I've written about how summer is such a wonderful time for kids to read fun books. It's also a perfect time for moms to catch up on all those books that can never get read during the homeschool year. As I've said before, I love research and curriculum planning. Reading about learning styles, curriculum development and educational studies are great to me. This encouraged me later to earn my master's degree in education.
Summer became a time when I sought out all kinds of books to read that would help me develop my homeschool vision. This vision certainly evolved throughout all the years that I homeschooled. It evolved based on my experiences teaching my children, speakers that I listened to, and the books that I read. Every summer, piles of books would be brought home from the library. I would also get some from the conventions and order used books online. Sometimes a new book would even be purchased if necessary.
You could find me in a big chair or on the deck with a big cup of coffee reading most anytime. Most of these books are a quick read, but I would often take notes. Since my kids were all so different, I looked for ways to make their education customized. Everything that I could learn, made their education easier for me to present to them. Here are a few of the books I read. I'm not recommending all of them to you. I have been a very eclectic homeschooler. My recommendation to homeschoolers is to use whatever curriculum works for your worldview and your individual children's needs.
The Well Trained Mind Susan Wise Bauer
Charlotte Masons Original Homeschooling #1-6 Charlotte Mason
Educating the Wholehearted Child Clay Clarkson
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning Karen Andreola
Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style -Harvey Bluedorn
More Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual by Catherine Levison
Homeschooling for Excellence by David Colfax
Pocketful Of Pinecones: Nature Study With The Gentle Art Of Learning: A Story For Mother Culture by Karen Andreola
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by Raymond S. Moore
The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think And How Schools Should Teach by Howard Gardner
Writing Road to Reading: The Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading by Romalda Bishop Spalding
Home Schooling Children with Special Needs (3rd Edition) by Sharon Hensley
Multiple Intelligences: In Theory And Practice Howard Gardner