Homeschool Bookstack

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Homeschool Bookstack and More

Looking for more inspiration and resources? Here’s a regular, old, homeschooling bookstack. It’s not a secular stack, it’s not an unschool bookstack, just a great place to start if you’re thinking about home educating your children during the global pandemic and, if like me, your area is still under quarantine.

I think I’ve loaned out/given away most of my secular book resources; these are the books still in my library. Let me give you a quick overview:

The two secular books in the stack were recommended by my online, homeschool mentor Julie Bogart, author of The Bravelearner, in her Homeschool Alliance Master Classes {soon-to-be The Bravelearner Home August 1, 2020!!} are Peter Elbow’s Writing Without Teachers and Barbara Oakley’s Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens. Both are amazing for home educators, and public/private educators alike!



I also consider Susan Wise Bauer’s book, The Well-Educated Mind, secular – though I was informed by several Seattle secular home educators they don’t consider her work secular since she is Christian, though the resources provided largely are {oh the irony of homeschoolers ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ }. I say, use the resources that work for you – you’d be surprised the many beliefs held by “secular” authors!


Homeschool Curriculum That’s Effective and Fun! by Lee Binz, The Homescholar, has a plethora of easy, peasy books she’s written over the years, and Introverted Mom, by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool, are definitely non-secular – but so very accessible to anyone interested in learning what it’s like to really home educate into high school.

 

 

Like most books and guides, you take what works for you and discard what doesn’t.

I’ve always been surprised to see homeschooling parents of littles and elementary-aged children doling our advice on educating children {those of us then have pretty strong opinions because we want to think we’re “doing it right”!}. Though many are well-intentioned, and may even have that elusive ‘teaching’ degree or certificate, I’ve found so much more solace in advice from adults who were home educated or seasoned parents/adults who are farther along the path than I am.

I’ve long been asked to write about homeschooling – but I’ve never felt quite qualified to do so, even with all my years experience. I find the social media platform much more palatable for giving glimpses of our lives, but I am preparing a series on my blog – starting tomorrow – to give a rough outline of our home education.

I’ve started by getting my bookstack a together, because as an emerging introvert, I find solace in the written word – and I think a lot of new-to-homeschooling families feel the same.

We’ve all been upended by quarantine and COVID-19 fears; maybe now is the time to give grace and start the healing where we can – and a good start may be right here in our own community of home educators 🖤 Excuse the rambling 🖤

Are you a current or new home educator? What’s in your homeschooling bookstack?

These are books I’ve purchased through my years home educating – I highly recommend browsing  your local used book store or ask to borrow one before you buy new – borrowing from the library and ebooks are also a great option🖤

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