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The Big List of Homeschooling Books

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  • Abraczinskas, Mary Beth, and Muller, Rachel. The ABC's of Home Schooling (Jehovah's Witness)
  • Adcock, John. Teaching Tomorrow
  • Albert, David H. And the Skylark Sings to Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education
  • Albert, David H. Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery: A Journey of Original Seeking
  • Andreola, Karen. A Charlotte Mason Companion
  • Armstrong, Thomas. In Their Own Way
  • Armstrong, Thomas. Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius
  • Bailey, Guy. Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Book: Fun and Easy-to-Use Games and Activities to Help You Teach Your Children Fitness, Movement and Sport Skills
  • Ballman, Ray. The How and Why of Home Schooling
  • Barfield, Rhonda. Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home
  • Baker, Janice. Gifted Children at Home: A Practical Guide For Homeschooling Families
  • Barker, Britt. Letters Home
  • Barnier, Carol. How to Get Your Child Off the Refridgerator and On to Learning: Homeschooling Distractible, ADHD, or Just Plain Fidgety Kids
  • Beatty, Susan K. and Karen Middleton Introduction to Home Education: How to Begin Your Private Homeschool
  • Beechick, Ruth. Dr. Beechichk's Homeschool Answer Book
  • Bell, Debra. Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
  • Berquist, Laura. Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education (Catholic)
  • Bittner, Terrie Lynn. Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath-You Can Do This
  • Bluedorn, Harvey and Bluedorn, Laurie. Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in the Classical Style (Christian)
  • Blumenfeld, Samuel L. Homeschooling: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Children
  • J Botkin et al. No Limits to Learning
  • Boyer, Rick and Boyer, Marilyn. What About Socialization: Answering the Questions About Homeschool and Social Interaction
  • Brady, Vicki A. The Basic Steps to Homeschooling
  • Brainerd, Lee Wherry. Homeschooling Your Gifted Child: Language Arts For the Middle School Years
  • Bratton, Catherine. Homeschool Helps: Tips on Getting Started
  • Brown, Teri J. and Elissa M. Wahl. Christian Unschooling: Growing Your Children in the Freedom of Christ
  • Byrne, Susan M. Homeschool Basics and How to Get Started
  • Camp, Terri. Ignite the Fire!: Freedom Is Real Education
  • Card, Michael and Susan. The Homeschool Journey
  • Cartwright, Tari Elizabeth. Eternal Harvest: An LDS Perspective on Home Schooling and Accelerated Learning (LDS)
  • Caruana, Vicki. The ABC's of Homeschooling
  • Caruana, Vicki. The Homeschooler's Guide To...: Testing and Evaluation, Home-Based Businesses, Community Involvement, High School and College Entrance
  • Caruana, Vicki. The Organized Homeschooler
  • Clay Clarkson and Sally Clarkson Educating the Wholehearted Child Revised & Expanded edition (Paperback - Jan 2001)
  • Clements, Andrew D. Homeschooling: A Research-Based How-To Manual
  • Cohen, Cafi. Homeschooling: the Teen Years
  • Cohen, Cafi. And What about College?: How Homeschooling Leads to Admission to the Best Colleges and Universities
  • Colfax, David and Colfax, Micki. Homeschooling For Excellence
  • Colfax, David and Colfax, Micki. Hardtimes in Paradise
  • Colten, Connie. Homeschooling Reflections
  • Cowlishaw, Kitt and Terry Dowty. Home Educating Our Autism Spectrum Children: Paths Are Made by Walking
  • Curry, Lorraine and Teresa Jennings. Easy Homeschooling Companion: Exhortation, Encouragement, and More Easy Ideas
  • Curry, Lorraine. Easy Homeschooling Techniques: Your Guide to the Low Cost, Time Saving, High Quality Method
  • Dancy, Rahmima Balwin. You Are Your Child's First Teacher
  • Davis, Llewellyn. Going Home to School
  • Deckard, Steven. Homeschooling Laws and Resource Guide For All Fifty States
  • Demille, Oliver. A Thomas Jefferson Education (LDS)
  • Dennis, Jeanne Gowen. Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead For College Admission
  • Dinsmore, Mark. Homeschool Guide to the Internet: Your Onramp to the Information Superhighway
  • Dinsmore, Mark. Homeschool Guide to the Online World: Everything You Need to Know to Start Making Great Connections
  • Dobson, Linda. Homeschoolers' Success Stories
  • Dobson, Linda. Homeschooling: the Early Years
