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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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!

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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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
Khan Academy

Free video classes on just about every subject.

From the website:
Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Life of Fred Mathematics

The Life of Fred takes a unique approach to teaching children, not only math, but many useful life lessons and subjects usually taught completely separate from math. The series covers from Kindergarten through the 2nd year of college mathematics, and there is helpful information on the publisher’s website in regards to where to start your child(ren).

The characteristics that set this curriculum apart from others are:
1. It is fun.
2. It explains the need for math.
3. It is inexpensive.
4. It provides a broader education.
5. It is complete.

Through books that read like a humorous novel about a 5-year-old college professor (how can it not be funny?), the author, Stanley Schmidt, engages students in a story where situations arise that can be dealt with by using math. The student is introduced to the need first, then the application. You will not find endless repitition of the same types of problems as in traditional math curricula. There is a ‘bridge’ after every 4 or 5 chapters that the student must successfully ‘cross’ before earning the right to go on to the next chapter. The bridges cover all material to date, ensuring that the student is remembering previous skills and is able to apply them to new problems along the way.

For parents worried if their math skills are up to being able to teach their child(ren), this series is for you. Many parents learn along with their children and enjoy it as much as the kids. After the elementary set, students are expected to work independently with very little, if any, parental instruction required. The entertainment factor is what keeps kids interested and staves of questions like “When am I ever going to use this stuff?”

One of the best things about the series is that each hardback book can be used for younger siblings. All work is done on paper – not in the book – so you can keep using the same books over and over.

The website link below is to the publisher’s site, where you can order the books for a great price and free shipping. They are also available through other sellers as well as Amazon. The information, FAQ’s, and testimonials on the site linked below are the best place to start to learn about The Life of Fred, whether or not you end up purchasing from that site.

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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Open Culture

From the site: “The best free cultural and educational media on the web.”

Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening is a revolutionary method of growing food developed by Mel Bartholomew. For those unfamiliar with this method, please see the main website at http://www.squarefootgardening.org to learn about how it works and why it could be a great fit for your family whether you homeschool your child(ren) or not.

The link below is to the curriculum that has been developed for you to use with your child(ren) as you build your gardens and care for your plants, which will eventually end up on your table. The cost is $17.99 for a 55-page, fully illustrated booklet, which is easily adaptable for kids ages 8 – 18.

Projects Include:
- Backyard Garden
- Family History
- Internet
- Field Trips
- Self Discovery
- Science Project
- Vocabulary- Skills
- Math Challenges
- Skill Activities

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