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.
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!
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.
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.
- Backyard Garden
- Family History
- Field Trips
- Self Discovery
- Science Project
- Vocabulary- Skills
- Math Challenges
- Skill Activities
From their website:
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (first published 1999 by W.W. Norton and now in its third edition) offers a step-by-step, grade-by-grade, subject-by-subject guide to the classical pattern of education called the trivium. Thousands of parents have used the curricula, books lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children successfully at home–either full-time or as a supplement to classroom education.
The Well-Trained Mind is the perfect book for those just starting out with homeschooling, those who have a few years of experience, or those who have been educating their families for a long time and just need to read some recommendations for working with older students. With this model, you will be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.
Our site complements the information in the book, providing updated resources, articles, links, forum, support, and more.