  • Dobson, Linda. The First Year Homeschooling Your Child
  • Dobson, Linda. The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 88 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices
  • Dobson, Linda. The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12
  • Dodd, Sandra. Moving A Puddle
  • Dorian, Terry and Tyler, Zan Peters. Anyone Can Homeschool: How to Find What Works For You
  • Downs, Laurajean. You're Going to Do What?! Helping You Understand the Homeschool Decision
  • Dowty, Terri. Free Range Education: How Home Education Works
  • Duffy, Cathy. Christian Home Educator's Curriculum Manual
  • Farenga, Patrick. Homeschooling in the News
  • Farenga, Patrick. The Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling
  • Farris, Michael P. Homeschooling Father
  • Farris, Michael P. The Future of Homeschooling
  • E Faure et al. Learning to Be
  • Field, Christine M. A Field Guide to Home Schooling
  • Field, Christine M. Help For the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child's Education With the Rest of Your Life
  • Field, Christine M. Homeschooling the Challenging Child: A Practical Guide
  • Fitzenreiter, Valerie. The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School
  • Fogle, Karen L. Simply Homeschooling: A Unique Guide For the Homeschooling Parent
  • Forbes, Scott. Holistic Education: An Analysis of It's Ideas and Nature
  • Fortune Wood, Jan. Bound to be Free
  • Fortune Wood, Jan. Doing it their way
  • Fortune Wood, Jan. With Consent: parenting for all to win
  • Frank, Barbara. Life Prep For Homeschooled Teenagers
  • Gardner, Howard. The Unschooled Mind.
  • Gardner, Howard. How Schools Should Teach
  • Garvey, Judy. How to Begin Homeschooling: A Parent's Guide
  • Gatto, John Taylor. Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
  • Gatto, John Taylor. The Underground History of American Education
  • Gatto, John Taylor & Hamza Yusuf Hanson. Beyond Schooling : Building Communities Where Learning Really Matters
  • Geib, Pam and Castandea, Deborah. Help! I'm Homeschooling!
  • Gileadi, Cathy. Homeschool Genesis: A Story-Sourcebook (LDS)
  • Gogel, Sandra L. One Hundred One Homeschool Tips From the Sycamore Tree
  • Gold, Laura Maery. Homeschool Your Child For Free
  • Gold, Laura Maery and Zielinski, Joan M. Homeschooling Your Child Step-by-Step: 100 Simple Solutions to Homeschooling's Toughest Problems
  • Goodchild, Vicki and Goodchild, Jack. The Simplicity of Homeschooling: Discover the Freedom of Learning Through Living
  • Goodman, Paul. Growing Up Absurd
  • Grey, Marian. Charlotte Mason
  • Griffith, Mary. Homeschooling Handbook
  • Griffith, Mary. The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom
  • Groll, Ronald. The Homeschool Resource and Supply Manual
  • Guterson, David. Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense
  • Hainstock, Elizabeth G. Teaching Montessori in the Home The Preschool Years
  • Hailey, Kendall. The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies That Befell Me Thereafter
  • Hamilton, Dan and Elizabeth. Should I Homeschool? How to Decide What's Right For You and Your Child
  • Harris, Gregg. The Christian Home School
  • Hartnett, Marsha Kennedy. Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool With Aspberger's Syndrome
  • Hastings, Michele. The Homeschooling Trail - A Journey of Faith
  • Hayes, Charles D. Self University
  • Hayes, Lenore C. Homeschooling the Child With ADD(Or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child With Learning Differences
  • Hern, Matt. Deschooling Our Lives
  • Hegener, Mark and Helen. The Homeschool Reader
  • Hendrickson, Borg. Home School: Taking the First Step
  • Henry, Shari. Homeschooling: The Middle Years
  • Herzog, Joyce. Choosing and Using Curriculum: Your Guide to Home Education
  • Heuer, Loretta. The Homeschoolers' Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts
  • Holt, John. Learning All the Time
  • Holt, John. Teach Your Own
  • Holt, John. How Children Learn
  • Holt, John. How Children Fail
  • Hood, Mary. The Enthusiastic Home Schooler
  • Hood, Mary. The Relaxed Home School: A Family Production
  • Houk, Katharine. Creating a Cooperative Learning Center: An Idea-Book For Homeschooling Families
  • Hunt, Jan. The Natural Child
  • Hunt, Gladys. Honey for a Child's Heart
  • llich, Ivan. Deschooling Society
  • Ishizuka, Kathy. The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling
