Resources for New Homeschoolers
Home Education Enrollment Options
*No requirement for attendance. - (must have a log of activities and books read showing 'progression commensurate to their ability')
*Portfolio evaluation/testing which can be stressful for some families. (limited testing sites and dates)
*Accountable to a person of your choosing (umbrella administrator) rather
than governmental entity. (can be as easy as just an attendance record, or submitting curriculum for grading and transcript usage... check with school)
*Tuition/fees can be costly (or can be less expensive than evaluations and testing. Check with the school you're looking into.)
enrollment to take place. (Many have these in place, check with the schools individually.)
'Better Late Than Early' - Dr. Raymond & Dorothy Moore
'The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook' - Dr. Raymond & Dorothy Moore
'Simplicity of Homeschooling' - Vicky Goodchild
'Dumbing Us Down' - John Taylor Gatto
'The Underground History of American Education' - John Taylor Gatto
(available online to read free http://www.johntaylorgatto.com)
'Family Matters' - David Guterson (a favorite!)
'Growing Without Schooling' - John Holt
'Learning All the Time' - John Holt
'Onto The Yellow School Bus and Through the Gates of Hell' - Mary Hood
(don't let the title scare you...it's a good book)
'Homeschooling Book of Answers' - Linda Dobson
'Homeschooling The Early Years' - Linda Dobson
'You CAN Teach Your Child Successfully' - Ruth Beechick
'Charlotte Mason Companion' - Karen Andreola
'Honey for a Child's Heart' - Gladys Hunt
'Books That Build Character' - William Kilpatrick
'Books Children Love' - Elizabeth Wilson
Different Teaching Methods
While these are the methods that are most well known within the homeschooling community, there needs to be a disclaimer that there is NO ONE RIGHT WAY to home educate your child/ren.
Each family is going to be, and look, completely different from all other families.
There needs to be support for one another in the homeschooling community and not judgment on the methodology of teaching that has been chosen by individual families.
What works for one family won't work for another in its entirety.
The whole concept, and freedom, in home educating our children is that we're able to teach to the 'child' instead of to the 'multitudes'!
Eclectic homeschooling, taking the best of different methods and combining them all, becomes more the norm for long time homeschooling families.
This is usually what families tend to 'become' after many years of homeschooling, i.e. 'eclectic homeschoolers'.
Homeschooling becomes just another part of who 'they are' and not just 'what they are doing'.
Great Article on teaching/styles/methods:
*some of the most used terms for learning/teaching styles*
Charlotte Mason Education
Child Directed Education
LifeStyle of Learning Education
Long Distance Learning
School at Home - Traditional
Unit Study Based Learning