Homeschooling Why and How

Resources

On Homeschooling in General:

Life Learning Magazine
The digital magazine for homeschooling / unschooling / life learning families   Life Learning Magazine is a unique, authentic, and ground-breaking subscriber-supported digital home education / unschooling magazine. It is recognized and trusted as the world’s leading magazine about self-directed education and life learning.   Meet the Editor Wendy Priesnitz and read what she says about the magazine she founded in 2002.

Learning Without Schooling
The magazine, Learning Without Schooling, was another of my lifelines for information and support in our choice to unschool. While the print magazine has been discontinued, Pat continues to promote the philosophy, and his web site is a treasure trove of information.

Moore Homeschooling
Again, one of my important mentors with much well-documented research and assistance with programs and materials.

Whether you’re thinking about homeschooling, or even if you’ve already started and don’t fully understand, this guide from Fiscal Tiger will correct any misconception you might have, outline the considerable benefits behind it, and give you a good idea of what financial costs go into it as well.
https://www.fiscaltiger.com/cost-to-homeschool-your-child/

The Odysseus Group
You will be astonished by the information here about our public school system.

From OnlineSchools.com Outreach Coordinator:  “The U.S. Department of Education estimates that nearly 1.7 million students are currently homeschooled in the U.S., and these numbers are rising every year. That’s why we’ve recently published a homeschooling guide as a resource for students and families considering homeschooling, building a curriculum and philosophy, and transitioning to college as a homeschooled student. ”  Click here for their guide and more information

Great sites for research on socialization in school compared to homeschooled:

http://www.ontariohomeschool.org/socialization.shtml

http://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html

And this one for research on academics and demographics:
http://www.nheri.org/research/nheri-news/homeschooling-across-america-academic-achievement-and-demographic-characteristics.html

For parents involved in custody issues, homeschoolers can contact other homeschoolers for information about homeschooling attorneys and experts and exchange information about handling custody disputes as a result of homeschooling:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AHSAUSA_Homeschooling_and_Custody/

Articles and News Stories:

Kantrowitz, Barbara, and Pat Wingert. “What Makes a High School Great?” Newsweek, (May 8, 2006). http://www.newsweek.com/id/34509.
Article gives traits uncannily like homeschooling.

Morford, Mark. “American Kids, Dumber than Dirt.” SF Gate (October 24, 2007). http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/10/24/notes102407.DTL&ao=all.

“Testing Parents.” October 3, 2007.
John Fink Editorial on KHNL TV and now in written form on http://www.khnl.com.

Sources for Curricula and Higher Education:

As part of our goal to strengthen our communities through education, BestValueSchools.com has created a suite of open-use guides to degrees in education, centered around curriculum and instruction – rich resources full of critical information to support our academic instructors, which include program options, scholarships, certifications, and more.

Curriculum and Instruction Series:  Education Degree Fundamentals –  https://www.bestvalueschools.com/education-teaching-degrees/
Programs Overview for Curriculum and Instruction – https://www.bestvalueschools.com/cheap/online/edd-curriculum-instruction/
Scholarships by State – https://www.bestvalueschools.com/scholarships-in/

Student’s Guide to MOOCs – https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/moocs/ 

(Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale)

Guide to Homeschooling Online- https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/k-12/online-home-schooling/

OnlineColleges that Offer Laptops and Tech Perks – https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/online-colleges-that-offer-laptops/

NursingExplorer is a nursing career and education resource website that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information for individuals interested in pursuing a nursing career. Since 2012, NE has been helping students who are new to nursing learn more about the various education paths that lead to nursing licenses and the benefits, pros, and cons of each path.

Practicing nurses use our tools/resources to do research when they plan to go back to school (https://www.nursingexplorer.com/careers).

The website has a database of 2,800+ nursing schools which are organized by state and degree types. It is very easy to find a school near a certain location using our proximity search tool (https://www.nursingexplorer.com/programs) or by browsing through the states’ list.

We also provide a database of scholarships that contains more than 15,000 entries. The database has both nursing specific and non-nursing scholarships which can be quite beneficial to any student who is seeking financial aid for her/his college education (https://www.nursingexplorer.com/scholarships).

Online Elementary School Guide – https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/k-12/online-elementary-school/

Online Middle School Guide – https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/k-12/online-middle-school/

Online High School Guide – https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/k-12/online-high-school/

Global Student Network. “Online Homeschool Curriculum.” http://www.globalstudentnetwork.com/homeschool/index.php.
Online curriculum for grades two through twelve.

