Home-ed FAQ file, pt 3
The following resources have been mentioned by various members of the
Home Education mailing list.
- Description of ``the Daily Reportcard'' list server.
- Description of ``Potter's Press'' curriculum
The call numbers are from records in OCLC, the national bibliographic
database, mostly from Library of Congress input records. Most
libraries will have kept at least the beginning part of the number the
same, the characters following the period may differ. When there was
more than one edition, the most recent one is given (in hopes that
the book will still be in print!)
- Beechick, Ruth
- You CAN teach your child successfully:grades 4 to 8
Arrow Press, 1988
ISBN:0940319055 LC:LB1048.5 .B44 1988 Dewey:649/.68
- Colfax, David
- Homeschooling for Excellence
Warner Books, 1988
ISBN:0446389862 LC:LC40 .C65 1988 Dewey:649/.68
- Gatto, John
- The Exhausted school : the first national grassroots speakout on
the right to school choice
NY: Smith & Varina, Odysseus Group, 1993.
Dumbing us down: the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling
Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1992.
ISBN: 0-86571-230-1, ISBN: 0-86571-231-X (pbk.)
LC: LA2317.G33 A3 1992
- Hirsh, E.D., Jr., editor
- What your 1st Grader Needs To Know:Fundamentals of a Good
ISBN:0385411154 LC:LB1571 1st .W53 1991 Dewey:372.19
ISBN:0385411162 LC:LB1571 2nd .W47 1991 Dewey:372.19
ISBN:0385411170 LC:LB1571 3rd .W47 1992 Dewey:372.19
ISBN:0385411189 LC:LB1571 4th .W48 1992 Dewey:372.19
- Holt, John
- Teach Your Own: A Hopeful Path for Education
Delta/Seymour Lawrence, 1989
ISBN:0440550556 LC:LC37 .H66 1989 Dewey:649/.68
Learning All The Time
ISBN:0201550911 LC:LB1060 .H66 1989 Dewey:372
A Life Worth Living: Selected Letters Of John Holt
Ohio State Univ Press, 1990
ISBN:0814205232 LC:LB885.H64 L54 1990 Dewey:371.1/0092
- Grace Llewellyn
- The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real
Life and Education
Lowry House ($14.95 + $2 shipping) P.O. Box 1014
Eugene OR 97440.
- We began to read [our teenage boys] excerpts from the book
and they've grown increasingly interested. Except for the
first chapter to parents, the author writes to teens. It's
an amazing book, the best I've come across thus far.
- Donnie Curtis <email@example.com>:
- ...I'd like to add my praise for this book. My kids
(6,9,14) have never been to school, and have been doing
pretty well directing their own learning. But my
14-year-old daughter had been feeling a need to seek out
further resources, so we bought Grace Llewellyn's book. It
has been our best resource (other than GWS); she has become
inspired about her education, and has gotten many good ideas
from the book. The author herself has a real love for
learning and is able to convey it.
The book probably works best for those kids who are bored
and unchallenged in school, and not well for those whose
interest in learning has been totally destroyed. I loaned
it to a mother whose son was having school problems, and
though she loved it, he was uninterested in anything that
resembled a book.
- Moore, Raymond and Dorothy
- Home Style Teaching:A Handbook for Parents and Teachers
Word Books, 1984
ISBN:0849903971 LC:LC37 .M67 1984 Dewey:649/.68
Home-Spun Schools:Teaching Children at Home--What Parents Are Doing
and How They Are Doing It
Word Books, 1982
ISBN:0849903262 LC:LC37 .M668 1982 Dewey:649/.68/0973
Home Grown Kids:A Practical Handbook for Teaching Your Children At
Word Books, 1981
ISBN:0849902703 LC:LC37 .M66 Dewey:649/.68
Better Late than Early: A New Approach to Your Child's Education
Reader's Digest Press, 1986 (c1975)
ISBN:088349048X LC:LB1132 .M66 1986 Dewey:372.1/2/17
Home School Burnout:What It Is, What Causes It, and How to Cure It
Wolgemuth & Hyatt, 1981
ISBN:0943497353 LC:LC40 .M66 1988 Dewey:649/.68/0973
- Pagnoni, Mario
- The Complete Home Educator:A Comprehesive Guide to Modern Home-Teaching
ISBN:0943914116 LC:LC37 .P26 1984 Dewey:649/.68/0973
- Pedersen, Anne and O'Mara, Peggy, eds.
- Schooling at Home: Parents, Kids and Learning
J.Muir Pub'ns, 1990
ISBN:0945465521 LC:LC40 .S36 1990 Dewey:649/.68
A composite of chapters by different authors containing
different views of homeschooling and advice from
different viewpoints. (Excerpted from Mothering magazine.)
