The National Home Education Research Institute’s mission is to:
* Produce high-quality research (e.g., statistics, facts, findings) on home-based education (homeschooling).
* Serve as a clearinghouse of research for the public, researchers, homeschoolers, the media, and policy makers.
* Educate the public concerning the findings of all research on home education.
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Provide resources, information, and support to homeschooling families.
The official web site for Mary Pride and her magazine, Practical Homeschooling
Provides information about home schooling laws, news, legislation, and organizations from around the country and in Iowa.
Product reviews by 250 home school moms.
With sub-forums covering K-8, high school, learning challenges, and gifted educations, this site provides tried and true recommendations. Includes negatives as well as positive recommendations. Highly recommended source.
Subject specific reviews by 20 home school parents who are also have well known blogs.
Veteran home educator Cathy Duffy shares comprehensive product reviews
This distributor carries a wide variety of curriculum resources. The color photos, page shots, and user reviews provide helpful information. Most products are discounted.
Amazon is increasingly offering more and more home education materials, most at discounted prices. The reader reviews at Amazon are especially helpful because they include negatives as well as positives.
This free online coop provides individual home school families with the opportunity to join with other families nation- wide in purchasing materials at significant discount through “group buys.”
A library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.
Specific Subject Resources
- Khan Academy for Parents and Mentors This page includes guidelines to help parents get the most from Khan Academy math programs fortheir children. Especially helpful is the page labeled “finding a place to start.”
- Let’s Play Math Games for learning math concepts. Check out the link under the Most Popular Posts sidebar, “The Game that is Worth 1,000 worksheets.”http://letsplaymath.net/2006/12/29/the-game-that-is-worth-1000-worksheets/
- MEP Math Free printable resources from a highly regarded British math program. Particularly recommended is the kindergarten level, which is called Reception. This level introduces children to math concepts using a series of printable pictures termed copy masters. The Reception level provides a great intro to math concepts and its cuddly nature has earned it the endearing term “couch math.”
- Art of Problem Solving Students who love all things mathy will enjoy the videos on this page. Videos feature concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, and probability, as well as skills used in math competitions.
- ALEKS ($) A K-12 on-line mathematics program that using artificial intelligence to tailor lessons based on student responses to mathematical problems. A one year subscription through the MPHSAP costs $40.
- Reading Bear Online phonics instruction.
- Progressive Phonics Phonetic readers designed to be read with your child. Nice graphics, download for free.
- Words and Pictures This BBC site includes online games.
- Starfall Learning to read with fun phonics activities and interactive online books
- Daily Grammar Lessons Learn grammar basics in tiny bites via 440 tiny lessons and short weekly quiz. Lesson archive
- 12 Common Errors: An Editing Checklist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison A checklist to use in editing papers.
- Writing tutorial services at the Indiana University. Each pamphlet deals with a different topic. Plagiarism is one in particular to look at.
- Quick lookup in dictionary and thesaurus, 270 language dictionaries, “100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English,”
- Bartlett’s familiar quotations. “A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature.”
- Spelling City Enter your own word lists with this online spelling practice site.
- Printable Graphic Organizers Free Printable Graphic Organizers to help students plan and visualize writing assignments
- The Mommy Writer Lesson plans for home school families with an emphasis on chronological history using classical and Charlotte Mason resources. These free plans include suggestions for studying the same topic with multiple age groups.
- Heart of Wisdom This page lists a comprehensive list of movies to accompany the study of American history.
Many, if not most, home educators pull their curriculum from many sources and styles making for an eclectic approach.
The large and diverse home schooling community is served by a many different textbook publisher. Some of the most helpful information on textbooks can be found by doing a topic search on the Well Trained Mind Forum or by consulting the Rainbow Resource catalog.
- The Well Trained Mind ($) Susan Wise Bauer’s books and writings provide the cornerstone of many classical home educators. In addition to products for sale there are many free articles and downloads.
- The Circe Institute ($) In addition to purchased curriculum this site provides many free audio lectures and articles focusing on classical education and the Great Books.
- Ambleside Online Free booklists, schedules, helps, and forum support for a Charlotte Mason based curriculum.
- Simply Charlotte Mason ($) Free forum support and some free downloads. Books, videos, and organizational materials for purchase.
Unit Study Studying a topic in depth combining social studies, science, and language arts forms the basis of a unit study approach.
- Homeschool Share Unit studies, many with lapbook download, all generously created to share for free by home school moms.
- Side Tracked Sarah ($) A long list of free unit studies as well as some for purchase can be found on this page.
Inspiration and Encouragement
The Homeschool Post Home school families are a very diverse lot, and as a result, there is a huge variety of blogs available to share methods, make us laugh, and inspire us. The annual Homeschool Blog Awards showcases top blogs in many categories.
A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief Julie Bogart, who is the author of a well know writing program, inspires home schooling moms through her blog with an emphasis relationship building within the family.