Books! Oldies but Goodies


Upon making the decision to home school, I read everything I could get my hands on.  Below is a list of books I found most helpful.

Original posting Fall 1998

  • And What about College?: How Homeschooling Leads to Admission to the Best Colleges and Universities by Cafi Cohen
  • Better Than School by Nancy Wallace (intro written by John Holt)
  • Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto (who was voted NY’s best public school teacher!)
  • Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
  • Freedom Challenge : African American Homeschoolers Grace Llewellyn (Editor)
  • Getting Started on Home Learning: How and Why To Teach Your Kids at Home by Rebecca Rupp
  • Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp
  • Homeschooling: The Early Years by Linda Dobson
  • Homeschooling: The Middle Years by Shari Henry
  • Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen
  • Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson
  • Home Education Rights And Reasons by John W. Whitehead, Alexis Irene Crow
  • Homeschooling Handbook:From Preschool to High School~A Parent’s Guide by Mary Griffith
  • Homeschooling on a Shoestring: A Complete Guide to Options, Strategies, Resources, and Costs by Melissa L. Morgan
  • Homeschooler’s Success Stories by Linda Dobson (15 adults share the impact of homeschooling in their lives.)
  • Books by John Holt: Learning All The Time, How Children Learn , How Children Fail, Escape From Childhood, Freedom and Beyond, Teach Your Own
  • Natural Childhood General Editor: John Thomson
  • The Beginners Guide to Homeschooling by Patrick Farenga
  • The Hurried Child By David Elkind
  • The Successful Homeschooling Family Handbook by Dr. Raymond & Dorthy Moore
  • The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith
  • The Magical Child by Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Trust the Children: An Activity Guide for Homeschooling and Alternative Learning by Anna Kealoha
  • Waldorf Education: A Family Guide edited by Pamela Johnson Fenner & Karen L. Rivers
  • You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin (From birth to age six: What can parents do with and for their children that will enhance their development.)

~ Parenting Books~

If your three year old has you over a barrel or your seven year old has you flummoxed, check out this series of books by Louise Bates Ames and Frances Ilg:

  • Your One Year Old by Louise Bates Ames, Frances L. Ilg, and Carol Chase Haber
  • Your Two Year Old by Ames and Ilg
  • Your Three Year Old by Ames and Ilg
  • Your Four Year Old by Ames and Ilg
  • Your Five Year Old by Ames and Ilg
  • Your Six Year Old by Ames and Ilg
  • Your Seven Year Old by Ames and Haber
  • Your Eight Year Old by Ames and Haber
  • Your Nine Year Old by Ames and Haber
  • Your Ten to Fourteen Year Old by Ames, Ilg, and Baker
  • A Good Enough Parent By Bruno Bettelheim (he also wrote: On Learning To Read and The Uses of Enchantment )
  • Children: The Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs, M.D.
  • Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Natural Childhood Edited by John Thomson
  • Raising A Son and Raising A Daughter by Don & Jeanne Elium
  • Raising A Family: Living On Planet Parenthood by Don & Jeanne Elium
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving The Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D

~Curriculum Enrichment Resources~

  • Afterwards: Folk and Fairy Tales with Mathematical Ever Afters (grades 1-2, grades 3-4)  by Peggy Kaye
  • Games For Writing: Playful Ways To Help Your child Learn To Write (K-3rd) by Peggy Kaye
  • Games For Learning by Peggy Kaye
  • Games For Math by Peggy Kaye
  • Games For Reading by Peggy Kaye
  • All Year Round by Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton, Marije Rowling
  • How The Weather Works A Reader’s Digest Book by Michael Allaby
  • Literature-Based Reading: Children’s Books & Activities to Enrich the K-5 Curriculum by Mildred Knight Laughlin and Claudia Lisman Swisher
  • National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia Edited by Marshall Editions Ltd.
  • Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences by MaryAnn Kohl and Jean Potter (for ages 3 and up)
  • Science Is . . .A source book of fascinating facts, projects, and activities. By Susan V. Bosak
  • The Spirit of Childhood: The Waldorf Curriculum  by Douglas J Gabriel
  • The MAILBOX: The Idea Magazine for Teachers (  Check your local library for the magazine!)
  • Treasured Time With Your Toddler by Jan Brennan (My absolute favorite book. I highly recommend this book to parents of toddler!)



2 thoughts on “Books! Oldies but Goodies

  1. I remember when I started my journey, I have to say I haven’t read as nearly as much material, but books do work! Tried and true methods and you can always come back to them in the years to come! (Homeschool mom of a 1st grader, enjoying the journey!)


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