Resources

See also:

Articles on Homeschooling
Enrichment and Curriculum
Tutoring Resources
Online Learning
Community Learning

A to Z Home’s Cool
homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/index.htm
Homeschool info, resources, and curriculum for preschool, kindergarten, and up through high school. Offers free online education, home-friendly lesson ideas, educational websites, articles, top homeschool programs, books, materials, curriculum and Homeschool Friends.

California Charter School Homeschool List
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/CaliforniaCharterList.htm

“Declaration of Educational Independence”
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/extras/Declaration.htm

Homeschool Support Groups
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/support.htm

Homeschool Support Groups Bay Area :
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/CaliforniaBayArea.htm

Number of Homeachoolers in the Unites States
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/numbers.htm

AERO Homeschooling Links
http://www.educationrevolution.org/blog/homeschooling-unschooling/
List of websites, philosophies, and programs for homeschooling and unschooling

Alternative Family Education (AFE) – Recommended Homeschooling Reading List
www.afe.santacruz.k12.ca.us/website/family_handbook/recommended_reading.html

Avant Parenting
http://blog.sukiwessling.com/?cat=9
Suki’s blog about homeschooling and children, with thoughts, activities and resource suggestions

“Best Homeschooling”
www.besthomeschooling.org/
Extensive collection of articles with advice and resources from and for homeschoolers, which includes a link to an amazing amount of online resources for homeschoolers and anyone looking for good links to academic subjects, as well as all family friendly online sites for learning.  See other links below:
Preschool and Kindergarten Resources
These are mostly articles about early learning, the need for play, and a relaxed pace in educating children
Lists on Math – Articles, Books, Websites, Activities+

‘The Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List’ by Secular Homeschooling
www.secular-homeschooling.com/001/bitter_homeschooler.html
Things homeschool parents wish others wouldn’t ask them!

Bright Kids at Home (homeschooling gifted children)
www.homeschooldiner.com/index.html

California Homeschool Network
www.californiahomeschool.net
Statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the fundamental right of parents to educate their children.  Website provides information about CHN, current state and federal legislation affecting homeschooling families, and how to get started educating your children at home.

Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA)
www.cheaofca.org/
Information on getting started, support group referrals, legislative alerts, and California Christian resources.

Day Classes for ‘Outschoolers’ List by Suki Wessling
www.examiner.com/parenting-in-san-jose/homeschooling-101-day-classes
List of community classes available to homeschool students during day time hours

Discovery Learning Center
http://dlcsantacruz.org/
Santa Cruz Area center offers support, resources, lending library of materials, workshops, classes, and materials for home-based learning for families of all philosophies and curriculum choices.

Eclectic Homeschooling
www.eho.org/
Articles and resources for beginning homeschooling

Education Article: Socialization and the Homeschooled Student
www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Socialization/
Explains how homeschooling facilitates socialization

Edusource: Section on Homeschooling Websites
http://edusource.wetpaint.com/page/Homeschooling+websites
Lists of curriculum websites, local and general topics and Waldorf sites

ERMCO Educational Resources of Monterey County
www.ermco.net/
Offers supplemental educational programs (classes & events,) curriculum, tutoring services, computers and organized educational travel for public, private and charter school students.  Join in their activities or use visit/reserve their 45-acre facilities at Hidden Hills Ranch, or get hands on learning with their farm animals and garden.

Exploratorium Homeschool Program
www.exploratorium.edu/membership/homeschool/#top
Offers hands-on workshops for Bay Area families, exploring topics in depth through hands-on activities, museum exhibit exploration from experienced teachers, and Internet links for further exploration. The curriculum includes a broad range of scientific disciplines — biology / life sciences, chemistry, earth science, and physics — and spans four years with multiple levels.

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/Offers information for families who homeschool, or are considering homeschooling, their gifted child: with links to gifted, homeschooling and learning resources, yahoo group, forums, and articles

Hands on Learning
http://handsonlearning.parentclickblogs.com/
Blog by parents who suggest resources for home learning

Homefires – the Journal for Homeschooling Online
www.homefires.com/
Online articles, information, and resource for homeschooling families
www.homefires.com/clickschool/
Homeschooling articles, ‘carschooling,’ information, products, and ‘clickschooling’ (online sites). View past and current lists (over 180 pages) of great websites for kids (homeschoolers, dayschoolers, and online learners.) Join to receive free clickschooling newsletter.

Homefires List of Homeschooling Support Groups and ISP’s or PSP’s in California
www.homefires.com/support/
Includes lists by county of Support Groups and lists for both Private School Homeschool Programs and Independent Study Programs.

Homeschool.com
www.homeschool.com
Curriculum, resources, and articles about homeschooling.

Homeschool Blog from ‘The Link’ – the ‘Nation’s Homeschooling Magazine’
www.homeschoolnewslink.com/blog/?p=629
Article by Diane Flynn Keith “Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Are Odd — And Yours Will Be Too! discusses the socialization issues with a positive spin.

Homeschool Buyers Coop
www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/Buy educational materials at volume-pricing.

Homeschool Classifieds
www.homeschoolclassifieds.com/
New and used curriculum, support groups, events – all listed here.

Homeschool Diner website
www.homeschooldiner.com/index.html
Homeschooling basics and by subject, info on special needs kids, visual-spatial learners
gifted and talented, twice exceptional, and high school concerns

Homeschool Humor by Knowledge House
www.knowledgehouse.info/hshumor.html
Includes “You Know You’re a Homeschooler When…’ and ‘You Must Be a Home Educator if…’ and other humorous things to ponder.

