8 books I’m reading for homeschooling support {and a giveaway!}

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I’m rounding up a fairly big list of reading for the next few months!  Above is the current homeschooling stack (more are on their way!), though I’m sure my favorites will be revisited as well.

Definitely more of a non-fiction than fiction reader, I do appreciate a great novel every once in a while.  But I’m kind of picky, and primarily lean towards historical fiction. 🙂  If you have any suggestions, send them my way!

So, on to the homeschooling support list…

Educating and Entertaining Young Children:  full of hands-on activities for little ones both indoors and outdoors, I’m using this Usborne book for making up preschool activity bags.  You can definitely find more ideas online.

Honey for a Teen’s Heart:  after checking this out of the library and bookmarking with dozens of post-it notes, I realized it was probably best to own it!  Excellent articles of encouragement for continuing a strong literature base for teens, and how to use books for fostering great communication with your teen.

Project-Based Homeschooling, Mentoring Self-Directed Learners:  a re-read as I started it last fall; then afterwards began to seriously reconsider how we go about our days.  Maybe I should say God began to nudge me to change things up!  While I don’t agree with every idea in the book, I’m incredibly encouraged by the principles of fostering self-directed learning.

Raising a Gifted Child:  here’s another I decided it was high time to own, I’m happy for a copy.  The information isn’t new to me, but the list of resources is worth the purchase!

Gifted Children at Home:  I have so appreciated this book through the years!  Written in part by a dear friend (Maggie Hogan, owner of Bright Ideas Press), it’s full of questions to ask, parenting tips, techniques to use and more – all from a Christian worldview.  The book is a bit older, and a few resources listed are outdated…yet most of the general info and encouragement is timeless.  A favorite!

Encouraging Your Child’s Writing Talent:  ‘Writers need permission for their passion…’ – one of the 10 things listed when discussing what your child needs as a writer.  I’m thankful to have come across this gem of a book – will be digging in shortly!

Smart, but Scattered:  recommended by a friend, I’m hoping this resource will help me to assist a few kiddos in our home with organizing themselves.

Educating the WholeHearted Child:  another favorite of mine which I’m often referencing.  If I could recommend one homeschooling book to parents, it would be this one.  Well, and a few others…but definitely WholeHearted Child. 🙂

In fact, I have a BRAND NEW copy for a giveaway!


Simply leave a comment listing your favorite homeschool resource (or one you’d like to own) by midnight Tuesday June 11th(giveaway now closed, thanks!) and I’ll choose and announce a winner next Wednesday, June 12th.

This giveaway is for ONE copy of Educating the WholeHearted Child 3rd edition to one winner.  Post is not sponsored, just wanted another family to enjoy this book as much as I do!

So, what’s your favorite book on home-based education?


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Melissa Dompierre

I love Honey For a Child’s Heart. I got a copy wi th one of my MFW’s curriculum


My favorite HSing book has probably been Before Five in a Row. My kids have all loved going through those books and activities. The Well Trained Mind also gave me a good framework that has helped structure my older boys’ learning as they’ve grown.

Tamara Wilkins

I’ve been homeschooling for 3 years, and I’ve yet to find a FAVORITE, something that I can’t live without. 🙂 I do really like all Rod and Staff things though, I seem to have something from them every year.


We have enjoyed the Family Math books. They have given us the freedom to enjoy math. Thanks for the chance to win. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0912511060/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1370522380&sr=8-1&pi=SL75

I love Teri Maxwell’s book Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit. I’ve heard such great things about the book you’re giving away. I’d love to own it. Thanks for the chance!


To choose my favorite ‘go to’ book is a hard task. I know that I pull “The Three R’s” by Ruth Beechick off the shelf a lot through out the year. Next in running would be the “Charlotte Mason Companion” by Karen Andreola. For a foundation book I am planning to read “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaffer Macaulay again this summer. I would love to own “Educating the Wholehearted Child.” It sounds like it would be another great foundation book. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Rachel Dow

I’ve been wanting to read “Educating theWholehearted Child” for some time now… I’ve heard wonderful things about it! I’ve also been blessed to read “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaffer Macaulay and am working through Heidi St.John’s “Busy Homeschool moms guide to daylight” I’m “alone” in this homeschooling journey & need all the help and encourgment I can get!Thank you for this wonderful offer!

