If you are new to Homeschooling, or just used to following a curriculum, this is a great list of Classics to get you started down the road of Inspiring Education.
Links are provided for your convenience, I am not an affiliate. Check your local library and used book stores first. Many of these can be found used.
Education - Books for Mom and Dad to read.
The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher by John Taylor Gatto (available free online)
Dumbing Us Down by Gatto
A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhardt (available free online)
Turn The Page Intro by Brady
One-Minute Manager (great for mentoring Scholar Phase)
* Also available as a free audio book on Librivox,org
^ Elements that may be too much for sensitive kids
Excellent examples of:
F - Family
W - Work
M - Math
L - Language
E - Education
H - History
Mi - Mission
C - Core Lessons
All of the Children’s Lit are suitable for family read aloud, but pre-read if you have sensitive children.
Children’s Lit (4+ as read aloud)
Little House series - FEWC
The Railway Children* by Nesbit - FC
The Boxcar Children #1*-19 - FWC
Betsty Tacy series - C
The Cabin Faced West - HFC
Understood Betsy* - EWC
Winnie the Pooh (the originals by Milne) - C
Charlotte's Web - C
Children’s Lit (7+, fine for younger kids as read aloud)
Caddie Woodlawn - FHC
Number the Stars - FHC
The Chronicles of Narnia ^ - MiC
The Phantom Tollbooth – MLC
Cheaper by the Dozen ^ - FE
Anne of Green Gables series - FEWC
The Secret Garden* - C
Pollyanna* - CF
Children's Lit (10+, fine for younger kids as read aloud)
Little Britches ^ series by Moody - FWEMiC
Laddie* by Porter - FWEMiC
Johnny Tremain - HMiC
Little Women*^ by Alcott (be sure you get the Unabridged) - FWEC
Little Men*^ by Alcott - FWEC
Carry On Mr. Bowditch - MEWHLMi
The Hobbit ^ - LMi
Across Five Aprils - FHEWC
Literature (teens+, most are fine for younger kids, but may not hold their interest)
Pride & Prejudice* - HL
Sense & Sensibility* - HLF
The Chosen by Potok – EHMi
The Hiding Place^ - FHWMi (descriptive of a WWII concentration camp, pre-reading recommended for younger kids)
Math Classics (4+)
(Along with the literature books)
Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar and others by same author (many of these are for the very young, no words, just lots of things to count on the pages)
Sir Cumference series
Mathemagic - Childcraft #13 (sets from the 80s and early 90s have this book, link given for reference only)
Math Classics (teens+)
String, Straight Edge and Shadow : The Story of Geometry
Math Doesn’t Suck by Danika McKellar – don’t let the title put you off, this is a fantastic book aimed at young teen girls. Others by the same author are equally wonderful.
I'd love to hear how these books have inspired the education in your homeschool.
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In the Home Education Record Keeper you will find is a place to organize and deepen your ideas, record the learning in your home, and keep track of your inspirational resources, so you will have a clearer vision of how to be an inspiring leader of education in your home.
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