What are the homeschooling resources that helped you?

by autumn on December 20, 2010 · 7 comments

When we first began exploring the world of homeschooling I was completely overwhelmed. I’ve heard the same thing countless times from parents considering it for their family.

Where do one turn for easy to find information?

Still Deciding Phase:

  • Perspectives on Your Child’s Education: Four Views: Presents each person’s positive views of their education choice without blatant attack on the other choices. At the end of each essay is a back and forth (the other authors give their objections while the author of that essay addresses their views) banter allowing you to get a clear picture of the pros and cons to each choice.  In the end, the choice of homeschooling is the obvious winner ;) but then maybe I’m a little biased. The best thing about this book is it makes the reader consider all the options not just “go-with-what-you’ve-always-known”.

Decided, now what? Phase:

  • Teaching the Trivium: This book was the most instrumental in forging the path we are on today. Prior to reading Teaching the Trivium we were firm in our decision to homeschool however, we completely lacked clear direction.

The most important nugget we gleaned from this book was to not model your homeschool around what the public schools were teaching but to write down what it is you want your children to know when they graduate and work backwards from that.  Before, I was trying to figure out how in the world I was going to teach my children Physics (which I hated), Calculus, English IV AP…you get my point…plus teach them to read, write and do basic math.

After we made a list of what was most important to us a huge weight was lifted.  Not because we realized we didn’t have to teach those subjects but because we realized what was most important: a strong Biblical worldview, a voracious love for reading, mastery of logic, systematic theology, Greek and Latin, homemaking, how to make a living from home… Homeschooling then became a true joy, not simply a chore.

When the going gets tough Phase:

  • One Hundred and One Devotions for Homeschool Moms: For me devotionals are great for the bathroom :D Did I just say that? Eek. What I mean is when I’m having a bad morning, afternoon or night I tend to run to my bathroom and sit on my closed toilet. Having a devotional nearby always renews me.

Wow. It’s been an adventure. I’m stronger, smarter and more secure in my faith than I’ve ever been. There have been days where I’d miss and have to make up the next day and always I could feel something missing because of that. God is way too gracious to me for sure.

There are dozens more books out there on the how-tos and what-nots of homeschooling. You may prefer a completely different type of book for your homeschool journey.

Above them all, however, the Bible is the book you must have to successfully homeschool your children as a Christian.  The Bible gives direction, correction and instruction on every problem I’ve encountered.  How blessed I am to have the ultimate guide to living.

This post is part of the Hip Homeschool Hop. For other great resources check out some of the other participants blogs.

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1 Kelly Howard December 21, 2010 at 8:30 p

Dropping by from Hip Homeschool Hop! Love your blog…and am now following you!
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2 Shawntele December 21, 2010 at 8:30 p

You have listed some terrific resources, I also enjoy Sally Clarkson’s books for encouragement. BTW – I am stopping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop!

3 The Mrs. December 21, 2010 at 8:30 p

Just stopping by from the hop. Thanks for all the great resource suggestions. I already checked out the planner and it looks awesome.
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4 Pebblekeeper Angie December 21, 2010 at 8:30 p

Hoppin’ By the Hip Homeschooler’s Hop! We have a KerNville as the next town south of us. :) I love your post today – I pray that the new moms/deciding moms/overwhelmed moms read it and gain encouragement. :)

5 Joy December 22, 2010 at 8:30 p

You listed some great resources! Thanks for joining in on the Hip Homeschool Hop!
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6 Grateful for Grace December 22, 2010 at 8:30 p

Hopping by… just because I love you!

I have only read parts of some of these. They sound great, though!
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7 Kari Shaffer December 25, 2010 at 8:30 p

Dropping by from Hip Homeschool Hop! Love your blog…and am now following you!

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