Fruitful Starter Books for New to Homeschool Parents

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Starter Books for First-Year Homeschooling Moms

Dear Home Engineer,

Are you feeling confused?

Have your eyes just had about enough, reading advice after advice and still, you don’t know where to even begin.

Oh I know the feeling. I was there back in May 2014.

A part of me sees the internet as a blessing and a curse at the same time.

But I have to admit that when I first started homeschooling I did the same. I researched day and night to find the best starter homeschool books.

That way I can be the best homeschool mom in my first year.

Then reality hit me. And it hit me hard. I was reminded that like anything new that we venture out to pursue, there will be a learning curve.

So I am going to be that friend right now. That many might not like at first, but are silently thankful for later.

I’m here to remind you, be patient with yourself. Don’t feel the need to be perfect the first year of homeschooling. Give it to God in prayer and he will guide your family.

Advice for New Homeschoolers

Let yourself go through the learning process your first year in homeschooling.

Like a new employee has 90 days probation period to learn the ropes of a new job.

You do the same and give yourself 90 days to a year to learn the ropes of homeschooling. You will be glad later that you did.

Oh and I promise you, your kids will be ok while you are on your learning curve. Because you will show them first hand how to take their time to learn something new.

And they will enjoy you more since you will be calm, taking your time to learn. As a result, your example is setting up your homeschool enviroment for success.

Now before I share the starter book recommendations that you came here to read about, I want to ask you to consider one more thing.

What is your ‘WHY’ behind homeschooling?

Why are you homeschooling?

When you take the time to ask these hard questions, you will see that your purpose narrows down to what really matters. As a result you will have more clarity and this clarity will lead you on a path of resources and tools that align with your why.

For example in my homeschool one of my ‘why’s’ is to help my child to love God and learn to be a good leader. So when I search for curriculum and tools I usually gravitate towards the tools that align with my purpose.

One leadership book that has helped my child to practice leadership is Leader in Me workbook.

I learned later that this workbook was not biblically minded. So I used that opportunity as a teaching moment. I had a discussion with my child about biblical truths in area of leadership.

You see, in our home the spiritual, emotional and academic well being of my child became our ‘why’ In that order.

So whatever curriculum or starter books we chose to use, we did our best to stay true to our ‘why.’

Thank you for hearing me out. Now lets go to the reason you are here.

Below are the 3 starter books that were recommendd to me when I started back in 2014. And I am confident that they will guide and help you the same way they helped me. Enjoy.

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Homeschool books for new moms

Well trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

This book is a day to day ideas book on how to approach different subjects through the lens of classical education. It is tempting to think you need to do all that is suggested in the book, but you will learn quickly that it is better to keep it simple.

Start by going at the pace of your child’s development. And you can use this book to reference when you learn about areas of struggle in your child’s learning. You will find organization ideas as well as different plans to learn from how to run your school day.

There’s a section of the book where the author provides grade-level reading book recommendations. The book is very meaty so it will be used as a reference more than a sit down to read in one sitting.

Also, I know you will benefit from the resources at the end of the book. There are pages and pages of ideas from science fairs to different writing contests and other contests your kids can participate in as young as 1st grade.

You will be happy with this book but It can be pricey. So if money is tight you could always check if your local library carries it.

The Core by Leigh A. Bortins

Similarly to Well Trained Mind, The Core book is a more condensed user-friendly version of the well-trained mind. Well, at least that’s how it was introduced to me when I first heard about his book.

This 200-page book is a curriculum guide and helps parents think about ways to help their kids prepare for adulthood. It will motivate you and help you think differently about how your kids learn best.

For instance, at the time I purchased this book my child was struggling with geography. Anything related to maps she detested.


Well because I made her sit down and trace ceratin states or cities to learn the location. I saw other kids doing it and I thought my daughter would enjoy it too.

When I open this book I went straight to the geography chapter and one suggestion she gave was to use dry eraser markers and have younger kids draw blobs on the window of the different locations. I tried that immediately and saw my daughter enjoy geography from that point on.

I know the same can happen for you and you will walk away with creative ideas to help your child in all subject areas.

Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

This book is one of my go-to motivational books. Sarah the author, gives philosophical and practical wisdom for home education. It provides encouragement when you doubt the journey or question why you are homeschooling in the first place.

She asks thought-provoking questions that get you thinking about the now and how it can affect the later. One example is the following question she asked in her book and I paraphrase…

Several years from now when your child talks to their friends about homeschooling, what are some words they will use to describe their homeschool experience?

When I heard this question I had to pause my audio book.

It made me cringe because I knew deep down inside my daughter would say more negative than positive when describing our homeschool situation.

From that day forward I changed my tactics and approach to homeschool. And began living in a way that she will be able to one day say to her friends that my homeschool experience was conversational, loving and enjoyable.

Hands down you will leave more encouraged and empowered to practice restful home education after reading this book.

Final thoughts for Homeschooling Starter Books

As mentioned before the books shared are starter books to help encourage you on your new journey as a homeschool mom. The advice and wisdom shared in these books will open your mind to think outside of the norm of the regular school day.

You see that’s the beauty of homeschooling our children. There is freedom to go at the pace of the child and to grow and learn with them.

You’ll encounter hiccups and errors the first year it’s inevitable, we all go through it. Even the perfect Pinterest homeschool mom goes through it.

But reading books like the ones mentioned will encourage you to focus on your why and build confidence in your first year of homeschooling.

You got this mama.

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After learning about these books which one spiked your interest?

I would love to hear your feedback in the comments. And if there is any homeschool book you’re currently reading as a new homeschool mom and don’t mind sharing, let us know in the comments.


Veronica (Your Home Engineer Friend)

First Year of Homeschooling Moms Starter Books

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