I’m usually more of an online, research, blog following type person but when we started homeschooling I had so many friends recommending their favorite homeschool support books to me that I had to check some of them out. I quickly found a few that became my “go-to” manuals as we made our way through our first year of homeschooling and I have found them so helpful that I wanted to share them with you.
I would have normally just downloaded the e-book versions of these, but after I purchased What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know I realized that I wanted to have the physical copies of these books so I could highlight, make notes and have it handy each day during our instruction time. Plus, some of these homeschool support books have amazing illustrations and graphics for the kids to enjoy!
Many of these books can be used for any grade level but a few are grade specific.
Homeschool Support and Inspirational Books
What Your (Kindergartner) Needs To Know Series
This is the first book that we purchased when we started our homeschool journey. It’s actually an entire series of books that runs from Preschool to Sixth Grade. It was recommended by several new friends I made in online homeschool communities and seemed like it would ease our minds throughout the first few months. It’s perfect when you start questioning yourself “Am I teaching my kid what they should know at this age?!”
It was actually pretty difficult to find this book in a brick and mortar store in our area. We tried several stores and they either didn’t carry the series or they didn’t have the Kindergarten edition that we needed so we grabbed it from Amazon. It covers many subjects including Language and Literature, History and Geography, Visual Arts, Music, Mathematics, and Science. Each topic is broken into small units and includes lots of information, photos, illustrations, activities and suggested resources.
I know own each book in this series and love having them on hand. The girls have even used these to find some delight directed learning topics.
General Resource and Homeschool Support Books
Unschooling is something that piqued my interest when I started to research methods of schooling and different learning formats. Unschooling is basically allowing your child to drive their education based on their interests and likes. We have taken an unschooling approach in many ways and this guide has been a great support tool as we navigate this method of schooling.
I love this little guide to keep our year packed with fun monthly activities and celebrations. It is broken down by months in the school year and provides teaching ideas, book lists, activities and more based on the topics for that month. It’s great to have this handy when I need to add some additional activities as fillers for the girls.
This amazing guide by Erica over at Confessions of a Homeschooler is packed full of websites, resources, and tips to get you organized and prepared to homeschool. The e-book version is great because you can click directly to the mainly links that she includes (even some of her free printables). If you venture over to her blog, be sure to check out all the free and paid curriculum that she offers!
This book has saved me a ton of time and kept me from getting lost down those rabbit holes when searching online for resources. Homeschool Your Child for Free lists hundreds of websites, blogs, and other places to find resources like curriculum, printables and more. Be aware, some of the links that I followed were dead links so it seems that they have compiled ALL resources and websites at one particular time and may need to update some of the listings. However, even with a few dead links I still refer back to this book almost weekly when we find a particular topic that we want to go a bit deeper with.
This guide is from author E. D. Hirsch Jr., who also writes the “What Your Child Needs to Know” series. This book is an essential to have in my bag anytime we take a trip to the library. It provides suggestions for hundreds of books, categorized by subject, topic and then age group. This book has been a fantastic companion to our curriculum because we are able to quickly find additional reading for any topic that the girls take great interest in.
Similar to the first two books , this guide walks you through key components of a curricula for each grade level. There are texts, manipulatives, reference books and activities suggested for each grade level and subject. Having this book has really put my mind as ease and helped me have more confidence in our curriculum selections.