A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers

A Blog Devoted to Encouraging Homeschooling Mothers
The Burts in 2013

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Summer Reading for Homeschool Moms

Today's post is dedicated to something most every homeschooling mother loves - BOOKS!!! Come on, you know you love books - so why not admit it and embrace your inner book-a-holic :)

Well, maybe not every homeschooling mom loves books the way I love books. I love tattered books that have been read over and over again, brand new Apologia science books with their "new book smell", paperback or hardcover, taped up binding, written in and highlighted, pages folded to mark a page or bookmarks hidden deep within the pages, even e-books...I love them all!

One of my favorite pastimes is reading (who knew?!). And during the summer months I have some books that have become staple in my homeschool preparations for the upcoming academic year. I'll list the titles and authors of those books and hopefully some of you will share some of your favorites with me!

Number 1 ~ "Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe" by Todd Wilson

Number 2 ~ "For the Children's Sake" by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Number 3 ~ "Wisdom from Proverbs: Devotions for Homeschooling Moms" by Barbara Coyle

Number 4 ~ "Things We Wish We'd Known" compiled and edited by Bill & Diana Waring

Number 5 ~ "Welcome Home, Daddy" by Lorrie Flem

Number 6 ~ "Reaping the Harvest" by Diana Waring

and finally, my latest addition to my favorite summer reads to encourage and inspire me as I prepare for the new school year....

Number 7 ~ "How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids" by Rachael Carman

While I have many more titles I could share, the first six books on my list are the ones I read yearly, the ones I find myself thumbing through when writing lesson plans, the ones I keep on the bookshelf in my bedroom for immediate access when I have a homeschool emergency and need to read something that will provide some wisdom. Of course, the Bible is my number one read each and every day, and no other book will take the place of God's Living and Active Word - without Jesus as my Lord and Savior, our family's homeschool would still be stuck at 1 + 1 + 2. All the credit goes to God, that's for certain!

The last book on this list is a product I received to review as a member of this years TOS Crew. I don't want to give away too much prior to posting my review next month, but I can tell you that this book is a keeper and has secured it's place on my list of annual must-reads.

Now, if anyone would like to share some of their must-reads, I'd love to hear from you!

Happy summer reading, my fellow homeschool moms!

Day 105 done :)

Jan L. Burt


  1. I am reading How to have a H.E.A.R.T, too, and it has really blown me away! What a wonderful book and so inspiring! I can't wait to write my review as I have so many great things to share.:) Lori

  2. I, too, am thoroughly enjoying reviewing How to Have a H.E.A.R.T for Your Kids! It's a great read for moms! I am also reading A Charlotte Mason Companion~which is wonderful for parents whether or not you use her schooling methods.

  3. Wow -- looks like I'm going to have to check out this "how to have a HEART for your kids" -- 3 great responses for it! I have a secret to share -- in that I love the smell of new can find me just flipping through pages smelling the pages of any new book haha. Love it!! :)