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As a new homeschooling mom, you can easily get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there. There are books, courses both online and offline, checklists, downloads, facebook groups, forums and so much more.
You can easily find yourself being pulled in a hundred directions at once.
When I decided to start homeschooling I didn’t know many homeschooling moms. The ones I did know were almost finished their journey.
I felt like I jumped into the deep end of the swimming pool with no clue how to swim. Flailing around trying to keep afloat.
Back then the internet was far from what it is today.
I will admit that there will always be a moment or two of your journey that you look back at with regret. Things you wish you had done differently. Times you wish you had gone in a different direction. That is perfectly normal.
Like anything new you should do all you can to educate yourself about homeschooling. What it can look like, where to start, and what to do.
My Personal Filter
I want to share some of my all-time favorite resources for new homeschoolers but before I do that I want to share my personal “filter” that I use for all advice I come across.
I shared it here in this video:
Did you notice? You need to use your kids, your family, and your life as your filter.
When you get advice that you know won’t work for you say, “Thanks” and then do what you need to do. ♥
Can I ask you to do this with all advice you are given?
Because the truth is no one knows what you need better than you.
Getting advice from others is GREAT. Reading books is awesome. Taking courses is another wonderful way to learn BUT not everything you read, watch and learn will apply to you.
Try it out, but it if it doesn’t work, let it go!
Vital Step One: Deschooling
Deschooling is essential because homeschooling isn’t school at home. It’s so much MORE than that.
But if you’re stuck in a school mindset, you’ll never achieve the full benefits of homeschooling.
Don’t limit yourself to school at home.
Lay the foundation for your crazily successful, productive, and effective homeschool with this mini-course, Deschooling Essentials.
You’ll learn how to deschool with lots of deschooling ideas and tips, and build a strong foundation for your homeschool. This course mini-course has 9 parts, including a workbook, activities, and videos.
Click here to check out Deschooling Essentials
After deschooling, the next step is educating yourself. Here are a few of my favorite resources for new homeschoolers.
Please do yourself a favor and deschool first. Find out what that looks like for a working mom here: Hope & Help for Successful Deschooling as a Working Mom
Begin Homeschooling With Confidence
The Begin Homeschooling With Confidence e-course is a great crash course to help you get started on your homeschooling journey.
Lessons such as:
- Mission Statements
- Self Care
- Choosing methods and resources that will make learning fun
- Homemaking (aka digging yourself out of the mess)
- Finding Support
- Dealing with Critics
- Learning Alongside your Children
- And more
Click here to check out Begin Homeschooling With Confidence
Confession: I am not a big “homeschool book” reader.
I love books. I love to sink into a good story with a cup of coffee and just get lost in the world of words. However, there are very few if any books about homeschooling that made me want to keep turning the pages and pull an all-nighter.
But there are a few 😉
Before I share those with you I wanted to share with you 4 great ways to save money on books 😉
- Use Ebates to get cash back when shopping online (Read my step by step Ebates set it and forget it guide)
- Look for used copies on BetterWorldBooks.com
- A member in The Club also recommended Thrift Books. They have free shipping within USA and shipping to Canada is $3.99 a book.
- Don’t forget you can use Amazon com Free Kindle App (Amazon ca Free Kindle App) to read your kindle book even if you don’t have a kindle.
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
This is one of the first “Homeschooling Books” I ever bought.
I love it because it makes it easy to find out what is available to see if I am on the right track and covers from pre-school to high school.
When I started homeschooling, I had a lot of questions. What was I going to teach? How was I going to teach it? What did I need?
What I really wanted was a list that was easy to read and understand that said, “do this, step by step”.
Now I know better, although I am sure those books and lists exist, they won’t always work.
Why? Because each child, homeschool, and each situation is unique. Your “why” is your own. What works for me, may not work for you.
However, this book is my absolute favorite. I found it using the internet, borrowed it from my library and then bought it! I wish I owned it from the beginning.
My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool by Jennifer Bly
I love Jennifer’s planner I use it all the time. I was thrilled while browsing her store to find a book that is perfect for new homeschoolers.
This book, entitled My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, is designed to help new homeschoolers to overcome fears, doubts or questions we might have about the process.
I love that Jennifer wrote this book to fill a need she had when she started homeschooling.
My favorite part is when she breaks down Homeschool Styles and Methods (chapter 3 page 19) because I jumped into doing school at home and wish I hadn’t.
If you don’t do anything else be sure to check out that chapter so you can see there really is a style for everyone.
You can get the ebook from Jennifer’s store itself right here. Remember her prices are in Canadian Dollars.
Or Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback.
The Homeschool Highway: How to Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick by Amy Dingmann
Have you ever read a book and felt the author just “got you”? I don’t mean you are reading and nodding your head but really got you, all of you.
I love this book so much I wrote a complete review and video, you can check it out here.
The thing is sometimes we need a reminder that different is okay.
This book is written by a fellow homeschool mom. If you ever felt alone or unsure in this homeschool adventure this book is for you.
One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 8 Riding Shotgun: How Homeschooling Affects Your Other Half.
I really loved it all but this chapter is one I refer moms to all the time because many are pretty much alone in making the decision for homeschool, teaching, and choosing curriculum and we forget to consider how dad might be feeling.
Oh, and did I mention she shares what other dads have to say about homeschooling? Yes, be sure to check that out.
You can get it here on Amazon.
There you have my personal list of resources I have read and used for new homeschoolers.
Resources For New Homeschooling Moms From Homeschooling Moms ♥
As I said, I am not into reading a ton of “How to homeschool” type books. Therefore I asked other homeschoolers what their favorite resources for new homeschoolers were.
Here are a few of their favorites:
I shared Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 Easy Lessons by Cindy West in my group.
A few moms mentioned it is the ONE book they love for brand new homeschoolers because it leads them step-by-step through implementing Charlotte Mason’s methods in your home, homeschool and life. Check it out here!
Pam Barnhill from Homeschool Solutions got some great reviews. Many moms love her Planning Forms Mini-Kit and Plan Your Year.
A favorite among working moms for scheduling help has been Pam’s Your Morning Basket and Morning Time Plans.
Educating the WholeHearted childhood goes beyond the what of homeschooling and tells you how to do it. From how to approach your children from a parent and educator perspective and how to make your home a place where learning is just what happens naturally.
This book comes highly recommended. In A Charlotte Mason Education, Catherine Levison has collected the key points of Charlotte Mason’s methods and presents them in a simple, straightforward way. Includes weekly schedules, a challenging and diverse curriculum will be inspire and educate your child.
In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses the stress, worry, and anxiety of new homeschooling moms.
6. For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School By Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Designed to help parents use learning experiences in all aspects of life.
“For the Children’s Sake is a book about what education can be, based on a Christian understanding of what it means to be human-to be a child, a parent, a teacher-and on the Christian meaning of life.”-Amazon
Moms love this book. So many have said it has changed their homeschool for the better!
As parents we know how hard it can be to connect with our kids. This book includes age-appropriate book lists you need to start a read-aloud movement in your own home. Along with detailed practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful to your family.
As you can see there are resources for every mom and much to consider. Use the filter above, to make sure it fits your family and lifestyle- and GO! ♥
Which of the above is your favorite? I’d love to know!
PS. One of the first things that many moms are told when they pull a child out of public school is to deschool. Read Hope & Help for Successful Deschooling as a Working Mom to see what that might look for as a working homeschool mom!