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My top picks for Montessori, homeschool, and parenting books, and more!I'm Lisa Nolan, the Montessori teacher and mom, with my son at a local farm.

Recommended Homeschool Books

A Charlotte Mason Companion : Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning
by Karen Andreola

Synopsis
"A thorough chapter-by-chapter overview of the inspiring teaching principles of Christian educator Charlotte Mason, this book reveals the practical day by day method of how to teach "The Charlotte Mason Way". The author offers friendly advice, and humor, along with the joys and struggles of real homeschool life. The book covers education, parenting, homeschooling and lots of encouraging advice for mothers." (Amazon.com editorial review.)

"A lovely guide to gentle learning! The gentle art of education has rarely been gentler than in A Charlotte Mason Companion.  Andreola gives us a very personal and honest look into her homeschool. Here, children learn to love learning, and make learning a lifelong habit. Her "reflections" are, insightful, and her advice, thoughtful. Andreola's goal is to spread the word--you can educate your children without dull textbooks or dreary workbooks. Charlotte Mason was a 19th century British educator who believed that all children learned best when surrounded by the best books, art music, etc. If you are not familiar with her philosophy, Andreola will introduce you and show you how to make your home a gentler place to learn and grow. If you are already a Charlotte Mason fan, reading this book will be like reading a pile of letters from an old friend."  (Amazon.com customer review.) More...

Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series
by Charlotte Mason

Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days : Share a Day With 30 Homeschooling Families
by Nancy Lande

"This is a well-written, inspiring guide for any parent. Normally, it's not easy to get an inside view of how families handle discipline, daily routine, structure, and meeting the needs of children. This book goes into the hearts and homes of lots of families and is helpful even if you don't want to homeschool, but just need some inspiration and/or new ideas of how to handle everyday situations." (Amazon.com customer review.) More...

Beyond Survival : A Guide to Abundant-Life  Homeschooling
by Diana Waring, Cathy Duffy

"It is full of great idea's and  references to find more.
I am a new home schooling mom who was looking for a "ideal" way of creating a home school for our children. Diana has given me a great example in this book. I aso came away with the realization that what our home school is today can (and hopefully will) change. If you are new to home schooling or an old pro this book will encourage and excite you. It is well worth the reading." (Amazon.com customer review.) More...
Complete Home Learning Source Book, The: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every  Subject by REBECCA RUPP 

The Homeschooling Handbook; From Preschool to High School, a Parent's Guide
by Mary Griffith

Book Description
"Homeschooling is one of the fastest-growing educational movements in the country. This handbook shows parents everything they need to know about homeschooling. Author Mary Griffith walks parents through the creation of an effective study program for their children, from handling district regulations to maintaining a productive learning atmosphere at home. An experienced homeschooler herself, Griffith understands the challenges parents must overcome along the way once the decision had been made. This book, which is not affiliated with any religious or political movement, will be an invaluable and comprehensive resource for parents of all ideological persuasions.

Synopsis
"Griffith guides parents through the homeschool process throughout the primary, middle, and teen years, discussing curriculum and incorporating useful teaching ideas from schools such as Montessori and Waldorf." (Amazon.com editorial review.) More...

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
by Mary Griffith

What Your First Grader Needs to Know : Fundamentals of a Good First Grade Education
by E. D. Hirsch (Editor)

Book Description
"What will your child be expected to learn in the first grade? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders." (Amazon.com editorial review.)

"You just can't beat this book. Not only does it tell you what your child should be learning, it's right there for you. This isn't just a list of topics - it has the actual stories, biographies, math games, etc. right there for you. One of my favorite parts is the literature section. It has the basic stories, poems, fables, and sayings every well-rounded child should now. And the science and history sections have great introductions/overviews of topice - great for unit studies." (Amazon.com customer spotlight review.) 

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know : Preparing Your Child for  a Lifetime of Learning
by E. D. Hirsch (Editor)

Book Description
"What will your child be expected to learn in the first grade? How can you help him or her at home? How can teachers foster active, successful learning in the classroom? This book answers these all-important questions and more, offering the specific shared knowledge that hundreds of parents and teachers across the nation have agreed upon for American first graders." --Amazon.com editorial review

"You just can't beat this book. Not only does it tell you what your child should be learning, it's right there for you. This isn't just a list of topics - it has the actual stories, biographies, math games, etc. right there for you. One of my favorite parts is the literature section. It has the basic stories, poems, fables, and sayings every well-rounded child should now. And the science and history sections have great introductions/overviews of topice - great for unit studies." --Amazon.com customer spotlight review More...

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