Suggested Reading

Introductory Books

Be sure to check Brevard Homeschool's Amazon Store for MANY more titles of outstanding homeschooling books.

Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling by Brian Ray -- This book lists results of many studies of homeschoolers' results. A pocket-sized book, it is an outstanding one to keep nearby to help answer those difficult questions and objections.

Dumbing Us Down, The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto -- Written by an award winning, former public school teacher, this book explains what the REAL goals of public education are. It is a quick read (only about 100 pages), but you will be shocked and amazed. This is another great book to show to relatives who wonder why you are homeschooling.

Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax -- Inspiring book in which the Colfax family, pioneer homeschoolers, explain their successes and failures as they learn how to home educate.

Real Life Homeschooling by Rhonda Barfield -- Stories of twenty-one families who homeschool, each in their own way.

The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson -- Question and answer book with helpful advice from homeschooling leaders.

Learning Styles

Discover Your Child's Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle Hodson. -- Offers a profile to determine learning style and suggestions on ways to work with that learning style. Easy to understand and implement.

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy. -- In addition to reviews of materials, this book includes an explanation of four personality types: Wiggly Willy, Perfect Paula, Competent Carl, and Sociable Sue. Suggestions as to materials and methods to work with each of these personalities are covered.

Special Needs Children

Homeschooling the Challenging Child by Christine M. Fields -- Encouraging book with tips for working with the special needs child. Practical, positive, and easy to read.

Homeschooling the Child with ADD by Lenore C. Hayes -- Informational book about how homeschooling can help your ADD (and other disabilities) child and why the "traditional" environment may be failing him.

Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome by Lise Pyles -- Tips and information to help parents homeschool their child with Asperger Syndrome.

Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool With Asperger's Syndrome by Martha Kennedy Hartnett -- Information from various homeschooling families with Asperger children written by the mother of an Asperger homeschool graduate.


Homeschooling is hard work, and the experienced parent needs some encouragement as the "going gets tough."
For the Children's Sake by Susan MacAulay -- An interpretation of Charlotte Mason's gentle approach to homeschooling, focusing on a whole family approach to a positive learning atmosphere.

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by Raymond and Dorothy Moore -- Unschooling enthusiast Raymond Moore offers different ideas for learning. Helpful for stressed families.

Things We Wish We'd Known by Bill and Diana Waring -- Fifty veteran homeschooling families offer advice to others.

Children's Reading Lists

Huge list of reading lists and other resources
Great Books Reading List
Curricula and Reading Lists
Charlotte Mason Book List
Children's Literature List
1000 Great Books List