The following resources are listed as a springboard for your research into home education. The list is not exhaustive by any means, and inclusion or deletion of an item should not necessarily be construed to be an HEAV endorsement or censorship of any resource.
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100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy (curriculum reviews)
Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant-Life Homeschooling by Diana Waring
A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison
The Christian Home School by Gregg Harris
Choosing & Using Curriculum: Your Guide to Home Education by Joyce Herzog
Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
Education Plus: Patterning Learning Upon Scripture by Inge Cannon
Gaining Confidence to Teach by Debbie Strayer
The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach by Robin Sampson
The High School Handbook: Junior and Senior High School at Home by Mary Schofield
Home-Designed High School by Diana Johnson
Home Educated and Now Adults by Brian Ray
Home Schooling Children with Special Needs by Sharon Hensley
The Homeschooler’s Guide To… by Vicki Caruana
Homeschooling the Challenging Child: A Practical Guide by Christine Field
Homeschooling: The Right Choice by Christopher Klicka
The How and Why of Home Schooling by Ray Ballman
How to Home School: A Practical Approach by Gayle Graham
The Joyful Homeschooler by Mary Hood
Making the Most of the Preschool Years by Valerie Bendt
The Relaxed Home School: A Family Production by Mary Hood
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook by Raymond and Dorothy Moore
A Survivor’s Guide to Home Schooling by Luanne Shackelford & Susan White
Teaching the Trivium by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn
Teaching Your Special-Needs Student by Judith Munday
The Three R’s: Grades K-3 by Ruth Beechick
The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
The Underground History of Education by John Taylor Gatto
Unit Studies Made Easy by Valerie Bendt
The Virginia Homeschool Manual by HEAV
The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias (on learning styles)
The Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer
What Your Child Needs to Know When by Robin Sampson
Worldwide Guide to Homeschooling by Brian Ray (lots of statistical information)
You CAN Teach Your Child Successfully by Ruth Beechick
Also, many homeschool magazines contain a wealth of information (including advertisement of many wonderful resources) :
The Teaching Home (Box 20219, Portland OR 97294/ phone 503-253-9633/www.TeachingHome.com) – e-zine
Home School Digest (P.O. Box 125, Sawyer MI 49125) www.homeschooldigest.com (has links to many other sites)
Homeschooling Today (954-962-1930/www.homeschooltoday.com)
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com)
Practical Homeschooling (P.O. Box 1190, Fenton MO 63026/ phone email@example.com)
(for starters, anyway!)
A Beka Books (www.abeka.com) P.O. Box 19100, Pensacola FL 32523-9100 (1-800-874-2352) Textbooks and workbooks designed for and used in many Christian private schools across the country. Comprehensive program. Also available as correspondence or video school.
Alpha Omega Publications (www.aop.com) 300 North McKemy Avenue, Chandler AZ 85226-2618 (1-800-622-3070) Publishers of the popular LifePacs; Switched-On Schoolhouse (CD-ROM), www.classes2you.com (SOS on-line), A/O Academy correspondence program, A/O On-Line Academy. Weaver and Horizons curricula. Diagnostic and placement tests.
Bob Jones University Press (www.bjup.com) Greenville SC 29614 (No, I didn’t leave out the street address – they’re so big and well known that this is sufficient.) (1-800-845-5731) Well-known and respected publisher of textbooks/workbooks used in homeschools and private Christian schools across the country. Also offers high school correspondence courses, as well as HomeSat, a 24-hour-a-day, flexible in-home satellite program for K-12.
Christian Liberty Academy Publishers (www.homeschools.org) 502 W. Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights IL 60004 (1-800-348-0899) Actual on-campus private school offering several satellite school options, including full-service correspondence school as well as family-administrated curriculum package; individual courses now also available.
Christian Liberty Press (www.ChristianLibertyPress.com), their publishing branch, offers discounted resources and curricular materials.
CBD Home School (www.Christianbook.com) P.O. Box 7000, Peabody MA 01961-7000 (978-977-5005) New department of Christian Book Distributors. Nice variety, colorful catalog, discount prices.
Elijah Company (www.elijahco.com) 1053 Eldridge Loop, Crossville TN 38571 (1-888-2ELIJAH) Wonderful resources and articles. Great book lists. Includes pages of information on various approaches to teaching/learning. Free counseling site at www.homeschoolcounsel.com with mediators and bulletin board.
Farm Country General Store (www.homeschoolfcgs.com) 731 North Fork Road, Metamora IL 61548 (309-367-2844) Super resources, well rounded, helpful book lists. Includes many healthy living resources.
Greenleaf Press (www.greenleafpress.com) 3761 Highway 109N, Unit D, Lebanon TN 37087 (615-449-1617) Guaranteed 100% Twaddle-Free! Wonderful resources for history, literature, art, music and nature study. Useful just for the book lists! Has several informative articles within the pages, as well as detailed descriptions of items.
Home Educators Association of Virginia (www.heav.org) 2100 W. Laburnum Avenue Suite 108-A, P.O. Box 6745, Richmond VA 23227 (804-278-9200) On-site and online selection of helpful resources, and extensive line of resources and curriculum in HEAV’s Homeschool Headquarters web-based shop.
Home School Resource Center (www.debrabell.com) P.O. Box 67, Palmyra PA 17078 (1-800-937-6311) Owned by Debra Bell, author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling. Resources for creative homeschooling.
Lifetime Books and Gifts’ The Always Incomplete Catalog (www.lifetimebooksandgifts.com) 3900 Chalet Suzanne Drive, Lake Wales FL 33859 (1-800-377-0390) $5 Catalog/supplement contain over 390 pages of personal reviews, lots of good information on subject areas, great book lists. Lots of hard-to-find items.
Rainbow Resource Center (www.rainbowresource.com) Route 1 Box 159A, 50 N 500 East Road, Toulon IL 61483 (309-695-3200) 400+ pages of resources for all different home education styles.
Sonlight Curriculum (www.sonlight.com) 8042 South Grant Way, Littleton CO 80122-2705 (303-730-6292) Comprehensive, interrelated, literature-based studies; includes all necessary supplies and books (including science supplies).
Timberdoodle (www.timberdoodle.com) 1510 E Spencer Lake Road, Shelton WA 98584 (360-426-0672) Proponents of a hands-on, fairly relaxed approach to home education. Great resources, lots of fun and real-life-application stuff.
Whole Heart Ministries (www.wholeheart.org) 3761 Highway 109N, Unit A, Lebanon TN 37087 (1-800-311-2146) Authors of Educating the WholeHearted Child and more. Resources based on the premise that real books and real life are the roads to real learning (based somewhat on the writings of Charlotte Mason and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay).