The following books are recommended for a good, general understanding of why families are turning to home education and the various aspects involved, from the theoretical and philosophical to the practical. This list cannot be, and was not intended to be, exhaustive; there are many, many books on home education and more are being published all the time. This list does represent a cross sampling of the best available. These books also represent a variety of philosophies. It is important to read several books on educational philosophy and use your own God-given discernment in balancing the various positions. Please note CHEA of California does not necessarily agree with every point presented in every book listed.
An Introduction to Home Education, Susan Beatty and Karen Woodfin Middleton (2007, Christian Home Educators Press) The what, why, and how of homeschooling. Includes California law, suppliers and other resources, and 35 reproducible forms.
The High School Handbook, Mary Schofield (1990, Christian Home Educators Press), discusses the requirements for California high school graduation and how to plan a high school curriculum, course requirements, and recordkeeping.
Preschool At Home, Debbie Feely (2004, Christian Home Educators Press) This booklet is designed to give you ideas and suggestions to help you think through what YOU want for YOUR child
100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing The Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child’s Learning Style, Cathy Duffy (2005, B & H Publishing Group), will help you locate and understand the variety of curriculums available to home educators. This manual provides practical help in how to choose curriculum, as well as developing a course of study.
Home Schooling: The Right Choice, by Christopher Klicka, (Noble Publishing Associates), is THE book about Christian educational philosophy and contains practical aspects as well.
CHEA’s Firm Foundation Library, A collection of books to help home educating parents integrate biblical principles throughout the curriculum so that children and parents develop a consistent, comprehensive Christian worldview. Includes: Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, by Israel Wayne; The Right Choice: Homeschooling, by Christopher Klicka; Let Us Highly Resolve, by David and Shirley Quine; andEncyclopedia of Bible Truths, by Ruth Haycock.
The How And Why of Home Schooling, Ray E. Ballman (1987, Crossway Books)Out of Print. An excellent first book to be read by the person interested in Christian home education. Unique to this book is an encouraging chapter for grandparents.
The Christian Home School, Gregg Harris (1988, Wolgemuth and Hyatt) Out of Print. An in-depth look at the principles (Biblical, historical, practical) behind home education. A very thorough book by a well-respected national home education leader.
Going Home to School (Why So Many Christians Are), by Llewellyn B. Davis (The Elijah Company) one of the most readable and thorough books explaining the reasons behind the philosophy of Christian home education.
Home Educating With Confidence, Rick & Marilyn Boyer (1996, Homeschool Press, ISBN 0-9645396-3-2)
The Basic Steps to Successful Homeschooling, Vicki A. Brady, (1996 Vital Issues Press, ISBN 1-56384-113-4)
Beyond Survival, Diana Waring, (1996 Emerald Books, ISBN 1-883002-37-0)
Gaining Confidence to Teach, Debbie Strayer, (1997 Common Sense Press, ISBN 1-880892-98-7)
The Home School Manual, Ted Wade (1986, Gazelle Publications), covers just about every aspect of homeschooling, especially for parents of older children, but does touch upon early vs. later academics.
For The Children's Sake, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (1984, Crossway Books), is must reading for parents who desire to give their children a true education, by awakening their minds and giving them a new richness, stability, and a joy for living.
A Guide to American Christian Education For The Home And School (The Principle Approach), James Rose (1987, American Christian History Institute), teaches the rudiments of The Principle Approach philosophy of education, discusses the role of the home in education, how to develop a curriculum compatible with this philosophy, and shares examples of courses designed for this approach. This book will challenge you to a Biblical, Christian, view of education and history. It is not for the family who is looking for a pre-packaged curriculum.
Will Early Education Ruin Your Child? Richard Fugate (1990, Aletheia Division of Alpha Omega), critiques the educational philosophy and theology of Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Dorothy Moore.
What The Bible Says About Child Training, Richard Fugate (1980, Aletheia Division of Alpha Omega), uses Biblical principles to help parents understand their God-given authority in training their children. This is must reading for home educators.
The Hurried Child, David Elkind (1981, Addison-Wesley), is a good commentary on our culture's tendency to rush our children into the adult world. It has chapters on parents, schools, and media (secular orientation).
Is Public Education Necessary? Samuel Blumenfeld (1981, Devin-Adair), is an excellent history of public education showing how it evolved to the modern day. It is a sobering account of the reasons behind its and goals of those who promote it.
Honey For a Child's Heart, Gladys Hunt (2002, Zondervan), is a beautiful book on reading, books, and the place books should have in your family, including an extensive bibliography.
A Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer (1982, Crossway Books), shows how the whole foundation for society has shifted radically from its original Judeo-Christian basis to a humanistic basis. It calls for action in government, law, and all of life to turn the tide of moral decadence and loss of freedom. Other books written by members of the Schaeffer family are also highly recommended.
What Are They Teaching Our Children? Mel and Norma Gabler (1985, Victor Books), documents the influence of humanism in the classroom through textbooks. If you plan to use secular texts, read this book first.
A Biblical Psychology of Learning, Ruth Beechick (1983, Accent Books), subtitled "How your Mind Works," discusses various psychological approaches to learning and presents a Biblical alternative learning model that includes our "spiritual being." Offers practical teaching methods.
Teaching to Change Lives, Howard Hendricks (1987, Multnomah Press), while not written for home educators, but rather to the Sunday School teacher and pastoral speaker, this book, nevertheless, has much to say to home educating parents on the Biblical methods of teaching. This book could change your life as a parent/teacher.
Teaching Primaries (1980, Accent Books), Teaching Juniors (1981, Accent Books), You Can Teach Your Child Successfully (Grades 4 - 8) (1988, Arrow Press), A Home Start in Reading, An Easy Start in Arithmetic, A Strong Start in Language (1986, Arrow Press), all by Ruth Beechick, a series of books that will give you a solid foundation for teaching and breaking away from the clutches of too much curriculum.