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What Book Helped You?

I noticed that the beginning and the end of the school year bring more questions, so I'm going to ask one of the old timers:

What books helped you the most when you were deciding to start homeschooling?

My favorite book was Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp

With it, I designed what I was going to do from Pre-K through high school graduation. I didn't follow every yod and tittle in the book, but it helped me realized that I was doing the right thing.


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May. 26th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
May. 26th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Learning All The Time by John Holt.

Even though John Holt is considered the father of "unschooling", I found this book to be useful no matter how one chooses to homeschool. For me, it took the focus off of how to teach and put it on how one learns.
May. 27th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Well Trained Mind - which has a lot of great suggestions in it whether you're aiming for doing a classical education or a blend -- which is what we're doing. Since someone already linked to this, I'll say that my other favorite book is Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families by Lisa Rivero. It discusses the various ways you can home school and talks about how you might blend these ideas to meet your kids' needs.
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"A homeschooling parent in Canada recently sent me a letter which ended with a quote by Roque Dalton: 'May we keep hauling up the morning.' I like the metaphor of a sailing ship upon the sea for parenthood and for homeschooling. There are no completely reliable charts, and so we must often navigate without them. We must learn for ourselves how to find the currents, avoid the reefs and storms, and enter the harbors. As we haul up the sails to go on sailing, so we haul up the morning for the adventures of each successive day. There is room for everybody on this ocean, and there is no pilot's license required or worth having. We must trust ourselves and our children. May each of us keep hauling up the morning."

-Earl Gary Stevens, Home Education Magazine, 1990