Yesterday I picked up a homeschool book that I haven’t read before (Heart and Mind by Ruth Beechick) and within the first few pages I was inspired. Ruth Beechick always inspires me. I thought I would share some of the books that inspired me on my homeschool journey. These books have shaped me.
Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson – this is an honest book that informs you and guides you through many decisions and thought processes necessary at the beginning of the homeschool journey. I appreciated the chapter on various homeschool/teaching models but I was mostly impacted by the clear message that you need to disciple your child – you need to shape their heart. The Clarksons give plenty of practical ways to help you do that. I need to refresh myself on a few chapters again.
I saw the Angel in the Marble by Chris and Ellyn Davis – another discipleship focused book! I started to appreciate the ideas of a lifestyle of learning, and in particular identity directed homeschooling, where we tailor-make our plans to the uniqueness of our children. There is so much more in this book – it is my number one recommendation for homeschooling families to read. This book also helped Peter and I be on the same page when it came to our education philosophy.
All-Day Chalotte Mason Seminar (on DVD) from Simply Charlotte Mason (dot com) Though I am not a Charlotte Mason home educator, I appreciate many of her principles. Our homeschool co-op watched this together and we were inspired to enjoy learning, and to find ways to make learning real. If you want to follow Charlotte Mason’s methods then this is an excellent course.
A Biblical Home Education by Ruth Beechick – This is my go-to book when I feel my thinking is being a little swayed by society. Ruth Beechick addresses education very much from a Biblical perspective – she doesn’t just incorporate Bible into her ideas, but the Bible is the premise for her ideas. I often dip into this book one chapter at a time, as she addresses how to teach a specific subject: History, Science, thinking, reading, study etc…
There are many other books on my shelf that I have read and enjoyed but these are the four that I thought of immediately!