7 Must-Read Books for Homeschooling Moms

Homeschooling is a daunting task and stepping into the world of homeschooling can be terrifying and overwhelming. There are so many questions and where do you even begin?

I’ve been there.

Over the years I’ve read so many homeschooling books, some good and some meh. Some were so good that I laminated the covers because I knew I’d be loaning them out to friends.

So, friend, if you were sitting at my kitchen table and were considering homeschooling, these are the top 7 books I’d recommend to you!


1.For the Children’s Sake. If you want the whys of home education, this is the book. I’ve highlighted my copy and worn it out. My favorite!

2. Educating the Whole-Hearted Child. I’ve bought this book for several friends. I’ve bought myself several copies and loaned them out. A must read!

3. A Charlotte Mason Companion. An introduction to the Charlotte Mason method by Karen Andreola. A gentle approach.

4.When Children Love to Learn. Practical applications of Susan Schaeffer MacCauley’s methods.

5. The Three R’s. Ruth Beechick’s indispensable work. Mercifully short. Common sense. A “you can do this” kind of book.

6.You Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-8. Ruth Beechick’s common sense guide to what your child needs to learn and how to approach it. Simple to use.


7. Teaching from Rest. One of the best books on limitations, priorities, living out God’s will for your life, and the faith that says that God will take your small offering and multiply your efforts.

Veteran Homeschooling Moms, which books would you add to this list? Feel free to comment below or on FB.

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4 thoughts on “7 Must-Read Books for Homeschooling Moms”

    • We mixed curriculum most years. I tried to look at the index of the “standard curriculum” to see what was covered, then if I used a literature approach, I knew what needed to be covered. As far as finding a curriculum that your kids will connect with, that takes a while. If you know what kind of learner they are, that helps…because other moms write about what works for their XYZ learner. We can chat sometime about it if you want. 😉

  • Hi Sarah,
    The only book that I have is for the Children’s Sake. I was blessed with other homeschooling mom’s around me that shared their knowledge and skill. Having not been very successful in my own schooling, didn’t help me. 🙂
    I enrolled in Christian Liberty Academy Satellite School and they took care of all the paper work for me. It also enabled me to see what was required and I was able to strike out on my own. I have used the books that they have in their curriculum kits all these 24 years. I haven’t found anyone else in my own circle of homeschooling families that have done the same. It isn’t the most popular way to go. 🙂
    That said, our schooling hasn’t been perfect by a long shot but the four children that have graduated have all attended college. Three graduated from the oldest Engineering school in the country – RPI. My oldest graduated with a duel major – Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. She got a job modeling submarines and earned her Masters in Mechanical Engineering. She is now home with her two little boys and is starting read and prepare to homeschool them. My second daughter graduated with a dual major of Psychology and Information Technology. She is married and works in our church office. Our third daughter, graduated with a bachlors in Computer Science and our Son is currently at the University of Buffalo working on a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
    The Lord can take someone who didn’t do well in school and give wisdom and understanding and lead their steps to much more.
    “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

    • Whoa, Karen. Praise the Lord! I’m sure you did great. Half the battle is knowing your limits and getting help! I used to watch the BJU Satellite videos early on, because I had no clue what I was doing. I also benefitted from a woman named Debbie at our homeschool group who told me to find my teaching style and my kids learning style. Back then, I was floored because I’d never thought about that before! Your kids quite accomplished! You are such a blessing. Thanks for sharing!!

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