Home School Directory

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.

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Curriculum

Cosmic Classroom (Teaching Modules from Space Center Houston)

Cosmic Classroom is a series of teaching modules available for $25 each from Space Center Houston. These are Unit Studies with a central theme of space. There is necessarily an emphasis on Science with lessons in astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, geology and more. There are also subjects like math, fine arts, and literature thrown in as well.

The link below will take you to a page outlining the various modules available and their descriptions. At the bottom of the page, you will find a .pdf order form to download and print.

On the menu bar on this page, under “Education Programs”, there is a “Homeschool” option. This page is for their annual Homeschool Day at Space Center Houston. At the time of this posting, their 2012 info is still up, but watch this space for the announcement of their 2013 date. This is an excellent program geared just for those who are learning at home and definitely belongs on your field trip calendar!

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Designing Homeschool Unit Studies – For Dummies

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.

GradeSaver Study Guides

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.

Homeschool Buyers Co-Op

Join this co-op for free and use the combined purchasing power of the entire membership (more than 90,000 families) to save 20 – 90% on your homeschool curriculum.

Benefits of (free) Membership:
* Group Buys – Join other co-op members to get volume discounts on curriculum and more
* Coupon Center – featuring some of the deals on the Internet for homeschool educational products and services
* Homeschool Resources – free curriculum, free trip finder, contests and scholarships, local educator discounts, homeschool conferences, money tips
* eStore – save 10% and get instant access to 10,000+ eBooks, mp3′s, and more
* SmartPoints Reward Center – get SmartPoints and spend them on award-winning homeschool curriculum available through the co-op
* Free Homeschool Classifieds – buy or sell used homeschool curriculum
* Free Homeschool ID Cards – free templates to create your own or $6.95 to order hard plastic ID cards (useful for both students and teachers, especially when going on field trips to places that offer discounts to those with student ID’s or for bookstores that offer discounts with a teacher ID)

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Is Online Learning Right for You (interactive)
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K12 provides this interactive tutorial to see if online learning is right for you. At the end, you will be able to print the entire tutorial.

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iTunes-U

For those with iPads in your classroom, iTunes-U is an excellent resource. You can search through various documents, presentations, iBooks, and more to create an entire course your child(ren) can then complete right on their iPad. Any teacher – even those teaching at home – can sign up for free. The link below will take you to a page that tells you all about how to use this tool for students who are digitally-inclined.

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K12 – An Online Curriculum Alternative

Online classes are an excellent fit for many homeschooling families. Older students who are able to work independently tend to do great in this setting, whether working on a single course here and there or completing their entire high school curriculum online.
K12 is a great resource for parents looking to supplement their teaching with online classes. If the thought of teaching Algebra is giving you nightmares, online classes might work for your family. If you click on the link in the upper-right hand corner to Request Information, they will send you a free information kit for your review.

From the website:
K¹² puts decades of educational research, plus planning and progress tools at your disposal, whether you need just one course or a complete, integrated curriculum. In short, K¹² has solutions to meet your educational needs.

K¹² provides everything you need to help your kids get an exceptional education:
- Best-in-class online lessons and quality hands-on materials
- Teaching guides
- Assessments
- Built-in planning tools to take the guesswork out of what your child should be learning each day
- Built-in progress tools to easily track your child’s progress and modify the pace each day

Our materials kits come complete with virtually everything you need for each grade or lesson, so you minimize preparation time and can focus on teaching. We also offer online placement tests to ensure that your child is placed at the grade level that best suits his or her needs.

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MIT Open Courseware

Through MIT’s Open Courseware (referred to on the website as OCW), many of MIT’s courses are available to the self-directed or homeschooled student for free. Of course, no credit is offered toward any degree, but the access to these types of courses for free is a great way to enhance your homeschoolers learning, especially in the subject areas of Math and Science for which MIT is so well known.

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New York Philharmonic KidZone

Fantasic site for exploring music with your child(ren). There are activities where they can learn about various instruments and composers or play games like ‘Percussion Showdown’ or ‘Orchestration Station’. If your kid(s) like playing computer games and learning about music, this free site is for you.

Online Texbooks for Free

Bookboon’s free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.

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