My Favorite Books on Homeschooling

Okay, it's homeschool mom in-service time. What should you read during your few minutes of "professional development" time while the baby naps and the others play ball in the backyard? These are my favorite books on homeschooling:

Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home by Elizabeth Foss - This is out-of-print, so I had to save up for a used copy. This is my favorite treatise on a Charlotte Mason education because it's so practical. The book lists and reading schedules are wonderful. 256 pages.

"While sacrifice to fulfill Christ's mission for this life is wholly appropriate, sacrificing at the altar of perfectionism, overcommitment, and disorganization most decidedly is not...Your children need you healthy, whole, and sane." 

"One of the best ways to experience joy in a house full of children is to pretend you are a monk. Sanctify your movements. All of them. Slow them down. Be aware of your purpose. Give thanks for your chores. Make them holy. Make them happy."

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie - brief, poignant, practical. I read it once a year. 112 pages.

Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education by Stratford Caldecott - A short thoughtful re-imagining of classical education. 178 pages.

The Life-Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming by Sally and Sarah Clarkson - A month-by-month discussion of how to put my idealized vision of a lifestyle of learning into daily practice.

Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNiel - This is not technically a homeschooling book, but it helps reframe this stay-at-home mom of young children stage in a spiritual light. I cannot recommend this book enough. My contemplative soul cheered on every page! 208 pages.

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