Overview: Every homeschool mom loves to read. Every homeschool mom loves to read about homeschooling. Grab this list of the 24 best homeschooling books for moms and start reading.
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One of the best ways parents can teach their children to love reading is to be a lover of reading themselves. As a homeschooler, you’re probably always looking for ways to improve. There are so many amazing books about homeschooling and education out there, so how do you know which ones you should read?
Today I’m sharing 24 of the best homeschooling books for moms. Some of these recommendations are homeschooling books whereas others are about education and child development.
I highly recommend that you read all of the homeschooling books listed below. Personal development is an important habit not only for our own lives, but it also sets an example for our children to develop a personal development habit.
I know what you’re thinking though…
I barely have enough time to brush my hair! How will I find time to read the best homeschooling books?
It’s about developing a habit. Sure, some days my hair never gets brushed. I got the mom bun thing down. But I make sure I have time to read every single day.
Every morning I like to wake up at least an hour before my kids. This is my time to relax, read, and get in the right mindset to start the day.
I also make sure I read in front of my children several times a week. After lunch, we always have quiet time. A few days during the week, I’ll grab a book and sit down to read during quiet time.
If you want your children to be readers, you have to be a reader yourself. It’s more than just preaching how important reading is. They need to see you practicing what you preach.
So what are the best homeschooling books that you need to be reading?
The Braver Learner by Julie Bogart
If you follow Bravewriter, you probably know Julie Bogart very well. I love her book, The Brave Learner. It’s all about finding the magic in your homeschool.
Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin
If you are an introverted mom trying to homeschool…
Then this book is a must-read! Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin not only saved my sanity but made me realized that I’m not the only one feeling alone.
Unschooled by Kerry McDonald
One of my favorite parts about this book was how Kerry explained the history of conventional schooling. It was really eye-opening. Unschooled teaches you how children learn and get a quality education outside of the classroom.
5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman
It’s important to understand your child’s love language. I would say it’s equally important to knowing their learning style when it comes to homeschooling.
As a homeschool mom, you know that you will run into days where it seems like everything is going wrong. Knowing your child’s love language can help you and your child get through the tough times.
Understanding your child’s love language is something I teach inside our signature course, Homeschool by Design.
5 Love Languages of Children is by far the best homeschooling book.
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig
The books from this point forward are on my to read list. I haven’t read them yet, but I’ve heard amazing things about them.
First up is How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. What homeschool mom doesn’t want to teach their child Shakespeare?
He was a pioneer in poetry and drama. He laid the path for many other great works. Ken Ludwig laid out a simple method for teaching Shakespeare that any homeschool mom can follow, and this homeschooling book teaches you exactly how to do it.
The Lost Art of Reading Nature Signs by Tristan Gooley
Nature is a phenomenal experience that hides so many secrets. The Lost Art of Reading Nature Signs brings those secrets to life.
Although it’s not technically a homeschooling book, you and your child will discover 850 signs to help you better understand nature.
Play the Forest School Way by Jane Worrol
Speaking of nature, it’s important to get your child outside to explore. There are so many amazing learning opportunities in nature.
Play the Forest School Way explains how your child learns in nature. Not only does this book explain why learning in nature is important, but it also gives you some fun, hands-on projects to try as well.
Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories With Your Kids by Greta Eskridge
As moms in general, we all want to develop deep heart connections with our children. Inside this book, Greta teaches you how to develop those connections through experiences and adventures.
Adventuring Together encourages you to get away from the comforts of home to explore something new together. She even explains how to do this when your finances are low.
Awakening Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning by Sally Clarkson
Every time I talk to a homeschool mom she tells me her main goal is to develop a love of learning in her child.
Well, look no further because Sally Clarkson has let us in on the secret of igniting that love of learning inside Awakening Wonder. Sally takes her 36 years of parenting to teach you how to create a wonder-filled life for your children.
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
There is nothing better than snuggling up with your kids to read a book. Not only does it build a strong connection between us, but it’s also intellectually and emotionally impactful.
Before you grab that next read-aloud with your child, add Reading Magic to your mom basket.
