by: Bohemian Mom
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Making the decision to homeschool is not an easy one. Societal pressure, family interrogations, and our own insecurities and fears are things we have to wrestle with on a regular basis.
Having a good support system is vital, whether it is local homeschooling groups, your spouse, or simply some good friends to listen to you and encourage you.
But another important component to starting the journey or just battling through some of the tougher times along the way, is to have a good arsenal of books that you can read and continue to refer to.
These books brilliantly shape the philosophy of homeschooling and offer creative alternative ideas that are essential knowledge for all parents. I’ve found the books on the list below to be invaluable for my homeschooling experience.
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
It is a great book to read before starting your journey, but I have also referred to it several times when I have felt insecure about my decision, as a reminder of what I am pushing against by home schooling. You will feel enlightened, captivated, and most of all inspired!
Learning All the Time by John Holt
Considered by many to be the forefather of the homeschooling or unschooling movement, John Holt’s Learning All the Time shows us how children learn the basics of life, at home, in every moment of their day. Through play, cooking, and interaction with parents they learn to read, write, do math, and figure out how the world works. As he says, “Learning is as natural as breathing!”
Again, this is a seminal book to read both before and during the process of homeschooling, but it is also a good book to teach us to enjoy and encourage play in the lives of our children. When you read his common sense ideas about relating to children it is hard to dispute, or to go on living any other way. His joy and respect of children shines through the pages and makes you yearn to lead the same type of life with your children that he proposes in his writing because it’s a brilliant formula for happiness!