Home School Inc. “HomeSchool Reviews.” http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/default.aspx.
For more information than you’ll likely want on more curricula than you’ll ever need.

Homeschool Buyers Club. https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/.
Founded to level the playing field by creating the world’s largest purchasing cooperative for homeschoolers.

The Khan Academy:
An online library of over 2,100 educational videos covering math, science, humanities, economics, history, test preparation, and more. Each is a ten- to- fifteen-minute self-paced lesson. This just might be the future of education both in schools and for homeschoolers.

Lesson Plans for Military Kids
Practical Money Skills for Special Needs Kids
How to Teach Kids about Contract and Rule of Law
Real Estate, Math, and Financial Literacy for K-12
Smithsonian Lesson Plans
Teaching Kids Organizational Skills
Math Lesson Plans for Shopping

A detailed guide covering  pet-themed lesson plans, ranging from Pre-K through high school.  https://www.petlisted.com/pet-themed-lesson-plans/

Financial literacy:  experts created a guide that gives parents the appropriate resources to teach their children to become financially literate adults. They also provide benchmarks, games and other educational resources for different grade levels.  Here is the link to the guide:  https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/financial-literacy-teaching-resources-for-parents-and-teachers/

Pigly is a free online personal finance guide offering over 100 financial calculators. For an in-depth guide to help teach kids the importance of building an emergency savings plan, go to
https://pigly.com/savings/guide-for-kids.php
 
https://www.edsmart.org/homeschool-to-college/
Homeschool to College The Essential Guide
 
https://www.edsmart.org/best-online-math-resources/
Best Online Math Resources
 
https://www.edsmart.org/cheapest-accredited-online-colleges/
10 Most Affordable Accredited Online Colleges
 
In supporting the profession, Online Counseling Programs was created to provide free, accredited online counseling degree program resources where individuals can explore the world of online learning and the mental health field. Through collaborations with various mental health professionals, our editors work to provide the most current and relevant resources for individuals to make a conscientious choice in their career. Our website also provides a state-by-state licensure guide for counselors, step-by-step guides on counseling careers, mental health comparison profiles, and other future and present counselor resources.
 
       Trade School info:    Best-Trade-Schools.net
 

Logitica is ideal for homeschool students as it is composed of unique collections of problems designed to improve Cognitive Abilities, something that is absolutely necessary for students aspiring to have a carrier in STEM. The books are listed below for your reference:

(1) 12+ Ages: Critical thinking & Problem Solving

This advanced book has been very popular among students who love to challenge their mathematical skills.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1793423830

(2) 9+ Ages  : Learn Logic & Math Together

This bestseller book is an intermediate level book focusing on building LOGIC+MATH. The book contains a variety of problems and presenting learning Math in an interesting way.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1796641383

(3) 8+ Ages : Number pyramid

This book is suitable for building logic and math in an interesting way.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/107251205X

Maui Alternative Options

Heidi Erhardt does small group and individual tutoring. I’m told she is awesome, though expensive but her rates go down in a group setting.  Click here for her website

Roots School:  an independent, progressive private school for students from Preschool to 8th Grade.  Click here for their website.

Maui Children’s Community Home School “brings home school children together in a rhythmic way to learn together, learn from each other, and the opportunity to be in a consistent community where long-term relationships offer friendship, peer-mentoring, reflection and accountability. The wisdom of Waldorf education provides the underpinning and primary platform for this community, and yet many “schools of thought” are incorporated into the flow of classes and activities.”  (From their website http://mauicommunityhomeschool.com/)

Activities

http://www.education.com/

The Fun and Educational Resource Collection for Students of All Ages

Hands-on Math Activities for Kids
http://www.education.com/activity/math/

Free Collection of Online Calculation Tools
http://www.calculators.org/

Hands-on Science Resources for Home and School
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

Physics: Learning Activities
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/education/resources/subj_10_03.html

Understanding Flight Dynamics
http://www.ellejet.com/understanding-flight-dynamics.php

Arts & Crafts Activities for Kids
http://www.education.com/activity/arts-and-crafts/

A Basic Guide to Tree Identification   http://www.treeremoval.com/tree-identification/

Botany Activities and Lessons
http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismdepts/botany/activities.html

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun
http://www.readingrockets.org/article/25-activities-reading-and-writing-fun

Plays.org recently launched hundreds of free educational and fun online games which can quickly be played from the browser. We try to publish at least a couple additional games everyday at 
https://plays.org/games/ 
Recently we have added a number of new math games
https://plays.org/math-games/
including what is probably my favorite game on our site
https://plays.org/guardians-defenders-of-mathematica/

Making history exciting just got a little easier! Historical Conquest is a historical card game of conquest – with plenty of learning thrown in the mix.Historical Conquest  is a fun way to learn about history utilizing a gaming method that many kids absolutely love. (Poke’mon and Magic the Gathering, only better ) . Play this game at home with family and friends or use it in a co-op or enrichment class . Historical Conquest provides support and incentive prizes for group classes.

