How-To Books on Homeschooling

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This How-To Books on Homeschooling bibliography page is one of several bibliographies on the Learn in Freedom! site about homeschooling. Books listed here are recent books that describe homeschooling or explain the rationale for homeschooling, arranged by date of publication (most recent first). Other books about homeschooling are listed on the separate Web pages

If you don't want such complete lists but would like an overview of the best books about all aspects of homeschooling, please see this site's Current and Choice Books on Homeschooling bibliography.

General How-To Books on Homeschooling

Things We Wish We'd Known
Bill Waring and Diane Waring editors, with contributions by Michael Card (Emerald Books, 1999) (ISBN 1-88300242-7). US$12.99, A look back on what they learned along the way by veteran homeschooling parents of varying approaches. RECOMMENDED.

Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,200 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Home Education on the Internet and Beyond
LauraMaery Gold & Joan M. Zielinski ( 2000) (ISBN 0-76152513-0). US$18.95

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home
Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer (New York: W. W. Norton, 1999) (ISBN 0-393-04752-0). US$35.00, 764 pages; selected bibliography, index. Thought-provoking, almost frighteningly thorough, description of a course of classical education based on the Western trivium. Loaded with detailed descriptions of resources. RECOMMENDED. KMBowns

The Homeschooling Handbook: From Preschool to High School, a Parent's Guide
Mary Griffith, illustrated by Lisa Cooper (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, revised 2nd edition 1999) (ISBN 0-7615-1727-8). US$16.00. Detailed overview of homeschooling with much how-to information, by an author who is a regular participant in on-line discussion of homeschooling. KMBowns(1st ed.)

Homeschooling on a Shoestring
Melissa L. Morgan and Judith Waite Allee (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw, 1999) US$12.99. Creative ideas for homeschooling with economy.

The Homeschooling Book of Answers: 88 Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices
Linda Dobson (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1998) (ISBN 0-7615-1377-9). US$15.95. Collected answers to common questions about homeschooling from thirty persons familiar with homeschooling. KMBowns

Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children
Samuel L. Blumenfeld (?: Carol Publishing Group, 1997) (ISBN: 0-80651911-8). 176 pages; index.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
Debra Bell (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997) (ISBN 0-8499-3988-7) US$19.99, xii and 404 pages; resource guide, index. KMBowns

Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling
Diana Waring (Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books, 1996) (ISBN 1-883002-37-0). 218 pages; foreword by Cathy Duffy. KMBowns

The Basic Steps to Successful Homeschooling
Vicki A. Brady (Lafayette, LA: Vital Issues Press, 1996) (ISBN 1-56384-113-4). 199 pages; appendixes, planning charts. KMBseen_MPI

Anyone Can Homeschool; How to Find What Works for You
Terry Dorian and Zan Peters Tyler (Lafayette, LA: Huntington House Publishers, 1996) (ISBN: 1-56384-095-2). US$10.99, 224 pages; appendixes, notes. KMBseen_HCO,MPI

The Blueprint for Excellence in Home Education
Terri Lustig (Memphis: ???, 1994) (ISBN 1-882626-20-6). x and 86 pages; appendixes, index. KMBseen_HCO

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4 to 8
Ruth Beechick (Pollock Pines, CA: Arrow Press, 2d ed. 1992) (ISBN 0-940319-05-5; 0-949319-04-7 [pbk.]). viii and 388 pages. Helpful hands-on tips for teaching a full curriculum for middle grades at home. RECOMMENDED. KMBowns1stedition

How to Home School: A Practical Approach
Gayle Graham (Hawthorne, FL: Family Learning Center, 1992) (ISBN 1-880892-40-5). vi and 169 pages; appendices, reproducible forms. Comprehensive, detailed advice from veteran homeschooling mom.

Home School Primer : an Introduction to Family Learning
(Tonasket, WA : Home Education Press, 1989) (ISBN: 0-945097-08-5 [pbk.]). 35 pages.

School's out : educating your child at home
Jean Bendell. (Bath: Ashgrove Press, 1987) (ISBN: 0-906798-76-0; 0-906798-77-9 [pbk.]). 204 pages.

No More Public School
Harold Bennett ([New York]: Random House, 1972) (ISBN 0-394-70768-0). [viii] and 137 pages; forms. Pioneering how-to book about homeschooling, from the days when homeschooling had a tenuous legal status and the term "homeschooling" hadn't been coined. KMBowns

How to Homeschool (Yes, You!)
Julia Toto (Lafayette, LA: Huntington House Publishers, 1994) (ISBN: 1563840596). US$3.99, 48 pages.

