Homeschooling

Homeschool resources

 

Should we homeschool?
To make an informed decision about whether homeschooling is for you, examine some of the many resources we have at Glenside Public Library:
 
d’Escoto, David and Kim. The Little
 Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool
 (371.042 DES)
Klicka, Christopher J. Home Schooling:
  the Right Choice (371.042 KLI)
Linsenbach, Sheri. The Everything
 Homeschooling Book: Take Charge of
 Your Child’s Education (371.042 LIN)
Perry, John and Kathy. The Complete
 Guide to Homeschooling (371.042 PER)
 
Which curriculum should we use?
Choose a curriculum that fits your child/ren’s learning style, your personality and your parenting goals. Resource books include:
 
Hendrickson, Borg. Home School: Taking
 the First Step (649.68 HEN)
Holt, John. How Children Learn
 (370.15 HOL)
Tobias, Cynthia Ulrich. The Way They
 Learn (370.15 TOB)
 
Are there homeschool correspondence courses?
Yes! Enrollment is avialable in these and other homeschool satelite programs:
 
American School of Correspondence,
Christian Liberty Academy, (1-800-348-
Seton Home Study School, (1-540-636-
   9990) www.setonhome.org
 
What if I want to design my own curriculum?
Illinois Learning Standards
 
These homeschool suppliers carry a wide range of materials for all subjects and grades to enhance or design your own curriculum:
Children’s Books, Inc. (1-800-344-3198)
Timberdoodle Company
 
What other resources are available in the community?
tHomeschool Resource Center of the
 Johnsburg Public Library
 Available to all Illinois residents, this
 resource center has a large collection of
 curriculum materials, books, magazines,
 videos, science materials, and educational
 games.
tWest Suburban Home School Band (aka The
 Patriots) www.wshsb.com
 A band program for homeschoolers in the
 Chicago–metro area
 
What about online groups?
tHomeschool-Illinois http://groups.yahoo.
 com/group//homeschool-Illinois 
tILHSannounce http://groups.yahoo.com/
 group/ILHSannounce
tMom’s Home Room http://groups.
 yahoo.com/group/MomsHomeRoom
 
What other resources are available at the library?
Resources for selecting age-appropriate books:
 
tCoon, Cheryl F. Books to Grow With: a
   Guide to Using the Best Children's
   Fiction  for Everyday Issues and Tough
   Challenges (Parents J 011.62 COO)
tEstell, Doug. Reading Lists for
 College-Bound Students (Ref 028.535
 Est)
tOdean, Kathleen. Great Books for...
   (Parents J 028.1 ODE)
tPearl, Nancy. Book Crush : for Kids
   and Teens: Recommended Reading for
   Every Mood, Moment, and Interest
   (028.55 PEA)
tReed, Arthea. Comics to Classics : a
 Parent's Guide to Books for Teens and
 Preteens (028.162 REE)
tTrelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud
   Handbook (Parents J 372.452 TRE)
 
Homeschool magazines have a wealth of informaion you can use:
Home Education Magazine (800-236-3278)
Homeschooling Today (276-628-7730)
The Link: the Nation’s Homeschool Newspaper
Practical Homeschooling (1-800-436-6322) www.home-school.com
The Teaching Home (1-503-253-9633) www.TeachingHome.com
 
 
What are some of the curriculum choices available?
These sites have extensive lists of curriculum suppliers for all grades:
 
tHomeschool Resource Guide
tHomeschooling Vendors & Suppliers on the Internet
   vendors.html
tIllinois H.O.U.S.E. (1-847 622-5200)  
 
Unit Studies for grades K -12 provide integrated subject learning:
 
tAdvanced Training Institute of America
   (1-630-323-9800) ati.iblp.org
tKonos (1-972-924-2712)
tSonlight (1-303-730-6292)
 
What if I have limited lesson preparation time?
Workbooks for K – 12 that are self-instructional or require minimal teacher input:
 
tAlpha Omega (1-866-444-4498)
School of Tomorrow (1-800-925-7777)
 
What does the law say about homeschooling?
tALL the Illinois Home Education Laws in
 ~peanuts/illaws.html
DuPage Regional Office of Education
 Schooling.html
 
Are there any homeschool organizations?
Local
C.H.O.I.C.E. Homeschooling
   A Christian homeschooling group with
  monthly meetings. Based in Wheaton.
Homeschooling Families Of Illinois,
  DuPage County, 630-548-4349
Prairie Connection
   global.net/prairieconnection.html
   A non-profit, Christian-based
   homeschooling support group that is
   open to families of all faiths.  
State-wide
Homeschooling in Illinois
Illinois H.O.U.S.E.
   A statewide network of support groups for
   people involved in homeschooling They are
   on-sectarian and inclusive for all.
National
Home School Foundation
Home School Legal Defense
 Association www.hslda.org
National Home Education Research
 Institute www.nheri.org

 

compiled 07/07