On Homeschooling in General:
A–Z Home’s Cool
Ann Zeise is the first place to go to research any particular topic pertaining to homeschooling.
Provides a variety of services for all ages, from simple materials up to a custom curriculum tailored for your child, diplomas, and handling of DOE representatives, principals and such in your school district. This is a source for a curriculum designed and administrated specifically for your child. I have visited their campus, spoken with their staff, and had some contact with them throughout the years. I was impressed with their professionalism and feel their services fill an important niche for some families.
Home Education Magazine
This magazine was my lifeline when few people were homeschooling. Having a magazine come in my mailbox (now maybe it would be my e-mail box) kept reminding me of what I was doing and why and gave me ideas and a sense of an informed community when here we were all inexperienced in any of this. A subscription to this magazine will be a steady source of information and inspiration.
Learning Without Schooling
The magazine, Learning Without Schooling, was another of my lifelines for information and support in our choice to unschool. While the print magazine has been discontinued, Pat continues to promote the philosophy, and his web site is a treasure trove of information.
Again, one of my important mentors with much well-documented research and assistance with programs and materials.
The Odysseus Group
You will be astonished by the information here about our public school system.
Great sites for research on socialization in school compared to homeschooled:
And this one for research on academics and demographics:
For parents involved in custody issues, homeschoolers can contact other homeschoolers for information about homeschooling attorneys and experts and exchange information about handling custody disputes as a result of homeschooling:
Articles and News Stories:
Kantrowitz, Barbara, and Pat Wingert. “What Makes a High School Great?” Newsweek, (May 8, 2006). http://www.newsweek.com/id/34509.
Article gives traits uncannily like homeschooling.
Morford, Mark. “American Kids, Dumber than Dirt.” SF Gate (October 24, 2007). http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/10/24/notes102407.DTL&ao=all.
“Testing Parents.” October 3, 2007.
John Fink Editorial on KHNL TV and now in written form on http://www.khnl.com.
Sources for Curricula:
Global Student Network. “Online Homeschool Curriculum.” http://www.globalstudentnetwork.com/homeschool/index.php.
Online curriculum for grades two through twelve.
Home School Inc. “HomeSchool Reviews.” http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/default.aspx.
For more information than you’ll likely want on more curricula than you’ll ever need.
Homeschool Buyers Club. https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/.
Founded to level the playing field by creating the world’s largest purchasing cooperative for homeschoolers.
The Homeschool Curriculum Shop. http://www.homeschoolcurriculumshop.com/store.html.
A one-stop shop for various curricula, both secular and religious.
The Khan Academy. http://www. Khanacademy.com.
A library of over 2,100 educational videos covering math, science, humanities, economics, history, test preparation, and more. Each is a ten- to fifteen-minute self-paced lesson. This just might be the future of education both in schools and for homeschoolers.
Some Just Plain Interesting Sites:
Babuata, Leo. “Education Needs to Be Turned on Its Head.” Zenhabits, August 2009. http://zenhabits.net/education-needs-to-be-turned-on-its-head/.
The author, a truly fascinating person, father of six, and married to a teacher, discusses what is wrong with the current model of education and what can be done about it.
Sawaya, Nathan. “The Art of the Brick.” http://www.brickartist.com/gallery.html.
Former attorney, Nathan Sawaya, is now a Lego artist and a great example of a schooled student who did everything he was “supposed to”—he became an attorney—but he was unhappy. He became a famous and well-paid Lego artist and loves it.
TED. “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity.” February 2006, http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html.
––––. “Why Teaching is Not Like Making Motor Cars.” http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/17/ted.ken.robinson/index.html?hpt=C1
These exceedingly informative and entertaining talks will make you laugh and make you think.
I’ve been communicating with Peggy Webb, the director of WRA, for a while and have realized how valuable it could be for many families to have an umbrella organization to interface with authorities and to give guidance, as needed, on program options. WRA caters to unschoolers and as an unschooler myself, I know how scary it can sometimes seem when you are doing something so many find unusual. But with WRA, you’ll never feel alone. That they are accredited and can issue a high school diploma is a big bonus.
Sudbury Valley School <http://www.sudval.org> “While homeschooling was definitely the best choice for our family, I realize isn’t feasible for all families all the time. This is one reason why I helped found a Sudbury School here on Maui. Among other things, I love their approach of dealing with children respectfully and as individuals and their trust in the natural urge of all living things to learn and grow. If there is one near you, it could be worth your while to check them out.”
Homeschooling is obviously a parenting choice and how we parent will have profound influence on our success as homeschoolers. Here are some important books for any parent in general but for homeschoolers in particular.
Maui Family Magazine – “We are a quarterly, glossy, full color, reader’s digest size publication that caters to families with children. We want to inform, celebrate and participate in the nurturing and guidance of Maui’s children by helping parents with information on health, safety, education, and current events. Maui Family Magazine is printed as Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter editions.”
On Special Education and ADD
I must admit I have only read the first book below and am not at all versed on special education other than what I saw when I substitute taught some special education classes last year. I saw adolescent boys in high school acting up because nothing they were learning had any relevance to them and meanwhile the children who needed help were in far over their heads. Also, mothers have told me that their children had no problems with behavior and focus once they were out of the confines of the school environment. These were enough to convince me that any parent would be wise to examine other alternatives than what schools provide. These books are offered as a place for the concerned parent to start looking for answers.
Amen, Daniel G. Healing ADD. New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 2001.
Armstrong, Thomas. The Myth of the A.D.D. Child: 50 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion. New York: Penguin Books, 1995.
––––––. Seven Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences. New York: Penguin Books, 1999.
Goddard, Sally. Reflexes, Learning and Behavior: A Window into the Child’s Mind. Eugene, OR: Fern Ridge Press, 2005.
———. The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning. 2nd ed. Hawthorne, NJ: Hawthorne Press. 2006.
———. A Teacher’s Window Into the Child’s Mind. Eugene, OR: Fern Ridge Press, 1996.
Granger, Bill. The Magic Feather: The Truth about Special Education. 1st ed. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1986.
Hayes, Lenore C. Homecschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child With Learning Differences, Prima Publishing, a division of Random House, Inc., 2002
Pauc, Robin. The Learning Disability Myth: Understanding and Overcoming Your Child’s Diagnosis of Dyspraxia, Tourette’s Syndrome of Childhood, ADD, ADHD or OCD. New York: Virgin Books, 2006.
Strydom, Jan, and Susan Du Plessis. The Myth of ADHD and Other Learning Disabilities. Lafayette, LA: Huntington House Publishers, 2001.