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FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM 2009-10 (How-to Start Homeschooling / Curriculum / More…)
9-23-09 | All FReepers who've contributed

Posted on 09/23/2009 11:08:25 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes

Free Republic Homeschoolers’ Forum 2009-2010

A spot for homeschoolers on Free Republic to share information

The Free Republic Homeschoolers’ Forum is an annual thread where homeschoolers share tips and talk about curriculum.

Included on this year’s forum:

This year, in response to requests from other parents, we have put together a guide for anyone interested in homeschooling. (See below.)

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES (in alphabetical order)

Scroll down for the latest list of educational resources recommended by homeschoolers on Free Republic. Corrections and updates were made to the previous list. Links to any product or website no longer available were deleted. Then the recommendations made last year were added. Also, a list of links to resources right here on Free Republic has been expanded under Free Republic Library. As always, feel free to share advice with other homeschoolers in the comments following on this thread.

This will be the final list. Thank you to all who have contributed! If you would like to add more recommendations, please add them in the comments section.

CONGRATULATIONS to all homeschooled students who have graduated this year! Many blessings to you and your families! May you enjoy continued success.

A big THANK YOU to Jim Robinson and to all who make Free Republic work.

TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: education; fr; freerepublic; frhf; homeschool; homeschooling; homeschoolsources
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1 posted on 09/23/2009 11:08:26 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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2 posted on 09/23/2009 11:09:52 AM PDT by mnehring
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STEP ONE: Check the laws in your state.

Visit the Home School Legal Defense Association’s website. Click on your state for a summary of the laws regulating homeschooling there. Some states have stricter regulations than others. Be prepared to abide by the laws in your state. Joining HSLDA is highly recommended.

STEP TWO: Find a homeschool support group in your area.

The homeschooling community is well-organized. There are support groups suitable for almost every family. Homeschool organizations offer activities such as band, cooperative classes, field trips, graduation ceremonies, honor societies, socials (i.e. dances, the prom), sports, youth groups, and much more.

Many homeschool organizations are affiliated with churches, and you may be required to sign a Statement of Faith in order to join. Other groups merely rent space at churches. Still, other groups meet at libraries, museums, etc., and most communicate online via email. You may find homeschool support groups online by searching for your state name and the word “homeschool”. Or check the HSLDA website for state-level organizations listed there. Another option is to communicate with a homeschool parent in your state here on Free Republic.

STEP THREE: Choose a curriculum plan.

Scroll down to see the list of educational resources recommended by homeschoolers on Free Republic and posted below right here on this thread. The most appropriate curriculum for your child(ren) will depend upon age level, the method of learning that best suits each child, and the student’s interests.

You will find that homeschool parents on Free Republic are always willing to share advice and support. If you have questions, feel free to ask. If you start a new thread to ask for advice, remember to ping Metmom so that she can send a ping to the list of homeschoolers here.

Remember to contact Metmom to add your name to the Homeschool Ping List. Also ask for your name to be added to the Another Reason to Homeschool ping list for other articles about the state of education today.

3 posted on 09/23/2009 11:10:10 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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Being an X HS'er......I'd be happy to answer questions or help any new HS'ers out there.

Started out in probably 1988 or SoCal.

Moved to '97.

The girls are now in College....and doing pretty well.

4 posted on 09/23/2009 11:12:40 AM PDT by Osage Orange (A community organizer cannot bitch when communities organize..... - Rush Limbaugh)
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**** HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES (in alphabetical order) ****

Please note: This list is not intended to include every homeschool curriculum available on the market. Rather, it is a list of resources recommended specifically by homeschoolers and others interested in educational topics here on Free Republic. The colleges and universities also were suggested by participants here on FR.

Disclaimer: The Free Republic website and its owners do NOT officially endorse any of these products. This list was compiled for informational purposes only by participants on Free Republic. The website links below are provided only to give more information on each item. They are not intended as solicitations. Free Republic cannot be held responsible for these websites, their content, nor any sales transactions made. Sometimes links, websites, and/or products are altered, so please remember to use your own discretion.


