- The Illinois State Board of Education’s homeschooling page - Answers to frequently asked questions about registration, requirements, resources and more.
- The Home School Legal Defense Association - Advocacy, education and support to parents who want to homeschool their family.
- Homeschool.com - Find out what a beginner needs to know.
- Homeschool Buyers Co-op - Low-cost homeschool curricula and resources.
The Brave Learner
A joyful and accessible approach to homeschooling that harnesses children's natural curiosity and makes learning a part of everyday life, whether they're in elementary or high school
Parents who are deeply invested in their children's education can be hard on themselves and their kids. When exhausted parents are living the day-to-day grind, it can seem impossible to muster enough energy to make learning fun or interesting. How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childhood chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?
In this book, Julie Bogart distills decades of experience--homeschooling her five now grown children, developing curricula, and training homeschooling families around the world--to show parents how to make education an exciting, even enchanting, experience for their kids, whether they're in elementary or high school.
Enchantment is about ease, not striving. Bogart shows parents how to make room for surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure in their family's routine, so they can create an environment that naturally moves learning forward. If a child wants to pick up a new hobby or explore a subject area that the parent knows little about, it's easy to simply say "no" to end the discussion and the parental discomfort, while dousing their child's curious spark. Bogart gently invites parents to model brave learning for their kids so they, too, can approach life with curiosity, joy, and the courage to take learning risks.
The Independent Learner's Guide to Successful Home-Schooling
So, you have thought about home-schooling before, but have no idea where to start--or what it really is.
Do I have to be from the upper-class to be home-schooled? Or is it for drop-outs? Is it just for prodigies? Or low-achievers?
Can an adult be home-schooled? What about sitting exams?
Am I even allowed to home-school where I live?
The truth is, home-schooling can be for everyone: no matter what your background, socioeconomic position, or the direction you want to take in terms of your academics.
And this guide is your official starting point to your journey.
Written from the perspective of a long-term successful home-schooler, The Independent Learner's Guide to Successful Home-Schooling will help you cut out the middle man--no matter where you are in your home-schooling journey--and be your helping hand in the intricacies of independent learning. Whether it be how to sit exams, how to construct a sustainable, productive routine, or whether home-schooling would actually suit you and your lifestyle in the first place, all your questions surrounding home-schooling are answered here--all with goal of helping you become the best version of yourself.
Your new beginning starts here.
The Homeschooling Handbook
The mere thought of homeschooling can be overwhelming. What curriculum do I choose? What if we can’t afford all the books? How do I schedule our time? Will my children become socially awkward recluses? What if I screw up my kids’ education?! Lorilee Lippincott, a seasoned homeschooling mom, shows just how simple homeschooling can be. She and her husband taught their two kids in a one-bedroom apartment before picking up and moving the whole family to China. They’ve discovered that they don’t need rooms full of books, educational toys, and other teaching tools, nor do they need schedules packed full of extracurricular activities, field trips, and social events. Perhaps even more importantly, they don’t need to panic about making sure their kids turn out okay. It’s actually all pretty simple, she tells readers.
But homeschooling well does require some planning and dedication, and a book like The Homeschooling Handbook to be your guide. Here you’ll find all your questions answered in Lippincott’s straightforward, warm, and witty style. Topics covered include:
How to instill curiosity and a love of learning
Types of homeschooling
Your socialization fears assuaged
How to create simple schedules and stick to them
Tips for keeping costs down
Teaching kids with disabilities
The benefits of play time
How to avoid burnout
And much more!
Full of anecdotes, interviews with other homeschooling families, and wisdom, this is a must-have for any family considering the homeschooling life.
Homeschooling for the Rest of Us
Homeschooling parents are under great pressure. Besides trying to balance teaching responsibilities and family life, they often face unrealistic expectations from relatives, churches, other homeschoolers, and society at large. Even parents considering homeschooling sense the need to be perfect.
