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Practical Home Schooling

The goal of home schooling isn't to roll our kids through 12+ years of schooling to keep the state machinery running—it's to mold high-functioning, conscientious citizens who exemplify our Christian beliefs and standards of behavior. Like every important endeavor, home education requires a measure of trial-and-error, but that doesn't mean there aren't books that can help.

Over the years our selection of home school "how to" guides has multiplied like tribbles on the U.S.S. Enterprise. From Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum offering reviews, basic info and selection guidelines for curriculum from kindergarten to 12th grade, to Just Around the Corner by Steven and Teri Maxwell (a collection of encouraging devotional essays for home school parents), there's no shortage of "atlases" for newcomers and veterans alike.

One of our favorites is The Language Wars  by Ruth Beechick. In a number of short readable essays she identifies and addresses some of the most daunting elements of home education (understanding educational philosophies and methods, selecting curriculum, integrating character and Bible education, etc.). Beechick is a longtime educational writer and expert whose no-nonsense approach has made her books staples among home school families. Susan Macaulay's classic For the Children's Sake focuses on the sacrifices parents must make to give their kids a sufficient education; Macaulay's educational model is based firmly on the Charlotte Mason method.

Debra Bell's The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling takes a scattergun approach, covering pretty much every aspect of homeschooling in surprising detail and welcome good humor. Reaping the Harvest is Diana Waring's manifesto on the difficulties and (often ignored) joys of home schooling teenagers. Most of the books in this section have reviews—browse until you find the one that seems to best fit your needs, because with the proliferation of home school literature the perfect fit is probably out there.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviewshere.

 

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101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
by Cathy Duffy
from Grove Publishing
for Preschool-Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
by Cathy Duffy
from Grove Publishing
for Preschool-Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
A to Z Guide to Home School Field Trips
by Gregg Harris
from Noble Publishing
for 1st-8th grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Accelerated Distance Learning
by Brad Voeller
from Global Learning Strategies
for 10th-Adult
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
Back to the Blackboard
by Jay Edward Adams
from Timeless Texts
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Beyond Survival
by Diana Waring
from Emerald Books
History Curriculum for
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Biblical Home Education
by Ruth Beechick
from Broadman & Holman
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Big Book of Home Learning Volume 1 - Getting Started
by Mary Pride
from Alpha Omega Publications
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Big Book of How to Make PROJECTS
from Dinah-Might Adventures, LP
for Kindergarten - College
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: B11-03A)
Books to Build On
by John Holdren and E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
from Delta Education
for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Core Knowledge (Location: B11-03B)
Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight
by Heidi St. John
from Real Life Press
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual - Elementary
by Cathy Duffy
9th edition from Grove Publishing
for Preschool-6th grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Christian Homeschooling
by Mark Beuligmann (editor)
from Christian Liberty Press
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Christian Unschooling
by Teri J. Brown
from Sourcebooks
for Preschool-12th grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
by Mary Pride
from Harvest House
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Comprehensive Composition
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
Writing Curriculum for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Design-A-Study (Location: B11-02A)
Critical Conditioning
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: B11-02A)
Daily Grace for Teachers
from Honor Books
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: C01-CHR)
Echo in Celebration
by Leigh A Bortins
1st edition from Classical Conversations
for Adult
in Classical Education (Location: B11-02C)
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child
by Clay & Sally Clarkson
Revised from Apologia Educational Ministries
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths - 4 Volumes
by Ruth C. Haycock
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for 7th-12th grade
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: B11-03A)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Fine Arts & Health
by Ruth C. Haycock
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for 7th-12th grade
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: B11-03A)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Language Arts & English
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for Adult
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: B11-03A)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Science & Mathematics
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for Adult
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: B11-03A)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Social Studies
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for Adult
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: B11-03A)
Essential Homeschooling
by Sherri Linsenbach
from Adams Media Corp.
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Essential Learning Objectives for Math and Language Arts
by Curt & Jenny Bumcrot
from Basic Skills
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Standardized Test Preparation (Location: B11-03C)
Evaluating for Excellence
by Teresa Moon
2nd edition from Communicators for Christ
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Standardized Test Preparation (Location: B11-03C)
Everybody Has a Body
by Robert E. Rockwell, et al.
from Gryphon House
for Nursery-1st grade
in Preschool Science (Location: B00-04B)
Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal (Apologia)
by Rachael Yunis
1st edition from Apologia Educational Ministries
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
For the Children's Sake
by Susan Macaulay
from Crossway Books
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Fringe Hours
by Jessica N. Turner
from Revell Publishing
for Adult
in Biblical Womanhood (Location: C02-03D)
Fundamentals of Homeschooling
by Ann Lahrson-Fisher
from Nettlepatch Press
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Future of Home Schooling
by Michael Farris
from Regnery Publishing, Inc.
for Adult
in CLEARANCE & FREE BOOKS (Location: C01-03)
Gaining Confidence to Teach
by Debbie Strayer
from Common Sense Press
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Guides to History Plus
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: B11-02A)
Hands-On Dad
by Rick Boyer
from Learning Parent
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Harsh Truth about Public Schools
by Bruce N. Short
from Ross House Books
for Adult
in Public Education (Location: B11-01A)
Heart & Mind
by Ruth Beechick
2nd edition from Mott Media
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Heart of Home Schooling
by Christopher Klicka
from Broadman & Holman
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Help for the Harried Homeschooler
by Christine M. Field
from Shaw Books
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Help! I'm Married to a Homeschooling Mom
by Todd Wilson
from Moody Press
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
High School Handbook
by Mary Schofield
7th edition from Christian Home Educators Press
for 7th-12th grade
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
Home School Heroes
by Christopher Klicka
from Broadman & Holman
Home Education History for 9th-Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Home School, High School, and Beyond
by Beverly Adams-Gordon
6th edition from Castlemoyle Books
for 9th-Adult
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
Home School, High School, and Beyond
by Beverly Adams-Gordon
7th edition from Castlemoyle Books
for 9th-Adult
in High School & College Prep (Location: B11-03D)
Home Schooling at the Speed of Life
by Marilyn Rockett
PAP/CDR from Broadman & Holman
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Home Schooling: The Right Choice!
by Christopher Klicka
Revised and Updated from Broadman & Holman
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
Homepreschool and Beyond
by Susan Lemons
Fir from Liberty Books
for Preschool
Homeschool Answer Book
by Ruth Beechick
from Arrow Press
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: B11-01B)
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