If you are like me, you had big plans for the summer. That probably included lots of homeschool planning and reading over the summer so you would be extra prepared. Then life and summer adventures got in the way. Now you are staring at your school planner and wondering where the summer went. Remember that book list you wanted to read to make you a better mother and teacher? It went straight down the drain.
But take heart! You don’t have to quit reading just because school has started back. Steal away just a few minutes each day with these six brilliant books to read during your homeschool year. You just might find that you are being refreshed DURING the year–when you need it most!
Six Brilliant Books to Read During Your Homeschool Year
Homeschooling When Learning Isn’t Easy
When you first glance at the title, you might think Homeschooling When Learning Isn’t Easy: Helping Your Family Excel With Special Needs is a book about children with special needs. It is, but it is also a book for every mom. While Heather Laurie has extensive experience with learning and health challenges, she also has wisdom that only comes when faced with adversity. Wisdom pours from every page. It is very encouraging and reminds you of the blessings homeschooling can bring. If you know a parent who wants to homeschool, but doesn’t think they can handle it, have them read Homeschooling When Learning Isn’t Easy!
We could all use a little more rest, but especially during the homeschool year. If you are looking for a small book that packs a punch, look no further. Just make sure you have a highlighter because you are going to want to highlight the whole book! One of the best things about reading Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace during the school year is that on those days when you feel nothing is really being accomplished, it reminds you that encouraging the hearts of your children is the real work.
Laying Down the Rails
During the year we become painfully aware of the habits we need to work on with our children. Laying down the Rails : A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook is a logical approach to laying a foundation that our children can follow in order to form new, healthy habits. It helps implement practical steps to making lasting difference. If you can teach your child to nix bad habits like snapping back when someone else does something unpleasant, won’t that be a major accomplishment?!
Shepherding a Child’s Heart
This book has been around for a while, but the wisdom in its pages remains the same. Shepherding a Child’s Heart isn’t particularly a homeschool book, so any parent could benefit. While it is designed as a book about discipline, it is even moreso a book about ministering to the heart of your child. During a homeschool year, there are plenty of opportunities for butting heads with your children. This book reminds you how to really make a difference at the root of the problem, not just scratch the surface to get the behavior we want.
The Five Love Languages of Children
Many of you have heard of The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, but The 5 Love Languages of Children really teaches you how to apply the love languages to your children. Children have their own unique challenges, so this book provides unique answers and examples. Imagine how your relationship and communication with your child could flourish if you knew exactly what they needed and wanted. Now you can!
The Life Giving Home
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming is already divided up by months, so this is perhaps the most perfect book to read during the year. You could read one chapter each month. Reading isn’t the only step here, however. You also need to implement the ideas presented to breath life into your home. How you implement these ideas will look different for every family. When you step into action, you will find your home filled with love and encouragement. It truly will be life-giving! If you are going to spend so much time at home homeschooling your children, don’t you want your home to be life-giving?
The Recurring Theme
Did you catch a recurring theme in these books? They all deal more with the child’s heart than they do with academic learning. Every school day, your child will be learning different facts that they may or may not use. Conversely, their hearts will be guiding them every single day of their lives. Take some time to read, reflect, and keep your end goal in mind during the school year.Every school day, your child will be learning different facts that they may or may not use. Conversely, their hearts will be guiding them every single day of their lives. Click To Tweet
What books do you recommend reading during the school year?