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Homeschooling - General Resources

A to Z's Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site (Ann Zeise)
Huge resource, 800 pages of homeschooling info. Sections include Just Beginning; Concerns about Homeschooling; Regional and World-Wide Support Groups; Study Materials; Homeschool Laws/Legalities; Lessons/Ideas; Explorations for Kids; Older Kids (Teens and College-Bound); Methods, Styles, Philosophies; Religion & Cultural Reasons; Thoughts & Opinions, Research, Demographics, News; E-Lists, Boards; Jokes; Holiday Directory; etc.

Jon's Home School Resource Page (Jon Shemitz)
Well organised, lots of content and links. Mailing lists, FAQs, magazines and newsletters, resources for gifted & talented and learning disabilities, legal information, list of homeschool home pages, much more.

Eclectic Homeschool Online
Wonderful site, updated semi-monthly. Feature articles, regular departments, discussion boards, chats, support/shopping/learning resources, news, book reviews, letters to editor. Lots of content here, thoughtful articles.

Free Stuff & Samples
Free Homeschooling Resources - Whether you are considering homeschool or you are already committed to educating your children in the home, finding resources for this method of learning can be daunting. However, it does not have to be expensive. Check us out!

Home School World
The official website of Practical Homeschooling magazine and of The Big Book of Home Learning. Information about homeschool events in the U.S. (including science fairs), articles by regular columnists, homeschooling organisations. Also lots of stuff to buy, in the catalog and homeschool mall sections.

About.Com: Homeschooling [Was Mining Company]
Links in these sections: Community, Computers, Crafts, Curriculum Sources, Distance Learning, Family, FAQs, Field Trips, Fine Arts, Free Stuff, Games, Getting Started, High School, History, Home Economics, Homeschool Methods, Homeschool News, Internet Safety, Kindergarten, Language Arts, Learning, Math, Preschool, Record Keeping, Research Resources, Science, Special Needs, Support Groups, Unit Studies, Used Curriculum, and subject library. Plus lots of articles, chats, forums. Includes section on Unschooling, with links to about 20 articles, FAQs, interviews, etc.

National Home Education Network
This organisation "exists to encourage and facilitate the vital grassroots work of state and local homeschooling groups and individuals by providing information, fostering networking and promoting public relations on a national level." Supports diversity in homeschooling methods and courses. Sections include support articles, high school and beyond, new homeschoolers, military homeschoolers, local support, legal & legislative info, events & conferences, NHEN members, and for the media. Also recent news articles about homeschooling.

The Homeschool Zone
FAQ, interactive online groups, weekly events, author interviews, newsletters, newsletter library of interviews/book reviews/articles, recipes, crafts. Also section on free things: pictures, games, puzzles, recipes, crafts, etc.

Homeschooling FAQs, support groups by state (6 listed for Maine, 01/02), links to online courses, New To Homeschooling section. Major section is Homeschooling Resources, organised by topic: Art & Music; Internet Services; College; Language Arts; Computer Skills; History; Creative Household; Learning Styles; Current Events; Magazines; Curriculum; Math; Distance-Learning; School Supplies; Early Childhood; Science; Foreign Language; Software/Videos; Gifted Education; Special Needs; Independent Study; and Work at Home. Note that all their links are to commercial sites.

Awesome Library's Homeschool Section (Awesome Library)
Provides annotated links to legal resources, papers and articles, lesson plans, projects to do, general resources.

Jon's Home School Mailing Lists/Discussion Boards/News Groups (Jon Shemitz)
Talk lists for homeschooling and unschooling parents and kids. Includes link to the most popular, home-ed.

School is Dead; Learn in Freedom! (Karl M. Bunday)
Lengthy persuasive hypertext essay on learning in freedom, with links to books, resource guides, magazines, articles, Web resources, etc. Also offers A-Z Index of site.

Jon's Unschooling Page (Jon Shemitz)
With essays on unschooling, web pages, and mail lists.

Heather's Homeschooling Page (Heather Madrone)
Nice site, with articles on deciding to homeschool, family-based living, socialisation, philosophy of homeschooling, unschooling, her thoughts on a few specific school subjects.

Homeschooling in the U.S., 1999 (National Center for Education Statistics)
"This report, based on data from the Parent Survey of the National Household Education Survey Program, 1999, contains information about the characteristics of homeschooled children and their families, parent's reasons for homeschooling, and public school support for homeschoolers." Available to browse online or to download as a PDF document.

Home School Legal Defense Association
Current news stories, articles, links to laws and organisations within each state,

Yahoo's Homeschooling Links
Sections on Christian, Companies, Conferences, Curriculum, Distance Learning, Islamic, Magazines, Opposing Views, Organizations, Personal Experience, Unschooling, Web Directories, and more.

The Teel Family Home Education Page (Teel Family - AK)
Updated weekly. Seasonal activities, recipes, weekly homeschool site picks, Alaska homeschooling resources and things to do with kids.

Military Homeschoolers (NHEN)
FAQ, current issues, articles about homeschooling in military families, contact info, message boards, e-mail lists, and links.

Home School Materials Bibliography (Salt Lake County Library System, UT)
Compiled June 2000. Lists and provides description of about 40 books, 5 videos, and 6 magazines (no descriptions for magazines) useful to homeschoolers.

Reading Resources List (Maine Home Education Association)
Lists books useful for learning about various aspects of homeschooling, with sections on how-to, special needs, homeschooled teenagers, and homeschooling magazines/newsletters.

Online E-Mail Lists and Free Newsletters (HELM)
Links to homeschooling mailing lists and newsletters in these categories: National, Foreign Country, Curriculum, Methods, Learning Styles/Special Needs, Religious, Youth, and Miscellaneous.

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Resources are ranked within each topic; the first listed is the most useful and the last the least useful, in my opinion. This is based on depth and breadth of content, quality of links, ease of use, organisational structure, and general appearance.

A resource ranked last may be a great resource for a limited audience, or it may be an OK resource that's meant for a large audience. I have not listed resources I found to be anything but great or good, except for national organisations. Suggestions are always welcomed.
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