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
This book is a classic among teachers and homeschoolers alike. The Absorbent Mind takes you through Maria Montessori’s teaching methods.
The title of this book is the perfect explanation of Montessori’s theory that children’s most crucial stage of development is the first six years.
The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally by David Elkind
You’ve heard it time and time again…
Children learn best through play.
The Power of Play explains the importance of unstructured free play in a child’s life. David Elkind does an excellent job of reassuring parents that their children are still learning even though they are not engrossed in learning activities.
How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love With Nature by Scott D. Sampson
Most parents when they hear wild child, they want to run in the opposite direction. But How to Raise a Wild Child is not about a child who runs around crazy all day. Instead, Scott Sampson teaches you how to raise a child who loves nature.
Regular exposure to nature has a multitude of benefits for you and your child. How to Raise a Wild Child helps you understand the importance of being outside in nature every single day.
The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegal
We all want a happy, calm child right?
The Whole Brain Child teaches you 12 key strategies for healthy brain development which leads to a calmer, happier child.
You’ll learn how to defuse everyday outbursts in a way that promotes healthy brain growth.
Child Development: An Active Learning Approach by Laura E. Levine
This book helps you better understand how your child develops. Instead of giving you the facts, they walk you through an active journey. It’s like you’re one of their students learning about the misconceptions of child development, participating in real-world activities, and using your own critical thinking skills to draw your own conclusions about how children develop.
Even though Child Development: An Active Learning Approach is designed for child development students, parents care benefit from this hands-on way of learning how their child grows and develops.
Passion Driven Education: How to Use Your Child’s Interests to Ignite a Lifelong Love of Learning by Connor Boyack
If you’ve been hanging out around here you know how important I think it is to follow your child’s interests.
Passion Driven Education takes it a step further and teaches you exactly how to use your child’s interests to develop a strong love of learning. You’ll learn why our curriculum education program is failing children and what you can do instead to make sure your child succeeds.
Free to Learn by Peter Gray
Another one that talks about the importance of following your child’s lead. Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who thrive in our fast-paced world, we need to learn to entrust them with guiding their own learning and development.
Free to Learn teaches you about the importance of letting go of our failed schooling approach and embrace learning through free play.
There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk
Written by a Swedish-American author, this book explores the Scandinavian philosophy that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
Inside There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather, the author takes a trip to Sweden with her daughters to explore their nature-centric parenting style.
Mom School: Teach Your Children by Being a Good Example by Sarah J. Brown
This is a fun book because it’s not just an informational book. It’s also an activity book for mom.
It’s important to set an example for our children. We can tell them the importance of learning, but for them to truly appreciate it we must lead by example.
Mom School is an activity book that’s fun for you and helps you set an example for your children.
Home Grown by Ben Hewitt
Another homeschooling book about the importance of going off the beaten path. Ben talks about unschooling, self-directed play, and connecting with the natural world.
Home Grown is a story about Ben’s two don’t unconventional education on their self-sustaining farm.
Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom
There’s a reason why so many of the best homeschooling books talk about following your child’s lead/interests and getting out into nature.
It’s because it works!
Balanced and Barefoot is written by a pediatric occupational therapist and explains the importance of unrestricted outdoor play.
Memory Making Mom by Jessica Smartt
We all want our children to grow up and brag about how amazing their childhood was. Memory Making Mom makes that possible.
Jessica shares over 300 traditions that you can bring into your family to create joy and lasting memories.
Call of the Wild & Free by Ainsley Arment
I know you’re tired of me saying how important it is to get out in nature, but here’s another amazing book to help you make it happen.
The Wild & Free homeschool community is focused on creating a love of nature, reading great books, and exploring passions. Inside Call of the Wild & Free, Ainsley teaches you how to do that in your homeschool.
How Children Learn by John Holt
And the last of the best homeschooling books for moms is by John Holt. Reading How Children Learn really opened my eyes to how children learn on their own without a teacher pressuring them.
John recounts his experiences as a teacher and his observations of children learning naturally.
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