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Looking Back Forty Years — My Favorite Homeschool Purchases

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Home grown kids: A practical handbook for teaching your children at home by Raymond and Dorothy Moore — This book gave me the word for how I wanted to educate my kids — it was called “homeschooling.” I loved that word.

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay — Another foundational book which helped me bond with my children and fall in love with homeschooling.

McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers 7 Volume Set Primer Through The Sixth — In 1979 we bought a set of McGuffey’s Readers. It was my very first homeschool curriculum purchase. I still have that set, and now my grown kids borrow it for their own children. For all ages.

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Art prints from art museum gift shops or wherever you can get them — I keep several of these prints (along with title and artist) taped to the living room walls, rotating them regularly.

Artes Latinae — The Latin curriculum I used and recommend — it is self-teaching, inexpensive, and thorough, which is perfect for the homeschooling family. For ages 11 through adult.

Building Thinking Skills — This series is the perfect introduction to logic. I always started Building Thinking Skills Level 2 with my a ten-year-olds and progressed to Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Figural and then Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Verbal.

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Critical Thinking in United States History — Another Critical Thinking Company product which I found to be valuable for teaching logic. Book 1 Colonies to Constitution, Book 2 New Republic to Civil War, Book 3 Reconstruction to Progressivism, Book 4 Spanish-American War to Vietnam War — For ages 12 and up.

Critical Thinking Book One (Grades 7-12) and Critical Thinking, Book 2 — Another Critical Thinking Company product which I found to be valuable for teaching logic. For ages 12 and up.

English Handbook for Christian Schools — A comprehensive English handbook with all the grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and sentence diagramming rules in one place. Very useful.

The Art-Literature Readers: Primer & Book One by Eulalie Osgood Grover, Great Pictures and their Stories Book One by Katherine Morris Lester, and Masterpieces in Art by William C. Casey — There are other kinds of art-literature readers, but these are some I used.

The Elementary Spelling-Book. Being An Improvement On The American Spelling Book by Noah Webster — See our article How to Use Webster’s Speller to Teach Spelling, Handwriting, Grammar, and Vocabulary.

A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens — Best little history book ever, written long ago by Charles Dickens.

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Nature/Science Readers — These are reprints of 19th and early 20th century science/nature readers. Christian Liberty Press has recently reprinted a series.

Microscope — Long ago, I purchased a used university microscope with all the bells and whistles, and it has been worth every penny spent on it. Once you have a microscope you can order things like this or this.

The Wall Chart of World History (From Earliest Times To The Present) — One of my most valuable possessions. Over 15-feet long, it is an illustrated timeline and includes Biblical and world historical events. Follows Ussher’s timeline.

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The Reese Chronological Study Bible: King James Version — A true chronological Bible. I would prefer it wasn’t the KJV, but it doesn’t come in any other version.

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Trivium Pursuit’s List of National Contests and Exams Open to Homeschoolers — List of contests which I started compiling back in the 80’s. Check out our article Contests in Your Curriculum.

Your Family, God’s Way: Developing and Sustaining Relationships in the Home by Wayne A. Mack — The best family counseling book EVER.

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Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 400 Classic Books for Children by Nathaniel Bluedorn — My list of classic read-alouds, compiled from 1981-2001.

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Audio Books — A life-saver for Mother.

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Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think And What We Can Do About It by Jane M. Healy — Read this before you start homeschooling.

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One Response to “Looking Back Forty Years — My Favorite Homeschool Purchases”

  1. sgl Says:

    Could this be posted as a pdf? This is an amazing list that would be great to download and pass along to others. Please?

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