Recently, I’ve been reading Blueprint Homeschooling: How to Plan a Year of Home Education That Fits the Reality of Your Life by Amy Knepper. I’m only about halfway through, give or take, but I’ve found a lot of useful tidbits already and am quite pleased with what I’ve read so far. I will be posting a review of the whole book once I’ve finished, never fear.
But in reading it, I started thinking. One of the things that I noticed when I started homeschooling was the wealth of books out there on homeschooling. Specifically, that they seemed (to me at the time, anyway) to fall into two categories: either they were these really scientific “here’s how the brain works” or “here’s what you need to teach” type books, or they were books that were written with the intact family in mind – you know, the one where Mom and Dad are still happily married, Dad brings home the bacon and Mom fries it up, while teaching the kids the three R’s.
At the time, the scientific, how the brain works type were of no real interest to me because they didn’t really answer my questions about how to homeschool. The teach this type were more helpful, because they covered the nuts and bolts basics of what subjects to cover and even giving guidance about what order to teach things in.
But the real problem? The real problem was the books that were obviously written with intact families in mind. There is nothing that will make you feel less enthusiastic and less capable than reading a bunch of books that tell you what you have to do in order to homeschool properly – and you can’t do it because, you know, no husband and all.
Which is why I love Blueprint Homeschooling so far – while the author is married, her book isn’t just for the married homeschoolers. It’s a plan that anyone who wants to homeschool can implement, and works regardless of your situation. Married or not, homeschooling one or multiple, unschooling or recreating school at home – none of that matters. This is a book with a plan that anyone can actually use.
It’s a refreshing change for me, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the book. But I also know that this is not the only book out there that can do this. Which is why I want to invite you, my readers, to share the books about homeschooling that you have loved, that you have read and reread, that you have found most useful in your homeschooling.
Which books taught you the most (or the best) about how to homeschool? Which books were the most clear, or answered questions that you didn’t find answers for anywhere else? Which books have stood the test of time, being published ten, twenty, thirty years ago and yet still holding true to help you today?
Whatever the book, and however it was useful to you, share that with us. Let’s give single parents new to homeschooling a list of resources they can go to, to find some answers without feeling overwhelmed or defeated.