Should we homeschool?
To make an informed decision about whether homeschooling is for you, examine some of the many resources we have at Glenside Public Library:
d’Escoto, David and Kim. The Little
Book of Big Reasons to Homeschool
Klicka, Christopher J. Home Schooling:
the Right Choice (371.042 KLI)
Linsenbach, Sheri. The Everything
Homeschooling Book: Take Charge of
Your Child’s Education (371.042 LIN)
Perry, John and Kathy. The Complete
Guide to Homeschooling (371.042 PER)
Which curriculum should we use?
Choose a curriculum that fits your child/ren’s learning style, your personality and your parenting goals. Resource books include:
Hendrickson, Borg. Home School: Taking
the First Step (649.68 HEN)
Holt, John. How Children Learn
Tobias, Cynthia Ulrich. The Way They
Learn (370.15 TOB)
Are there homeschool correspondence courses?
Yes! Enrollment is avialable in these and other homeschool satelite programs:
American School of Correspondence,
Christian Liberty Academy, (1-800-348-
Seton Home Study School, (1-540-636-
What if I want to design my own curriculum?
Illinois Learning Standards
These homeschool suppliers carry a wide range of materials for all subjects and grades to enhance or design your own curriculum:
Children’s Books, Inc. (1-800-344-3198)
What other resources are available in the community?
tHomeschool Resource Center of the
Johnsburg Public Library
Available to all Illinois residents, this
resource center has a large collection of
curriculum materials, books, magazines,
videos, science materials, and educational
tWest Suburban Home School Band (aka The
A band program for homeschoolers in the
What about online groups?
tMom’s Home Room http://groups.
What other resources are available at the library?
Resources for selecting age-appropriate books:
tCoon, Cheryl F. Books to Grow With: a
Guide to Using the Best Children's
Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough
Challenges (Parents J 011.62 COO)
tEstell, Doug. Reading Lists for
College-Bound Students (Ref 028.535
tOdean, Kathleen. Great Books for...
(Parents J 028.1 ODE)
tPearl, Nancy. Book Crush : for Kids
and Teens: Recommended Reading for
Every Mood, Moment, and Interest
tReed, Arthea. Comics to Classics : a
Parent's Guide to Books for Teens and
Preteens (028.162 REE)
tTrelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud
Handbook (Parents J 372.452 TRE)
Homeschool magazines have a wealth of informaion you can use:
Home Education Magazine (800-236-3278)
Homeschooling Today (276-628-7730)
The Link: the Nation’s Homeschool Newspaper
Practical Homeschooling (1-800-436-6322) www.home-school.com
The Teaching Home (1-503-253-9633) www.TeachingHome.com
What are some of the curriculum choices available?
These sites have extensive lists of curriculum suppliers for all grades:
tHomeschool Resource Guide
tHomeschooling Vendors & Suppliers on the Internet
tIllinois H.O.U.S.E. (1-847 622-5200)
Unit Studies for grades K -12 provide integrated subject learning:
tAdvanced Training Institute of America
What if I have limited lesson preparation time?
Workbooks for K – 12 that are self-instructional or require minimal teacher input:
tAlpha Omega (1-866-444-4498)
School of Tomorrow (1-800-925-7777)
What does the law say about homeschooling?
tALL the Illinois Home Education Laws in
One Place http://homepage.bushnell.net/
DuPage Regional Office of Education
Are there any homeschool organizations?
A Christian homeschooling group with
monthly meetings. Based in Wheaton.
Homeschooling Families Of Illinois,
DuPage County, 630-548-4349
A non-profit, Christian-based
homeschooling support group that is
open to families of all faiths.
Homeschooling in Illinois
A statewide network of support groups for
people involved in homeschooling They are
on-sectarian and inclusive for all.
Home School Foundation
Home School Legal Defense
National Home Education Research