Homeschooling has been on the rise in the United States. According to a recent study, over the last twelve years homeschooling is up 75%. With more people turning to homsechooling as an educational option for their children, it’s important to have resources available to make the experience a success. These online resources can help the homeschooling family keep on track and make learning fun.
Each state, and sometimes each city or school district, has their own laws about reporting requirements relating to homeschooling. It is important for parents to be aware of the local laws and reporting requirements in their local area. An excellent resource to find these laws and support to legal problems is the Home Schooling Legal Defense Association. They are a non-profit that was founded in 1983 to support homeschooling families and advocate for their right to educational freedom.
Some who choose homeschooling do so because their child need an alternative pedagogical approach such as Montessori Method to be successful. There are two great homeschooling Montessori Method based resources available and run by those trained in the Montessori essentials: New Child Montessori and Montessori on a Budget. The latter website focuses on creating a Montessori learning environment at home without breaking the bank.
Religious and religious based curriculums are available for those who want to make their beliefs a focal point of the homeschooling education process. A Beka Academy is one of the more popular ones. They provide various products from supplemental materials to DVD and online based courses. They are accreditted by both the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Those looking for a more secular approach can check out Secular Homeschool for ideas. They have curriculum for each subject area, groups, forums and blogs to help support the home schooling family. Home School Stock Room has additional resources to round out the home classroom.
For those families looking for an internet course or entire curriculum there are options out there. Homeschool.com has tons of resources, including an entire page of internet schools and internet curriculum. If those schools don’t meet needs of the family there are other resources, including K12 and Free World U. The company K12 has links and resources to online public and private schools, as well as individual consultants, tutors, and classes. They offer a wide variety for parents to either supplement and fully provide curriculum to their students. Free World U offers a free pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade online program as well as a $90 per month program that is accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission.
The internet has a wide variety of information available for homeschooling families just a click away. There is curriculum, handouts, supplemental material, and even legal information. Families can easily succeed with their homeschooling efforts if they search out and use the tools they have available to them.