Homeschooling Family Resources

 

  "What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all."
--John Holt

Welcome to our homeschooling resource page. I have spent many hours reading and searching the internet for helpful information about homeschooling. I designed this page to serve as a place to share the information I have found, as well as to welcome you into our world as a homeschooling family. Please take a look around! ~Faith

"We're not trying to do "School at Home." We're trying to do homeschool. These are two entirely different propositions. We're not trying to replicate the time, style or content of the classroom. Rather we're trying to cultivate a lifestyle of learningin which learning takes place from morning until bedtime 7 days each week. The "formal" portion of each teaching day is just the tip of the iceburg."
--Steve and Jane Lambert (
Five In A Row )

Did You Know?

Recent estimates put the number of homeschooled children in the U.S. at 2 million (although it is hard to determine the exact number since the methods for counting homeschooled children vary between states). This number is steadly growing as more children are homeschooled each year.

Many famous people were homeschooled including: artists Claude Monet & Andrew Wyeth; authors Beatrix Potter, Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis & Mark Twain; composer Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart; scientists Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison & Alexander Graham Bell; statesmen Benjamin Franklin & Patrick Henry; Generals Douglas MacArthur & George Patton; U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Marshall & Sandra Day O'Connor; Presidents John Quincy Adams, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson & George Washington.

Homeschooling Approaches

 

Where To Start

Charlotte Mason

Classical

Eclectic

Montessori

Religion-Based

"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."
--Isaac Asimov

"I don't have to know everything, I just have to know where to find it when I need it." Albert Einstein

Traditional/School-At-Home

Unit Studies

Unschooling

Waldorf

Comparison of Different Approaches

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
--Mark Twai
n

  Still Can't Decide?
A guide to help you determine whether homeschooling is right for your family.

Homeschool F.A.Q.
Basic answers to many commonly asked questions about homeschooling.

More Homeschooling F.A.Q.s
Additional questions, and new insight on questions frequently asked of homeschooling families.

The 10 Most Important Things You Need to Know About Homeschooling
The most important things to remember and consider when you decide to homeschool.

Beginning to Homeschool
Once you've made the decision, here are a few tips to get you started.

How To Start Homeschooling
A more comprehensive examination of your options as well as suggestions for where to start.

General Homeschooling Sites

Support Groups & Laws

Jon's Homeschool Resource Page
One of the oldest and most comprehensive homeschooling sites on the internet. Includes where to begin, laws, resources, lesson plans, support groups, online groups and much, much more.

Homeschool.com
Your virtual homeschool. Resources by subject, message boards, FAQ for new homeschoolers, bookstore and more.

Homeschool World
The official website of Practical Homeschooling Magazine.

Homeschool Quest
A good starting place with links to lots of different information from F.A.Q.s to lesson plans to support groups.

Homeschool Zone
Articles about homeschooled children in the world around us, resources, recipes, craft projects and more.

Free Things for Homeschoolers
If it can be obtained for free, it's listed here. Tests, t-shirts, lesson plans, videos, CD-ROMS and more.

Get Organized for Homeschool
Tips on how to organize your home school.

National Home Education Network
"The National Home Education Network exists to encourage and facilitate the vital grassroots work of state and local  homeschooling groups and individuals by providing information, fostering networking and promoting public relations on a national level."

Home School Social Register
See if there are other homeschoolers in your area, or register yourself and get in touch with other homeschool families.

Networking
Home Education Magazine's resources for networking, support groups & online discussion boards.

Home School Legal Defense Association
Contains a summary of the legal homeschooling options for every state, as well as information about pending litigation in each state.

Laws & Regulations
Sponsored by Home Education Magazine, this site has links to all state government laws pertaining to homeschooling.

"Great spirits have always encountered opposition from feeble minds."
--Albert Einstein

Homeschooling Young Children 

Socialization

What is a Home Preschool?
by Susan Franklin

"The preschool years are not the time to teach reading or math. We should use life's most impressionable years to teach life's most important lession: how to be happy!"
--Richard and Linda Eyre, in "Teaching Children Joy"

House of Hugs
Preschool activity themes and ideas.

Homeschooling Little Ones
"Tips for Your Youngest Little Homeschoolers & Juggling Homeschooling with Tots"

"We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty rewards--gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A's on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean's lists or Phi Beta Kappa keys--in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else."
--John Holt

Early Learning at Home
Informative articles for those who are interested in homeschooling small children.

Picket Fence Playhouse
Lots of activities to do with young children.

"When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That's if you want to teach them to think."
--Bertrand Russell

Homeschooling and the Myth of Socialization
A wonderful article written by a homeschooling father.

