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Recommended Education Websites for Homeschooling

Homeschooling, also called home education or home learning, is when a parent/guardian chooses to educate their child/children at home. Most often the homeschool curriculum is taught by the parent but on some occasions the family may choose to hire a tutor or participate in some type of homeschool co-op, where a number of families pool their resources to provide additional learning opportunities for their children. Homeschooling can be provided for children ranging in age from prek thru high school.

There are a number of great homeschooling resources online. Some of the best sites we have found that provide a lot of useful articles, material, and other information about homeschooling include the following:

Let’s Homeschool - is a great website that was created by homeschooling parents to help fellow homeschoolers. The Let’s Homeschool site features articles on: Homeschooling Resources, Starting a Homeschool, K12 Homeschool, Homeschool Organization, Homeschool Curriculum, Homeschooling Subjects, Types of Homeschools, Comparing Homeschools, Homeschool Support Groups, Special Needs Homeschooling, and Curriculum Reviews. This is a very comprehensive databases of homeschooling information and the simple site navigation makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Click HERE to visit Let’s Homeschool now.

Homeschool.com - is another great resource for a huge variety of homeschool resources. They offer everything from a “Getting Started eKit” to advanced homeschooling lessons for kids who need a little more than the basic curriculum. They also offer some great free stuff, including printables that you can use for your homeschool lessons. Another great feature of the Homeschool.com site is their forum, this allows homeschoolers to communicate and share ideas and information with each other.

Homeschoolingis a blog that features Homeschool articles, Homeschool Curriculum information, Issues & Debates about homeschooling, a specific section on Preschool/Kindergarten, and a Resources section. This is a great site because it is real information from real people that have been involved in homeschooling for a number of years and know what works and what doesn’t. Get more info here.

Homeschool Worldis a fun homeschool site that features a lot of homeschool events in TN, SC, OH, and PA. They also have contests that homeschoolers can participate in and a community forum where you can discuss everything homeschool related.

These are just a few of the education websites we recommend for some great homeschooling education resources. Whether you are just considering homeschooling as an option and want more information or if you have been a homeschooler for years and just want to see what is new, these sites offer a ton of great information and resources.

August Survey Halfway Report

Halfway through our August survey on the Obama administration’s education leadership, we bring you a report of the results so far. If you haven’t yet participated in our August survey, you can vote here.

The survey question this month is:

Do you think the Obama administration and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are doing a good job of leading the country in the right direction with education?

The answer choices are:

• Yes: they really “get it.”

• Yes, national standards and the reform funded by Race to the Top are really needed, but we still need an overhaul of No Child Left Behind.

• Yes, the oversight of the for-profit schools is critical, and the other things I can live with.

• No, they’re off-track in just about every possible way.

• No, some things are okay, but Race to the Top and the national standards are a major step in the wrong direction in terms of educational quality and giving up local control.

• No, the federal government should be moving towards less involvement in education, rather than more.

Other (please specify)

So far, 81 votes have been cast, with 19 people (23.4%) voting for one of the three answers beginning ‘Yes,’ 55 (67.9%) voting for one of the three answers beginning ‘No,’ and 7 (8.6%) choosing ‘Other’ and leaving a comment.

The leading answer is: “No, the federal government should be moving towards less involvement in education, rather than more,” which has 33.3% of the vote.

Second place goes to: “No, they’re off-track in just about every possible way,” with 24.7% of the vote.

The least chosen answer is: “Yes, the oversight of the for-profit schools is critical, and the other things I can live with,” with 2.5% of the vote.

The responses to ‘Other’ include the following (lightly edited for typos, etc.):

• “After 10 years in education I have left the classroom and taken my 3 children with me, we will be homeshooling from now on. Until NCLB is recognized as the “Every Child Held Back” program that it is and we stop punishing teachers for going into the most illiterate schools in the country by touting Pay for Performance as a means of rewarding teachers that take the easy way out, it really isn’t that hard to teach children who can read and write BEFORE coming to school and who have parental support; well until that time my children and I will not set foot in a public school again.”

