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Resources to Educate Your Sons & Daughters Outside of School – Making it Easy to Opt Out!

Instead of Schooling

Book and Online Course


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 

Homeschooling Laws

Legal Requirements by State

Self-Directed Education & Parenting

The Underground History of American Education 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. 

Free Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy: makes it easy and normal to give kids the same kind of freedom most of us had — and loved.

Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn: how to love your kids unconditionally so that they become their most caring, responsible selves. 

How Children Learn by John Holt: the classic that started the unschooling movement.

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. 

Smart Moves: Why Learning is Not All In Your Head by Carla Hannaford 

Unicorns are Real: a Right-Brained Approach to Learning by Barbara Meister Vital

Documentaries & Videos

The Six Purposes of Education by John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto website

Schooling the World

Race to NowhereClass Dismissed 

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

Writing Resources

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.


Made by Dyslexia

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

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

Mr D Math – online self-paced and live higher math classes

No Nonsense Algebra – pre-algebra and algebra books and videos

Math U See

Teaching Textbooks 

The Number Catcher

The Number Race


Rupert Sheldrake website and YouTube channel

Crrow777radio episode on Tycho Brahe

The Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald Pollack

The Secret Intelligence of Water by Veda Austin

Regenerate by Sayer Ji and Sachin Patel


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

Kubrio – self-directed education for ages 8-18. Global online learning pods – diy and live. Nanocourses.

Enki – an update of Rudolph Steiner’s Waldorf approach – for grades 6-9

Global Village School 

Outschool: live online classes and camps – video based learning, some with college credit

International Virtual Learning Academy – created by Arizona State University, NCAA approved. Offers K-12 with a wide range of options from content partners. 

Acellus Academy: accredited online K-12 school; video lessons and online quizzes and tests. $79 per month per student for up to 6 classes.

Power Homeschool: the non-accredited homeschool version of Acellus Academy; parent as teacher; $25 per month per student for up to 6 classes.

Khan Academy: free K-12 courses, my kids didn’t like but some do.

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

Rainbow Resource

Homeschool Buyers Co-op

For Small Hands – Montessori materials

Build Your Library – learning through books

Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert

Charlotte Mason Approach – literature based

Build Your Support Network

Unschooling School – a resource center to empower families to use the resources at public schools to facilitate their free learning. They have a great list of resources here

Let Grow – helping you to trust that your kids can make their way in the world. 

Alfie Kohn – a brilliant thinker who will change your view of testing, homework, and conventional parenting

Naomi Aldort – parenting support and coaching