Here is my list of books that have contributed toward my rethinking homeschooling for our family. After reading these books, and various online resources, I decided that both Charlotte Mason's ideas and classical education concepts appealed to me.
Educating the Whole Hearted Child (Clarkson) – This book was both practical and inspirational. It encourages more of a Charlotte Mason approach.
Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home-Centered Education (Bortins) – I picked up this book because the author is the founder of the homeschool program we are using, helping families to implement a classical education at home. I love the vision that the author has for her family. I love her wholehearted pursuit of her goals. I appreciate her love of learning and love of life.
Teaching the Trivium (Bluedorn) – The first half of this book seemed a little harsh and legalistic. I was not really keen on this book until I reached the second half. I’m glad I persevered. I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I found myself agreeing 100% with everything the authors said about “10 Things Children Should Learn Before Age 10.” I was very inspired and felt better equipped after reading this book. I also felt like I could focus more on what was really important. I was given the freedom to not compete with others, but just do what is right by my kids and my family. I will keep referencing this book throughout the year to help me stay on track.
A Charlotte Mason Education (Levison) – More practical tips for implementing a CM style education.
100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum (Duffy) – This is a great summary of the various philosophies of education (an excellent starting point) and also a great curriculum reference book.
I still plan on blogging about our classical homeschool experience so far! Right now I have to catch up on post-vacation laundry!!