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Recommended Reading

The following list is recommended for a general understanding of why families are turning to home education. This list is not all inclusive but provides a good sampling of a variety of philosophies, methods, and ideas. Please note HSAMF does not necessarily agree with every point presented in every book listed. 

Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Homeschooling

Cathy Duffy Reviews

Simple Recipes for Successful Homeschooling

For a plethora of supporting articles visit HSLDA’s Resources Page, http://www.hslda.org/earlyyears/Resources.asp.

Preschool At Home, Debbie Feely (2004, Christian Home Educators Press) This booklet is designed to give you ideas and suggestions to help you think through what YOU want for YOUR child

100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child’s Learning Style, Cathy Duffy (2005, B & H Publishing Group), will help you locate and understand the variety of curriculums available to home educators. This manual provides practical help in how to choose curriculum, as well as developing a course of study.

Home Schooling: The Right Choice, by Christopher Klicka, (Noble Publishing Associates), is THE book about Christian educational philosophy and contains practical aspects as well.

Beyond Survival, Diana Waring, (1996 Emerald Books, ISBN 1-883002-37-0)

For The Children's Sake, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (1984, Crossway Books), is must reading for parents who desire to give their children a true education, by awakening their minds and giving them a new richness, stability, and a joy for living.

A Guide to American Christian Education For The Home And School (The Principle Approach), James Rose (1987, American Christian History Institute), teaches the rudiments of The Principle Approach philosophy of education, discusses the role of the home in education, how to develop a curriculum compatible with this philosophy, and shares examples of courses designed for this approach. This book will challenge you to a Biblical, Christian, view of education and history. It is not for the family who is looking for a pre-packaged curriculum.

Will Early Education Ruin Your Child? Richard Fugate (1990, Aletheia Division of Alpha Omega), critiques the educational philosophy and theology of Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Dorothy Moore.

What The Bible Says About Child Training, Richard Fugate (1980, Aletheia Division of Alpha Omega), uses Biblical principles to help parents understand their God-given authority in training their children. This is must reading for home educators.

The Hurried Child, David Elkind (1981, Addison-Wesley), is a good commentary on our culture's tendency to rush our children into the adult world. It has chapters on parents, schools, and media (secular orientation).

Is Public Education Necessary? Samuel Blumenfeld (1981, Devin-Adair), is an excellent history of public education showing how it evolved to the modern day. It is a sobering account of the reasons behind its and goals of those who promote it.

Honey For a Child's Heart, Gladys Hunt (2002, Zondervan), is a beautiful book on reading, books, and the place books should have in your family, including an extensive bibliography.

A Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer (1982, Crossway Books), shows how the whole foundation for society has shifted radically from its original Judeo-Christian basis to a humanistic basis. It calls for action in government, law, and all of life to turn the tide of moral decadence and loss of freedom. Other books written by members of the Schaeffer family are also highly recommended.

A Biblical Psychology of Learning, Ruth Beechick (1983, Accent Books), subtitled "How your Mind Works," discusses various psychological approaches to learning and presents a Biblical alternative learning model that includes our "spiritual being." Offers practical teaching methods.

Teaching Primaries (1980, Accent Books), Teaching Juniors (1981, Accent Books), You Can Teach Your Child Successfully (Grades 4 - 8) (1988, Arrow Press), A Home Start in Reading, An Easy Start in Arithmetic, A Strong Start in Language (1986, Arrow Press), all by Ruth Beechick, a series of books that will give you a solid foundation for teaching and breaking away from the clutches of too much curriculum.