10 Books Every Homeschool Parent Should Read

by Diane Flynn Keith

Have you read a good book lately?  Whether you’re hanging out at Park Day, or waiting for the kids while they take a science class or music lesson, or if you’re just taking some well-deserved “me” time, there are a number of “great reads” that will inspire and revitalize your homeschooling. Below, you’ll find my list of recommended reads that will improve the quality of your homeschooling adventure.

By the way, if your hubby is a reluctant reader of homeschool books, consider giving him a whole new way to read them! Amazon.com has discounted the Kindle for Father’s Day and several of the books listed below are available in a Kindle edition!

College Without High School: A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to CollegeCollege Without High School by Blake Boles, Kindle Edition

A practical guide to liberating your teen from standardized high school curriculum and collaborating with him/her on extraordinary learning adventures that will impress college admission boards and future employers.

The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge ContentThe Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Kindle Edition

Time management is critical in the homeschool environment. While this book presents out-of-the-box ways to manage time in the business world, many of the suggestions can be tweaked for the homeschool environment. A great read for teens who are career-oriented too.

Discover Your Child’s Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis, M.S., and Victoria Kindle Hodson, M.A.,

This book is a homeschool favorite for good reason – it helps you determine how your child learns best and then recommends what kind of materials and resources are best suited to your child’s learning style. Can you imagine the time and money you can save with that information?

Product DetailsZenSchooling by Tammy Takahashi, Kindle Edition

This book addresses the fears and anxiety that homeschool parents typically face and provides keen insight into fathers’ concerns. You’ll learn that homeschooling happiness has nothing to do with curriculum or teaching. It’s about process, not outcome.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will TalkHow To Talk So Kids Will Listen And How To Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Parenting and homeschooling are inextricably entwined. When I coach homeschool parents who tell me their kids won’t cooperate, I often recommend this book. It offers easy, practical ways to improve communication and cooperation between parent and child.

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling Weapons of Mass Instruction: A School Teacher’s Journey Through The Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto Kindle Edition

If you ever waver on your decision to homeschool your children, read this book! It will quickly remind you why homeschooling is far superior to what passes for education in public schools.

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live TooSiblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

In homeschooling our kids benefit from the joy of many shared memories with their siblings, but sometimes constant togetherness can be too much of a good thing. This book offers great strategies for putting an end to sibling rivalry and improving family dynamics.

The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Everydays The Book of New Family Traditions by Meg Cox, Kindle Edition

Need some creative ideas for celebrating your child’s accomplishments? This book presents all kinds of ingenious ways to create traditions, rituals, holidays, and rites of passage that have heartfelt meaning.

Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities to Turn Travel Time into Learning Time - For Kids Ages 4 to 17 Carschooling by Diane Flynn Keith

You didn’t think I’d forget to recommend my own book, did you? It’s loaded with over 350 fun and effective learning activities that families can enjoy while in the car, on the road. You’ll find new and creative ways to learn the basics and beyond when you’ve reached your destination too!

Outliers: The Story of SuccessOutliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, Kindle Edition

What do our children need to achieve success? This book offers real examples of people in all walks of life who have achieved great success. It suggests that beyond talent and ambition, having 10,000 hours of time to cultivate a skill can help one achieve their full potential.

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