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Please be aware that although the majority of resources listed are Christian sites, several are not.

All materials are listed as resources only, neither recommended nor not recommended.
If you find any links that are not accurate,
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A friend compiled the majority of this information
when she was researching homeschooling.
I hope it will prove useful for you.
Thanks to you, Melanie!
Page Updated January 9, 2012
All Links last checked January 9, 2012
Homeschooling Methods
There are many different methods of homeschooling. Here are a brief descriptions to get you started. If you are interested, you should do more comprehensive research on your own.
Charlotte Mason Method
This method is based on the writing of a 19th century educator who felt children should learn from real books and not from textbooks. In this method, after a child reads, he narrates back what he has learned. This takes the place of quizzs and tests. It is characterized by no homework, no grades, short lessons, and few lectures, along with morning classes, copy work, and nature study.
Charlotte Mason Research & Supply Co.
PO Box 936
Puyallup, WA 98373
Charlotte Mason Communique'tions
4441 So. Meridian Suite 221
Elkton, MD 21921-0936
Ask about Karen Andreola's articles
in Practical Homeschooling Magazine
Ambleside Online is a free curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own PNEU schools. Their goal is to be true to Charlotte Mason's high literary standards. The curriculum uses as many books as possible, and there is no cost to use this free online information or join their email support groups.
Teaching Children by Diane Lopez
Some books used as guidelines:
A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison
For the Children's Sake by Susan Macaulay
Literature-Based Curricula
This method also relies on “real” books with some help from teaching manuals. There is very little workbook or textbook work, but there is more structure. All of the reading ties together in various subjects, but it requires less prep time than a unit study.
Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
8121 S. Grant Way
Littleton, CO 80122-2701
(303) 730-6292
Five in a Row
14901 Pineview Dr.
Grandview, MO 64030-4509
(816) 331-5769
Classical Education
This method is based on the medieval model of education consisting of two parts: the Trivium and the Quadrivium. The Trivium contains three phases: The Grammar period (ages 9-11) - acquisition of facts and language, particularly Greek or Latin; The Dialectic period (ages 12-14) - understanding what has been memorized and asking questions; and the Rhetoric period (ages 14-16) - learning how to present arguments in a persuasive and pleasing form.
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning
by Douglas Wilson
Trivium Pursuit
Teaching the Trivium Magazine
Laurie Bluedorn
139 Colorado St. Suite 168
Muscatine, IA 52761
Classical Home Education
Kathleen Desmarais
(352) 821-4400
CHE provides science and history resources for a classical education. Their most popular products are R.E.A.L. Science, History Odyssey Study Guides, and the Classical Education Timeline.
Unit Studies
Unit Studies mean that all subjects point back to the topic. The theory here is that repetition builds retention, and students have a “big-picture memory file” for topics giving them a fuller understanding. They also claim that it allows greater discovery for the student causing them to be better thinkers. Here there are no textbooks and workbooks and it is heavy on activities, which means they usually require significant prep time. Unit studies can be used for all children at all different levels, tailoring it to their own level. This can help build family togetherness. Some examples are KONOS, based on character traits, and The Weaver based on Biblical passages. Many people make up their own unit studies.
PO Box 250
Anna, TX 75409
(972) 924-2712
The Weaver
PO Box 7438
Chandler, AZ 85246-7438
(888) 367-9871
Unoffical Weaver website:
This method is also known as relaxed homeschooling or flexible homeschooling. The belief is that the child's natural curiosity about the world, and natural desire to learn should be the motivating factor in education. They believe it is the parent's job to guide and help the children explore and pursue their own interests at their own pace.
Structured Curricula
This method is closer to a traditional textbook and workbook approach. Many of the popular curricula are used in Christian schools. These can be accelerated or normal paced.
Abeka Book
PO Box 18000
Pensacola, FL 32523-9160
(800) 874-2352
Calvert School
105 Tuscany Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210
(410) 243-6030
Alpha Omega Publications
300 N. McKemy
Chandler, AZ 85226-2618
(800) 622-3070
Christian Liberty Academy
502 W. Euclid Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(800) 348-0899
Bob Jones University Press
Customer Services
Greenville, SC 29614-0062
(800) 845-5731
School of Tomorrow
PO Box 299000
Lewisville, TX 75029-9000
(800) 925-7777
Homeschooling Organizations
Home School Legal Defense Association
Mr. Michael Farris, president
PO Box 159
Paeonian Springs, VA 22129
(540) 338-5600
National Home Education Research Institute
PO Box 13939
Salem, OR 97309
(503) 364-2827
Texas Home School Coalition (THSC)
Tim Lambert, President
PO Box 6982
Lubbock, TX 79493
(806) 797-4927
North Texas Home Educators Network
PO Box 830207
Richardson, TX 75083
(214) 804-8516
Texas Home Educators
Usborne Books
Rainbow Resource Center
8227 Ulah Rd.
Cambridge, IL 61238
(888) 841-3456
Voice Mail: (800) 705-8809
Timberdoodle Company
E. 1510 Spencer Lake Rd.
Shelton, WA 98584
(360) 426-0672
Christian Book Distributors (CBD)
Home Learning & Schooling Resources
PO Box 7000
Peabody, MA 01961-7000
(978) 977-5000
Shekinah Curriculum Cellar
101 Meador Rd.
Kilgore, TX 75662
(903) 643-2760
FAX (903) 643-2796
The Book Peddler has now been incorporated into
God's World News
PO Box 20001
Asheville, NC 28802
(800) 951-5437
Homeschool Qualifying Courses & Testing Services
Barb Shelton
182 N. Columbia Hts Rd.
Longview, WA 98632
(360) 577-1245
Family Learning Organization
PO Box 7256
Spokane, WA 99207-0256
Bob Jones University Press
Greenville, SC 29614-0060
(800) 845-5731
Interesting/Helpful Websites // Excellent Books (check the Library)
School is Dead, Learn in Freedom
(actually a very comprehensive site!)

Jon’s Homeschool Resource Page

Christian Homeschool Fellowship

Homeschooler’s Curriculum Swap

TAFFIE - Texas Homeschooling Resources
Lots of great links: support groups in TX,
statewide events, FAQs, etc.
Christian Home Educators Curriculum Manual
by Cathy Duffy

The Ultimate Guide To Homeschooling
by Debra Bell

The Big Book of Home Learning
by Mary Pride

The Way They Learn
by Cynthia Tobias

How To Home School
by Gayle Graham

*Anything* by Ruth Beechick
example: You can Teach Your Child Successfully
Miscellaneous Homeschooling Helps
The Intersection of Faith and Life

Design a Study ~ Teaching Helps
Quotes to ponder

Diana Waring ~ Newsletter
Dorothy Sayers' essay "Lost Art of Learning" in her book Are Women Human" or on the web at:
HEART of Texas
P.O. Box 211882
Bedford, TX 76095-1882
The Well-Trained Mind
     by Jessie Wise & Susan Wise Bauer
Wisdom's Way of Learning
by Marilyn Howshall
The Relaxed Home School by Mary Hood
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