Autism/Dyslexia/SPD · Homeschool · Mother Culture · My Bookshelf

Considering Homeschooling? Resources and Research to Get Started

So many are considering homeschooling this year due to Covid. All of my homeschool groups on social media are exploding with new members. If that’s you…. welcome!!! It takes a lot of courage to consider this lifestyle for your family. We were accidental homeschoolers too. It wasn’t in our original plan but it was in God’s plan and it ended up being the best decision for our family. I see so many mothers new to the homeschooling world trying to hunt down curriculum as their first plan of action. They look for the closest thing that resembles the classroom their child is leaving behind. Before you order all those Abeka books in your cart, take a pause, and breathe. I understand that sense of urgency, I did the same. When three giant boxes of workbooks and teacher’s manuals arrived on my doorstep, I was flooded with overwhelm. After a lot of trial and error and tears, I realized this was not working. I was trying to teach children with autism, dyslexia, and many other acronyms. A boxed curriculum was not going to work long term for my outside the box kids. I decided to stop and research my children and educational philosophies instead. I had a lot to learn myself before I could begin teaching others. So I started researching and reading everything I could find on education as God was softening my heart to homeschooling. I realized we were in this for the long haul and maybe it wasn’t an accident after all. I spent several months with my nose in books and blogs. And landed on the Charlotte Mason/Classical/Eclectic style to homeschooling. I wanted to share a list of books that have inspired, encouraged, and refined our homeschooling journey over the past several years.

Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson

The Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment

The Read Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth Hainstock

The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart

The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick

A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille

Plan your Year by Pam Barnhill

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda McGurk

The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock and Fernette Eide

The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine Aaron

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry Prizant

Intentional Parenting by Goff, Thomas, and Trevathan

Different by Sally and Nathan Clarkson

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