Exploring Homeschooling

First advice when exploring homeschooling is to join statewide advocacy groups like
California Homeschool Network
HomeSchool Association of California
Christian Home Educators Association of CA
for annual conferences before your children are even school age. This is the time to be researching! Homeschoolers are generally very friendly and want to share their experience. Talk to actual homeschooling families and “retired” homeschoolers, not homeschool program directors and teachers.

Also, call people and talk in person or through email. Facebook posts are very popular and immediate but can be confusing and you are likely to get very strange advice from people who may be just as new to the idea as you are. Statewide advocacy groups like CHN and HSC, listed above, have Local Contacts, trained volunteers who donate their time and expertise to helping people get started. Find your county contact and give them a call. They look forward to helping and are a wealth of information!

Websites

Best Homeschooling

Universal Preschool

Homefires

Living Joyfully

“The Old Schoolhouse Magazine”

“Homeschool World”

Books

“The Unschooling Handbook – How to use the whole world as your child’s Classroom” by Mary Griffith

“How Children Learn” by John Holt

“Free To Learn – Why unleashing the instinct to play will make our children happier, more self-reliant, and better students for life” by Peter Gray

“Dumbing Us Down” by John Taylor Gatto

“A Thomas Jefferson Education” by Oliver DeMille

“Trust The Children” by Anna Kealoha

“Deschooling Our Lives” Edited by Matt Hern

“Punished by Rewards” by Alfie Kohn

“Homeschooling for Excellence” by David Colfax

“Teach Your Own” by John Holt

“Better Late than Early” by Raymond S. Moore

“Home Grown” by Ben Hewitt

“Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves” by Allison McKee

“The Call To Brillance” by Resa Steindal Brown

“For the Children’s Sake” by Susan Schaeffer Macauley

“Guerilla Learning” by Grace Llewellyn

“Unschooling Rules” by Clark Aldrich

“Learning All The Time” by John Holt

“Free to Learn” by Pam Laricchia