- Pride, Mary
- The Big Book of Home Learning (4 volumes)
Crossway Books, 1990-1
ISBN:0891075488(v.1) LC:LC40 .P75 1990 Dewey:649/.68/0973
Crossway Books, 1988
ISBN:0891074805 LC:LC225.3 .P75 1988 Dewey:649/.68
- Reed, Donn
- Home School Source Book
Brook Farm Books, 1991
ISBN:0919761240 LC:LC40 .R43 1991 Dewey:649.68
- Wade, Theodore
- The Home School Manual:For Parents Who Teach Their Own Children
Gazelle Pub'ns, 1991(4th ed)
ISBN:0930192257 LC:LC40 .W33 1991 Dewey:649/.68
- ?, ?
- Students' Book of Lists
Magazines and Newsletters:
"Growing without Schooling"
2269 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
- (617) 864-3100
- A subscription is $25 per year for six bi-monthly issues.
LC:LC40 .G76 Dewey:649/.68/097305
- Aaron Falbel <firstname.lastname@example.org> says:
- "Most of John Holt's writings on homeschooling are contained
in Growing Without Schooling magazine (GWS), which he
started in 1977. The accumulated wisdom of many
homeschooling parents (and children!) are included in its
pages. Unfortunately, not many libraries subscribe to GWS
or have a collection of the back issues, but perhaps you
can convince yours to get them.
"Growing Without Schooling tends to cater to the latter three
groups [ in the answer to question 2 above]."
- Martin Lewitt <lewitt@ncube.COM> adds:
- "GWS is mostly theme issues assembled from letters from
parents and children and only has the unschooling point of
"My perception of GWS, is that it has steered
clear of the religious controversy which some feel may
threaten the home school movement. Don't get me wrong,
subscribe to both [GWS and Home Education Magazine]."
"Home Education Magazine"
PO Box 1083
Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: (509) 486-1351
- A one year subscription is $24.00 (one ad has it at $20.00?)
for 6 issues, and $4.50 for the current issue.
More than 50 pages an issue, several feature
articles and a several of columns.
- Martin Lewitt <lewitt@ncube.COM> says:
- "Home Education Magazine has a Christian influence that
isn't overwhelming and is supportive and open to the
unschooling approach. Given the strong religious component
of much of the home schooling movement, I find that HEM
does an excellent job of keeping us informed of what is
Parents' Choice Foundation
Newton, MA 02168
- $18 per year, add $3 for Canadian orders
Joni J Rathbun <email@example.com>:
- Another source some of you may be interested in is a
publication called Parents' Choice. Comes in newspaper
format and is a nonprofit consumer guide to children's
books, videos, toys, audio materials (records and tapes),
software, tv, etc. Lots of reviews. Nothing much in the
way of editorials. A smattering of ads for books and kits
PO Box 1250
Fenton MO 63026
- fax (314) 343-7203.
- It's available for $15/4 issues
- Mary Pride <firstname.lastname@example.org> (the editor):
- Back issues are $5 each plus 10% shipping ($2
minimum). Three back issues so far. We are Christian in
outlook, with an emphasis on high-tech homeschooling, high
school and even college opportunities at home, and
whatever cutting-edge ideas and resources we can discover!
Lots and lots of reviews of both "standard" type resources
and software products. Glossy, colorful, and now BIG
issues -- 80 pages! Regular columns on a variety of
teaching methods: classical education, Charlotte Mason
method, unit studies, online education, accelerated
education. Lifestyle features include "A Day at Our House"
diaries, an "Applause" section chronicling kids'
achievements, and a Toothpick Hunt with prizes in every
issue! Publisher is me, Mary Pride. No political content
at all at the moment -- I'm trying to steer away from
this, as I feel other groups and magazines have this side
of homeschooling well in hand. With no disrespect intended
to HOMESCHOOLING TODAY magazine, we are trying to become
HOMESCHOOLING TOMORROW -- the WHOLE EARTH REVIEW of home
ed, the WIRED, the magazine with an eye to the future,
including such things as innercity homeschooling,
business/homeschool partnerships, online networking,
moving from a transcript-based society to a
knowledge-credentialed society (not to be confused with
OBE, which emphasizes emotional conformity).
"The Teaching Home"
P.O. BOx 20219
Portland, OR 97220.
Annual subscription rate: $15
- Claude Anderson <anderson@master.CS.Rose-Hulman.Edu>:
- In addition to good articales and columns, there are
numerous interesting advertisements, as well as calendars
of home-school events around the country.... The magazine
has a strong Christian emphasis, but many of the articles
(especially those on legal aspects) should be of interest
to any current/potential home-schoolers. Each issue
focuses on some specific aspect of home education. (Recent
examples : Standardized Testing, Using the Library,
Learning Problems, Character Building, Political Science,
Phonics, Preparing for Adulthood) Back issues (to 1983)
- Martin Lewitt <lewitt@ncube.COM> adds:
- "Avoid "The Teaching Home", (mentioned by someone else)
unless you are a fundamentalist Christian, actually the
fundamentalists would probably be better off avoiding this
- "Moore Report"
- Sandra Petit <Sandra_Petit@agwbbs.new-orleans.LA.US>:
- "The Moore Report is a magazine put out by the Moores
(Raymond and Dorothy) as part of the Raymond and Dorothy
Moore Foundation. It is in the process of being expanded
so I do not have the subscription information.
