Wondering how to start home schooling? A great way to learn quickly is to read some "How to Start" home school books written by current and former home schooling parents.
Many well-known educators have also written books on the benefits of home-based education versus learning in a traditional classroom.
Through their research and experience, they offer practical guidance and insight into how children learn best, as well as bring to light the many ways in which our public education system has failed us.
Some books offer a broad overview of home schooling while others focus on specific homeschooling methods.
Finding one or two good books that provide information on a wide variety of home schooling topics will help you to learn quickly. Then you can take time to learn more about the different home school styles and methods that interest you.
Below I've listed some must-read How to Start home school books that some of my homeschooling friends have recommended to me as well as others I have read over the years. I have also included a brief description of the book.
Complete "How to Start" Home School Books
The Basic Steps to Successful Homeschooling by Vicki A. Brady
This book is written from a Christian viewpoint and is a basic how to home school book. It's an older book, but worth the read if you find a free/low-cost copy.
Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
You find answers to just about everything related to home schooling in this encyclopedic book written by veteran home educator, Mary Pride.
This book is written from a Christian perspective and recommended by many home educators.
The Homeschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith
Mary Griffith home schooled her two grown daughters and based on her experience, she shares practical advice and information on homeschooling.
So You're Thinking About Homeschooling by Lisa Whelchel
Former child actress turned homeschooling mom, Lisa Whelchel introduces you to fifteen families from all walks of life who have chosen to school their children at home; a great how to start home school resource!
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
This book is written from a Christian viewpoint and is an all-encompassing how to home school book.
Other Highly Recommended Home School Books
Better Late than Early by Dr Raymond and Dorothy Moore
Highly recommended book by education and home schooling pioneers Dr Raymond and Dorothy Moore. Through in-depth research, the Moores believed children where forced into the education system at too young of an age and encourage parents to wait until a child’s cognitive skills are fully developed before beginning school. Another popular home school classic written by this dynamic duo you may find interesting is: Home Grown Kids.
Dr. Beechick's Homeschool Answer Book by Ruth Beechick
Dr Ruth Beechick has spent her life teaching and studying how people learn. I first came across her writings when I first started home schooling. Her small booklets "You Can Teach Your Child Successfully" and "The Three R's" were very helpful to me and helped me to relax as a new home schooling parent. If you have ever wanted to "pick" Dr Beechick's brain, her "Homeschool Answer Book" includes many how to start home school questions and answers from the many columns and books Dr Beechick has written on education and homeschooling. This is a great how to start home school book!
Other Ruth Beechick books you may be interested in are: A Biblical Home Education: Building Your Homeschool on the Foundation of God's Word by Ruth Beechick and Heart and Mind: What the Bible Says about Learning.
Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkston
Written from a Christian perspective, husband and wife team, Clay and Sally Clarkston share how families can learn naturally at home – through the use of real books, real life and a disciple-based approach to home schooling.
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by John Holt and Pat Feranga
If you have ever wondered where the term "unschooling" came from, look no further than to John Holt. From his long term experience as a classroom teacher he believes that every child can learn from the world around them instead of in a traditional classroom.
In this book, Pat Feranga takes the classic teachings of John Holt and updates them for a new generation of home schoolers.
Homeschooling: The Right Choice by Chris Klicka
Written by a Christian home schooling father of seven and attorney for HSLDA, Chris Klicka looks at the failure of the public school system and the rise of home schooling. Chris Klicka passed away in 2009, after a life of advocating for and furthering the home school movement.
A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century by Oliver Van DeMille
This book is on my reading list for this summer! In A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century, Oliver DeMille presents a new educational vision based on proven methods that really work. It includes a list of classic books that your student should read and how you can become an effective mentor to your children.
The Well Trained Mind by Jessie Wise & Susan Wise Bauer
This book gives step-by-step instructions on how you can give your child a classical education at home.
Recommend a Home School Book!
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Home School How-to Savings
Many of the How to Start home school books listed above can be found at your local library. If your library doesn't have a large selection of home schooling books, some home school groups offer lending libraries where member families can borrow materials and books for free or for a small fee.
If you would like to add some of them to your home library, you can find inexpensive used copies at used curriculum fairs and book sales, and on Amazon.
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