Sonya Haskins doesn't want any more families to give up on homeschooling. In this book she shares affirming stories and practical ideas from dozens of everyday families who successfully deal with cluttered schedules, academic struggles, sibling squabbles, and other real-life issues. Instead of learning a one-size-fits-all approach, readers will discover how to evaluate their own family's strengths and weaknesses and set their own goals for success.
Ready to begin homeschooling? Let hundreds of experienced homeschoolers help you on your way!
This practical guide will:
- answer the questions new homeschoolers ask most often
- help you navigate through legal issues, academic requirements, record-keeping, and testing
- describe various schedules, including typical (and not-so-typical) homeschool days
- discuss different homeschooling methods, ranging from a structured, school-in-a-box approach to a very relaxed, child-directed style
- provide reviews of favorite resources
- help you with high school, from creating a course schedule to assigning grades and granting credits
- and more!
Whether you're a new homeschooler, or just looking for a better way to learn with your children, this guide offers the answers and encouragement you need to succeed.
Dianna Broughton is the director of Carolina Homeschooler and Traveling Homeschoolers, organizations known for their field trips, rail journeys, road trips, retreats, river cruises, and group trips to Washington DC, New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, Disney World, Italy, Alaska, France, England, Ireland, and beyond. She has homeschooled her four children for over 25 years, with one still learning at home.
For more information about Carolina Homeschooler visit carolinahomeschooler.com, and for Traveling Homeschoolers, visit travelinghomeschoolers.com. We'd love for you to join us!
The Homeschooling Book of Lists
The Homeschooling Book of Lists is a comprehensive, authoritative, and user-friendly resource for homeschoolers or anyone considering teaching their child at home. Written by Michael and Mary Leppert, two experts in the field of homeschooling, this easy-to-use book is filled with information, tips, and resources that will help you give your child an outstanding education. Lists include:
- Homeschooling support groups, both religious and non-religious
- The top 100 homeschooling websites
- Homeschooling FAQs
- Who's who in homeschooling
- The top magazines and best books for homeschoolers
- Specific resources for each type of homeschooling: non-religious, Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, and Mormon
- Special needs homeschooling resources
- Recommended homeschool products and vendors for teaching: reading, language arts, math, science, spelling, geography, foreign language, P.E., and more
- Homeschool-friendly colleges
- Businesses with homeschool-friendly hiring practices
Homeschooling For Dummies
Homeschool with confidence with help from this book
Curious about homeschooling? Ready to jump in? Homeschooling For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides parents with a thorough overview of why and how to homeschool. One of the fastest growing trends in American education, homeschooling has risen by more than 61% over the last decade. This book is packed with practical advice and straightforward guidance for rocking the homeschooling game. From setting up an education space, selecting a curriculum, and creating a daily schedule to connecting with other homeschoolers in your community Homeschooling For Dummies has you covered.
Homeschooling For Dummies, 2nd Edition is packed with everything you need to create the homeschool experience you want for your family, including:
- Deciding if homeschooling is right for you
- Developing curricula for different grade levels and abilities
- Organizing and allocating finances
- Creating and/or joining a homeschooling community
- Encouraging socialization
- Special concerns for children with unique needs
Perfect for any current or aspiring homeschoolers, Homeschooling For Dummies, 2nd Edition belongs on the bookshelf of anyone with even a passing interest in homeschooling as an alternative to or supplement for traditional education.
The Homeschool Guidebook
There's a lot going on in the world and I see and hear more parents looking for the best solution for their child's education. Many are exploring or turning to homeschooling to fill a void in the educational system, better support their students, take their child out of a negative social environment, or all of the above. Beyond personal consideration such as work restrictions, the greatest barriers for parents taking the leap to homeschooling is not knowing where to start and how to build out their program. This book aims to change that.I am a homeschool father with a successful homeschool program for our three students. I also began just where you are now, clueless, wandering, doubtful, and even scared. I wasted countless hours trying to figure things out and then countless more on things that didn't matter or could have been done much more efficiently. This book gives you the process and knowledge I had to learn and earn the hard way so that you might have a much easier time and have a much more effective homeschool program from day one.Whether you are searching for ways to augment your student's schoolwork due to reduced time in school or looking to implementing a full-time homeschool system, this book will help you reduce stress and be more effective.