Let’s Go Learn

Looking for a college? Consider these options:

Ave Maria University
Belmont Abbey College
Brigham Young University
The Catholic University of America
Christendom College
College of the Ozarks
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Furman University
George Mason University (Economics Dept.)
George Wythe University
Grove City College
Hillsdale College
John Paul the Great Catholic University (Also see this Free Republic thread.)
Patrick Henry College
Samford University
Thomas Aquinas College
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
University of Dallas
Wheaton College


A Beka
AlphaOmega Lifepac
Ambleside Online (free online, similar to Charlotte Mason)
Baltimore Curriculum Lesson Plans (free online, based on Core Knowledge)
Calvert School
Core Knowledge
Core Knowledge Lesson Plans (free online)
Mater Amabilis (free online Charlotte Mason curriculum)
My Father’s World
Seton Home Study School
Veritas Press
Winter Promise (History, English)
World Book Encyclopedia & Learning Resources (free online guide)


e-Learning Center


Courtship Connection


The Bright Blue Thinking Book
Building Thinking Skills
The Fallacy Detective
Mind Benders


North Atlantic Regional High School (in Lewiston, Maine)
Also see “Recordkeeping”.


Acting Magic


Check with your local community college. Other dual credit opportunities:
St. Petersburg College


Calumet “K” (Merwin, Webster) (free online)
Economics in One Lesson (Henry Hazlitt) (free online)*
Economic Sophisms (Frederic Bastiat) (free online)*
The Incredible Bread Machine (Susan Love Brown), a book based on this R.W. Grant poem, “Tom Smith and His Incredible Bread Machine”
The Incredible Bread Machine: A Study of Capitalism, Freedom, & the State (by R.W. Grant)
Uncle Eric series (Richard J. Maybury) *
* Also see Free Republic Library below.

Language Arts, Spelling, Vocabulary

Analytical Grammar
Character Quality Language Arts
Discovery Education – English (free online)
Draw Write Now (Art, penmanship, and storytelling)
Easy Grammar Systems (free worksheets)
Educators Publishing Service(Explode the Code, Ridgewood Grammar, Wordly Wise & more)
English from the Roots Up
Explode the Code
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Phonics Pathways
Play ‘n’ Talk
Reader Rabbit (CD)
Ridgewood Grammar
Rod and Staff
Saxon Phonics
Scripps National Spelling Bee Study Zone (check later if not available yet)
Shurley English
Spelling Power
Spell to Write and Read
Straight-Forward English (Garlic Press)
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Vocabulary from Classical Roots (also see Educators Publishing Service)
Word Journeys
Wordly Wise
Words Their Way
Writing Strands (See Institute for Excellence in Writing)

FOREIGN LANGUAGES (free worksheets)
Power Glide
Spanish Numbers

Articles and threads of interest to homeschoolers

Educational Topics:
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
Creation vs. Evolution
Economics: Richard Maybury’s Books
Economics: Two Great Classics
Folding @ Home Project
Freeper Book Club
Gods Graves Glyphs
Handwriting (Debate over cursive handwriting)
HTML Bootcamp (cached)
HTML Sandbox
Introduction to Ancient Greek History
Inventions and Discoveries
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
String Theory ‘blog
Word for the Day

Homeschool-related articles and threads:

Another Reason to Homeschool
Articles tagged “homeschool”
Articles tagged “vaccination”
Distance Learning
Free Republic Homeschoolers’ Forums 2005 – Present
Proposal for Free Republic High School Diploma and other discussions on fast-tracking through high school
Saxon and Singapore math adopted by public school

Emergency Preparedness:
Home Gardening & Disaster Preparedness

Relevant to homeschooling:

Homeschool Ping List (Contact Metmom)
Another Reason to Homeschool (Contact Metmom)

Other ping lists of interest:

Astronomy Picture of the Day (Contact Sig226)
Gods, Graves, Glyphs (Contact SunkenCiv)


Funbrain (free online)
Sheppard Software (free online)
Also check under each subject for games for a particular subject.

GEOGRAPHY Learn About the 50 States (free online) (free online)


1776, by David McCullough
Drive thru History
Greenleaf (Famous Men series)
History Link 101 (free online)
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
The Mystery of History
A Patriot’s History of the United States
Presidents of the United States (free online)
The Story of the World
TruthQuest History: Age of Revolution I, II, III


Letterboxing North America
Sewing Made Easy

(Reminder: Please see disclaimer above.)

