education reads

Over the years, a stack of books on the topic of parenting/training children/education/schooling/unschooling has accumulated on my bookshelf, witness to my desire, my quest to discover the best way to bring up my children.
They have ranged from inspiring to challenging to informative to hardly-bad-but-hardly-worth-reading-either to downright nonsense.
I find it difficult with many books to decide whether they are “parenting” books or “education” books ~ there is a lot of overlap in these areas….and so I am going to lump them all in together as “books-that-people-who-are-interested-in-mentoring-children” might want to consider reading, even if it’s just to discover that you don’t agree with them!
Hopefully one day there’ll be reviews of each one.

Useful Books About Life:
The Overload Syndrome by Richard Swenson
Margin by Richard Swenson
Your Life As Art by Robert Fritz

So You Wanna Be A Parent?:
Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumball
The Duties of Parents by J. C. Ryle
Our 24 Family Ways by Clay Clarkson
What Is A Family?
by Edith Schaeffer
For The Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
For The Children’s Sake by Susan Scaeffer Macaulay
Romancing Your Child’s Heart by Monte Swan
Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining and Bad Attitudes in you and your children by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo
Let’s Make A Memory by Gloria Gaither
The Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent
The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff
Proverbs for Parenting by Barbara Decker
Shepherding A Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Parenting Isn’t For Cowards by James C. Dobson

Especially for Mama:
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
Mother by Kathleen Thompson Norris
Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson
The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

Useful for Thinking About Home Education:
A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille – hubby’s initial reaction
Core and Love of Learning by Oliver and Rachel DeMille
A Thomas Jefferson Education In Our Home by Rachel DeMille
Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Endangered Minds by Jane Healy
The Heart of Homeschooling by Chris Klicka
Onto the Yellow School Bus by Mary Hood
A Different Kind of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
Christian Unschooling by Teri J. Brown
Homeschooling for Excellence by David Colax
Scholar Phase booklet by Oliver Van DeMille
Syllabus for the Season of Re-education and Renewing of the Mind by Barb Shelton
Educating The Whole-hearted Child by Clay Clarkson
A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
The Relaxed Homeschool by Mary Hood
Across the Kitchen Table byPamela Read von Gohren

Useful Homemaking Books (this IS education!!!!):
Living More With Less by Doris Janzen Longacre
Is There Life After Housework? by Don Aslett
The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton
Obsessions of An Organised Housewife by Deborah M. Burek
The Creative Homemaker by Mary LaGrand Bouma

Useful, particularly for Under-Eight-Year-Olds:
The Hurried Child by David Elkind
Endangered Minds by Jane Healy
Small Beginnings by Barbara Curtis
Better Late Than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore
Home Grown Kids by Raymond and Dorothy Moore
Babies Need Books by Dorothy Butler
Five to Eight by Dorothy Butler
From Playpen to Podium by Jeff Myers
Know Your Child by Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas
Entertaining and Educating Babies and Toddlers by Robyn Gee and Susan Meredith
Things To Make And Do With Preschoolers by Hilary Keen
Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman
The Booklet Building Book by Barb Shelton
The Homeschool Jumpstart Navigator by Barb Shelton

More Useful for Over-Eight-Year-Olds:
A Home Start in Reading by Ruth Beechick
An Easy Start in Arithmetic by Ruth Beechick
A Strong Start in Language by Ruth Beechick
Reaping the Harvest by Diana Waring
Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos by Lucy Jo Palladino
Discover Your Child’s Learning Style by Mariaemma Willis
The Great Niche Hunt by David J. Frahm
The Merchant Maiden by Crystal Paine
Senior High: A Home Designed Form-U-La by Barb Shelton

Useful Books About Books:
A Landscape With Dragons by Michael O Brien
Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt
How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler
The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Babies Need Books by Dorothy Butler
Five to Eight by Dorothy Butler

The Wonderful Charlotte Mason Books:
1. Home Education
2. Parents and Children
3. School Education
4. Ourselves
5. Formation of Character
6. A Philosophy of Education

Novels With A Family/Education Message:
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Little Britches by Ralph Moody

A Random Collection of Other Books:
The Phonics Handbook by Sue Lloyd
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson
Beautiful Girlhood by Karen Andreola
A Maiden In Waiting
Postmodern Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckwith
The Origins and Growth of Modern Education by Elizabeth Sutton
Lawrence
The Cause of Christian Education by Richard J. Edlin
A Case for Christian Education by Stephen Dennett

5 Responses to education reads

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  2. amy says:

    wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. I have just been bouncing around from post to post on your various blogs. Are you real? Are you really out there or am I just dreaming I read all this. How in the world do you manage to blog all this? I have 4 kids and I just started homeschooling and TJeding. I feel a little in over my head. I salute you and will be following your adventures with extreme interest. Call me your new friend in California.

  3. Rach says:

    Hi Amy, my new friend in California!
    Join me “in over my head* – that’s exactly where I am too;-)
    Totally real. How about you? Do you have a blog or “friends and family email list” or something? I’m looking for people to journey with on this TJEd thing – people to discuss the books with etc….maybe there’s an opportunity brewing (thinking out loud here)…….
    Nice to meet you.

  4. Billie says:

    I want to discuss books with both of you. You pick’em, I’ll read them!

  5. Rach says:

    Billie, the invitation to conversation and simple getters to great minds links in my sidebar would be a great place to discuss as well. Right now I’m reading How To Read A Book by Mortimer J Adler – hoping to review it soon. Would certainly welcome discussion.

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