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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Literature

A Free Library from the Mises Institute

The most complete online offering of the literature of the Austrian School and libertarian ideas, including books, journal articles, and other writings, sorted by author or any method you choose.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute was founded in 1982 as the research and educational center of classical liberalism, libertarian political theory, and the Austrian School of economics. It serves as the world’s leading provider of educational materials, conferences, media, and literature in support of the tradition of thought represented by Ludwig von Mises and the school of thought he enlivened and carried forward during the 20th century, which has now blossomed into a massive international movement of students, professors, professionals, and people in all walks of life. It seeks a radical shift in the intellectual climate as the foundation for a renewal of the free and prosperous commonwealth.

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.

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.

866-YOUR K12
Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads

This lesson plan is found under Classroom Resources on readwritethink.org’s website, which is also listed as a separate resource within this directory.

This plan is designed to take four 50-minute sessions to complete. Here is the overview from the site:

After reading or viewing a text, students are introduced to propaganda techniques and then identify examples in the text. Students discuss these examples, and then explore the use of propaganda in popular culture by looking at examples in the media. Students identify examples of propaganda techniques used in clips of online political advertisements and explain how the techniques are used to persuade voters. Next, students explore the similarities of the propaganda techniques used in the literary text and in the online political ads to explain the commentary the text is making about contemporary society. Finally, students write a persuasive essay in support of a given statement.

In this lesson, some specific references are made to Brave New World as examples. A text list suggests additional novels, short stories, plays, and movies that will also work for this activity.

ReadWriteThink.org

While this site is intended for ‘traditional’ teachers, its extensive list of resources is also useful for homeschooling families. It includes a search tool to find lesson plans and learning activities by grade level or by type of resource. At the time of this posting, there are more than 800 lesson plans available here.