- "Treasure Trove"
Sandra Petit <Sandra_Petit@agwbbs.new-orleans.LA.US>:
- "Published by Hewitt Research Foundation. Treasure Trove is
not really information on homeschooling. It has puzzles
and articles geared toward the young people who will use
"Under the Apple Tree"
Apple Tree Press
PO Box 8
Woodinville, WA 98072
- Steve Miller <email@example.com> says:
- "This newsletter is published bi-monthly. It is a full of
ideas and projects. The activities are geared to the season.
The issues that I have seen have been _very_ good. I
believe that you can request a free copy."
6920 S.E. Hogan
Gresham OR 97080
- From: Lee Griffith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Teen magazines for homeschoolers are hard to find--but
Josh Harris (son of Greg Harris) recently started this by
& for homeschool teen magazine. While not specifically
religiously oriented, most of the writers come from a
Christian background & write with that perspective.
Sample article topics include: College prep tips, National
homeschool basketball tourney coverage, news on the Farris
campaign, peer pressure, Rush Limbaugh, dating & courtship
and many more. Regular sections are: Homeschool student
profile, Music & the Arts, Readers Sound-Off!,
Christianity & Literature & Cartoons.
To subscribe, send $15 (if a US resident) $20 (if from
another country) to:
For a sample issue, write to the same address and send $2.
Visa and Mastercard are also accepted.
Terry Colbert <email@example.com>:
"[Many of the items in] the following list [are] taken from the
Growing Without Schooling directory (issue #84) under the heading
"Correspondence Schools or Curriculum Suppliers". [That] list is also
available from Holt Associates as the Home School Resource List for $2.50.
"Holt Associates also recommends "Peterson's Independent Study Catalog"
for high school, college, and grad courses. Holt sells the catalog
for $11.95 + $3 postage (Holt Associates, 2269 Massachusetts AV,
Cambridge MA 02140)."
Pensacola, FL 32523-9160
1-800-874-2352 or 1-800-874-3592.
They offer a regular correspondence course as well as a video
course. You can also order materials without enrolling.
Tuition for the regular course is $450.00 which includes
books. There is a strict time limitation for their courses.
Alpha Omega Publications
P.O. Box 3153
Tempe, AZ 85281
Uses LIFEPACS, series of small books which takes student
through each subject in steps. You can enter at any stage, and
combine different grade levels for different subjects. There
are about 10 LIFEPACS for each grade level for each subject.
You can get a sample LIFEPAC by request. Most of the series
are about $20.00.
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
PO Box 4097
Whittier, CA 90607-4097
Character foundation curriculum
Alta Vista College Press Home School Curriculum
PO Box 222
Medina WA 98039
I talked to a guy who answered the phone briefly and it seems
that it is graduate level curiculum they are offering, geared
toward educating Christian teachers. Teaching teachers how to
teach. They probably changed their phone number to avoid calls
from stupid parents asking about homeschooling materials.
American Home Academy Materials
2770 S 1000 W
Perry UT 84302
850 E 58th
Chicago IL 60637
Associated Christian Schools
PO Box 27115
Indianapolis IN 46227
Aves Science Kits
PO Box 229
Peru, ME 04290
SCIENCE - Aves Science is a "science supply company
specializing in homeschool laboratory science units." Their
specialty is "complete self-contained laboratory units that
are essentially identical to conventional laboratory
exercises, but are designed and packaged for the
Each science unit comes in a white cardboard box with all
equipment included. Over seventy different units available
from Bacteria Staining to Frog Dissections. Units can be
purchased individually for a cost ranging from $4.00 - $7.00
or as batches as complete laboratory programs.
A Basic Laboratory Program for ages 12-14 is $42.75 and has
Brigham Young University
Dept of Independent Study
206 Harman Continuing Ed Building
Provo UT 84602
Bob Jones University Press
Greenville, SC 29614
They offer sale of tests as well as materials. The price
depends on grade level and which subjects you in which you wish
to enroll. Christian oriented
105 Tuscanny Road
Baltimore, MD 21210
Tuition about $400. You receive an instruction manual as well
as books, workbooks and writing materials (crayons, pencils,
rulers, paper). Lessons are spelled out. (ex. Say to the
Christian Liberty Academy Satellite Schools (CLASS)
502 W. Euclid Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
send for an information packet There are different programs.
