Homeschooling Resources

Starting Out Right at Home - "De-Schooling"

Often confused with "unschooling", but it's not the same thing. De-schooling is a necessary process to learn how to live and learn together as a family, apart from the institutional mindset. Sometimes it's needed more for us parents than the children! This website provides very thorough information on this important step in starting to homeschool!


Homeschool Resource Roadmap

The Homeschool Resource Roadmap provides current and prospective homeschooling parents with information about more than 3,200 homeschool-oriented resources in over 300 different content areas. You can search by curriculum name to see the resource's alignment status with Common Core.


To access free information about each resource, please check out the Common Core Project. There is an additional subscriber-paid section with resources by listed subject.


How to Find Curriculum, and other "How-to" Helps

This "Rest Stop" section of the Homeschool Resource Roadmap website noted above is so robust that it needs its own listing. Full of helpful info for getting started, including the "How to Choose Curriculum" information.


Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks

Cathy Duffy's Top Picks website is another good resource for beginning your curriculum search.


Homeschooling High School and Graduation

Annie and Everything's website has a wonderful article that will set your mind at ease about homeschooling high school. Spoiler alert: WE make all the requirements - the state has nothing to do with it! 


Home School Legal Defense Association

We recommend that homeschooling families join HSLDA. Even if you never experience legal trouble yourself, your HSLDA membership will help enable other homeschooling families to get the legal help they need and will help defend our right to homeschool. Membership in HSLDA also gives you personal access to the legal staff; HSLDA's experienced high school, struggling learners, and early years consultants; selling privileges at the HSLDA Curriculum Market; and discounts through HSLDA's PerX program. (For more information about HSLDA's many benefits, see www.hslda.org.) OHP group members SAVE $15 off the HSLDA membership price when you enter our Discount Group code on the HSLDA membership form! If you are a member of our group, Contact Us for the discount group code!


 

Other Legal Organizations

National Center for Life and Liberty (NCLL)

Heritage Defense


 

Book recommendations

(Some religious based, some secular) 

  • Homeschooling - The Right Choice, by Christopher Klicka
  • Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace, by Sarah Mackenzie
  • The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto
  • Dumbing Us Down, by John Taylor Gatto (click the link for a free PDF version)
  • The Harsh Truth About Public Schools, by Bruce N. Shortt 
  • The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling, by Karen Campbell
  • Education - Does God Have an Opinion, by Israel Wayne 
  • The 3 R's - Dr. Ruth Beechick
  • You Can Teach Your Child Successfully -  Dr. Ruth Beechick
  • Better Late Than Early, by Raymond S Moore
  • 8 Great Smarts - Dr. Kathy Koch


Home High School Help - The HomeScholar

Lee Binz, The HomeSchlolar, is a wealth of information for everything high school, transcripts, and college acceptance! 


What About Socialization?

It's one of the most common questions, but it's also a non-issue. Unless children grow up to live and work only among peers born around the same year, the socialization gained in home education is more like the real world. Home educated children have the time to be out in society instead of spending 13 years within walls and behind desks; they are rubbing shoulders, working, and learning from the elderly, infants, and everyone in between. That is the real world. That's socialization.

Here are just a few helpful resources on "The Socialization Question":

Socialization? No Problem! (HSLDA)

Up to date (2018) Researched Facts on Homeschooling from NHERI

Why I Don't Worry about My Homeschoolers' Socialization

The S-Word


Helpful Resource Downloads

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