Weekly trips to the library. Staying up late to finish a good book because I just had to know what happened. Re-reading old favorites. Knowing fictional characters so well that they almost seem like real friends. All of these things make up some of my fondest memories of childhood. My mom encouraged a love of reading in me as a child and now I get to do that with my own daughters.
As homeschoolers, books take on an added dimension since they are the bread and butter of what we do. We don’t just read for entertainment, we read to learn. That means that amongst the Dr. Seuss and Laura Ingalls Wilder on our shelves, you’ll find science books and math books. For us, having an extensive home library is essential. We use living books to study history, literature as part of our language arts lessons, and text books when necessary. When we moved, we had 8 rather large boxes stuffed to the brim with books, which was far more than we had for clothes, dishes, or anything else. We aren’t big on material things, but books are some of our most cherished possessions.
I’ve found ways to find books as cheaply as possible. I shop online at half.com, eBay, Amazon, Library & Educational Services, and Homeschool Library Builder. I use Swagbucks to get Amazon gift cards and most often buy books with them. I also became an Usborne Books consultant in order to get discounts and free books. Thanks to e-books, the price of books has come down as well as reducing the need for more bookshelves.
Books inspire the imagination. They can take us to places that we can’t visit in real life. They introduce us to people and things we might never run into in our daily world. They can even be time machines to the future or the past.
I could teach without the Internet if necessary. I could make do with pen and paper if we didn’t have a computer. We could not, however, homeschool without books. That’s why they are number one on my list of homeschooling essentials!
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