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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"Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer?"
from Stenhouse Publishers
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
by Cathy Duffy
from Grove Publishing
for Preschool-Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
by Cathy Duffy
from Grove Publishing
for Preschool-Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
50 Tips to Help Students Succeed
by Marydee Sklar
from Anguanga Publishing
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$11.00 (1 in stock)
A to Z Guide to Home School Field Trips
by Gregg Harris
from Noble Publishing
for 1st-8th grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Accelerated Distance Learning
by Brad Voeller
from Global Learning Strategies
for 10th-Adult
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$4.00
All-Day Charlotte Mason Seminar - 4 DVD Set
from Simply Charlotte Mason
for Adult
in Simply Charlotte Mason (Location: CUR-SCM)
$35.00 (1 in stock)
Back to the Blackboard
by Jay Edward Adams
from Timeless Texts
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
Better Together
by Pam Barnhill
from Spotted Dog Press
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Beyond Survival
by Diana Waring
from Emerald Books
History Curriculum for
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$9.00 $4.00 (3 in stock)
Biblical Home Education
by Ruth Beechick
from Broadman & Holman
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$14.99 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Big Book of Home Learning Volume 1 - Getting Started
by Mary Pride
from Alpha Omega Publications
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Big Book of How to Make PROJECTS
from Dinah-Might Adventures, LP
for Kindergarten - College
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: HSR-CTR)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Books to Build On
by John Holdren and E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
from Delta Education
for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Core Knowledge (Location: HSR-CORE)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
BookShark Language Arts 2 Advanced - Instructor's Guide
by BookShark Team
from BookShark
for 2nd grade
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
BookShark Level 1 - Instructor's Guides
from BookShark
for 1st-3rd grade
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$50.00 (1 in stock)
Brave Learner
by Julie Bogart, Foreword by Susan Wise Bauer
from Tarcherperigee
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$17.00
Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight
by Heidi St. John
from Real Life Press
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
Carschooling
by Diane Flynn Keith
from Prima Publishing
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Charlotte Mason Made Easy
by Stephanie Walmsley
from Living Book Press
for Adult
in Charlotte Mason Education (Location: HSR-METCM)
$14.95
Child Abuse in the Classroom
by Phyllis Schlafly
1st edition
for Adult
in Public Education (Location: HSR-PE)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Children Trap
Biblical Blueprint Series #6
by Robert Thoburn, Gary North (editor)
from Dominion Press
for Adult
in Christianity and the State (Location: XWV-STA)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Children Trap
Biblical Blueprint Series #6
by Robert Thoburn, Gary North (editor)
from Dominion Press
for Adult
in Christianity and the State (Location: XWV-STA)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Christian Home Educators' Curriculum Manual - Elementary
by Cathy Duffy
9th edition from Grove Publishing
for Preschool-6th grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Christian Home School
by Gregg Harris
2nd edition from Noble Publishing
for Adult
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
Christian Home School
by Gregg Harris
1st edition from Wolgemuth and Hyatt
for Adult
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Christian Homeschooling
by Mark Beuligmann (editor)
from Christian Liberty Press
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$5.00 $3.00 (2 in stock)
Christian Unschooling
by Teri J. Brown
from Sourcebooks
for Preschool-12th grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Closing of the American Heart
by Ronald H. Nash
from Probe Books
for Adult
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
by Mary Pride
from Harvest House
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
Comprehensive Composition
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
Writing Curriculum for Kindergarten-12th grade
in Design-A-Study (Location: HSR-DAS)
$14.00
Creating Books with Children
by Valerie Bendt
2nd edition
for Preschool-1st grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Critical Conditioning
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: HSR-DAS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Daily Grace for Teachers
from Honor Books
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: XCLE)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Delight Directed Learning
The HomeScholar Coffee Break Books
by Lee Binz
from The HomeScholar
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Dinah Zike's Reading & Writing Across the Curriculum
by Dinah Zike
from Dinah-Might Adventures, LP
for Preschool-6th grade
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Easy English for Simply Homeschooling
The HomeScholar's Coffee Break Book series
by Lee Binz
from TheHomeScholar
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Easy Homeschooling Curriculum
by Lorraine Curry
from God's Gardener
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$9.50 (1 in stock)
Easy Start in Arithmetic
by Ruth Beechick
from Arrow Press
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$1.50 (3 in stock)
Echo in Celebration
by Leigh A Bortins
1st edition from Classical Conversations
for Adult
in Classical Education (Location: HSR-METCE)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child
by Clay & Sally Clarkson
Revised from Whole Heart Ministries
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child
by Clay & Sally Clarkson
Revised from Apologia Educational Ministries
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$14.00 (2 in stock)
Education through Travel
by Barbara Ainsworth
from Nelson-Hall Publishers
for 9th-Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Educational Travel on a Shoestring
by Judith Allee & Melissa Morgan
from Shaw Books
for Adult
in Practical Home Schooling (Location: HSR-PRAC)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths
by Ruth C. Haycock
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for 7th-12th grade
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: HSR-CTR)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths - 4 Volumes
by Ruth C. Haycock
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for 7th-12th grade
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: HSR-CTR)
$29.95
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Fine Arts & Health
by Ruth C. Haycock
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for 7th-12th grade
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: HSR-CTR)
$9.95 $6.00 (2 in stock)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Language Arts & English
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for Adult
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: HSR-CTR)
$9.95 $6.00 (2 in stock)
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Science & Mathematics
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for Adult
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: HSR-CTR)
$9.95
Encyclopedia of Bible Truths: Social Studies
from ACSI (Purposeful Design)
for Adult
in Classroom Teacher Resources (Location: HSR-CTR)
$9.95
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