Area 127
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers (Latin and Greek)
The Curriculum Coop
Homeschool Classifieds
Homeschooler’s Bookshelf
Homeschooler’s Curriculum Swap
HSLDA Curriculum Market
Love to Learn
Memoria Press
Naturally Simple (free or low cost online resources)
Peace Hill Press (Well-Trained Mind)
Pennywise Learning
Rainbow Resource
R.O.C.K. Solid, Inc.
Smart Alec Books
Veg Source HomeSchool Talk & Swap
Veritas Press


Better Late than Early Also see The Moore Formula
Homeschoolers’ Success Stories (by Linda Dobson)
The Homeschooling Revolution
Homeschool Your Child for Free
Man’s Unconquerable Mind (by Gilbert Highet)
The Well-Trained Mind


The Link
Homeschool Humour


Dinah-Might Adventures
Live & Learn Press
Living Literature with Lap Book Learning
Tobin’s Lab


Latina Christiana
Latin’s Not So Tough


Home School Legal Defense Association


Donna Young Homeschool Lesson Plan Forms

LITERATURE (including young readers)

100 Good Books
100 Great Books
Bob Books
Books by Charles Dickens
Books by G.A. Henty
Children’s Literature Lesson Plans & Resources (free online)
The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
The Colored Fairy Books (refers to the color of the book). Free online.
Eragon (by Christopher Paolini)
Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew mysteries
Homeschool Detectives series
Homeschooler’s Bookshelf
Laura Ingalls Wilder books
Little Britches (book series) by Ralph Moody
Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder) (free online lessons)
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Lesson Plans (free online)
McGuffey Readers
Mrs. P (website with stories, games)
Redwall series
Spiderwick Chronicles, The
Starfall Store
Stobaugh’s American Literature
Williwaw (by Tom Bodett)


AAA Math
Basic Facts Worksheet Factory (free online)
Discovery Education – Math (free online)
Donna Young Math Worksheets (free online) (free worksheets)
Fun with Baseball Stats (free online)
Homeschool Math Curriculum Guide (website)
Horizons Math
Key-To Series
Learning from Baseball (websites)
Math Fact Café (free flashcards & worksheets)
Math Worksheet Site
Miquon Math
PBS Fantasy Baseball (PDF file) (free online)
Rent Calculators
Saxon Math
Singapore Math
Straight-Forward Math (Garlic Press)
Super Kids Math Worksheet Creator (free online)
Teaching Textbooks


Music Forms
San Francisco Symphony for Kids


Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Melon

Of interest to homeschoolers

Alliance for the Separation of School & State
Focus on the Family
Home School Legal Defense Association


Discovery School’s Puzzlemaker
Home School Planet
(More worksheet generators can be found listed under Math, English, and other subjects.)


Curriculum Click – Master Planner
Donna Young’s Free Printables
Homeschooler’s Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts
The HomeSchool Mom
Homeschool Tracker


Usborne books
DK Eyewitness books


Apologia Physics
Anatomy of the Human Body (free online)
Bob Jones Chemistry
Castle Heights Press
Discovery Education – Science (free online) (free worksheets)
Home Science Tools
Jason Project
Learning from Baseball (websites)
Moody Science Videos
Noeo Science
Ocean studies (Smithsonian) (free online)
The Periodic Table of Videos (free online)
Physics: The Batting Cage (fun website)
Physics in Sports connection (online video)
Rainbow Science
The Science Spot – Puzzle Corner (free online/PDF files)
Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries (Carlisle) (Also see “Free Republic Library.)
Real Science 4 Kids
Tobin’s Lab


PBS Mail List


The Prairie Primer (based on Little House series)
Unit Studies


Educere K-12
Florida Virtual School
Switched on Schoolhouse
Also see this Free Republic thread.


Successful & Famous People (who were homeschooled)


American Heritage Girls
Boy Scouts of America
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

5 posted on 09/23/2009 11:12:46 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: metmom; Clintonfatigued; 2Jedismom; 668 - Neighbor of the Beast; Aggie Mama; AngieGal; Antoninus; ..

