The books here articulate the philosophy of education, classical and Orthodox, in the clearest manner we know of, but not all of them are easy reading. It is worth noting, as well, that some of these authors or not Orthodox, although they are chosen because they helpfully articulate a way of thinking about education that runs counter to practices and ideas in most modern schools.  

We have listed the books in each category according to most accessible first, followed by those that are somewhat more challenging. All of them are worth the effort and time and will reward whatever you choose to invest in them.


Philosophy of Education

Consider This:  Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, by Karen Glass

Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination, by Vigen Guroian

The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis

Beauty in the Word, by Stratford Caldecott

Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education, by Dr. James S. Taylor

Norms and Nobility: A Treatise on Education, by David Hicks


Orthodox Parenting and Family Life

Children in the Church Today: An Orthodox Perspective, by Sister Magdalen

Following a Sacred Path: Raising Godly Children, by Elizabeth White

Raising them Right: A Saint's Advice on Raising Children, by St. Theophan the Recluse

On Marriage and Family Life, by St. John Chrysostom


Online Resources

Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Homeschooling

Illumination Learning

Circe Institute

The Paideia Fellowship

Ambleside Online