Resources for Home Education

I’ve been asked a few times for information about homeschooling. I’m certainly not an expert on the subject! All of my children are still young, so I’m still relatively new to this. However, I have found certain resources that have been a tremendous help to me. I’ve discovered some of my favorites through recommendations from other moms who home educate, so I thought I’d pass them along.

I buy the majority of our books and curriculum through the Christianbook website. They have some of the best pricing that I’ve found and the selection just cannot be beat! I also like the Currclick website. They offer downloadable curriculum, e-books and other worksheets and pintables. The prices are reasonable, and their selection diverse. I’ve purchased various copywork books through them for my daughter’s handwriting practice, and we have both been pleased with them.

There are also plenty of websites that offer free coloring pages and worksheets. Two that I’ve used quite a bit are Learning Page and Kids Learning Station. Both websites have a good variety of quality pages to print. Almost all of the preschool worksheets that I’m using for Camo this year have been printed from those websites.

I know of two homeschool legal organizations: Homeschool Legal Advantage and HSLDA. Both are committed to defending the right of parents to educate their children at home. Their websites contain some good information regarding legal questions about homeschooling.

I’m familiar with four magazines published for home educators: Home Educating Family, The Old Schoolhouse, Home School Enrichment and Homeschooling Today. Some offer trial digital issues so that you can get an idea of what the magazine is like before subscribing. All offer free e-mail newsletters that contain some wonderful information! My personal favorite is Home Educating Family, but all four are good magazines.

I will put in a plug for my favorite planner. The same publisher that produces Home Educating Family magazine also offers a planner called The Well Planned Day. This is the second year that I’ve used the planner, and I can’t say enough good things about it!

When picking out curriculum, books and other materials, information is the key to making a decision! Many retail websites also have the option for customers to review products that they purchase. That’s a good place to start, but there are other websites that specifically review homeschool products. Cathy Duffy Reviews and Home School Reviews are two that I’ve used in the past. I’ve found reading the reviews to be very helpful when deciding what books to order!

Victoria Botkin is a veteran home educator. I listened to her Curriculum Advice Volume 1 and found it to be incredibly helpful! It’s the perfect place to start for those of us with young children. She has also recorded Curriculum Advice Volume 2 for those with kids ages 8-14 at home. I will be purchasing the second volume once I have kids in that age bracket! Both are available on CD, or as MP3 downloads.

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry that has been around for quite some time. I had the opportunity to hear the founder, Ken Ham, speak when I was still a teenager. It made a definite impression on me! I’ve read a number of the books they publish and have been impressed with them all. They offer books, DVDs, a magazine and other products that a produced from a Biblical, creationist worldview.

Robin offers a lot of really good stuff on her Heart of Wisdom website. There is a lot of great information and plenty about how to do lapbook studies. Definitely check out her website and books!

Karen Andreola is a home educating mother who I recently interviewed. I was curious about Charlotte Mason’s educational methods, so I picked up Karen’s book A Charlotte Mason Companion. It is a must-read for anyone interested in a fabulous introduction to a Charlotte Mason education! Karen has written several other books, and over time, I plan to add all of them to our family library! You can follow Karen’s lovely blog as well.

Well, I hope that some of you find these resources as helpful as I have!

Note: None of these individuals or organizations have paid me to be featured in this post. These are my own opinions.

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