Homeschool Books and Resources We Use a Lot
I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can look to see some of the books we have used a lot in our homeschool. This is not a complete lists of homeschool curriculum options. You will find those in separate posts. (I’ll link to those at the bottom of this page!) These are actual books that we have used a lot in our homeschool!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.
History Homeschool Resources:
Early Times History Books by Suzanne Strauss Art – We love the way these books are written and they have been the perfect read-aloud spine for our studies of China, Native Americans and the Middle Ages. There is a lot of detail, but they are written in a way that appeals to all of my kids (ages 6-10 when we used the China and Native American books, ages 7-11 when we used the Middle Ages book)
Story of the World – We have all the books, but actually have used the CD sets much more in our homeschool
- The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor
- The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance
- The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
- The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria’s Empire to the End of the USSR
Jim Weiss Audio Books (Great for car trips. My kids love these!)
Hands-On Type History Books
- Ancient Greece: Ancient Greece!: 40 Hands-On Activities to Experience This Wondrous Age and Classical Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
- Ancient Rome: Explore Ancient Rome!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiements
- Middle Ages: Great Medieval Projects: You Can Build Yourself , Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Middle Ages, and Days of Knights and Damsels: An Activity Guide
- China: Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia – This big thick book has beautiful photos and illustrations. It is an amazing resource to have on hand. It has great information and I find it to be an excellent supplement to our history curriculum.
Blank Outline Maps
- The World Reference & Map Forms – Blank outline maps of countries/states. I use this book ALL the time and couldn’t imagine studying history without this great resource!
Our Blog Posts with Book Lists: And we use endless numbers of children’s books and novels to supplement our history studies. You’ll find book lists for each of the regions we’ve studied as separate posts in the blog: India book list, China book list, etc.
Science Homeschool Resources:
Janice VanCleave’s books such as
- Biology For Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments That Really Work
- Chemistry for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments that Really Work
- Machines: Mind-boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects
- Physics for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound
- Earth Science for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments that Really Work
- The Human Body for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun
Human Body Projects
Earth Science Books
- How the Earth Works: 60 Fun Activities for Exploring Volcanoes, Fossils, Earthquakes, and More
- Geology Rocks!: 50 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Earth
- Planet Earth Science Fair Projects: Using the Scientific Method
- Explore Rocks and Minerals!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiements
- The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World
- Janice VanCleave’s Earthquakes: Mind-boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects
Biology Textbook – Prentice-Hall Biology This is an actual textbook used in public school (high school probably), but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve reached for this in our homeschool! We got an older version of the textbook used. I’ve linked to the 2004 edition since you can get that for under $5.00 used.
Math and Critical Thinking Homeschool Resources
Spectrum Math Workbooks – We have used the entire series as a source of math practice problems. Best $10 we spend each year!
Prealgebra – Art of Problem Solving. We highly recommend this math textbook.
Mathematical Circle Diaries, Year 1: Complete Curriculum – I can’t rave about this book enough. My kids love, love, love these math puzzles and challenges!!
Kidoku Puzzles – an *amazing* resource for those looking for Sudoku puzzles in small (kid-friends grids). These are free (though you can donate to his site): 4×4 grids, 6×6 grids, 8×8 grids mazes and so much more!!
Grammar/Language Arts Homeschool Resources:
Free Grammar Practice Pages: We made a lot of our own grammar sheets. These are free to download. Our most popular worksheets: 11 Comma Rules and Practice Sheets, Apostrophes, Quotation Marks and Underlining, Their/there/they’re and its/it’s but we have tons of other free sheets as well!
Write Source Skills Books: We also use the Write Source Skills books for learning basic grammar rules (the use of commas, apostrophes, capital letters, and so forth). I’ll link to a couple: Write source Skills Book Grade 1 , Write Source Skills Book Grade 2, Write Source Skills Book Grade 4, Write Source Skills Book Grade 5 These are under $10.
Art Homeschool Resources:
Come look With Me series – This series is great way to introduce famous art pieces to kids ages 3-8 or so. Exploring Landscape Art with Children (Come Look with Me), Exploring Modern Art (Come Look with Me)
Learning German Homeschool Resources:
- Bobo Siebenschläfer – We use this children’s book AND the CD in our homeschool.
- Floppy Das Monster Ist Fast Auf Immer Verloren (German Edition)
- Es War Einmal (German Edition)
- Practice Makes Perfect Complete German Grammar – My older two are using this workbook as they start to learn the basics of German grammar (der/die/das; ich bin, du bist, er ist… and things like that)
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.
Finding Homeschool Curriculum:
Here are some posts I wrote for those trying to find a homeschool curriculum that works for their family. If you have any suggestions, feel free to drop me a note and I can add your suggestions in!
Choosing or Creating a Homeschool History Curriculum – This is a post about the many history homeschool resources available.
That brings us to the end of this resource page. Now you might be interested in this post: Free Teaching and Homeschool Resources from Around the Web
I hope you found some useful information here! ~Liesl