Here are some resources I've found quite helpful. Take advantage of the library to check them out (pun intended!) before deciding to buy. If you want to purchase, I've had good luck getting cheap used books in good condition from AbeBooks. (Really, it's kinda bad that I know that site exists ... I buy too many books, though I don't own all of those listed below.) Some of these I reviewed more thoroughly here.
- Linda Dobson's books, particularly The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child and Homeschooling The Early Years - lots of practical advice to keep you from going overboard when you're beginning.
- Homeschooling Methods eds. Paul & Gina Suarez - This book is a marvelous compilation of information about the many different approaches to homeschooling, written by experts in each arena.
- For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, based heavily on Charlotte Mason's methods, this book really speaks to the needs of children and how we can nurture them in an educational enviroment.
Already Homeschooling or Getting Started:
- Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp: goes through each school year (K-12) and what your child should be learning in each subject, with many excellent resource suggestions as well!
- The Three R's by Ruth Beechick will make you believe in the importance of regular daily practice in the three r's, give you the confidence to believe you can teach your child the three r's, and instill in you a sense that your child will learn them (and well!) if you go at his/her pace.
- Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson I cannot say enough good things about this book. Ms. Clarkson put together an absolutely wonderful collection of GOOD literature from many genres to feed the hearts and souls of your children. She offers brief descriptions of each book and a recommended age level. You should get this one to help you find good picture books for your preschoooler through excellent novels and biographies for your high schooler!
General Encouragement for the Journey:
- Seasons of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson: This one is for moms, obviously, including questions to consider at the end of each chapter. Can be used as a daily or weekly devotional to keep you "filled-up."