I’m joining Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy today to share what I’ve been reading lately.

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path
Author: Erin Loechner

I first heard about this book on The Art of Simple podcast, a favorite of mine. Loechner shares many deep insights about our fast-paced world and why it is so difficult to slow down and embrace simple living.

I appreciated her honest confessions of her struggles in life and as a mom, and hearing her blogging journey (unbeknownst to me, Erin Loechner is kind of famous in the blogosphere). If you loved Shauna Niequest’s Present over Perfect, this book is for you.

How Children Learn
Author: John Holt

If you homeschool and you have never read this book, go get it from the library right now. John Holt championed homeschooling and pioneered the unschooling movement. He will seriously challenge your assumptions about how children learn and what they need in order to learn (spoiler: they don’t need school).

The book reads like a scientific study and takes getting used to, but once you adjust to the unique writing style, the content is well worth the initial effort.

Think Outside the Classroom: A Practical Approach to Relaxed Homeschooling
Author: Kelly Crawford

The one caught my eye as I continue to wrestle with what label to adopt in the homeschool world (maybe I don’t need one at all?). I landed on “relaxed homeschooling” for now because my approach falls somewhere between unschooling and leadership education.

I loved the first half of the book. She expressed so many of my own views about learning, especially how to embrace homeschooling as a lifestyle. The latter half of the book heavily emphasized the author’s faith. If you are not a Christian and are interested in something close, but not quite unschooling, you can still benefit from reading the book. Bonus: it’s a quick read!

What are you reading lately? Share in the comments!

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    1. Author

      Thanks for stopping by Diana! I love your blog name. 🙂

  1. I love How Children Learn–here’s my review–but I’m very pro-public school and both my kids started full-day preschool (while I’m at work) at age 2. I feel that the book’s main point is that, whatever type of school children attend, they are always learning both in and out of school, their most useful comprehensions may come about at times when nobody was “teaching,” and they learn a lot from everyday things (that are becoming scarce in our high-tech world now!) like a typewriter.

    1. Author

      Thanks for joining the conversation Becca! I read the book through a homeschooling lens as I picked it up after learning that John Holt was a major contributor to the unschooling movement. I’m so glad someone chimed in from a different educational lens, as it’s helpful to know that other parents have read the book and gotten a lot out of it too.

    1. Author

      I’m glad Becca commented that she is a big proponent of public school and really appreciated the book as well. I hope you enjoy it, Jessica!

  2. The More of Less by Joshua Becker

    I also just finished the Miss Peregrine books by Ransom Riggs. I don’t find time for a lot of fiction, but this was great good fun!

    1. Author

      I really enjoyed The More of Less! I struggle to stick with fiction these days as I the little time I have for reading usually goes to parenting or homeschool books. The most fiction I usually get is my daughter’s 45 minute – 1 hour fiction read aloud at night (currently, Harry Potter).

  3. This Side of Heaven, by Kingsbury
    Fleeing Isis, Finding Jesus, by Charles Morris
    A Case for Faith, Lee Strobel

    1. Author

      The Charles Morris one sounds intriguing! I’ll have to check it out.

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