Books to Help You Home School
Here are some books that we found very helpful in our home schooling (we are still adding to this section, as we read more books).
The links below will take you to where you can buy these books, but they should also be available in public libraries, if you want to avoid spending the money on them, or if you want check them out before you buy them.
Beyond the Lemonade Stand, Starting Small to Make it Big!
By Bill Rancic, winner of The Apprentice, with Karen Soenen. This book is excellent for children who want to start their own business. Bill Rancic describes some of his own businesses that he started as a child. Then he lists 20 business ideas that children can start and run. For each business he lists the pros and cons, as well as five marketing tips to help them get started. It also includes how to make a basic business plan for these businesses.
"Beyond the Lemonade Stand, Starting Small to Make it Big!," by Bill Rancic, winner of The Apprentice, with Karen Soenen.
By Mark Kistler. This book is very good for leaning the basics of drawing. The exercises are short and quick, and they are clearly shown, so you can learn a lot with less effort. And they are very interesting, so it should keep your children drawing and learning to draw.
How Children Fail
By John Holt, one of the fathers of modern home schooling. In this book, John Holt gives his observations of learning and not-learning that was happening in classrooms, where he was an observer (generally where there was another teacher doing the teaching). It has many excellent observations that can help us to be better teachers of our children. The observations were made between 1958 and 1961, but they are still very relevant today. Note, that he wrote this book before he started promoting home schooling - he later saw home schooling as the best way to solve many of the problems he saw in schools.
Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences
By Dr. Leonard Sax. This book has many useful ideas and techniques to help us in parenting and in teaching our children. One of his goals in writing this book was never to say anything unless he had research to back it up (the book includes extensive footnotes of his sources). He also coves many of the differences between males and females, that recent research has found - it's quite fascinating, actually. Some parts of the book are about subjects that are not appropriate for children, but for us parents, it is very valuable. He is a family physician and a psychologist, which gives him an interesting perspective.
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