• “not so rigid on certification for international teachers who are already certified and brilliant on their country. And no discrimination on application. They are employing a lot of international teachers not knowing they are victimized by private agencies hiring them back home, charging them their whole salary upon employed and leaving them destitute and not to be renewed for the next school year because of the probationary certificate for the expensive visa they have paid from hard work. May the government have pity on the poor but bright international teachers that they are hiring for lack of teachers in science, math and special ed in the USA.”

• “Education is one of the small things in these bad economic times. Obama needs to get the economy better before he tries anything big like education.”

• “NCLB needs a major over-haul, less emphasis on AYP [Annual Yearly Progress] and less testing requirements. Students should not be tested every year, every other is plenty. National standards are already in place and working well. Merit pay could work if done right: it should be based on teacher performance and training, not student performance. Race to the Top as it stands will harm students. The biggest change that needs to happen is FUNDING REFORM. School funding should not be linked to property tax. At least half of school funding should come from the federal government. Our schools are not equitable and no amount of reform will help our students until school funding is equitable.”

• “I’M HOMESCHOOLING AND NOT LEAVING IT UP TO ANYBODY BUT ME AND GOD.”

• “Get rid of the Unions and schools might have a chance!”

• “more vouchers and school choice—they are good on charter schools

If you haven’t yet voted, we’d like to include your opinion for our final report, so please take the survey here.

Getting Started With Homeschool Curriculum

If your child is just starting school you may be considering public school vs. homeschool and trying to decide which one would best suit the needs of your child. There are many things to consider when deciding to homeschool. One of the biggest things you need to educate yourself on is the homeschool laws for your state. The big thing to know is what homeschool curriculum is required by your state. We recently posted an article, “Getting Started With Homeschool Curriculum“, which can assist you with who to contact and what questions to ask.

It is important to also add social experiences for your children while homeschooling. Some great ways to do this is incorporate field trips into your curriculum. You can also plan activities or go to public events and allow them to take a friend along.

Homeschool can be a fun and exciting way for the family to learn and play together!

California Schools

I recently posted an article about year round school statistics. There are a number of great reasons why year round school is the best option. Just to name a few:
*Children retain information better when they have several short breaks vs. a 3 month vacation.
*If you plan vacations during these breaks they are not usually when every other school in the nation is trying to go to the same hot spots which will save you money and help avoid crowds and long lines.
*It is easier to find daycare services for small children for short periods of time vs. summer time when many programs fill up.

In my research I found California is leading the nation by far in year round schooling with over 1,300 schools that participate in year round schooling. Which has prompted me to share more information about California schools.
At our website http://www.educationbug.org/ we have loads of information on nearly every school in every state. This is a great resource for anyone who is looking into what options are available for education in California schools. We have categorized the schools into groups such as; California Public Schools, California Private Schools, California School Districts, California Public Libraries, California Colleges, and California Universities.

Within each category you have the option to search for a school within any city, county, or even by the name of the school and type. Within these links you will be able to find specific statistics, reviews, maps, contact information, and much more on each individual school.

And if you are not sure whether you want your children to attend a public school, private school, a charter school, or even thinking about homeschooling you will find our articles that compare what these different types of schools have to offer very interesting.

Featured Homeschool Sites

We’re going to start adding a featured site to our blog as we find high quality websites.

This week we found some awesome homeschool resources online. So if you are looking for homeschooling curriculum, resources, supply, or just looking to check out some blogs – take a look at these high quality sites!

1. Homeschooling Program – A website that explores the different online programs for homeschoolers and different types of curriculum.

2. Let’s Homeschool - an online resource catalog of everything from field trips to state laws for homeschooling. Includes book reviews, curriculum reviews, and links to homeschool support groups. This site also has a blog at Let’s Homeschool – on blogger.

3. Homeschool Playground – one parent’s blog powered by WordPress blogging engine. Includes thoughts on the daily homeschooling tasks and other issues related to homeschooling and education.

We will post more as we find them – until then – if you’d like your website reviewed – go to our website and fill out our contact us page if you want to be featured!