How To Find the Best Home Schooling Books

Finding books for home schooling can be simple or hard depending on what you are looking for. Many books can be used in home schooling, but depending on your state's curriculum requirements, you may spend a large amount of time searching for just the right book.

As more families begin to home school, you have a better chance of finding more books that are going to be excellent to use with your children. Companies offer books that are as good or better than you would find in a traditional school and they are offered at somewhat competitive rates.

  1. Determine what you are looking for. Do you want traditional school books, classic works of literature, workbooks that can be thrown away after you pull the pages out, or religious based books? The books you are looking for will determine where you look and what the best books are for your child.

    If you want traditional books, you might want to look at companies like McGraw Hill or Scott Foresman.  While traditional, book-based curriculums are more expensive than your other options, they ensure your child is meeting the standards for school in your state.

    This is especially important if they want to go on to college. However, they can still make it to college even if you do not home school them traditionally. For example, if you want religious books you might look for the Abeka or Bob Jones curriculum.

  2. Buy Direct. If you are looking for traditional books then consider buying directly from the company. Buying from companies like McGraw Hill or Abeka will give you easy and flawless transactions. There is a huge amount of convenience that will come from ordering the books direct. It's just a matter of calling the company or visiting their website, ordering the appropriate titles, and having them shipped right to your door.
  3. Church, Flea Market or Block Sales. Many home school families take summertime off, just like traditional school students do. During the summer, you can find a wealth of book sales. As home schooling becomes more popular, more and more parents are offering educational materials at their personal yard sales or church sales. You can easily pick up a new or a gently used schoolbook for a few dollars or less.
  4. Check the Internet. There are numerous Internet sites that offer homeschooling items. You can find book swaps, deals through online auction websites, and even people willing to give away books that their children no longer need.

    Every year, schools will receive brand new books in a small quantity to entice them to buy more. Many teachers will take these books and sell them on eBay for a small profit. This allows you to easily find quality books for a few dollars, or at least less than what the textbook company is charging.

  5. Check Local Stores. If you are looking for classic books and workbooks, you may be able to find some at local discount stores. Stores like Kmart, Walmart, and Target have many workbooks and in their reading section, depending on what you are looking for, they also have various types of classic books.

    You can also pick up a teacher's record keeping book and other homeschool resources you will need for the year at these stores. If you are looking for these books, you will want to look here first, because when you add shipping costs from the Internet, it is possible that books online could end up costing more than buying them locally.

  6. Avoid purchasing supplies from large homeschool supply sites. Online, there are several large homeschool curriculum websites. These sites offer games, software, booklets, workbooks, and more. However, many of these sites inflate the prices of the materials they sell. You can often find the same supplies on eBay or through the retailer at a fraction of the cost.

    If you are interested in finding these websites to compare prices on supplies, you can search Google or Yahoo. Just put in the term 'homeschool supplies'.

  7. Always purchase up-to-date supplies. No matter what type of homeschool supplies you purchase you should always try to find the most up-to-date materials. While the books from 2006 may be more expensive than books from the 1980's, the 2006 books offer your child more relevant information.

    If you have a choice between a book from 2006 or 1986, remember that there is a 20 years period that is missing from the 1986 book. This can significantly affect the information within history, science, and government books. As time passes, these books are consistently updating their facts. While a book on history can tell you all the presidents up through Ronald Reagan, your child still needs to know about the presidents since Reagan left office.

    Other books, such as math and chemistry offer different ways to solve problems.  The math of 2006 is different than the math of the 1980's.   It is more than just 1+2 = 3.  Children must learn about all of the various properties and methods they can use to do some of the simplest mathematical equations. The most up-to-date books show exactly how to perform these problems while older books may use outdated methods that are sure to baffle both your child and yourself.

If you are home schooling, then you need to keep in mind that your state has specific laws you must follow if you are not receiving some sort of religious exemption. Online, you can find exactly what your state requires in order to homeschool effectively (and stay within the law) at the following websites:

Some states require yearly or bi-yearly testing. Others require portfolio assessments. Some states allow you to homeschool, but the state does not require that you show proof through a portfolio nor do they require that have your child tested each year.

Ultimately, it all depends on where you live and why you are home schooling your child to begin with.


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