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The Perfect Little List of Books for the Homeschool Mom

One thing I love about finding book lists from other homeschool moms is that usually it’s a glimpse into what they personally got out of the book. It helps me to know if it’s something I’m truly interested in or not.

There’s a couple of “go-to” people in the blog and social media world I turn to when I’m looking for something specific. It’s much easier to add something to my “to be read” list when I know someone trusted has recommended the book.

Reading hasn’t always been a top priority. In my teen and young adult years, I’ve always loved to read I just “never had the time”. So my list of books that I’ve read is not extensive to say the least.

Most of what I read these days are non-fiction. I like mom books, parenting, homeschooling, Charlotte Mason, Christian, or even the occasional biography.

Lately, I’ve been wanting to add some Classics to my To Be Read list. Luckily, there are some reading challenges out there I’m considering, because one can’t go through life without reading some Jane Austen or Charles Dickens. (Please tell me in the comments some of your must read Classics!)

I’d love to share with you some of my favorites over the past few years: the perfect little list of books for the homeschool mom.

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Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John

This is a powerhouse of a mom parenting book.

There are stories that’ll make you laugh and stories that’ll have you in tears but they all point to the message that we are to train our children to walk with the Lord.

I absolutely loved this book. It has really challenged me to be better at this motherhood role. It’s convicted me with my own relationship with God.

I also love that Heidi addresses the struggles we face, especially cultural issues that our children need to know how to navigate. I wrote about how to tackle this thing called motherhood and reviewed the book more in detail in that post.

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine

If feeling overwhelmed has ever been a season in your life or if you’re going through a time when you are just trying to keep your head above water this is a book for you.

I first read this a few years ago. Nothing was getting done and I was exhausted by life.

Every so often I skim through to remind myself some of the practical tips I found helpful.

In fact, I decided to purchase this one in the past year so I could easily refer to it when I needed a refreshment course (maybe I’m due for a re-read, not because I’m in a season of overwhelm but because I want to stay productive and improve my time management skills).

Seriously the best read for getting practical know how to be more intentional with your time.

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A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

This one is for those wanting to learn more about the Charlotte Mason philosophy and learning to implement it in your homeschool.

I keep it as a resource. When I feel like I’m falling short in an area of our homeschool or to get new ideas if we are struggling in a certain area, I’ll thumb through it.

As far as a guide to the Charlotte Mason method or a book with practical suggestions I’ve found this one to be the most helpful.

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How Am I Smart by Dr. Kathy Koch

My husband found me this book a few years ago, I believe he listened to an interview on a talk radio show with the author and just had to get the book.

I’m glad he did because it’s helped me to understand that our children have different strengths and weaknesses in how they learn.

This is great for any homeschool mom at any point in her journey, pre-homeschool days (research phase) through high school years. If your child is having difficulty learning in a particular subject, it’s helpful to know which “smart” they best identify with.

Each chapter talks about a type of smart and what your child does well according to that smart, teaching methods, how they identify themselves, what their struggles are, where they tend to trust, and of course where their abilities and interests lie.

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Knights in Training by Heather Haupt

This parenting book specifically addresses raising boys. I have only one boy but am so thrilled to come by this book.

I learned about it earlier this year from my friend Crystal, she reviewed it on her blog.

My son is about to be five and I’m beginning to see more distinctly how boys are different from girls. I’m seeing more and more how training our boys to be knights is important in today’s world.

Parenting is tough and we need to be intentional with guiding our children and teaching them Truth and we need to be intentional with raising our boys into men who are respectful, compassionate, courageous, and honorable.

Heather has laid out 10 principles for our boys and I’ll be taking her up on The Chivalry Challenge this year.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

My fiction pick for this perfect little list.

I don’t have a huge repertoire of fiction reads under my belt but I loved getting into this one.

One of my good friends is stretching me in the fiction department. We try to get together each month for our own little book club and this was our first read.

It’s set just after WWII. The whole book is composed of letters to and from Juliet, a writer who gets connected with people on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. Through these letters you get to know who the characters are by what they do and say about one another.

The first 20 pages are a bit slow going but stick with it, it’s such a great story.

You’ll find out exactly what the Potato Peel Pie Society is and how a pig roast brought some unlikely people together during the German occupation.

And in our little book discussion we talked about different predictions we had while reading and the fact that Hollywood really needs to make it into a movie… apparently our wish is coming true in the Spring of 2018!

So there you have it, some of my favorite books that are great for homeschool moms.

The Perfect Little List of Books for the Homeschool Mom

For moms to learn to become stronger, moms of boys, moms who need a little help with time management, moms who homeschool and want to learn more about the types of intelligences, Charlotte Mason homeschool moms, and moms who just need a fun fictional read.

Hopefully this list has helped you to discover something new to add to your To Be Read list.

Please let me know your favorite books in the comments. And educate me with some Classic titles I need to add to my list. 🙂

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