Every homeschooling parent knows that a well stocked library is one of their most important investments. Great works of literature, reference books such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are a must for a homeschool library. There are also wonderful books on the topic of homeschooling itself that I consider must reads.
One of the most important (and first) decisions you’ll make with homeschooling is finding the best home school curriculum for your child. You want one that matches your educational philosophy and style, and that works with your budget. This book makes this process of picking one among the many available choices so much easier. It’s a must read for parents at the start of their homeschool journey. It’s wonderful also for a homeschooler who wants to make a change in their home education.
Susan Wise Bauer is the author of several books on classical homeschooling. Her Story of the World series are well loved by home educators. They help parents create a living history experience for children. I enjoy them too! The Story of the World series has companion activity books for younger children to use alongside the volumes. There are also test booklets especially for older children. I shared how we do homeschool history using SotW here.
John Holt has been called the “father of unschooling”. His name is frequently mentioned among homeschooling advocates. As a former public school teacher turned unschooling advocate, Holt has penned several wonderful books on the topic of how children learn, and why the public school system is failing.
What I truly love about Holt is how he encourages parents to trust their child’s learning process. Reading Holt gives you confidence that as a homeschooling parent, you’re capable of educating your child and preparing them for adult life better than anyone.
This one is another favorite among homeschooling parents. One of the ongoing challenges homeschoolers face is how we can teach our kids the most important subjects. Reading, writing and math are daily disciplines. But we don’t wish to bore ourselves and our children. This book offers hundreds of ideas that will keep things fresh and interesting in your homeschool. It will also assist you in meeting your individual children’s needs.
The Kingfisher First Books
The Kingfisher First Animal Book and The Kingfisher First Human Body Book are wonderful for young children and could stand in for early science curriculum. The other titles in the Kingfisher lineup are also excellent resource materials for your homeschool library.
Unschooling, or child directed learning, is practiced by an estimated 10 – 15% of American parents. This book teaches you how to use the “whole world as your child’s curriculum”. It’s a breath of fresh air to parents who trust their children to learn naturally, with minimal outside interference.
There are many other great books for your homeschool library, but these are a few of my personal favorites. Here are a few recommendations of books for frugal homeschooling that teach you how to homeschool for free (or close to it!). See this page for some of my favorite homeschooling resources.