Socialization: A Great Reason Not to Go to School
A research project completed by Dr. Larry E. Shyers and his interesting results.

What About Socialization?
This website addresses all of the common concerns, questions and debates that currently exist about the "issue" of homeschooled children and socialization.

More... What About Socialization?
Families who homeschool provide their insight and opinions about this important topic.

Children Educated at Home Don't Become Social Misfits
A study of the social outcome of 53 adults homeschooled as children.

Socialization and the Home School
A researched article about socialization and children.

"Thats my own concept of my job - arming her with the tools she needs to succeed on her own, and making course corrections along the way. When you think about it - if I taught my daughter only what I knew, no matter how knowledgable I was - I'd be limiting her severely."
--Joan Taylor, homeschool mom

Homeschooling & High School

Life After Homeschool

National Home Education Network - High School & Beyond
Methods and styles for homeschooling through high school, college resources, alternatives to college, career planning and information from teenagers themselves about what's it's like to be a homeschooled teen.

Cafi Cohen's Homeschool Teens & College
Support for families with homeschoolers ages 11-18. Includes college admissions information, college entrance essays written by homeschoolers, book suggestions and more.

Learn in Freedom - Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers
Colleges that admit homeschoolers.

Learn In Freedom - Financial Aid for College Study
This site has general financial aid information, recommended reading and resources as well as information geared specifically toward homeschool students.

Qual Haven's High School Homeschool Links
A comprehensive and well organized site with links to information on homeschooling high school age children. All information categorized by subject for easy navigation.

Eclectic Homeschool Online - Colleges & Careers
Information about apprenticeships, entrance exams, colleges and a myriad of other information.

A Decade Or So In The Life Of A Homeschooler
An essay by a woman homeschooled as a child.

Studying Home Educated Adults
A report providing fascinating insight into the long-term affects of home-based learning.

Transitioning Beyond Home School
How do you know when you're done? Homeschool graduation ceremonies. What's next?

"To confuse compulsory schooling with equal educational opportunity is like confusing organized religion with spirituality. One does not necessarily lead to the other. Schooling confuses teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new."
-- Wendy Priesnitz

Lesson Plans & Guides

Homeschooling Publications

Homeschool Arts
Free art lessons and art information online.

Typical Course of Study
This site, sponsored by World Book, provides a list of what topics are covered during which grades in a structured schooling environment. (Keep in mind this is*not* geared toward homeschoolers, so some items may seem "out of context.")

King's Harvest Typical Course of Study
Examples of the course of study submitted by one homeschooling family to fulfill their state law obligations. Includes copies of their plan for each grade.

LessonPlanz.com
Online searchable data of lesson plans.

A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling
Making your own unit studies.

Printable and Interactive Worksheets and Charts
A comprehensive source for links to worksheets, lesson plans and unit studies on the internet.

Growing Without Schooling

Home Education Magazine
They'll send you a free sample copy!

Homeschooling Today

At Home In America

Home Education Learning Magazine

The Education Revolution Magazine

Home Educator's Family Times

"The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn."
--Alvin Toffler {American Author}

Recommended Reading

Learning At Home : A Mother's Guide To Homeschooling, Revised Edition
by Marty Layne

Schooling at Home: Parents, Kids, and Learning
by Anne Pedersen & Peggy O'Mara

The Homeschooling Book of Answers : The 88 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices
by Linda Dobson

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
by Mary Griffith

The Homeschooling Handbook: From Preschool to High School: A Parent's Guide
by Mary Griffith

Teach Your Own : A Hopeful Path for Education
by John Holt

How Children Learn
by John Holt

How Children Fail
by John Holt

You Are Your Child's First Teacher
by Rahima Baldwin

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
by Siegfried Engelmann

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start
by Linda Dobson

Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days : Share a Day With 30 Homeschooling Families
by Nancy Lande

Real Lives : Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School
by Grace Llewellyn

And What About College? : How Homeschooling Can Lead to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities
by Cafi Cohen

Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing Your 12- to 18-Year-Old for a Smooth Transition
by Cafi Cohen

Homeschooling for Excellence
by David Colfax, Micki Colfax

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
--Will Durant

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"Nothing enrages me more than when people criticize my criticism of school by telling me that schools are not just places to learn maths and spelling, they are places where children learn a vaguely defined thing called socialization. I know. I think schools generally do an effective and terribly damaging job of teaching children to be infantile, dependent, intellectually dishonest, passive and disrespectful to their own developmental capacities."
--Seymour Papert

 
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This Site Last Updated:
29-Sept-01