You’ve been pinged because you either contributed to this list at some point or expressed an interest. (My apologies if I missed anyone.) Or, your ping list and contact name might have been added.

The educational resources many of you recommended on the last forum have been added to this newly updated list. Thank you!

6 posted on 09/23/2009 11:14:51 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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All clear to post comments.

7 posted on 09/23/2009 11:16:29 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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Looks like I’ll have to ping you for a ping, after all! I forget how to make the Homeschool Ping List graphic work. It won’t look right if I send it.

8 posted on 09/23/2009 11:20:18 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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Just curious here. Approx how many freepers on that ping list?

Great links too — thanks for the ping!

9 posted on 09/23/2009 11:25:39 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( If you have kids, you have no right of privacy that the govt can't flick off your shoulder.)
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Please put me on your ping list, I have started homeschooling my youngest this year, 12 yrs. old, and need all the help I can get!!!!

10 posted on 09/23/2009 11:32:51 AM PDT by panthermom
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Thank you for doing this. BTW, (org?) offers terrific help for free in math, science, and some economics topics...

11 posted on 09/23/2009 11:39:35 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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Hi, you can add me to your ping list.

Homeschooling for 15 years; still have three kids “in class.”

Happy to help anyone with questions. (I’m in California).

Recommended curriculum that I see listed above: Spelling Power (I start that in 2nd grade and use regular Phonics before that), Apologia Science (ALL their Science - start after your kid has about 7th grade math skills). Saxon Math I start at 4th or 5th grade (Saxon 54).

Recommended curriculum I didn’t see listed above:

The Learnables for any foreign language.

Daily Grams for Grammar.

The Winston Grammar program, especially for kids who learn “kinesthetically.”

Modern Curriculum Press’ “Adventures In Phonics” to teach reading.

Modern Curriculum Press’ Math for grades K-3.

A Beka British and American Literature for the jr. high and high schoolers.

“Economics In One Lesson” and “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy” for high school economics.

I like to teach high school history by having my kids read biographies of great men and women from history. This gives them some proper if imperfect heroes, and teaches history in context.

I like to supplement a basic world history course in jr. high with Henty’s historical fiction.

12 posted on 09/23/2009 11:41:24 AM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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Yeah for FLVS aka the Florida virtual school. Helps the single dad still home school the two teens even though some of the purists say that virtual school does not count as it is a government program. We do lots of extra stuff as well.

13 posted on 09/23/2009 11:49:58 AM PDT by scottteng (IMPEACH OBAMA I am Jim Thompson)
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Awesome collection of resources!

14 posted on 09/23/2009 12:20:44 PM PDT by GoRepGo ("A little rebellion now and then is a good thing." Thomas Jefferson)
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Also for lapbooking, we like to use .

15 posted on 09/23/2009 12:22:44 PM PDT by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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Thanks for posting this. I don't have any specific tips except to say that all FReepers should at least consider this route for their kids. It has so many benefits, among them:

1.) Fostering a closer family bond
2.) Giving your kid more 1-on-1 attention than they'll ever get in a classroom.
3.) Helping to keep the corrupt world out of your life and those of your children.
4.) Networking with a multitude of awesome, like-minded people who will truly enrich your life and those of your kids.

16 posted on 09/23/2009 12:28:51 PM PDT by Antoninus ("There is no movement," --G. W. Bush)
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This school year will likely be our last one homeschooling. The older guy went off to the local Catholic high school last year, and the younger guy will likely follow him next year.

Ten years has flown by quickly.

17 posted on 09/23/2009 12:34:19 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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I may have missed it, but I did not see It is a free subscription service that offers deep discounts to homeschoolers for various educational programs like CyberEd (which goes by a new name now), Rosetta Stone, and many others.

18 posted on 09/23/2009 12:34:30 PM PDT by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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you forgot me. *pout*

19 posted on 09/23/2009 12:36:14 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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Hmm, I guess it’ll be time to start with educational things before I know it! Sure babygirl is only 5 months old right now but she’ll need to learn to read one of these years...

It’s very exciting to think about homeschooling, having been homeschooled myself (and so was my husband). It gives us a slightly different perspective on things, I think.

20 posted on 09/23/2009 12:39:07 PM PDT by JenB
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