Gina Arkell

I’m brand new to this homeschooling adventure and have about 30 books on hold at the library to try to figure this all out. So, I can’t say which one is my favorite. I’m read a lot of “The Well-trained Mind” and have enjoyed it.

cathie orozco

totally new to this season – I would love to see if this might be my favorite one!!

I would love to own…. EDUCATING THE WHOLEHEARTED CHILD! lol 😉 thanks Daniele!

I have heard so many good things about Educating The Wholehearted Child and would love to finally read it myself.


I am a voracious reader, and my dd 11 is as well. I would love to own Honey for a Teen’s Heart for quality inspiration in our reading choices.


I’d love to own educating the whole hearted child!

Oh goodness I have so many!! LOL I really, really love Homeschooling at the Speed of Life. It helped me so much when I first started homeschooling. I also really enjoy reading Simple Homeschooling. And a book that is a go to for me in the disciplining area of life is Creative Correction.

What a great reading list you have up there. I need to read some of those!!

What a fantastic giveaway!! My favorite homeschool resource would be my homeschool planners (even though I’m not always a strict follower).

Debra Estes

I would love to own this book! This is really my first year homeschooling, but I have checked out this book from our library and have it on my Amazon wish list because I loved it! (want to own her other ones as well) I also love the Trivium Pursuit by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn.


My favorite resource is “A Charlotte Mason Education” but I have been wanting to read Education the Whole Hearted Child for some time now.

Brandi W

One of my favorite homeschool resources is The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick. I have read a borrowed copy of Educating the Whole Hearted Child and I loved it. Would love to own my own copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

Dianna T.

I really like Alphabet Art: With A-Z Animal Art & Fingerplays (Williamson Little Hands Series).

Danielle, I know I will love this book. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to reading it, but I would be blessed to win a copy! I go through phases in my reading, and right now I’m in a fiction phase. And I DO have a recommendation for you!! Have you read Passing by Samaria by Sharon Ewell Foster – about a young black woman finding her faith in the midst of racial upheaval in 1919. I read it a year ago and I still think about it all the time!


I have only been homeschooling for a little over 3 years and I’m still searching for a “favorite” . Our family really enjoys the ywam heroes : then and now books.
I would live to win this book !thanks for offering it 🙂


So far my faves have been Charlotte Mason and The Well Trained Mind. Thank you!


I’ve had Educating the Whole Hearted Child in my amazon cart for awhile and just haven’t purchased it. I’d love to win it! I don’t have a homeschooling favorite book yet. I do enjoy Simple Homeschooling.

Lise B.

Funny…I just put a copy of Educating the WholeHearted Child into my cart on Amazon.com just before I found this post! Would love, love, love this copy!


I would love to own ‘Educating The Wholehearted Child’ as this is the first I have heard of it and it’s just the type of thing I have been looking for!

I really liked The Unschooling Handbook. It opened my eyes to a lot of things and confirmed some things about how we were already homeschooling. 🙂

Actually, I don’t own any books by Sally Clarkson and having been wanting to read one like the one you’re giving away for preparation for homeschooling 🙂


I have been wanting to read Educating the Wholehearted Child, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Raising a gifted child sounds interesting too.

One I love is “homeschooling for the rest of us”

I will be homeschooling my fifth-grade son for the first time this year and have not yet read any books- so I will say, The Bible!

I think I’m going to have to look into Gifted Children at Home as a good resource. All three of my children have displayed giftedness (according to us and their pediatrician), and it can make life a bit adventurous to say the least! I’m always on the lookout for resources.


My favorite homeschool resource is Pinterest!! Where I foun your blog and many others for inspiration and help! I hope I win!

