A directory of ‘real’ educational resources for the liberty-minded household. This is a community driven directory, however Parents For Liberty has given each listing its stamp of approval. We encourage you to contribute, it’s free!
We use the term ‘school’ merely because this is a common expression. Home education directory is a more accurate description of this resource.
Our goal is to create the most useful home education directory on the internet.
- College Bound (10)
- Conferences (1)
- Curriculum (18)
- Home Education Blogs (1)
- Homeschool Organizations (3)
- Homeschooling Library (5)
- Learning Activities (8)
- Learning By Subject (27)
- Legal Defense (2)
- Local Support Groups (2)
- Organizational Tools (4)
- The Case for Homeschooling (14)
- Unschooling / Peaceful Parenting (11)
- Youth Organizations (5)
This is 5 part series in philosophical parenting by one of the most important minds of our time.
The Philosophy of Peaceful Parenting.
Unit studies are very popular with homeschooling families. The general idea is to select a topic and incorporate as many ‘subjects’ into the lesson plans as possible. There are many unit studies already out there (do a quick google search on “Homeschool Unit Studies” and you might be surprised!). However, if you are following your child’s interests to guide your curriculum, you might want to create your own unit study at some point. This page offers a quick guide on how to do just that.
If you’d like to read the entire book, “Homeschooling For Dummies”, there is a link in the right sidebar to purchase it.
Do you sometimes feel intimidated when speaking to ‘professional teachers’? Do you want to include terms in your education records that academics recognize in case your child wants to attend college or enter/re-enter the public school system at some point. This is a helpful guide for parents wanting to understand teacher jargon for any reason.
Record keeping and lesson keeping software for home schools.
-Teacher’s Journal (particularly useful for unschooling)
-Organize student data
-Organize unit studies
-Electronic filing cabinet
-Awards and certificates
What do you know about the history of compulsory schooling?
Book Chapters Include:
The Individual’s Education
Human Diversity and Individual Instruction
The Parent or the State?
Compulsory vs. Free Education
Compulsory Education in Europe
Fascism, Nazism, and Communism
Compulsory Education in the United States
Arguments For and Against Compulsion in the United States
The Goals of Public Schooling: The Educationist Movement
Progressive Education and the Current Scene
FEE’s mission is to inspire, educate and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society.
For young minds interested in an introduction to free market economics and its foundations in the broader philosophy of individual liberty, FEE is the best source for inspiring content, programs and community. FEE is not an academic or political organization; instead our focus is making the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society widely accessible, easily understood and energizing to young minds. We do this by delivering content that is substantive and thoughtful in forms most convenient to our customers, including in-person seminars and lectures, web-delivered content, printed material in book and magazine form, and networking opportunities. At FEE, young people—and educators who work with them—will find an exciting and optimistic introduction to the Austrian and classical liberal traditions in free market economics as well as opportunities to connect with other young people and free-market organizations around the world.
Free Range Learning presents eye-opening data about the meaning and importance of natural learning. This data-from neurologists, child development specialists, anthropologists, educators, historians and business innovators-turns many current assumptions about school-based education upside down. The book’s factual approach is balanced by quotes and stories from over 100 homeschoolers from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, India and Singapore. These parents and kids are the true authorities on alternative learning. Written for interested parents and educators, Free Range Learning will also encourage and excite those who want their children to have the benefits, but who are timid to approach homeschooling. This is the only book anyone needs to make the choice and start the process of homeschooling children, and is applicable for young people from pre-school through high school.
Studies indicate that adults who were homeschooled are:
*More likely to vote, volunteer and be involved in their communities than graduates of conventional schools.
*Read more books than average.
*More likely to have taken college level courses than the population as a whole.
*Tend to be independent and self-reliant. Free Range Learning presents the simple choice to homeschool as something much more significant than a homespun method of education. Weldon asks us to consider this choice as participation in a cultural shift toward redefining success; and as a form of collective intelligence with major implications for the future of education. Children are naturally “free range” learners, she says. They build knowledge and skills naturally, within the full spectrum of their daily lives, while observing, exploring and pursuing their interests. This book guides any parent or educator in assisting that process.
Free Range Learning demonstrates:
*that children and teens can best be nurtured outside of restrictive educational systems
*that we can restore what is heart-centered and meaningful back to a central place in education
*how networking with others enriches the learning experience for our kids
*how homeschooling has become a force of positive social change-making the community a better place for everyone.
From the website: Study guides are offered for free by GradeSaver on novels, plays, poems and films ranging from Animal Farm to Yonnondio: From the Thirties. Each study guide includes essays, an in-depth chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quiz. Study guides are available in PDF format. We have literature essays associated with our study guides that are unique and only available through GradeSaver. Each academic essay has been edited and approved by our editors. Many essays are “A” papers that have been written by students from Ivy League colleges.
This site also provides essay editing services, which might be useful for college-bound students who need to write an essay as part of their college entrant requirements.
This is a short article that briefly describes the history of the modern homeschooling movement. It discusses three individuals who were catalysts: John Holt, Raymond Moore, and Ayn Rand. While all three had different views and reasons for promoting homeschooling, they are considered to have started the modern homeschool movement, which began in the 1960′s.
Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.
HSLDA advocates on the legal front on behalf of our members in matters which include conflicts with state or local officials over homeschooling. Each year, thousands of member families receive legal consultation by letter and phone, hundreds more are represented through negotiations with local officials, and dozens are represented in court proceedings. HSLDA also takes the offensive, filing actions to protect members against government intrusion and to establish legal precedent. On occasion, HSLDA will handle precedent-setting cases for nonmembers, as well.