Varsity Learning Tools: More than 250,000 free practice problems in over 200 subjects. Also available as mobile applications.

Varsity Tutors is the largest live learning platform in the United States and we have numerous free resources to help students and parents cope with school and summer camp closures. We’ve had well over 250,000 registrations for our free, live online classes alone in the last 2 months.

 

Some Just Plain Interesting Sites:

Babuata, Leo. “Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head.” Zenhabits, August 2009. http://zenhabits.net/education-needs-to-be-turned-on-its-head/.
The author, a truly fascinating person, father of six, and married to a teacher, discusses what is wrong with the current model of education and what can be done about it.

Sawaya, Nathan. “The Art of the Brick.”
Former attorney, Nathan Sawaya, is now a Lego artist and a great example of a schooled student who did everything he was “supposed to”—he became an attorney—but he was unhappy. He became a famous and well-paid Lego artist and loves it.  Click here for his website….you’ll be glad you did!

TED. “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity.” February 2006, http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html.

––––. “Why Teaching is Not Like Making Motor Cars.” http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/17/ted.ken.robinson/index.html?hpt=C1
These exceedingly informative and entertaining talks will make you laugh and make you think.

For a comprehensive guide for helping baby sleep, click here

This is a site with some educational apps you might want to check out (I haven’t checked them out myself, so if you do, please give me some feedback.  Thanks) Click here to access the link to the apps.

Really cool books/sites for you and your children

Nature’s Playground: Identify Trees, Flowers and Animal Tracks  Click here   This shared by Kieren McHaffey.  His mom wrote “It has really come in handy! He had the cool idea to share it with you so it can help others. A prime example of living by the Boy Scout Oath, “to help other people at all times.”

The Tracker, the True Story of Tom Brown (click here)  You will never look at a track in the dirt or sand the same after reading this fascinating and poetic book.

Alternative Schools:

Student’s Guide to MOOCs – https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/moocs/

A guide on massive open online courses (MOOCs) that includes comprehensive details such as cost, sample courses and info on ten of the most popular MOOC providers, including Khan Academy, Coursera, and edX.

West River Academy

I’ve been communicating with Peggy Webb, the director of WRA, for a while and have realized how valuable it could be for many families to have an umbrella organization to interface with authorities and to give guidance, as needed, on program options. WRA caters to unschoolers and as an unschooler myself, I know how scary it can sometimes seem when you are doing something so many find unusual. But with WRA, you’ll never feel alone. That they are accredited and can issue a high school diploma is a big bonus.  Click here to go to their website.

Clonlara School
Provides a variety of services for all ages, from simple materials up to a custom curriculum tailored for your child, diplomas, and handling of DOE representatives, principals and such in your school district. This is a source for a curriculum designed and administrated specifically for your child. I have visited their campus, spoken with their staff, and had some contact with them throughout the years. I was impressed with their professionalism and feel their services fill an important niche for some families.

Sudbury Valley School <http://www.sudval.org> “While homeschooling was definitely the best choice for our family, I realize isn’t feasible for all families all the time. This is one reason why I helped found a Sudbury School here on Maui. Among other things, I love their approach of dealing with children respectfully and as individuals and their trust in the natural urge of all living things to learn and grow. If there is one near you, it could be worth your while to check them out.”

On Parenting:

Homeschooling is obviously a parenting choice and how we parent will have a profound influence on our success as homeschoolers. Here are some important books for any parent in general but for homeschoolers in particular.

Real L.I.F.E. Parenting:  The Antidote to Parenting Information Overload by Gail Nagasako.  Countless “How to Parent” books have been written that teach methods. They include tips on everything from bottles to books, diapers to allowance, fevers to siblings. This book is not one of them.  For even the best of those books offer only relative truths and their prescriptions do not always apply to every child or even one child in a variety of situations. And often even the best advice is taken too far. Real LIFE Parenting aims to empower readers to find their own way and discover their own answers. RLP accomplishes this through a minimum of theory and advice, instead providing games, questionnaires and “Ponder Points” to give parents experiential learning.  Click here to order on Amazon

Maui Family Magazine – “We are a quarterly, glossy, full color, reader’s digest size publication that caters to families with children. We want to inform, celebrate and participate in the nurturing and guidance of Maui’s children by helping parents with information on health, safety, education, and current events. Maui Family Magazine is printed as Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter editions.”

