View Full Version : Lifestyle books for homeschoolers?

08-07-2016, 10:35 PM
As a Mom who is exploring the idea of homeschooling, I am looking for a book that includes more than just the academic part of homeschooling (or even, really, more than just the "homeschooling" part of homeschooling). I would like something that covers general household management (cleaning and organizing, for example) and the relationship between a homeschooling parent and her (or his) child. I am getting excited about academics, and am starting to find some nice curricula, but I am wanting to read more about what it looks like to get up, somehow transition to being "at homeschool" instead of just "at home," and then deciding how to spend the "after homeschool" hours.

I am being intentionally broad in my request. If the book doesn't cover vacuuming schedules, that's okay.

08-07-2016, 10:42 PM
I'm not completely sure any of these will fit the bill, but I do know they're all secular! http://www.secularhomeschool.com/content/1467-homeschooling-books-secular-parents/

08-08-2016, 07:35 AM
Thank you!

08-31-2016, 11:03 AM
I would recommend two books as must-reads which helped me a lot and continue to do so on my homeschooling journey. The first one is The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer. Right from answering common questions which crop up in the minds of first-time homeschooler parents to more practical matters and everyday issues regarding teaching at home, this makes for a pretty comprehensive read.

The second one is Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola. It is a heartening tale written as if a mother is penning down her diary and recording her experiences along the way. Makes for a wonderful read.

08-31-2016, 03:56 PM
Gotta say it.....Well Trained Mind is a nice concept book and all. But not a very realistic lifestyle guide, IMO. But I guess it depends on how intense and structured you are....*shrug* I think that maybe most of us have read it, but it can easily leave a new hser feeling overwhelmed. Remember there is no "right" formula.

Linda Dobson has quite a few decent books out that are worth reading, and most libraries carry them. But everyone's style is their own life.....yours will look different. It's purely a matter of finding a routine that fits your family.....just live your normal life. And, of course, just when you think you figure it out......life will dictate change :)

08-31-2016, 03:58 PM
I'd maybe look for blogs. I'm sure they're all idealized, but you might get more of a picture of how homeschooling 'looks'. I can't really think of any books.


08-31-2016, 04:39 PM
Here is another thread which points to a thread listing favorite books, as well as some of our horror with WTM.

Dobson books were a great overview / cheerleader for homeschooling. Hard to beat her.

08-31-2016, 05:02 PM

Oh here's another "hser book" thread! :)

08-31-2016, 05:11 PM
Those threads are hard to find. :( I only found them by doing a search for Dobson, but Rupp I think works better as a searcg criteria.

Not something someone looking for "favorite homeschooling books" is going to find, alas. :(

08-31-2016, 05:17 PM
Can they be tagged more effectively?

08-31-2016, 06:03 PM
Free to Learn, by Peter Gray


The Gardener and the Carpenter, by Allison Gopnik


08-31-2016, 06:18 PM
Honestly, I think you should read as much as you can about homeschooling. Read Well Trained Mind, and read blogs, and read Sandra Dodd and John Holt,and everything in between. Some of it will resonate with you, and some won't, but it will give you more insight on what you believe as a homeschooler.

And then you will actually try to implement your ideas, and realize your kids didn't read the books, and you will need to rethink everything. :) But that is ok. :)

09-01-2016, 10:20 PM
I just requested The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child from the library. I found it in one of the links mentioned. Thanks for going to the trouble of doing a deep search for my topic! I will read The Well-Trained Mind, too.

09-01-2016, 11:38 PM
Melissa, I hope you enjoy those!

And read the other books first, before the WTM one. Or else you might think that homeschooling is supposed to be a drag, and that art, music, and science shouldnt be included in 2nd grade. But Dante's Inferno should.

As far as Dobson goes, isnt that one of IEF's friends? As in, IEF refers to her as Linda? ;)

09-03-2016, 08:50 AM
I must confess that I initially passed over Linda Dobson's books when I was searching my library catalog, because there are so many religious homeschoolers and I thought she was connected with the conservative Christian James Dobson.

I know The Well Trained Mind is about a very particular kind of homeschooling. I would never use the program straight out (I also prefer science to a predetermined, "culturally important" set of literature), but I've read a bit of Charlotte Mason and a bit of unschooling, and it seems like something to explore.

This is why I need to be on here even though my kid is four. There is so much to plan. Even if we were waiting until five and a half, I would need this long to decide how to do it.

09-03-2016, 12:07 PM
I was so much the same way, Melissa.... but I didnt have here. :(

and FWIW, my allerjesus werent bothered by any Dobson book. I dont think shes related to THOSE Dobsons.

09-03-2016, 12:34 PM
Nope, no relation. Poor girl, I'm sure she's lost a lot of book sales just because of an unfortunate name.

THIS is the Linda Dobson Muddylilly was talking about:

Parent At The Helm (http://www.parentatthehelm.com/)

and it was her name first; she was writing for HEM (Home Education Magazine) in 1988.

09-03-2016, 03:08 PM
Another option is podcasts. I used to like the Savvy Homeschool Moms - they're secular and had a long 'chit chat' at the beginning of their episodes that annoyed some people, but gave a real insight into the day to day of homeschooling. One I like because it's realistic and lovely (although from a religious perspective) is Your Morning Basket (blog and podcast). It's all about integrating some of the aspects that often can get rushed past in the academic focus - art, music, poetry etc.


09-04-2016, 07:42 PM
Oh, yes, I am sorry I thought that about Linda Dobson now. I am looking forward to reading her book.

Elly, I love podcasts! I listened to part of Savvy Homeschool Moms yesterday on your recommendation. I liked it. The chitchat did not bother me. I am not always looking for chitchat, but in this case, it was the best way for me to get a sense of the homeschooling lifestyle. I will listen to more when I am able.

09-05-2016, 05:31 AM
I like Teach Your Own by John Holt. I don't know if it fits all your criteria..

09-05-2016, 03:26 PM
I came across this online recently. Full disclosure, I haven't finished reading it yet but am finding it different to other homeschooling books I have read and so far really enjoying it:

Homeschool Teacher -- a practical guide to inspiring academic excellence (http://www.katelairdbooks.com/homeschool-teacher/02-homeschool-teacher-learn.htm)