When you need a little encouragement or help you can read a how to homeschool book. There is information about how to educate your child, different teaching methods, and homeschooling children with special needs.
I find reading about what others have done to be enjoyable and helpful. For each book I have read I have found new insights for educating my child.
All of the books that I have listed I have personally read. Many I found at my local library.
When I first started teaching my children I liked to read a how to homeschool book once a year. I started by reading books by Dr. Raymond Moore.
I still believe in beginning formal education until the child is ready to learn. He recommends not starting school until your child is eight. Before eight your child can learn by observing, discussing, and hands-on activities.
I did start formal education earlier than eight because my children wanted to do school.
I also read books by Ruth Beechick such as;
In Ruth Beechick’s books on teaching grades K-3 she shows how children learn. An example is in the arithmetic book she says that a child will go through three stages, the manipulative, the mental image, and the abstract. Young children need lots of experience manipulate real objects before they can move to doing math in their head. Then children need to be able to visualize math problems in their head before they can do abstract problems on a worksheet.
Ruth also has books for older children.
There are ideas for teaching spelling, grammar, and using real books for learning.
Another beginning book;
I used Teaching Tips a lot my first years of teaching. It was
written by the author of the Weaver. I found lots of ideas for teaching
writing, reading, math, science, and history. Some of the other chapters were
on how children learned. In the appendix there are lists of books to read for
each grade level. There is even a spelling list for each grade.
In later years I have read;
I was impressed with the book’s reasons why we should use a biblical approach to teaching. Robin really goes over the difference between different worldviews. There is also an academic checklist for what children should know in kindergarten through the eighth grade.
Recently I have read;
The book is very enjoyable and encouraging. Diana stresses that homeschooling is a relationship.
There are also how to homeschool books that deal with different teaching styles.
I read The Well-Trained Mind several years ago. It describes the classical approach. I liked how she described what to teach when. Susan Wise Bauer writes in a very conversational style so the book is easy to read.
Lise Pyles has good ideas for teaching social skills. Some of her tips include discussing actor's interactions on TV and making face cards to show different emotions.
Christine Field gives a Christian perspective to homeschooling children who have special needs. She talks about the pros and cons of diagnosing, some of the most common disabilities, how to discipline, and the stages of grief that a family will go through when a child is challenging.
This book has some good ideas for making curriculum tailored made for your child. He also talks about how to teach so the child will learn. I read this book some time ago and it may be out of print. It is a good read if you can find a copy.
This book has helped me see what my middle school child needed to do before he would be successful in high school. Some of the skills that he needs to learn is time management, computer skills, and study skills. Each subject also has specific skills that need to be learned.
101 Top Picks is one of the best how to homeschool book about curriculum. You will find materials that match your teaching style and your child's learning style. New versions of the books come out periodically. 101 Top Picks is the latest. It was published in 2012.
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