I’ve been thinking. If there was one thing I could change about the beginning of our homeschool journey…. okay… strike that. (Because, unfortunately, there’s way more than one thing I’d change.) Okay, let’s rephrase that… one of the things I wish I had done as a new homeschool parent was to take the time to read.
Seems simple enough, right? So simple, in fact, that you may be wondering why I now feel it would have been so important for me then.
I’m going to tell you why.
Virtually any homeschool mom or dad you meet would agree that the beginning of the homeschooling journey comes loaded with lots of different feelings:
Each of these feelings is well-founded because, yes, making the decision to educate your own children is a huge responsibility. I’d be worried about any parent who didn’t feel at least some of these.
And as complex as these feelings are, the entire act of learning to homeschool itself can be just as complex. From the outside, it may look like it’s just about learning how to teach your kids at home, but it’s so much more than that.
Today I’m going to share a reading map with you that will not only work through these topics in order but will also provide a list of books that will fit in each theme.
Let’s get started, shall we?
A Customized Reading Map for New Homeschool Parents
Very often, the very first thing a new homeschool parent will do is look for curriculum to purchase. What if I were to tell you that that’s one of the last things that should be done? The fact is, homeschooling is about so much more than that.
The key to being fully prepared for this way of life is to read up on a few things:
- the history of compulsory education
- how children learn
- different homeschooling philosophies and methods
- homeschool advice and encouragement
Do you see the order that I put them in? Reading up on homeschooling in that order is the most effective way to prepare yourself. Let’s get started.
The History of Compulsory Education
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If there is one thing that will strengthen your resolve to homeschool and to make it work no matter the cost, it’s discovering the true history of public education. Suffice it to say, it’s not what we are led to believe it is. Here is a list of books to get you started:
How Children Learn
Once you are fully aware of the deception and dangers of compulsory schooling, the next step is finding out how children do learn. This is often the most difficult part for parents to get through because of the conditioning we all faced during our own experience in tradtional schools.
We’re all led to believe that learning only looks one way – the school way. In reality, the school method is the least effective for true learning. This is why it’s so important to learn about the history of compulsory education before you get to this point – so that you are more readily able to accept that there is another way.
Here are my favorite books on this subject:
Homeschooling Philosophies and Methods
After becoming well-versed in the way children actually learn, it’s time to start researching homeschooling philosophies and styles. Spend some time researching several methods, and then choose one that fits your child’s learning style, your teaching style, and your overall educational philosophy.
Always remember that homeschooling isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept. Everyone does it differently, and that’s okay.
Homeschool Advice and Encouragement
Once you’ve begun homeschooling for a while, insecurity and doubt may begin to creep in. This is a crucial time to fill yourself up with words of encouragement from other homeschool parents who have been in your shoes.
These books are so inspiring and down-to-earth:
Different (This isn’t necessarily a homeschooling book, but the author did homeschool her children and the lessons in this book are indispensible.)
As homeschool parents, it can be all too easy for us to focus so much on making sure our children are learning that we forget that we ourselves have much to learn. Here’s to hoping this reading plan will help you get well on your way!
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