10 Books that Have Made Me A Better Homeschool Mom

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10 Books that have made me a better homeschool mom

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I have a bookcase full of books on homeschooling.

When we first started our homeschooling journey four years ago, I wanted to read every single piece of literature ever written about homeschooling. So I bought homeschooling book after book after book. Pretty soon my bookshelves were overflowing. Many of the books shared the same information, but there were a few that were just exceptional. These few are the ones that I’ve turned to over and over again during our journey.

My Favorite Homeschooling Books:

  1. 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler– this book not only changed our homeschool, but changed my parenting in general.
  2. The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John– Heidi’s heartfelt humerous reminder to take the time to nurture my marriage has been pivotal in my homeschooling success.
  3. The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight by Heidi St. John – Another great one from Heidi that helped me figure out how to stop wasting time and make the most of the daylight hours.
  4. Homeschool Mom’s Bible – This was my Mother’s Day present this year and I love it. Not only is it the Bible, but it also has daily devotions just for homeschooling moms. (This one is the NIV, but there is also a KJV here.
  5. The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins – This is a fiction novel about a mom’s journey into homeschooling. I can totally relate to almost everything she is going through. It’s humorous and helpful!
  6. Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool by Karen DeBeus – after reading Karen’s sweet words in this book, I was encouraged to give our homeschool to God and He has shown up and showed off!
  7. Simply Homeschool: Having Less Clutter and More Joy in Your Homeschool by Karen DeBeus – another great book by Karen that teaches how to reduce the physical, mental, and spiritual clutter related to homeschooling.
  8. Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson –  When I read this book, our homeschool was on the verge of collapse because I was believing the typical lies that the enemy whispers to homeschooling moms. This book helped me to refocus and get back on track.
  9. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise – One of the homeschooling classics. This is a book that I refer to often.
  10. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell – the best homeschooling book for newbies and veterans alike. This is a must read for all homeschooling parents.


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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. I def agree with 1 and 10. I am working on Heidi’s books now – and have a list of my own I’ll share again one day. Thanks for this encouraging post, Heather! I know many will be blessed by it.

  2. As an avid reader of all things homeschool, I am surprised to see that there are only three on this list that I have read! So now I am off to check out the rest and add them to my wishlist!

  3. Thanks!

  4. Two of my other favorites are “Educating the Whole-Hearted Child” by Clay and Sally Clarkson, as well as, “Top 100 Picks” by Cathy Duffy, both resources being completely dog-eared and love-worn on my shelf, gathering no dust.

  5. I’m going to put that Zan Tyler book on my list!

  6. Zan Tyler’s book was eye opening for me. That and the Clarkson’s Educating the Whole-Hearted Child really reaffirmed and encouraged everything I was trying to do!

  7. I hadn’t heard of the book by Zan Tyler, but it sounds good. I just put in a hold for it at my library. Like others mentioned, I’d have to add Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by the Clarksons to the list, and also Empowering the Transfer of Moral Values and Faith by Marilyn Howshall. Great books!

  8. I cannot wait to read every single one of these books! I pray I can find and manage my time to read them! Thank you for the list! Pinning this!

  9. Beyond Survival by Diana Waring and Parenting From the Heart by Marilyn Boyer are two favorites of mine.

  10. I just heard Zan Tyler speak in January. AWESOME!

    I like “So You’re Thinking about Homeschooling” By Lisa Whelchel and Cathy Duffy’s Top 102 Picks

  11. Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie, The Unhurried Homeschooler by Durenda Wilson and Educating the Wholehearted Child by Sally and Clay Clarkson

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