Heather Perkins

I like Homeschooling at the Speed of Life. One of the first books I got when I started homeschooling. I would love to win a copy of Educating the Whole-Hearted Child. Have been wanting to read it.

I would love to to have Educating the WholeHearted Child:


Since this is going to be my first year homeschooling, I am reading anything and everything I can get my hands on.


I love to keep my son engaged with many different activities. My fave homeschooling book is The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas.

jo lynn

This is my first year homeschooling, but as of right now I like your first year of homeschooling, a Christian moms guide to balancing faith, family, and your child’s education. Its more about the emotional side and I really enjoy it 🙂

Lisa H

Just started homeschooling three of my four special needs kids! These books ALL sound so great!!! I am so happy I found your blog on Pinterest! Thank you!

Amie LoGrasso

I actually would love this book, “Educating the wholeheated child”. A friend of mine recommended it to me awhile ago and I looked for it at our local library but they don’t have it. I haven’t been able to get myself to buy it. I have a 5 and 4 year old so homeschooling is very new to us and very relaxed at this point but I’ve been reading up in order to prepare and I believe this book would be helpful from what I’ve heard.

Sara B

I would love to read Educating the Wholehearted Child as I have heard a lot of good reviews. I haven’t started homeschooling yet so I haven’t read many books on it yet.

Sara Meadows

I cannot say I have found a favorite homeschooling book because I have not had a chance to read to many. One I would love to read is Educating the WholeHearted Child because of your recommendation.


I have heard wonderful things about this book!! Right now I have mostly read the What your Child needs to know in _ grade series.


Okay, I’ve heard a lot about Educating the WholeHearted Child and I’d LOVE to win this book 🙂

L Helt

My favorite homeschool resource would probably be the local library. Many homeschool books I have wanted to read, I can check out or try out parts of curriculum before deciding to purchase it. It has definitely been a blessing to our family! As far as books go I am not sure.

I would love a copy of Educating the Whole Hearted Child. I need to get back to Five In A Row with my younger set because that was the best all around curriculum I have used. I think I learned more than the kids. Or at least I realized what I didn’t learn in my own schooling. 🙂


Have been hearing so much about the “Whole-Hearted Child” and would love to read it! The other I’m very interested in is “Encouraging your Child’s Writing Talent.” This is one area where I KNOW my kiddoes have a gift for but the process is so agonizing for them and I fear they are being “turned-off” to writing. Might be a great resource for ideas on how to nurture a love for writing.

Megan C

I’ve been wanting to read this book! What a blessing it would be for us

I love referencing The Well Trained Mind, but Educating the Wholehearted Child has been on my to-read list for a few months now.

Smart But Scattered was very helpful to my ADD son. Hope it helps your family too. Thanks for the list, I’m adding a few titles to my library list…

My best read, so far, has been A Thomas Jefferson Education. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win and for giving me some insights into other books to look at! 🙂

kelly tillotson

the 2013/14 year will be my first for homeschooling—so I dont really have too many resources up my sleeve. I have heard of Raising a WholeHearted child, so I’d love to win this. Thanks!


Would love to have and read Educating the Wholehearted Child.

Stephenie P

Educating the WholeHearted Child has been on my wish list for a long time! Love to win a copy!


I would love, love to have a copy of this book to add to my homeschool library. I homeschooled my kindergartener this past year and this coming school year we have decided to bring all of our kids home. I will be homeschooling a 6th grader, 3rd grader and a 1st grader with a 2 year old in tow. I enjoy reading your blog. You inspire me.


I like The Well-Trained Mind.


I love books by Raymond and Dorothy Moore, especially “Home Grown Kids, Things to do with you children from Birth to Seven” and “For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaffer Macaulay’


I just came back from a Homeschool convention. I’m just starting to venture into the world of homeschool. The curriculum I really liked was “My Father’s World”. It’s incorporates the Charlotte Mason method with classical teaching.

I don’t have a favorite yet, there are so many great books out there! I’d love to read this book!


We are getting ready to start our first year of homeschooling this fall and i would love to Read Educating the wholehearted Child!!

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