Summer Reading Plans for Mom!

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Several years ago I visited a homeschool convention and rather than being a vendor/speaker (as was my norm), I attended in order to visit with ten of my vendor/speaker friends!  I asked them to share with me titles of the best book they had read that year. I wrote down all ten titles, ordered them, and read them!  That was one of the best experiences ever!  Whether you are new to homeschooling, in the middle of your journey, are on the burned-out/overwhelmed side of your experience, I think you will find much encouragement, joy and laughter if you take the time to find as many of the books listed below and read them this summer!!  Whether you beg, buy, or borrow them, I do not think you will be disappointed.  You may find, as one of my daughters’ recently experienced, that you will want your own copy so you can mark it up as you read!

If you have additional books to recommend, share the titles in the comment section!  I love a good book recommendations!

Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins  (A must read particularly for mother’s of large families.)

Teaching from Rest by Sarah McKenzie

I Saw the Angel in the Marble by  Chris Davis

Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally by Chris Davis

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

The Relaxed Homeschooler by Mary Hood (And, if you want to hear an interview with Mary, check out this podcast called “Relax and Enjoy the Ride“!)

Learning in Spite of Labels by Joyce Herzog (And, if you want to hear from Joyce, check out this podcast entitled “Learning from an Expert.”)

Better Late than Early by Raymond Moore

Although I have not yet read the following book, a trusted friend highly recommended it so I have it on order and plan to read it as soon as it arrives!  Barking Up the Wrong Tree:  The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker.

If you are homeschooling the primary years, check out these excellent (free) videos.

Summer is a time to re-evaluate, re-fuel, and plan for a fun, successful fall!


Child Not Reading? Do Not Stress!

kelli-mcclintock-Z7uacdEYnd4-unsplashMy oldest two children, both girls, read by age 4.  The next two children were boys and they did not read by age 4, or 5, or 6, or …. I am not sure when they finally learned to read.  They eventually did learn to read, but the process was not pleasant.  And then I read Raymond Moore’s book, Better Late Than Early.  In that book I was encouraged by his research that all children are different, some are ready to read earlier than others, and that requiring children to read before they are ready could actually damage their eyes. Here is a link to an excerpt from the book! Finally being convinced that reading is a lot like toilet training (when they are ready it is much easier to teach/train) I did not stress over the age that my five younger children learned to read.  My fourth child, the one who first benefited from this new found knowledge, became one of my most avid readers.  By the time my eighth and ninth children came along I was so comfortable with idea of not putting pressure on my children to read that I purposefully did not teach the youngest two to read in order to see what would happen.  Would they learn on their own?  If so, when?  If not, when should I step in and teach them?   The Old Schoolhouse magazine includes a more in depth article on what would happen if you didn’t teach your child to read.

As I travel and speak to homeschool moms I find many moms worried about accomplishing academic goals, often at times much earlier than necessary.  I was fortunate to have a mentor in the 1980’s when I began homeschooling who told me the following:

  1.  Do not bring school to the home.  Make learning an extension of life. (That’s what we did from birth to age 4, right?)
  2. You do not need curriculum until middle or high school.  It is there for your use, but do not become enslaved to curriculum.
  3. Read aloud.  Read, read, and read some more.
  4. Spend a lot of time outdoors.

Great advice!  Advice you should consider!