Welcome to Youth Services' Homeschooling Resources Page!
Gale Courses and Other Helpful Library Sources
The library recently added Gale Courses as a free online resource that should be helpful for older homeschool students. Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.
How To Use the Library While Homeschooling Elementary Students
Here is a helpful blog post on tips on how to get you started using the library while homeschooling elementary students.
Check Out Our Parent/Teacher Collection
Our Parent/Teacher Collection is located in Youth Services across from our video section. Here you'll find helpful books on school subjects, everyday parenting, and books written for homeschooling parents. All books are available to check-out for three weeks.
Interested in Homeschooling?
Thinking of homeschooling your child? Here are some great beginning resources to get you started:
Offers articles and a list of state resources and support groups.
Includes information on choosing curriculum, online resources, and testing, as well as legal support.
A network community for homeschool graduates. Communicate with those who took part in homeschooling.
Maintains a list of state resources and local support groups organized by state and then region.
Includes a friendly guide to different homeschooling approaches, issues to keep in mind when choosing curriculum, and product reviews of homeschooling books and online resources. Note: This website covers many approaches to homeschooling, but many of the resources and reviews are for Christian-based education.
Links to homeschooling online legal information.
NAEA is a volunteer organization dedicated to information sharing and professional development, best practice, public policy, and advocacy for alternative learning and teaching.
NHERI conducts and collects research about homeschooling and publishes the research journal, Home School Researcher.
Provides a great deal of information and a wealth of links to topics of interest to homeschoolers.
Has information useful to those new to homeschooling, including a "Click-o-matic Homeschool Quiz" as well as useful, concise summaries of a variety of homeschooling approaches and philosophies.
Homeschooling Book Suggestions:
Homeschool Your Child for Free: More than 1,200 Smart, Effective, and practical resources for home education on the Internet and Beyond by Laura Gold Call Number: 371.30281 GOL
College-prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling through High School by David P. Byers Call Number: 371.042 BYE
102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Each Child’s Learning Style by Cathy Duffy Call Number: PT 371.042 DUF
The Everything Guide to Homeschooling: All You Need to Create the Best Curriculum and Learning Environment for your Child by Sherri Linsenbach Call Number: 371.042 LIN
Simplify Your Homeschool Day: Shorten Your Day, Sweeten Your Time by Tamara Chilver Call Number: PT 371.042 CHI
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by S. Bauer Call Number: PT 371.042 BAU
Homeschooling Today (available to checkout in the library)
The Old Schoolhouse (available to checkout in the library)
Practical Homeschooling (available to checkout in the library)
Here is a list of some publishers of homeschool textbooks and selection aids:
A Christian Company that publishes Christian curriculum for students preschool through 12th grade.
A Christian-based publisher that focuses on textbooks and curriculum for preschool through 12th grade.
Christian education resources including books, textbooks, tests, and media.
Publishes educational program and "homework help" materials that cover math, literature, language arts, science, and social studies. This includes the popular Saxon Math program.
Publishes materials for preschool through 12th grade in math, science, social studies, reading/language arts, music, art, languages, as well as Advanced Placement. Currently, Pearson also provides programs that support Common Core.
Publishes programs and supplemental materials targeting gifted and talented children. Many of the materials are based on the Classical approach.
In addition to educational and supplemental materials, Scholastic also provides online resources and tools for parents and teachers.
A well-established publisher of math workbooks.
This publisher focuses on classical Christian education materials and curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Advice from Homeschooling Experts
Get advice, book suggestions, and all sorts of other homeschooling information from these experts:
Get talking about Homeschooling: Discussion Lists
Here are some active discussion lists on all topics regarding homeschooling:
Homeschooled Characters in Books
Below is a booklist of middle grade fiction (Grades 3-6) with homeschooled characters:
Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood (J AIR)
Skellig by David Almond (J822 ALM)
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh (J CAV)
Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan (TEEN F HAN)
Schooled by Gordon Korman (J KOR)
Savvy by Ingrid Law (J LAW)
Nim's Island by Wendy Orr (J ORR)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (J PAL)
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (J STE)
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (J STR)
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (J TOL)
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling byMaryrose Wood (J AUDIOBOOK WOO)
Helpful Homeschooling Links