Recommended websites, games and books

Some of the very best

MACHE   Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators; MACHE has great homeschool resources and helpful articles available on their website. I highly encourage you to attend their annual conference in April.


portrait5HSLDA  Home School Legal Defense Association; a homeschool organization that helps homeschool families with legal issues as well as many other aspects of home educating their children.


National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)  **see the latest NHERI report on research about homeschooling


Smoothing the Way  Mary James; a course for those just getting started in homeschooling


Cathy Duffy’s curriculum reviews:  great curriculum reviews written by a veteran homeschooler


Let’s Homeschool High School: Transcript Template


Building Your Own Curriculum: Facebook Group


Credits Before College—Cheri Frame  Cheri’s emphasis is on getting college credit using the CLEP program, but she also has great info on many aspects of homeschooling through high school and getting college credits inexpensively. Cheri also offers Career Direct Assessments.


Cultivated Lives—Heather Haupt  Heather is a homeschool mom, speaker and blogger

Career/Personality Testing with Career Direct  

Village School of the Bible:   Provides a deep and thorough study of God’s Word plus college credit as well.  For high school students and above.

Recommended Games for Learning

Language Arts:


Some wonderful games for developing reading readiness skills are: (these may contain affiliate links)

Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Go Fish Letter Matching Card Game - 52 Cards with Box

Here are some games for developing phonics, reading and spelling skills:

Bananagrams WildTiles Vocabulary Building and Spelling Improvement Lettered Tile Game for Ages 7 and Up

ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Early Reading Game

  • Quiddler (ages 8-adult, includes solitaire version)

Once our children are fluent readers there are some fun games for the older child that continue to build language arts skills:

Taboo Board Game

Recommended reading for the home school parent

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
     by Debra Bell

    A great book for those just getting started in home education.


Charlotte Mason Companion
     for those interested in learning more about the Charlotte Mason approach to education.


Educating the Wholehearted Child
     by Clay & Sally Clarkson

     Excellent resource for home educators with a lot of helpful information.


The Three R’s
     by Ruth Beechick

     A simple but very helpful book that helps set the overall goals of teaching the “three R’s.”


Homeschooling at the Speed of Life
     by Marilyn Rockett

     A helpful book for learning how to set priorities in your homeschooling.


The Way They Learn
     by Cynthia Tobias
     A great book on learning styles.


The Christian Homeschool
     by Gregg Harris
A great resource to understand homeschooling; Contains a chapter on Delight Directed Studies.


Shepherding a Child’s Heart
     by Tedd Tripp

     Teaches the importance of looking at the root issues of the heart when disciplining.