One of the first questions new homeschoolers ask is where to turn for information. Partly they want to know the ins and outs, what they might be required to do. But most of the time, they're also looking for inspiration.
I began my exploration of homeschooling when my oldest son was only three, and the other moms in our regular playgroup began comparing local preschools. This just didn't seem right for us (we tried it for all of two months; it wasn't) and I knew there had to be something better. I was aware of homeschooling's existence because of news stories about the Colfax family, and I began by reading their books, Homeschooling for Excellence and Hard Times in Paradise.
In the years that followed I read many more encouraging books, and became familiar with others through discussions with the parents I met at local homeschool support group meetings.
Like every homeschooling parent, I have my own favorite books that inspire me, and I am happy to share the titles with new homeschoolers. Most of them aren't really about homeschooling per se. Some of the ideas they contain are challenging. And I don't agree with everything they say. But they have all shaped the way I educate my children to this day.
What homeschooling, education or child development books have helped you along the way?
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