Homeschool Math
www.homeschoolmath.net/
Offers blog, free worksheets; math books; list of online math games & resourceshomeschool math curriculum guide, and math teaching articles/lessons.

Homeschool Review Blog Spot
http://homeschoolreview.blogspot.com/
Offers homeschooling support though “discussions of the homeschooling lifestyle, including events, field trips, product reviews, and experiences” by Santa Cruz local homeschooling mom, Heddi Craft, and Sarah J. Wilson, California Homeschooling mom and Gifted Homeschoolers contact person for HSC.

Homeschool Social Register
www.homeschoolmedia.net/register
Connect with homeschoolers in your area!

Homeschooling Jokes
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/humor/Homeschooling.htm
A to Z’s Homes’ Cool page of fun jokes (including “How does a homeschooler change a light bulb?’) and  videos that help ‘shine a light’ on what homeschooling is about to help family and friends understand.

Homeschooling on a  Shoestring
www.homeschoolingonashoestring.com/supportgroups.html
List by state of homeschooling support groups and play groups

Home Education Magazine
www.homeedmag.com/index.html

Home School Art
www.artfactorystudios.com/artfactorystudios/Home_School_Art.html
Provides cross-curricular art classes for homeschoolers (approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter Program) Also offers classes for the general population (see community learning)

Home School Association of California
www.hsc.org/
Information on starting homeschool, special needs, gifted, teens, legal issues and more.

Online support group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CA-Homeschooling-HSC/#n=about&c=about&p=0&v=none
All inclusive homeschool community offers support, resources, and information about activities and events for homeschoolers in California.

Jon’s Homeschool Resources
www.midnightbeach.com/hs/index.html
Popular comprehensive neutral and non-commercial site for homeschool resources and information.
or click on ‘contents’ then under web pages, click ‘resources’

California Support Groups
www.midnightbeach.com/hs/California.html#San%20Francisco

Leaping from the Box
www.leapingfromthebox.com/
Resources, elists, basic information on homeschooling, suggested books, and more.

Long list of Homeschool Yahoo groups, forums, newsletters, etc.
www.leapingfromthebox.com/hs/elists/national.html

Learn In Freedom
www.learninfreedom.org/
Karl M. Bunday’s site for empowering families to take responsibility and find resources in learning outside of school.  Listings of bibliographies, guides, and other resources.

Learn Nothing Day!
http://sandradodd.com/learnnothingday/
Read about this holiday to make a point; it’s hard to do nothing or learn nothing as homeschooler’s are always learning!

Lisa Rivero
http://lisarivero.com/about/non-fiction-books/
Check out descriptions of her books based on homeschooling her gifted child: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens, The Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity, Creative Home Schooling, and The Homeschooling Option.

Local Homeschoolers
http://localhs.com/
List of Greater Bay Area and Santa Clara County listings of local homeschool support groups, networks, playgroups, and activity and interest-based groups of children and teens. Also includes other resources, blogs, and homeschool general information.

MBay Kids
www.mbaykids.com/homeschool.asp
Resources and activities for homeschooling families in the Monterey Bay Area, as well as articles.

‘Not-Back-to-School’ Camp
www.nbtsc.org/home.htm
For ‘unschooled’ children and their families, NBTSC offers week-long camp sessions in Oregon or Vermont.  Offers unschoolers the chance to meet others who want to build friendships and celebrate their unique talents and interests with fun life-learning activities.

Riekes Center for Human Enhancement
www.riekes.org/natureawareness/homeschool/
Offers small group home school nature immersion programs for ages 3 to 18 (in four different age groups)  Programs run Mondays, Wednesdays, and  Fridays in 3 different locations:  Huddart Park (Woodside), Pescadero (Half Moon Bay), and Wilder Ranch State Park (Santa Cruz).    Parents are invited each season for campouts and for “family days”.

Santa Cruz County Christian Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/santacruzchristianhomeschoolers/
Online support group for Christian Homeschoolers, which provides online group connection as well as info on park days and other group activities.

Santa Cruz County Homeschool Network
www.scchomeschoolnetwork.org/
Info, resources, online groups and forum

San Francisco Homeschoolers
http://sfhomeschoolers.org/index.php
Website offers an events and field trips calendar and resources, as well as offers a very low cost yearly membership for those who want to access member only information (including the online yahoo discussion group) or publish information online.

Secular Homeschoolers
www.secularhomeschool.com/content/
Offers forum, blog, groups finder by state, learning resources, and articles for families who identify with non-religious homeschooling.

Secular Homeschooling Publication
www.secular-homeschooling.com/index.html
Offers magazine for purchase online.   Cites they are a “non-religious bimonthly magazine that reflects the diversity of the homeschooling community. Its readers and writers are committed to the idea that religious belief is a personal matter rather than a prerequisite of homeschooling.”

South Street Center:
email: southstcentre@gmail.com
Family Support and activities for those homeschoolers in the San Lorenzo Valley area

SPARKS for Homeschoolers – by Heddi Craft
http://sites.google.com/site/sparksclasses/home
Offers short-term classes on art, history, math and science topics, and language arts

Successful Homeschooling by Carletta Sanders
www.successful-homeschooling.com/

Downloadable Booklet: 7 Secrets to Finding the Best Homeschool Curriculum
www.successful-homeschooling.com/support-files/best-homeschool-curriculum.pdf
Comprehensive booklet of all main types of homeschooling and curriculum philosophies.

Yahoo groups
Santa Cruz Homeschoolers
www.groups.yahoo.com/group/santacruzhomeschooling/