  • Julicher, Kathleen H. Survival Tools For Homeschooling Teens
  • Kaseman, M Larry and Susan. Taking Charge Through Homeschooling: Personal and Political Empowerment
  • Kaufeld, Jennifer. Homeschooling For Dummies
  • Kealoha, Anna. Trust the Children
  • Keith, Diane Flynn. Carschooling
  • Kenyon, M ary Potter. Home Schooling from Scratch
  • Kenyon, M ary Potter. Simple Living - Super Learning
  • Klicka, Christopher J. Home Schooling: The Right Choice: An Academic, Historical, Legal, and Practical Perspective
  • Klicka, Christopher J. The Heart of Homeschooling: Teaching and Living What Really Matters
  • Kochender, Rebecca and Kanna, Elizabeth. Homeschooling For Success: How Parents Can Create A Superior Education For Their Child
  • Kohn, Alfie. Unconditional Parenting
  • Kohn, Alfie. Punished By Rewards
  • Kohn, Alfie. No Contest
  • Kuepfer, Sharon Schnupp. Homeschooling Moments and Child-friendly Recipes: A Collection of the Unique Adventures of a Mennonite Family
  • Lahrson-Fisher, Ann. Foundations of Homeschooling: Building Excellence in Family-Based Education
  • Lahrson-Fisher, Ann. Fundamentals of Homeschooling: Notes on Successful Family Living
  • Lahrson-Fisher, Ann. Homeschooling in Oregon
  • Lahrson-Fisher, Ann. Mudpies and Building Blocks: Homeschooling Young Children
  • Lande, Nancy. Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days
  • Lande, Nancy. Homeschooling: Open House
  • Lavender, Julie. 365 Days of Celebration and Praise: Daily Devotions and Activities for Homeschooling Families
  • Layne, Marty. Learning at Home: A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling
  • Leppert, Mary and Leppert, Michael. Homeschooling Almanac 2002-2003
  • Leistico, Agnes. I Learn Better by Teaching Myself
  • Leistico, Agnes. Still Teaching Ourselves
  • Levison, Catherine. A Charlotte Mason Education
  • Levison, Catherine. More Charlotte Mason Education
  • Lewis, Gareth. One to One A practical guide to learning at home age 0-11
  • Lewis, Gareth. Unqualified Education A practical guide to learning at home age 11-18
  • Linsenbach, Sherri. The Everything Homeschooling Book: Taking Charge of Your Child's Education
  • Llewellyn, Grace. Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School
  • Llewellyn, Grace. The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
  • Lloyd, Ann. Tips and Tricks for Homeschooling Survival
  • Lurie, John. Allison's Story: A Book about Homeschooling
  • Lyman, Isabel. The Homeschooling Revolution
  • Maakestad, Sue. Home Sweet Homeschool: A Survivor's Guide to Giving Your Kids a Quality Education
  • Mackson, Racheal and Wittman, M. A Catholic Homeschool Treasury
  • Madden, Kristen. Pagan Homeschooling
  • Manish, Jain. Unfolding Learning Societies
  • Mason, Charlotte. Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series
  • Mason, Charlotte. The Original Homeschooling Series
  • Mason, Renee. Homeschooling All the Way Through High School
  • Mayberry, Maralee. Home Schooling: Parents As Educators
  • Maxwell, Teri. Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit
  • McClaine, L.S. Physical Education For Homeschoolers: An Easy-To-Use, Low Equipment Cost Program For Homeschooling Families
  • McDowell, Susan. But What About Socialization? Answering the Perpetual Home Schooling Question: A Review of the Literature
  • McHugh, Michael. Christian Homeschooling: Foundation and Practice
  • McKee, Alison. From Homeschool to College and Work: Turning Your Homeschool Experience Into College and Job Portfolios
  • McKee, Alison. Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves
  • Meighan, Roland. The Freethinker's Pocket Directory to the Educational Universe
  • Meighan, Roland John Holt
  • Meighan, Roland. Learning Unlimited
  • Meighan, Roland. The Next Learning System
  • Meighan, Roland. Theory and Practice of Regressive Education
  • Meighan, Roland. Natural Learning and the Natural Learning Curriculum
  • Miller, Ron. Ed. Creating Learning Communities
  • Moore, Raymond S. The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
  • Moore, Raymond S. Better Late Than Early
  • Moore, Raymond S. School Can Wait
  • Moore, Raymond S. Home School Burnout : What It Is. What Causes It. and How to Overcome It
  • Morgan, Melissa L. Homeschooling on a Shoestring
  • Nehmer, Kathleen M. Homeschooler's Guide to FREE Teaching Aids
  • Obamehinti, Johnson and Feyi Obamahinti. Minority Homeschooler's Guide: Minority and Homeschooling
