Homeschool Curriculum and Resources to Educate Your Sons & Daughters Outside of School – Making it Easy to Opt Out!
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Healing from School
Design Your Own Homeschooling Program
Self-Portrait Power Traits Assessment
Self-Portrait™ Power Traits Assessment that helps you uncover strengths and the way that you and your child are naturally wired to learn. I recommend you do it for yourself and your kids: Parents and Students
The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
Weapons of Mass Instruction by John Taylor Gatto
The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Tradtional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” by Alfie Kohn: a solid, research-based look at education that will open your eyes.
Free to Learn by Peter Gray: beautiful book that shows how kids learn naturally through play and self-direction.
Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All In Your Head by Carla Hannaford
How Children Learn by John Holt: the classic that started the unschooling movement.
Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn: how to love your kids unconditionally so that they become their most caring, responsible selves.
Unicorns are Real: a Right-Brained Approach to Learning by Barbara Meister Vital
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto: another classic that will change how you view school forever.
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil
Why are You Still Sending Your Kids to School by Blake Boles: a handbook for taking your kids out of school and unschooling them.
Documentaries & Videos
The Six Purposes of Education by John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto website
Do Schools Kill Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson
The Decline of Play by Peter Gray
Finding Your Element by Sir Ken Robinson
The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink
The Myth of Average by Todd Rose
Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
I Sued the School System by Prince EA
Books by the inventors of forced government schooling
Principles of Secondary Education by Alexander Inglis
The History of Education by Ellwood P. Cubberly
Graded Lessons in English by Brainerd Kellogg and Alonzo Reed
Word Lessons by Alonzo Reed
The Narrow Path by LaRouche Youth Movement – a well designed learning path for teens and adults
Trivium Education: tons of free information about the Trivium and Quadrivium, study materials, and links to free books.
Wittenberg Academy: online Methodist classical education
Larouche’s Curriculum for Citizens – a class series on classical education for parents
Roman’s Road Press – Classical education books and live classes
Innovative Online Learning
Firefly Education Network: an emerging education ecosystem for self-directed learning.
Coherence Education – focus on the inner game of learning
Handwriting Without Tears is a solid approach to learning how to print and also the lost art of cursive.
I can personally vouch for Cover Story as a fun and engaging middle school writing curriculum.
Learning Ally – audiobooks, can qualify for free membership
Constructing the Universe– math through the lens of nature, art, and architecture
YouCubed – Jo Boaler, Stanford professor, has courses and exercises to revamp the teaching of maths
Science Unshackled by Matthew Ehret
The Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald Pollack
The Secret Intelligence of Water by Veda Austin
Regenerate by Sayer Ji and Sachin Patel
History, Government & Economics
A Trio of Amazing Economics Books offered by the Foundation for Economic Education: Economics in One Lesson, The Law, and I, Pencil
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard Maybury
Paradise Stolen – by Stefan Verstappen
Best Evidence – YouTube channel by John Titus about the Federal Reserve & Money
The Creature from Jekyll Island: a second look at the federal reserve
Online Courses & Schools
Sora – project-based learning for high school
Outschool: live online classes and camps
Study.com – video based learning, some with college credit
Dual Enrollment – Early College
Sofia University– for college credit; free if you complete in 60 days, check with the colleges on your list to make sure they will transfer
Outlier – Intro to Psychology and Calculus through the University of Pittsburgh; pay only if you pass
Grand Canyon University – a wide selection of college courses at ~ $200 each, a Christian perspective, most of the colleges that I asked will accept these courses as long as they are core courses
Bob Jones University – a wide selection of college courses at ~ $225 each, a Christian perspective, most of the colleges that I asked will accept these courses as long as they are core courses
Home Education Curriculum Guides and Online Stores
Cathy Duffy Reviews – organized by age and subject
The Homeschool Resource Roadmap – charts of curriculum and resources by age and subject area
For Small Hands – Montessori materials
Build Your Library – learning through books
Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert
Charlotte Mason Approach – literature based