogs and articles; however, there's nothing quite like reading helpful information in a real, good ol' fashioned book.  These are three of the books I purchased and read over the last few months, organized from least helpful to most helpful.

So You're Thinking About Homeschooling.  This book is not a "how to" homeschool book and, thus, will not give you any suggestions on the best ways or methods to homeschool your kids.  It also does not provide guidance on what your child should be learning in a given year.  Instead, this book tells the stories of a dozen or so homeschooling families.  This was the first book out of the three that I read and, while I didn't resonate with every family featured in the book or agree with their curriculum choices, I found this book to be extremely encouraging.  It really shows that there is no right way to homeschool, no right reason to homeschool, and that any family interested can do it.  (Warning: This book is written from a Christian perspective so a few of the chapters are a little divisive regarding social issues.  I was able to look past these when reading the book but I wanted to provide a warning because a few of the chapters did rub me the wrong way).

The Everything Guide To Homeschooling.  This book provides a lot of information in a super concise format.  It's divided up into helpful section, such as curriculum types and homeschool methods.  It also provides links to websites that are helpful for homeschool beginners.  While I'm a little overwhelmed looking through this book now, I can see myself referencing it time and again throughout the homeschool year.

Home Learning Year By Year.  My favorite book of the three!  This book is divided by grade level and details what your child should be learning year by year (as the title suggests, duh).  Every major subject is covered, as you can see in the picture, and suggested topics are provided where the subjects are a little more abstract (like history and geography).  This book is very reassuring and I can absolutely see myself consulting it at the end of each school year and the beginning of each school year as a guide and reminder as to what we should be covering.

Are there any other books that you've come across that I should read or that you would recommend?


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