  • O'Leary, Jennifer. Write Your Own Curriculum: A Complete Guide to Planning, Organizing, and Documenting Homeschool Curriculums
  • Paine, Beverley. Getting Started with Homeschooling; Practical Considerations
  • Paine, Beverley. Learning in the Absence of Education
  • Paine, Beverley. Ed. Learning without School home educating families share a day in their lives
  • Paine, Beverley. Let's Play Together - Traditional Children's Games
  • Paquette, Alice. Curriculum Workshop: A Guide to Writing Homeschool Curriculum
  • Peacock, John. The Why and How of Australian Home Education
  • Perry, John. The Complete Guide to Homeschooling
  • Priesnitz, Wendy. Challenging Assumptions in Education
  • Priesnitz, Wendy. School Free
  • Pride, Mary. Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
  • Pride, Mary. The Big Book of Home Learning
  • Pride, Mary. The Complete Guide to Homeschooling From Birth to Grade Six
  • Purdy, Bryn. AS Neill
  • Pyles, Lisa. Homeschooling the Child With Asperger's Syndrome: Real Help For Parents Anywhere and On Any Budget
  • Ransom, Marsha. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Homeschooling
  • Ray, Brian D. Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling: Facts and Stats on the Benefits of Home School, 2002-2003
  • Richman, Howard. Story of a Bill: Legalizing Homeschooling in Pennsylvania
  • Rivero, Lisa. Creative Home Schooling for Gifted Children: A Resource Guide
  • Rivero, Lisa. Gifted Education Comes Home: A Case for Self-Directed Homeschooling
  • Rosenberg, Marshall B. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion
  • Rupp, Rebecca. Getting Started on Home Learning: How and Why to Teach Your Kids
  • Rupp, Rebecca. Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum From Preschool Through High School
  • Rupp, Rebecca. The Complete Home Learning Source Book
  • Rushton, Cindy. A Charlotte Mason Primer
  • Rushton, Cindy. Homeschooling: Digging Into All the Options
  • Rushton, Cindy. Notebooking: Yes You Can Be a Binder Queen Too
  • Saba, Laura and Gattis, Julie. The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companion
  • Schaffer, F. Homeschool Teacher Plan Book
  • Scheps, Susan G. The Librarian's Guide to Homeschooling Resources
  • Seibert, Eva. About Face: A Redirection in Education
  • Sheffer, Susannah. A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls
  • Sheffer, Susannah. Writing Because We Love to : Homeschoolers at Work
  • Sheffer, Susannah. For the Children's Sake
  • Sheffer, Susannah. A Life Worth Living : The Selected Letters of John Holt
  • Sherman, Greg Ten Great Reasons to Homeschool: Support For Homeschool Parents Who Are Asked Why
  • Shewan, Edward J., et. al. Christian Homeschooling: Foundation and Practice
  • Silver, Amy & Llewellyn, Grace. Guerrilla Learning
  • Smith, Barbara. Teach Me Lord That I May Teach: What We Learned Homeschooling the Kids
  • Smith, R.H. Home Sweet Home School (Jehovah's Witness)
  • Sobanski, Jessika, Ricki Winegardner, and Lee Wherry Brainerd. Basic Skills For Homeschooling
  • Soyke, Jean M. and Pattye Carlson. Art Adventures at Home: A Curriculum Guide For Home Schools
  • Spraul, RC. When You Rise Up: a Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling
  • Stevens, Mitchell L. Kingdom of Children: Culture and Controversy in the Homeschooling Movement
  • Swan, Karey. The Art of the Homeschool Lifestyle
  • Thomas, Alan. Educating Children At Home
  • Toto, Julia. How to Homeschool: Yes, You!
  • Wallace, Nancy. Child's Work: Taking Children's Choices Seriously
  • Wallace, Nancy. Better Than School
  • Waring, Diana. Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling
  • Waring, Diana. Reaping the Harvest: The Bounty of Abundant-Life Homeschooling
  • Wayne, Israel. Homeschooling From a Biblical Worldview
  • Webb, Julie. Those Unschooled Minds
  • Whelchel, Lisa. So You're Thinking About Homeschooling: Fifteen Families Show You How You Can Do It
  • Wilson, Douglas, Douglas Jones, and Wes Callihan. Classical Education and the Homeschool
  • Wise, Jessie and Susan Wise Bauer. The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
  • Workman, K. Homeschooling: Untangling the Web of Confusion

Beverley Paine is a mother of three young adults and a prolific writer of homeschooling articles. More articles and essays can be found in her books, available from the Always Learning Books online bookstore.

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