Resources

PRESCHOOL
gets it’s own page. If you’re thinking of homeschooling preschool,
start here with my favorite preschool resources.

EVERYONE ELSE
Getting Started Homeschooling (HSLDA.org pages)

Audio Download
Nurturing Competent Communicators – Audio Download ($3) by Andrew Pudewa, founder of Institute for Excellence in Writing. Discusses the importance of 1) reading aloud and 2) memorizing poetry. Excellent. Highly recommended.

My Favorite Blogs
Simple Homeschool – I love the approach of most of the ladies who write here. (Not all write from a Christian perspective.)
Pioneer Woman – Heather Sanders encourages good discussion. I like hearing from those farther along than I am.
Owlhaven.net – Mary Ostyn does a great job of integrating homeschool into busy family life. Her ideas are very workable.
A Holy Experience – Ann Voskamp writes beautifully, inspires with photos, and keeps her eyes on the cross.
I Take Joy – motherhood and homeschooling writing from Sally Clarkson.

Reading Lists
Five in a Row – simple “curriculum” based on classic picture books – the best in literature for young children
Sonlight – reading curriculum with great book ideas

Dads
Todd Wilson, “The Familyman,” writes an encouraging blog for dads and posts hilarious homeschooling cartoons on his Facebook page.

Recommended Reading for Parents

  • A Love that Multiplies by the Duggars – lots of practical ideas for training little ones in obedience and character. Also, the Bible, especially Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament.
  • Endangered Minds by Jane Healy and Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax – the effects of TV (Healy) and video games (Sax) on our children’s brains.
  • Simplicity Parenting by Kim Jon Payne (not from a Christian worldview) – great ideas on creating a slower, richer life with children.
  • The Seven O’Clock Bedtime by Inda Schaenen or Mitten Strings for God – both discuss simplifying and slowing down children’s routines. Practical ideas. Neither are from a Christian perspective, but I learned from both of them.
  • Bringing Up Bebe - very random book, and you’ll need to toss some out, but if you feel like your kids are running your home instead of you, I’d recommend this one. I found the French approach to parental authority, routine, healthy eating, and teaching children to wait extremely practical. I wish I would have read it 8 years ago.

Laws for Your State
HSLDA.org state map (you might have to create a username to login). Click on your state, then “Legal Analysis”.

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