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    Default Lifestyle books for homeschoolers?

    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.

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    I'm not completely sure any of these will fit the bill, but I do know they're all secular! https://www.secularhomeschool.com/con...cular-parents/


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    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.

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    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
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    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.

    Elly
    4th year of homeschooling DS, now 9!

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    Here is another thread which points to a thread listing favorite books, as well as some of our horror with WTM.
    https://www.secularhomeschool.com/sec...g-parents.html

    Dobson books were a great overview / cheerleader for homeschooling. Hard to beat her.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    https://www.secularhomeschool.com/hom...highlight=pick

    Oh here's another "hser book" thread!
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    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.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Can they be tagged more effectively?
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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