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.
HSLDA 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
- Kate Milner, katemilner.info; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cheri Frame, creditsbeforecollege.com; email@example.com
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. http://villageschoolsofthebible.org/
Recommended Games for Learning
Some wonderful games for developing reading readiness skills are: (these may contain affiliate links)
- Alphabet Memory games: for preschool/kindergarten age children
- Alphabet Go Fish Matching Game:
- Alphabet Bingo:
- Alphabet SlapJack:
- StarMall Alphabet Letters Matching Puzzle ABCs Flash Cards with Animals for Kids
- Alphabet Adventure (Leapfrog) Kindergarten: (need Leapfrog Interactive Learning system to use)
- Sequence Letters (for phonemic awareness once a child knows alphabet)
- Snap it Up Phonics & Reading (ages 6+ – teaches phonics/reading)
Here are some games for developing phonics, reading and spelling skills:
- Candyland (add sight words to the color cards & have your child read the card as they move)
- K- 5 Reading Activities by Rachel
- File Folder games for Reading (grades 1-3) Build key reading skills—word families, long and short vowels, consonant sounds, parts of speech, compound words, and more – make your own file folder games with these templates:
- Scrabble or Scrabble Junior
- Quiddler (ages 8-adult, includes solitaire version)
- 10 Reading Comprehension Card Games (grades 3-5)
Once our children are fluent readers there are some fun games for the older child that continue to build language arts skills:
- Taboo (age 13+)
- Huggermugger (ages 12+) builds spelling and vocabulary skills as well as thinking and strategy skills. Lots of fun!
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.