Top 10 Books for Homeschooling Parents

The following books are just some of the fantastic resources available for homeschooling parents. Most of them are written by and for homeschooling parents and many of them are bestselling favorites that homeschooling parents recommend over and over. How many are in your library?

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp – This book for homeschoolers is a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum. It presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school.

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas by Linda Dobson -  This book is a favorite of homeschoolers everywhere. It gives parents hundreds of fresh and interesting ideas to help teach your kids (and ourselves!) the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Homeschooling the Teen Years by Cafi Cohen – Many parents who started homeschooling their children while they were young are now in the process of homeschooling high schoolers.  It’s not as difficult as you might imagine.  This book by Cafi Cohen gives ideas on how to help your teens crate their own unique learning experience and discover their best vocational path, including help in selecting a college.

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child by Linda Dobson – This book was written to help families who are just starting out on their homeschooling adventure.  It answers answers frequently asked questions and offers ideas and timelines for starting the year with confidence. With lists of resources and other essential tools to help new homeschoolers, this is a great book to add to your homeschool library since it also the nuts and bolts of getting started, strategies for fostering an independent learner, and more.

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy – Many homeschoolers believe that the key to a successful and happy homeschooling experience is to match the curriculum you choose (or create) with your overall educational philosophy. Cathy Duffy seeks to help you do just that with this book.  I believe it is a must read for parents at any stage of their homeschool journey.  It can help breathe new life into your homeschooling.

The Core Knowledge Series – If you’re concerned about your child keeping up with their non homeschooled peers, the Core Knowledge series is for you. The books are titled “What your first grader should know”, “What your second grader should know”, etc. You could in fact use these volumes as a guideline to create your own curriculum.

Teach Your Own and How Children Learn by John Holt – John Holt, a public school teacher turned unschooling advocate, has written many groundbreaking books on the topic of how children learn. Even if you don’t adopt an unschooling style, reading these books will give you confidence that as a homeschooling parent you’re capable of educating your child well.

Homeschooling 101 by Christine Field – Written from a Christian perspective, Christine and Mark Field have a grand vision for the education of homeschooled children across the world.  In this book, the Fields passionately establish their perspectives on a biblical-minded approach to education. Through subject-by-subject chapters, you’ll be exposed to broad yet detailed chapters on language arts, math, history, life skills, and more.

Homeschool Your Child for Free by LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinkski – This book was first introduced in 2000 and has given countless parents a plan and peace of mind to get their kids’ education on the right track. This book is being updated and a new edition will be released in August, 2009 with many new tools and resources to help you and your child succeed.

Homeschool Co-Ops by Carol Topp – What is a Homeschool Co-op?  It’s a group of homeschooling parents that work together to educate their children. And they come in all shapes and sizes. This book guides homeschool leaders through starting a co-op, running it and not burning out! Topics covered in this book include: Pros and cons of being in a homeschool co-op, how to start a co-op including running your first planning meeting, Ideas for classes and activities for all ages, and much more!  Not for the faint at heart!


Kelly Ling is a work-at-home, homeschooling mother of five. She has mentored many homeschooling and work-at-home moms over the past eighteen years. Kelly also owes a home-based web design business. When not doing web design, she is constantly updating some of her homeschooling/work-at-home websites – Homeschool Top Sites, ChristianWAHM.com, WAHM Contests, and others.

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Kelly Ling is a work-at-home, homeschooling mother of five. She has mentored many homeschooling and work-at-home moms over the past fifteen years. Kelly owes a home-based web design business and also helps her husband run the family's mobile DJ service.


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