Let’s talk about books for homeschool moms. I’m always reading something, and it’s usually more like a stack of somethings.
I share some of what I’ve been reading in our week-in-review posts, but sometimes the books are so good that they require a post of their very own. Today, I’m sharing three of my recent favorites. These books improved our homeschooling, and I hope these books will improve your homeschool.
3 Books for Homeschool Moms
When I first started homeschooling, I was completely overwhelmed. You see, we did not set out to homeschool. We landed here, swiftly and without much warning. And we certainly didn’t have a plan.
For much of the first year, we were flying by the seat of our pants. I relied heavily on the internet, for homeschooling resources and connections.
I am forever thankful that, early on in my journey, I discovered Simple Homeschool. The site was like a breath of fresh air to me. Day after day, I’d start my morning with a cup of coffee and Simple Homeschool. The posts and resources made the overwhelming feel manageable. It was through Simple Homeschool that I made important connections and new friends. These friends have helped me to grow as a homeschooler and a mother.
When I was asked to join the Simple Homeschool team, I was over the moon. To be perfectly honest, I am still pinching myself! And now, several months later, I have a podcast (!!!!) with my homeschool sister and partner in crime, Kara.
Three of my Simple Homeschool friends have recently released books and they are fantastic.
Books to Improve Your Homeschool this Year
Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin
I devoured this book and it was delicious!
Give Your Child the World reads like a favorite story and yet it is so much more than that. It is a treasure trove of incredible literature, parenting inspiration, and tips for raising confident, compassionate children who care about the world around them. It is a book you will keep on your reference shelf and refer to time and time again.
We are using this book as part of our curriculum this year. And we are so excited about it that we aren’t waiting until September. We’ve already started! In fact, I’ve already gushed about this book on my site. You can read more about it right here! And be sure to check out Simple Homeschool’s Read the World Summer Book Club!
History Mysteries: Curses, Mummies, Ghost Ships, Spies, Disappearances and Other Awesome Cases to Study as a Family by Kara S. Anderson
Carefully selected, high-quality read alouds are the spine of our homeschool. I am a huge fan of following my children’s interests and diving down rabbit holes. In this book, Kara shares how her family did just that this past school year… and in the process, they fell in love with history!
History Mysteries is a creative and fun way to study history. This book explores some of the most fantastic mysteries including King Tut, Amelia Earhart, British spies, the Mary Celeste ghost ship, Alcatraz, Operation Mincemeat, the assassination of J.F.K., and the Salem witch trials among others.
This e-book can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or a fun supplement to your history routine, depending on your family’s needs and interests. Our family will be using this book as part of our history curriculum in the coming school year and I can’t wait to see what Kara comes up with next!
Special Education at Home by Shawna Wingert
As a school psychologist and a homeschooling mother of a twice-exceptional child, I am thankful for Shawna Wingert. Shawna writes with such heart and honesty. She understands what it is like to have to meet unique needs in the homeschool setting, and she is not afraid to think outside of the proverbial box in order to help her children. I know I speak for many parents of twice-exceptional children when I say that it is refreshing to know you are not alone on this journey.
I was drawn to Shawna’s story early on in my homeschooling journey. Our stories are different, but we are both homeschooling outliers. It is wonderful to find someone who is on a similar, non-traditional path.
I’ve written about Shawna before. Last year, she released Everyday Autism and it was fantastic. Now, Shawna has released another book. In this volume, Shawna discusses the unique challenges and gifts associated with special education at home.
Shawna is an amazing mom who is navigating motherhood, autism, dyslexia, and other medical issues with grace and love and faith and hope. Her story is nothing short of inspiring. Her writing is beautiful and filled with love for her boys. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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