Parenting blog At Mom Loves Best, we want you to reach out to us when you’re worried — not the Rocky Road waiting for you in the freezer. We will give you the scoop on everything you’ve ever wondered about regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood.  We are dedicated to ensuring our content is current, scientifically accurate and focused on you, the reader. Our team of medical reviewers’ extensive training, research, and real-life experience helps make sure we are providing you with information that you know you can trust.

 

On Special Needs, Autism and ADD, Cerebral Palsy

I must admit I have only read the first book below and am not at all versed on special education other than what I saw when I substitute taught some special education classes last year. I saw adolescent boys in high school acting up because nothing they were learning had any relevance to them and meanwhile the children who needed help were in far over their heads. Also, mothers have told me that their children had no problems with behavior and focus once they were out of the confines of the school environment. These were enough to convince me that any parent would be wise to examine other alternatives than what schools provide. These books are offered as a place for the concerned parent to start looking for answers.

Amen, Daniel G. Healing ADD. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 2001.

Armstrong, Thomas. The Myth of the A.D.D. Child: 50 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion. New York: Penguin Books, 1995.

––––––. Seven Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences. New York: Penguin Books,  1999.

Goddard, Sally. Reflexes, Learning and Behavior: A Window into the Child’s Mind. Eugene, OR: Fern Ridge Press, 2005.

———. The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning. 2nd ed. Hawthorne, NJ: Hawthorne Press. 2006.

———. A Teacher’s Window Into the Child’s Mind. Eugene, OR: Fern Ridge Press, 1996.

Granger, Bill. The Magic Feather: The Truth about Special Education. 1st ed. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1986.

Hayes, Lenore C. Homecschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs):  Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child With Learning Differences, Prima Publishing, a division of Random House, Inc., 2002

Pauc, Robin. The Learning Disability Myth: Understanding and Overcoming Your Child’s Diagnosis of Dyspraxia, Tourette’s Syndrome of Childhood, ADD, ADHD or OCD. New York: Virgin Books, 2006.

Strydom, Jan, and Susan Du Plessis. The Myth of ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities. Lafayette, LA: Huntington House Publishers, 2001.

This from a mother who contacted me:  “My name is Christy and I’m a full-time mother to two beautiful children, one who happens to have special needs. I’m also owner and writer for wondermoms.org where I love passing on my knowledge and insights to others in the community. Recently I’ve been pondering what life will be like for my non-verbal 6-year-old son when he turns 18. I’m positive he won’t be able to just go off on his own as he transitions into adulthood.

Cerebral Palsy Guidance provides easy access to the most comprehensive and accurate information available. At CPG (cerebralpalsyguidance.com), their breadth of information extends into medicine, lifestyle, socio-economics, behavioral, education, human rights, culture and more (trials, case studies, personal stories, etc.) Click here to learn more.

A list of board games for the blind!    https://crossword-solver.io/low-vision-board-games/
 
Also, along the same lines, though not focused specifically to visually impaired individuals, a curated list of places to find audiobooks.  https://crossword-solver.io/audiobook-resources/

A curated list of games that are especially helpful for children with autism.
https://word.tips/games-for-kids-with-autism/

Renters Rights and Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities
Managing Your Child’s Transition to Adulthood
Home Modifications for Adults with Special Needs
Special Needs Checklist: How Disability-Friendly is Your City?
Vocational Training for Adults with Special Needs

This article is for for parents of special needs children, it covers major things like guardianship, conservatorship, and power of attorney.  Also within are details on government benefits, healthcare and medical expenses, alongside long-term care insurance and other resources. 

Cerebral Palsy:  From Jennifer:  “Having cerebral palsy, I know how critical it is to have easy access to the most comprehensive and accurate information available. At CPG (cerebralpalsyguidance.com), our breadth of information extends into medicine, lifestyle, socio-economics, behavioral, education, human rights, culture and more (trials, case studies, personal stories, etc.)” 

Sensory Overload:  a very comprehensive article, it discusses sensory overload and tips on how to manage it.  It can be found at:
https://businesscostsaver.co.uk/sensory-overload-guide/

Sensory Overload Spacesa guide to creating spaces for children with sensory processing disorders. This guide examines the most common expressions of SPD’s as well as techniques for creating an SPD friendly environment. These steps have the potential to greatly improve the comfort and quality of life for children who suffer from sensory processing disorders. 