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
Homeschool the right way from day one.
Are you considering homeschooling for your family? Today, many parents recognize that their child's school options are limited, inadequate, or even dangerous, and an increasing number are turning to homeschooling. But where do you start and how do you ensure the highest-quality educational experience, especially in that pivotal first year?
This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style, including:
·When, why, and how to get started
·The best ways to develop an effective curriculum, assess your child's progress, and navigate local regulations
·Kid-tested and parent-approved learning activities for all age levels
·Simple strategies for developing an independent child and strengthening family and social relationships
·And much, much more!
"To the thousands of requests we receive for help from families new to homeschooling, we will now recommend this warm and knowledgeable book. It will ensure thatall families make it to the second year—including yours!" —Elizabeth Kanna, editor in chief, Homeschool.com
"Linda Dobson addresses all the issues facing parents as they consider the task of homeschooling over other educational options. Those who wonder whether they really can or want to do the job will find unique perspectives in this well-researched work."—Beverly K. Eakman, author and cofounder, National Education Consortium
The Call of the Wild and Free
Allow your children to experience the adventure, freedom, and wonder of childhood with this practical guide that provides all the information, inspiration, and advice you need for creating a modern, quality homeschool education.
Inspired by the spirit of Henry David Thoreau—”All good things are wild and free”—mother of five Ainsley Arment founded Wild + Free. This growing online community of mothers and families want their children to receive a quality education at home by challenging their intellectual abilities and nurturing their sense of curiosity, joy and awe—the essence of a positive childhood.
The homeschool approach of past generations is gone—including the stigma of socially awkward kids, conservative clothes, and a classroom setting replicated in the home. The Wild + Free movement is focused on a love of nature, reading great books, pursuing interests and hobbies, making the entire world a classroom, and prolonging the wonder of childhood, an appealing philosophy that is unpacked in the pages of this book
The Call of the Wild and Free offers advice, information, and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling, those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration, as well as parents, educators, and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids’ traditional educations.
Check out passes for local museums and attractions including the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden.
American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience. Primary sources, maps, charts, videos, and curricula included.
Ancient and Medieval History Online
World history from prehistory through the 1500s, with special topic centers on key civilizations and regions. Primary sources, maps, charts, videos, and curricula included.
Biography in Context
Learn about the world's most influential people. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
Learn about the daily life and culture of more than 200 countries around the world from an insider's perspective. The Kids section features information written for elementary students.
Daily Life through History
Explore the lives of ordinary people in the ancient world, medieval world, 15th-19th centuries, and the modern world. Learn about family life, food, work, sports, languages and social customs.
Designed for students in high school and college, full-text content includes books, magazines, scholarly and trade journals, newspapers, photographs, transcripts, and videos on a variety of subjects.
Stream & Download
Read full-color digital magazines on your computer or download the app. Featured titles: Consumer Reports, People, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
App available. Log in with your library card to instantly stream or download millions of songs. Download up to 5 items per week, and everything you download is yours to keep.
App available. Stream or temporarily download TV episodes, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, and comics for all ages. Even check out magazines (search Binge Pass). Check out up to 20 items per month.
App available. Stream classic films and documentaries on-demand on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Check out up to five items per month. Kanopy also includes children's shows and movies in its "Kids" section.
Overdrive / Libby
App available. Download and enjoy ebooks and eaudiobooks on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Check out fiction and non-fiction ebooks, audiobooks, and comics for all ages.
Pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.
An online collection of animated, talking picture books for kids. Books are also available in a read-along format and in Spanish and French.