Take a look at my favorite resources, I’ve used everything here with my family and these are resources that I use year after year.
Favorite Books to Help you with Homeschool Planning
While you may not be a classical or Charlotte Mason homeschooler, I read these books again each year. I like seeing differing views on homeschooling and it encourages me to know that it can be done in different ways.
My homeschool is a mesh of both and I credit it to the Well-Trained Mind and The Charlotte Mason Companion. Ruth Beechicks’s books break things down so it’s so easy to understand and she encourages you to create your own curriculum. This is great for frugal families who can’t afford the big boxed set of homeschool curriculum.
Homeschool Planning Guide for the Unorganized Mom: An easy-to-follow plan for successful homeschooling when you don’t even know where to startThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition)Educating the Wholehearted ChildA Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of LearningTeach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of HomeschoolingYou Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-8The Three R’sA Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To ManualDeconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading
Favorite Books for Homeschool Encouragement
As we go on we may encounter road blocks and issues and sometimes you just need encouragement or new ideas to bring life into your homeschool.
Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with ConfidenceThe Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s EducationThe Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and LifeBetter Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter MostTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceThe Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling
Favorite Homeschool Curriculum
We’re finishing level 2 and heading into the 3rd level of All About Spelling. It’s a great hands-on spelling curriculum, and this is perfect for my reluctant writer. He doesn’t have to write out all of the words and he can use the tiles instead if writing is bogging him down.
There are 7 levels in all and you can use the tiles from the first package for each level.
Story of the World is our favorite history curriculum. I used all four books with my oldest and now history is one of his favorite subjects. Along with the text, you need the activity book, I also have the audiobooks to make listening to them a breeze. The activity books includes references to the two big history encyclopedias, fiction and non-fiction books, coloring pages, map work and craft ideas. We love it.
Favorite Kids Activities
Tinker Crate is one of the most amazing kits we’ve received as a homeschooling family. We got our first kit last month and I thought the main project was great, however, there were also two little side projects that were also related to the main one that were just as fun.
We can’t wait to get the next kit.
Creation Crate is perfect for kids who love to tinker and create their own projects. My son can build the electronic circuit then he programs it and uploads it to the circuit board.
Coding is not for the faint of heart and it takes a lot of troubleshooting but it’s great for those kids who love it.
For the Home
doTERRA essential oils – I use them on a daily basis and I’m so happy with their quality and how they have affected our family. It’s become a part of my daily routine to take a care of myself, my family and to clean our home. They also have ways to save on products with their loyalty program and you can earn your shipping back on your next order. I love my essential oils diffuser, it’s a perfect way to de-stress on those not so good days.
There’s no commitment to sell or make purchases and you have nothing to lose but so much to gain if you try them.