When children with sensory processing disorders encounter their triggers, they may experience sensory overload, which can cause them to lash out physically or verbally, shut down, or exhibit other signs of distress. Learning how to manage a sensory processing disorder effectively must start with understanding the biology of sensory processing disorders as well as the signs of sensory processing disorder and their comorbidities, which we hope this guide will help many people accomplish.
https://www.topoccupationaltherapyschool.com/managing-sensory-overload-for-children-with-special-needs/

a new guide to sensory overload that has recently been published by AllAboutVision.com…. https://www.allaboutvision.com/resources/sensory-overload/  The guide features…. A list of the primary symptoms, how vision loss, stress and sensory overload are connected, and advice on how to reduce the impact of sensory overload.

STEM for special needs — From a former teacher: “…many of my students struggled with learning disabilities that impacted their education. My experience taught me that students with special needs are capable of learning the same learning objectives as their peers, they just need additional resources or a different teaching approach.  (here is) a list of STEM resources for kids with special needs; it offers a range of options and approaches for parents and educators alike.

Driving with a disability:  Often times people believe that individuals who are living with a disability can’t or should not drive. This article goes into depth about assistive technology that allows individuals with disabilities to drive. Check out the article here.

Safe practices for disabled drivers with this guide that maps out how people with physical disabilities can remain on the road, both as drivers and as pedestrians and stay as safe as possible while doing so: http://www.buyautoinsurance.com/disabled-road-safety-guide/

Students with Autism
Guide to Helping Kids with Autism Sleep Better
Autism Resource Center
Creating an Autism Friendly Home
Autism Support Network Resources
Moving with Kids with Autism
30 Ways to Celebrate Autism Awareness Month
Traveling with Kids with Autism

An extensive guide on Is a Therapy Dog Right for Your Child with Autism which has super-helpful information and tips on anyone considering a therapy dog for their child with autism.

Disabilities and addiction:    Some disabilities, chronic pain, in particular, are inexorably linked to the opioid crisis and are a serious consideration for responsible solutions. For example, there is a difficult balance between responsible prescription of opioids and the humane treatment of chronic pain. There are also important issues of accessibility and specialized treatments for those with other types of disabilities.

A crucial first step is to educate individuals with disabilities themselves, on the relationship between disability, addiction, and treatment. Understanding the connection here is an effective first step in preventing addiction and properly treating co-morbid disorders.

Creating an outdoor sanctuary for those with disabilities including info on sensory play and accessibility:
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/disability-friendly-backyard-for-kids/

Health and Welfare

Bullying:   Complete Guide to Understanding Bullying in the Modern Age. As a mother, it was scary reading the statistics of childhood bullying. Bullying is, at its core, one person exploiting a power differential over another. In other words, one person treating another poorly because it makes them feel powerful or in some way better about themselves. It’s been around forever, and it happens between children and adults alike.

These days, even middle school-aged children are heavily entrenched in social media and other platforms that can be used as an additional avenue for bullying. Cyber Bullying can have serious real-world repercussions. In one study, high school students who were targets of cyberbullying were almost twice as likely to have attempted suicide.

Addiction Resource, with the guide for parents and educators about drug abuse among teens and kids (https://addictionresource.com/parents-and-educators/). There’s also this useful guide about the use of tobacco among teens (https://vapingdaily.com/smoking-effects/young-adults/). It tells you how to spot it and what to do. Also, there is an article which discusses the importance of foster parents to become a role model to prevent their children from smoking and substance abuse (https://vapingdaily.com/support/foster-families/).

https://harmonyplace.com/resources/
At Harmony Place educates the general public about addiction and issues that are currently affecting American society and educate the public on the state of drug and alcohol addiction in Los Angeles and how residents can get help from the right addiction treatment facility. 
 
https://owlsnestrecovery.com/
At owlsnestrecovery, the goal is to provide a successful alternative to the standard “treatment center” for addiction.
 
https://gracelandrecovery.com/blog/
Grace Land Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment center. It helps people achieve sobriety by treating the mind, body, and soul.

Substance abuse treatment guide, https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/,  to help them make a decision about treatment. 

Vision Center is a web guide created for those seeking information about eye care and health, contacts, glasses, sunglasses, LASIK eye surgery (and other vision correction options), and other optometry needs. All content published on Vision Center is researched, written, and edited by licensed optometrists, experienced journalists, and other medical writers in the industry.

Miscellaneous Links:

http://www.gailnagasako.com/
http://www.thumpernagasako.com/
http://hifocused.com/