Specialized How-to Books

Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child
Linda Dobson and Jamie Miller (Rocklin, California: Prima Publishing, 1999) (ISBN 0-7615-2028-7). US$16.00

Homeschooling: The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- To 18-Year Old
Cafi Cohen (Rocklin, California: Prima Publishing, 2000) (ISBN 0-7615-2093-7 [pbk.]). (Prima Home Learning Library). US$16.95

From Homeschool to College & Work; Turning Your Homeschool Experiences into College & Job Portfolios
Alison McKee (Madison: Bittersweet House, 1997) (ISBN: 0-96578060-0). 65 pages. KMBowns

And What about College?: How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges and Universities
Cafi Cohen (Cambridge, MA: Holt Associates, 1997) (ISBN 0-913677-11-6 [pbk.]). US$18.95, 176 pages. Personal story by homeschooling mom of two children who got into selective colleges of their choice, with much how-to information about the college admissions process, good for anyone, homeschooler or not. RECOMMENDED. KMBowns

The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom
Mary Griffith (Rocklin, California: Prima Publishing, 1998) (ISBN 0-7615-1276-4 [pbk.]). US$15.95, x and 230 pages; list of contributors, index. Unschooling how-tos with quotations from many unschooling parents. KMBseen_HCO

The Guidance Manual for the Christian Home School: A Parent's Guide for Preparing Home School Students for College or Career
David Callihan and Laurie Callihan (2000) (ISBN 1-56414452-6 [pbk.]). US$22.99

Homeschooling High School
Jeanne Gowen Dennis (2000) (ISBN 1-88300269-9 [pbk.]). US$24.99

Teaching Montessori in the Home : The Pre-School Years
Elizabeth G. Hainstock, Lee Havis (1997) US$11.95

Strategies for Struggling Learners; A Guide for the Teaching Parent
Joe P. Sutton (Simpsonville, SC: Exceptional Diagnostics, 1995) (ISBN: 0-96456840-3). US$14.95, xii and 212 pages. "Written primarily for home educators, this book addresses a critical concern voiced by many parents--how to teach children who struggle with learning, attention, or behavior problems," according to the publisher's abstract. RLIN_DCLC

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum; A Guide to Catholic Home Education
Laura M. Berquist (Minto: Bethlehem Books, revised edition 1995) (ISBN: 1-88393704-3). US$11.95, 153 pages, illustrations.

How to Write a Low-cost/No-cost Curriculum for Your Home-school Child
Borg Hendrickson (Sitka, AK: Mountain Meadow Press, 1995) (ISBN: 0-945519-21-4). 180 pages; bibliography, index, forms.

Write Your Own Curriculum: A Complete Guide to Planning, Organizing & Documenting Homeschool Curriculums: Family
Jenifer O'Leary (Stevens Point, WI: Whole Life Publishing Company, 1994) (ISBN: 1-883947-23-5). US$29.95, 130 pages; illustrations.

Write Your Own Curriculum: A Complete Guide to Planning, Organizing & Documenting Homeschool Curriculums: High School
Jenifer O'Leary (Stevens Point, WI: Whole Life Publishing Company, 1994) (ISBN: 1-883947-22-7). US$29.95, 130 pages; illustrations.

Write Your Own Curriculum: A Complete Guide to Planning, Organizing & Documenting Homeschool Curriculums: Primary
Jenifer O'Leary (Stevens Point, WI: Whole Life Publishing Company, 1994) (ISBN: 1-883947-20-0). US$29.95, 130 pages; illustrations.

Write Your Own Curriculum: A Complete Guide to Planning, Organizing & Documenting Homeschool Curriculums: Middle Grades
Jenifer O'Leary (Stevens Point, WI: Whole Life Publishing Company, 1994) (ISBN: 1-883947-21-9). US$29.95, 130 pages; illustrations.

The Unit Study [Idea] Book
Valerie Bendt (Hawthorne, FL: Family Learning Center, 1992 [1993 reprint]) (ISBN 1-880892-43-X). Resource suggestions for "unit studies," an approach to curriculum planning used by many homeschoolers. Valerie Bendt also wrote How to Create Your Own Unit Study, which is recommended by many homeschoolers. That book is listed separately in the "Books on Homeschooling by Date" bibliography.

Early Education at Home: A Curriculum Guide for Parents of Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
M. Jean Soyke (Baltimore, MD: Jireh Press, 1991) ii and 137 pages; bibliography, appendices, index. KMBseen_CCE

What Your Child Needs to Know When: An Evaluation Check List for Grades K-8
Robin Scarlata (Woodbridge, VA: Heart of Wisdom Publishing [13503 Minion Street, Woodbridge, VA 22192], 1993) (ISBN 0-89826-044-2). [vii] and 145 pages; glossary, reproducible forms. Planner and guidebook to ensure homeschoolers cover the objectives measured by the major standardized tests, with other materials included. You can see an description and excerpts of the book on-line. KMBseen-MACHEconf

