Homeschooling Why and How


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.

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

From 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:

And this one for research on academics and demographics:

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:

Articles and News Stories:

Kantrowitz, Barbara, and Pat Wingert. “What Makes a High School Great?” Newsweek, (May 8, 2006).
Article gives traits uncannily like homeschooling.

Morford, Mark. “American Kids, Dumber than Dirt.” SF Gate (October 24, 2007).

“Testing Parents.” October 3, 2007.
John Fink Editorial on KHNL TV and now in written form on

Sources for Curricula:

Student’s Guide to 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.

Guide to Homeschooling Online-

OnlineColleges that Offer Laptops and Tech Perks –

Online Elementary School Guide –

Online Middle School Guide –

Online High School Guide –

Twelve dozen places to educate  yourself free online:

Global Student Network. “Online Homeschool Curriculum.”
Online curriculum for grades two through twelve.

Home School Inc. “HomeSchool Reviews.”
For more information than you’ll likely want on more curricula than you’ll ever need.

Homeschool Buyers Club.
Founded to level the playing field by creating the world’s largest purchasing cooperative for homeschoolers.

The Homeschool Curriculum Shop.
A one-stop shop for various curricula, both secular and religious.

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.

This from a woman working on her Master’s Degree and researching homeschooling  support online (credit to as it represents all who have worked on the project):  a guide to online elementary education:  click here.

“I’m Sarah from ForeverCurious.  We are a group of educators and libraries who find and create lesson plans and other resources for others. I’m writing to say “thank you” for the enlightening resources you’ve shared! If you have any ideas for content you’d like to see, please let me know.

I don’t know if you’ve come across these pages, but here are some cool articles I’ve come across that you might find useful:
(maybe here).

Thanks for all you do.”

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
Classroom in the Kitchen Lesson Plans
Smithsonian Lesson Plans
Teaching Kids Organizational Skills
Math Lesson Plans for Shopping

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


The Fun and Educational Resource Collection for Students of All Ages

Hands-on Math Activities for Kids

Free Collection of Online Calculation Tools

Hands-on Science Resources for Home and School

Physics: Learning Activities

Understanding Flight Dynamics

Arts & Crafts Activities for Kids

A Basic Guide to Tree Identification

A Basic Guide to Tree Identification

Botany Activities and Lessons

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun

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.

Some Just Plain Interesting Sites:

Babuata, Leo. “Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head.” Zenhabits, August 2009.
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.

TED. “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity.” February 2006,

––––. “Why Teaching is Not Like Making Motor Cars.”
These exceedingly informative and entertaining talks will make you laugh and make you think.

Trouble getting your baby to sleep?  Or trouble getting enough good sleep yourself?  Click here for a link to an article about helping your baby to sleep.  And it has links to all sorts of information about sleep, mattresses, sleep monitors and more.

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 –

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.

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 <> “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 profound influence on our success as homeschoolers. Here are some important books for any parent in general but for homeschoolers in particular.

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.”

On Special Education and ADD

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.

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