Favorite Homeschooling Books

Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

First of all I want to say something that should be common knowledge – but I know many people have not been educated about one wonderful resource (and the homeschooling parent’s best friend) – the library. Usually, when I hear anyone recommend a book, or I hear about a book that sounds interesting – I go straight to the library and look for it. In our library system, if the library doesn’t have the book, we can also search through other libraries in the state – if they have the book, we can loan it. This is where I find many of my great resources for homeschooling and general knowledge.

Instead of just going out and buying a book that someone recommends, I highly recommend that you first take it out of your local library and see if it meets your needs. Put pieces of paper in each page that has something important to say – something that you want to remember. In my case, if I have a lot of those pieces of paper sticking out of the book, I know that it probably is a book that I should keep on my shelf. Some books have no pieces of paper – and others have a few. For those that have a few, I usually jot down the important points and return the book.

So, I just wanted to give you the following advice: go to the library first, check out the book and see if it’s right for you. I have taken out plenty of books that were “highly recommended” only to find that I didn’t care for the book or that it didn’t meet my needs.

This will save you a lot of money in the long run – even if you do buy a lot of your books used. There’s nothing I hate more than buying a book and finding out that it was a waste of money and it just sits on my shelf. I made this mistake quite a few times during the early part of homeschooling – perhaps you can learn from my mistake.

Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath – You Can Do This! By Terrie Lynn Bittner

I highly recommend this book to any homeschooling parent, but especially to any who are new to homeschooling or contemplating homeschooling. I borrowed it from the library and decided to purchase my own copy – I felt it was an important resource.

I think that every one of us who homeschools needs to be reminded sometimes – why are we doing this? Sometimes we may have a bad day and wonder if it was a good idea. Sometimes we have doubts and burnout just like everyone else. This is one good book that I want by my side when I go through such times. It really is a good reminder of why I am homeschooling and has a lot of good advice and information about resources also. For anyone who is just starting out – I find this to be one of the most helpful books out there.


The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon. By David Elkind, Ph.D.

I found this to be an insightful book – especially if you are a parent wondering when you should start homeschooling. Sometimes we undergo a lot of pressure as homeschoolers to follow the model of school – our friends and family keep asking, why don’t you send them to school or they ask your child “Do you know how to read yet?” I thought the first part of the book was quite interesting and was pretty easy to read. However, for some reason as you get to the last part of the book it starts to get a bit scientific and quite dry – so I skipped a lot. While this is true, I still do recommend this book. You can find a further write-up about this on the following blog page: The Hurried Child.

Home Schooling on a Shoe String. By Melissa L. Morgan & Judith Waite Allee

I also found this to be an excellent resource. Has a lot of information on how to homeschool on a limited budget, has small excerpts about different types of homeschooling, learning styles, etc. It also has recommendations about books to use for further study on these and other issues. This book not only tackles ideas related to homeschooling, but living a more frugal life in order to homeschool. They have a lot of good recommendations.

I do recommend reading the book; and I will probably eventually be adding this one to my homeschooling library.

** More recommendations will be added as I have time, insha’Allah **

7 Responses to “ Favorite Homeschooling Books ”

  1. umm zakariya on October 11, 2006 at 4:45 am

    Assalamu aleykum,

    Jazzakhallahu khair sister for you efforts and reccomandations. I have a 2 year old son and I’m thinking of homeschooling him. I will try to read the books you have suggested.

    I also found your arabic resources on the yemeni website very useful.

    wa assalamu aleykum
    Umm zakariya

  2. Holly on May 8, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    asaalam walaykum…i enjoyed your site very much…thinking of homeschooling both my daughters…


  3. erum on August 31, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    assalamu alaykum. have you read HOW CHILDREN LEARN by John Holt, considered a pioneer of the homeschooling movement. i found it most useful in understanding, and becoming committed to home-schooling. it also saved me from making mistakes made in the conventional school system. it taught me that trusting the child is vital. i learnt that in their continuous leanring journey, they correct their mistakes themeselves and that i dont have to do it for them. i learnt also that they learn by asking quesions, not answering them. a book i’d recommend to caring parents and teachers.

  4. Umm Eesa wa Habibah on December 7, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    I am thrilled to have found your blog via another blog and another wonderful homeschooler Qalballah. I am a homeschoooler In shaa Allaah may Allaah make easy all our efforts Ameen.

  5. Mackeran on November 4, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

  6. Umme Ayyoob on February 9, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Assalaamu Alaikum
    I have been homeschooling for a bit over 1 year now. My son is 5 yrs turning 6 in 5 months insha-Allah and I have a 2 yr old daughter who is soaking up as much as her little brain will allow while I am working with him.
    Shukran so much for your advice.Some days are hard and it takes everything I’ve got to keep it from affecting them and the learning process.So today I logged on to find some inspiration and it came in the form of your site. I often feel so lonely and without support in this undertaking and though i believe 100% in what I’m doing, I sometimes need a shoulder. so today I’ve decided that whenever I feel this way , I will come to sites like these because you’re all like one big homeschooling family, even though you’re all across the globe and probably haven’t met one another.
    Again jazaakallal khairan for all that you’re doing for people like me.

  7. Umm Fatima on June 30, 2012 at 8:07 am

    @Umme Ayyoob

    My kids are still too young for school-level work so I can’t say I know exactly what you are going through, but I do live in an area with little to no Islamic activity, and I find it very isolating. I definitely advise finding and keeping a community online, both for support and encouragement as well as new ideas.

    May Allah bless you.

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