There are SO many homeschooling resources, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
More and more publishers are targeting the homeschool market, so the choices keep expanding (not always with high quality resources). This page includes some of my favorite homeschooling resources.
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The Read-Aloud Handbook – If you’re considering homeschooling, not considering homeschooling, whatever. Every parent should own a copy.
Sarah Mackenzie’s debut book is now a standard on homeschool moms’ shelves everywhere. Founder of the Read-Aloud Revival, Sarah has useful, practical advice for the overwhelmed homeschooling mama. This is one of very few books I re-read regularly.
Charlotte Mason’s first volume, for teaching children under the age of 9. This is the perfect place to start your homeschooling journey. CM’s work is available for free digitally, but you’ll want to be able to dog-ear and write in the margins of this affordable, high quality paperback edition.
Susan Wise Bauer’s massive handbook is everything from schedules, to book lists, to educational philosophy. She tells you exactly what books you need for Every. Single. Year. of a child’s whole education. This is another one you’ll want to bookmark, markup, and refer to over the years.
Audio & Articles:
Lit2Go – A service of the University of South Florida. Classic audiobooks and stories for your iPod, for FREE. Seriously, awesome, awesome resource. You can find them on iTunes too. And keep checking back; their content changes when new books become available.
Circe Institute – Andrew Kern and his organization are really on the forefront of the classical education movement. Circe recognizes our children’s humanity and works to cultivate them into virtuous persons instead of cookie-cut them into economic cogs like most of the education which surrounds us. I particularly get a lot from their audio resources.
Society for Classical Learning – Though nursing babies has kept me from attending in-person, these guys have great audio recordings of their past conferences. I love to listen while cleaning house; it really helps me wrap my head around educational philosophy.
Classical Conversations – This family owned company produces some of the best resources for history and memory work I’ve seen. They have local CC communities you can join if that’s right for you and your family. I’ve been to a couple and they look wonderful. If their site is a little confusing, look at Foundations for elementary students, Essentials and Challenge for middle and high school students. They also offer FREE Parent Practicums every summer.
Home School Legal Defense Association – I consider this almost like homeschooling insurance. If any legal issue should crop up, I have a team of lawyers on my side. As a military family who moves frequently, they’re especially helpful in helping me make sure we’re homeschooling legally whenever we move. Click on your state to find out how to homeschool legally in your state and keep up on news and pending legislation.