Below are some of the great books and other curricula that have been suggested by people in the 101 Homeschool Ideas Community through the podcast interviews or just general referrals. Some of the links below are affiliate links, so if you choose to purchase through that link I will receive a percentage of the sale. Just click on the image to go to Amazon.
Homeschool Curriculum and Philosophy Books
A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century, by Oliver DeMille
This book has been mentioned in several interviews. As I have visited with people about this book, it has been very valuable to help families get an overall goal for their home education. Our family has really benefited from this book and I give it a strong recommendation.
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition), by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
This book is the other book that seems to get mentioned over and over again in our podcast interviews. For many people, the strength of this book is the structured format regarding ages and curriculum. For some people, this will be an excellent road map detailing specific destinations in home education. On the other hand, it can also be an excellent touch stone that you refer to now and then for a starting point.
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, by Susan Wise Bauer
This is another book from Susan Wise Bauer that our family loves. My children are always excited to share at the dinner table the things that they learned about history from this book. The author does an excellent job making it easy for the children to grasp. There are four volumes in the series. Here are links to the other three:
Natural Born Learners: Unschooling And Autonomy In Education, by Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko and Dr. Carlo Ricci
I interviewed Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko in episode 16 of our podcast. If you need a boost in inspiration to search out alternative education opportunities, go to iTunes or our webpage and listen to this interview. It will be 30 minutes well spent. Beatrice and her family hosted a radio show for home educated, or unschooled, families from 2002-2008. On that show, the Ekwa Ekoko family interviewed, among others, advocates of the alternative education methods. This book is, for the most part, is a compilation of those interviews. The text, obviously, has been adjusted for the book format. There are three portions to the book: 1) Learner-centered approach to education; 2) Implementations of that learner-centered approach; and 3) Graduates–for lack of a better word–discuss the benefits from learner-centered education.
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