General Homeschooling Information
Home Education Magazine
First published in 1983, the bimonthly Home Education Magazine offers in-depth interviews, articles and columns about the challenges and joys of learning at home. Much of the magazine’s earlier content is available on its website, which includes a list of tried-and-true homeschool resources that is particularly useful.
Home School Legal Defense Association
This nonprofit advocacy association is dedicated to defending the rights of parents to homeschool their children. Check out the “My State” portion of HSLDAs website for information on homeschool legal issues in each state.
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)
Wondering how many homeschooled students there are in the country? NHERI is a great source for statistics and facts about home-based education.
“So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling,” by Lisa Whelchel
Former teen television star Lisa Whelchel trades on her experiences as a homeschooling mom in this overview. Whelchel visits 15 different families and offers 15 different views of what homeschooling looks like. It’s a good place to start if you happen to be thinking about homeschooling.
“Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School,” by Rebecca Rupp
Is there a “right” time to teach reading? What about arithmetic or foreign language? Rebecca Rupp offers a structured plan for what children should know—and how parents can teach them—for kids aged pre-K through twelfth grade.
“The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12,” by Linda Dobson
Looking to freshen things up? This book offers an array of fun activities for teaching (and learning) outside the classroom in subjects ranging from science and math to writing and manners.
“Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home,” by LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski
How much does homeschooling cost? Nothing, say authors LauraMaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski. Their book offers tips on finding free online courses and partnering with the public schools, among other things.
Homeschool Curriculum Websites
Founded in 1999, this website provides homeschoolers with a place to review and discuss curricula and other homeschool resources.
Ambleside Online offers a free homeschool curriculum based on the principles of Charlotte Mason (1842–1923), a British educator who promoted a three-pronged approach to education emphasizing atmosphere, discipline and life.
HS Advisor specializes in matching families with curricula that fit their needs. Families struggling to find the “right” curriculum can send an email outlining their educational philosophy and goals, and HSAdvisor will attempt to match them with their best option.
Classical Homeschooling Magazine
This free online magazine highlights the basics of classical homeschooling, including the Great Books movement, the Socratic Method and poetic knowledge.
“The Well-Trained Mind,” by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
Home educator and literature professor Susan Wise Bauer teams up with her mother, Jessie Wise, in this step-by-step guide to homeschooling in the classical tradition.
“How Children Learn,” by John Holt
First published in 1967, Holt’s “How Children Learn” (along with Holt’s “How Children Fail”) is credited with beginning the unschooling movement.
Sandra Dodd is a radical unschooling mother of three children. Her website is chock-full of information, advice and personal stories about unschooling.