Printed Material

The majority of the following resources received glowing reviews from professionals or parents…or both.

The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life (2019)
“In The Brave Learner, Julie captures the essence of learning. Homeschooling is not about the schooling or even the home, but rather, it’s about people—their stories, hopes, needs, opportunities, communities, and future. The Brave Learner emphasizes this beautifully by moving between the vision and practice of homeschooling—not an easy transition to make. The book is a worthy read for any parent, whether they homeschool or not.”
—Terry Heick, founder of TeachThought

Crisis Homeschool Handbook: Practical Home Education Through 2020 and Beyond (2020)
Crisis Homeschool Handbook is not your typical homeschool book. It’s a down-and-dirty survival guide for navigating the 2020 school year. Written specifically for parents who feel current events have left them no choice but to try homeschooling.

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything (2010)
“This book is about much more than homeschooling. It incorporates beautiful philosophies such as slowing down, kindness, empathy, cooperation, the dangers of materialism, creating a heart-centered lifestyle, and much more. It is also filled with valuable resources for homeschooling parents. It is a beautiful read.” —Jane Nelsen, author, Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (2015)
“This is an extraordinary and relevant book for unschooling parents, and those who care about the well-being of the children in their lives.”Home Education Magazine

Home Is Where the School Is: The Logic of Homeschooling and the Emotional Labor of Mothering (2012)
“One of the most significant analyses of homeschooling and the role homeschooling mothers play in this practice to date…this book is excellent; it is necessary reading for scholars interested in understanding both homeschooling and the sociology of mothering. If there is a problem with the book, it is that it wasn’t written sooner.” — Gary Wyatt, American Journal of Sociology

Home Learning Year by Year, Revised and Updated: How to Design a Creative and Comprehensive Homeschool Curriculum (2020)

The Homeschool Handbook for Parents: The Book of Essential Homeschool Templates (2020)
Designed to integrate all of the important homeschooling templates and guiding information.

Homeschool Planning Guide for the Unorganized Mom: An easy-to-follow plan for successful homeschooling when you don’t even know where to start (2020)

Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home (2009)
For Families Who Want to Splurge on Education but Scrimp on Spending

Homeschooling For Dummies, 2nd Edition (2020)
From the Inside Flap
Interest in homeschooling was booming even before the coronavirus pandemic inspired many parents to consider the homeschooling choice as an alternative to in-person classroom learning. Fully updated with new resources and technologies, this guide is just what you need to help you decide whether homeschooling is right for your family.

Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook: Eighth Edition (2019)
“This book is about more than reading aloud. It’s about time that parents, teachers, and children spend together in a loving, sharing way.”The Washington Post
[This book may be borrowed from the Central Plains Library System Office.]

Legendary Learning: The Famous Homeschoolers’ Guide to Self-Directed Excellence (2011)
“Jamie McMillin offers a well-researched and compelling look at what little-known factors bring forth the best in each child. This is a book every parent and educator should read.” – Laura Grace Weldon, author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

Mindfulness and Yoga Lessons for Homeschooled Kids: Use this guide to decrease anxiety, nurture mental health, and implement exercise, strength, flexibility, and mindfulness into your curriculum. (2020)

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners (2012)
“There is so much practical, useful information in this book. Any parent would benefit from reading it and learning from Pickert about the importance and significance of letting children (and adults) take ownership of their own learning. … Pickert gives us the tools to be great mentors to our kids.” — E. Latshaw

The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids (2018)
The Read-Aloud Family also offers age-appropriate book lists from infancy through adolescence. From a toddler’s wonder to a teenager’s resistance, you will discover practical strategies to make reading aloud a meaningful family ritual.

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace (2015)
Teaching from Rest is a quarterly read for me because that’s how often I need a shot in the arm not just for spearheading my kids’ education, but for parenting. This book does just that. Sarah reminds me that I’m made to do this job of sharing the journey with my children, pointing the way as I forge my own path of learning. Her words are balm in a desert that taunts us with a need to be perfect at all times. Teaching from Rest reminds me to take care of myself so that I can pour out that needed passion from true, inward authenticity. –Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and founder of

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12 (Prima Home Learning Library) (2002)
“Each idea reaffirms the joy of learning as a family and reinforces the fact that homeschooling parents are creative, confident, and competent educators for their children.” — Tammy Rosenblatt, founder and director, The Family Resource Center

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition) (2016)
“If you’re a parent who has decided to educate your children yourself, this book is the first you should buy.”
– Washington Times