Modern Montessori at home : a creative teaching guide for parents of children six through nine years of age
Heidi Anne Spietz. (Rossmoor, Calif. : American Montessori Consulting, 1989. ISBN: 0-929487-02-8 : $9.95 v, 156 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

Modern Montessori at home II : a creative teaching guide for parents of children 10 through 12 years of age
Heidi Anne Spietz. (Rossmoor, Calif. : American Montessori Consulting, 1990. (ISBN: 0-929487-10-9). US$9.95, 159 pages; bibliography, index, illustrations. RLIN_CABG,CLAG,CPAG

Montessori at home : a complete guide to teaching your preschooler at home using the Montessori method
Spietz, Heidi Anne, 1954- EDITION: Rev. and expanded. (Rossmoor, Calif. : American Montessori Consulting, c1991. ISBN: 0-929487-37-0 : $9.95 120 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

Family learning co-operatives : getting started
Williams, Jane A., 1950- (Placerville, CA : Bluestocking Press, c1992. ISBN: 0-942617-12-6 (pbk.) : $9.95 43 p. ; 29 cm.

Creating books with children
Valerie Bendt (Tampa, FL : Common Sense Press, c1993. (ISBN: 1-88089-222-7) x and 78 pages.

A Guide to Homeschooling for Librarians
David C. Brostrom (Fort Atkinson, WI: Highsmith Press, 1995). (ISBN: 0-91784646-X [pbk.]). US$ 15.00, x and 85 pages. Helpful resource guide for librarians, by an author who speaks frequently at professional gatherings of librarians. "It gives many tips on how to improve your library experience," according to a friend who sent me an E-mail about this book. KMBowns

Thirty Plus Games to Get Ready to Read; Teaching Kids at Home & in School
Toni S. Gould (New York: Walker & Company, 1994) (ISBN: 0-80277432-6). US$12.95, 156 pages.

Ensenanza Montessori en el hogar
Hainstock, Elizabeth G. (translated by Rene Cardenas Barrios) (Mexico: Diana, 1972) (ISBN: 968130231-1). US$24.00, 126 pages; bibliograpy. Translation of Teaching Montessori in the home.

Home schooling children with special needs
Hensley, Sharon C. (Gresham, OR: Noble Publishing Associates, 1995 181 pages. (ISBN: 1568570104) KMBseen-MACHEconf

Encouragement along the way: a Devotional Guide & Journal for home-schooling parents
Howard, Bobbie Lee. (Gresham, OR: Noble Publishing Associates, 1995 223 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. ISBN: 1568570287 OCLC

An Exceptional Resource Guide for the Gifted: For Home Schooling And/Or Supplementing Education
Patty Rendoff (Denver: Diggie's Do It All, 1994) (ISBN: 0-96444791-6). US$14.95, 58 pages. OCLC

Special Needs Resource Guide: For Home Schooling And/Or Supplementing Education
Patty Rendoff (Denver: Diggie's Do It All, 1994) (ISBN: 0-96444790-8 [pbk.]). US$20.95, 100 pages. OCLC

Art Adventures at Home: A Curriculum Guide for Home Schools
Pattye Carlson and M. Jean Soyke; illustrated by Pattye Carlson (Baltimore, MD: M.J. Soyke, c1993) iii and 141 pages; glossary, bibliography, illustrations. "A foundational art program geared toward the early elementary grades" by an author (Soyke) of other homeschooling books. KMBseen_MNU

At home with Montessori
Patricia Oriti (edited by David Kahn) (Cleveland, OH: North American Montessori Teachers' Association, c1994). 27 pages. RLIN_DCLC.

Strategies for struggling learners: a guide for the teaching parent
Sutton, Joe P. (Joe Perry), 1956- (Simpsonville, SC: Exceptional Diagnostics, 1995 xii, 212 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. NOTES: Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-200) and indexes. ISBN: 0964568403

Math for Your First- and Second-grader: All You Need to Know to Be Your Child's Best Teacher
Steve Slavin (New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 1995) (ISBN: 0-471-04242-0). (Family Learning series). xii and 274 pages; illustrations, index. New book, mostly for at-home supplementation by parents of children attending outside-the-home classroom schools, by college math professor. Favorite quotation: "I wrote this book because I have seen a steady decline in the math skills of the college students I teach. Many are unable to learn advanced math and economics concepts simply because they never mastered the basic math they should have learned in the first few grades of school. Other professors from around the country also tell me that many of their students have trouble in their classes because they can't do fifth- and sixth-grade math. And now even Ivy League colleges have been forced to introduce remedial math classes." OCLC_MPI

Physical Education for Homeschoolers: An Easy to Use, Low Equipment Cost Program for Homeschooling Families
L. S. McClaine (Moscow, ID (P.O. Box 9335, Moscow 83843): Nutmeg Publications, 1994) RLIN_DCLC

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