Family program is $210, CLASS adm. program $240, uses
"homework", has 12 month year
Christian Light Publications
PO Box 1126
Harrisonburg VA 22801-1126
PO Box 656
Milford MI 48042
313-481-7008 or 800-348-6688
Clonlara SchoolHome Based Education Program
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Textbooks not required. Fee $350.00 per family. Does not
include books or testing. Year is Sept. 1-Aug. 31
Cuisenanire Co. of America, Inc
P.O. Box 5026
White Plains, NY 10602-5026
They have a big wonderful catalog, some of which is actually
helpful to homeschoolers (and much more of which is "classroom
suitable"). The rods come in wood or plastic, and single set
size of 74 or a double set size of 155. There is a lot of
science stuff in it for older kids.
408 Victoria Ave
Wilmington, DE 19804
Resources for creating a custom curriculum
Educators Publishing Service
75 Moulton St.
Cambridge, MA 02138-1104
Recipe for Reading, language arts
1201 E. Johnson Ave., PO Drawer 5080
Jonesboro, AR 72403-5080
Super Workbook K-8
February 9, Educational
118 Carter Dr.
Loudon, TN 37774
- George.Graham@launchpad.unc.edu (george wayne graham) writes:
Science has been mentioned a lot on this group. There is a
company that does an excellent job of designing creative ways
of learning math, science and computer literacy for kids.
I tried out their anatomy set with my kids. It comes with a
cassette tape which sings the parts of the body ... bones,
nerves, brain etc. Makes memorizing SUPER easy. It has a
workbook with drawings, glossary, lyrics to the songs ... and
the part I like best ... questions which can be used to test
the students retention. They also have flash cards with
My kids found the music so entertaining that they forgot that
they were actually learning something. I actually find myself
listening to it for fun. The cassette also has the music with
no lyrics. This way when the student thinks they know it, they
can sing along with the music without the singers prompting.
7251 Bass Hwy
St Cloud MN 32769
Borenson & Associates, PO Box 3328
Allentown, PA 18106
Pre-algebra grades 3-8
Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich Inc.
School Dept, 5 Sampson St.
Saddle Brook, NJ 07662
Hewitt Research Foundation
P.O. Box 9
Washougal, WA 98671-0009
Price differs depending on what you get. For $89, you get a
booklist prepared for your individual child and phone
counseling. They sell textbooks as well as other materials.
Homeschool Associates of New England
116 Third Avenue
Auburn, Maine 04210
(800)882-2828 or (207)777-0077.
Some have expressed interest in used books & curricula.
Their listings show a considerable inventory of used
homeschooling material. They apparently also buy.
Additionally, they offer numerous other services to the
homeschooling community. They appear to be a national service
although they are most active in NE.
Home Study Alternative School
PO Box 10356
Newport Beach CA 92658
Home Study Directory: Nat'l Home School Council
1601 18th ST NW
Washington DC 20009
Home Study Institute
6940 Carroll AV
Takoma Park MD 20912
Home Study International
P.O. Box 4437
Silver Springs, MD 20914-4437
does not include testing, books but must buy the books in
theircourse. $286.00/yr (calendar year), $143/semester;
$55.00 registration fee, offers placement test
One Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
International Linguistics Corporation
3505 East Red Bridge Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64137
Publish a series of foreign-language instruction tapes and
books for young children. Languages available include,
Japanese, French, German, Russian, Chinese, and even Engish.
These tapes are used by lots of people on the list.
PO Box 99
Park Ridge Il 60068
Islamic Home Scholl Assoc. of North America
c/o J. Akremi
610 S.W. 21 Rd.
Warrenburg, MO 64093
IQRA (Arabic for READ)
831 S. Laflin
Chicago, IL 60607
Attn: Dr. T. Ghazi
John Holt's Book and Music Store
2269 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Catalog store run by the Holt Associates (see also GWS in the
magazine section above).
Key Curriculum Press
PO Box 2304
Berkeley, CA 94702
Innovative and inexpensive Math workbooks
1600 F ST
Napa CA 94559
P.O. Box 1534
Richardson, TX 75083
They offer a curriculum which is to be used for all children.
You just adapt the material to different ages. They offer
timelines which sound wonderful though they are expensive and
take up a lot of wall space.
Laurel Spring School
Ojai CA 93023
1-800-377-5890 or (805) 646-0186
Lawrence Hall of Science
University of CA
Berkeley, CA 94720
Learning at Home
PO Box 270-G
Honaunau HI 96726
Living Heritage Academy
PO Box 1438
Lewisville TX 75067
2213 Spur Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051
MacMillan/McGraw Hill, Bomar/Noble publishers, Harper & Row/Random
House JP, Lippincott/Silver Burdett Laidlaw Brothers
220 E. Danieldale Rd
DeSoto, TX 75115
McDougal, Littell & Co
PO Box 1606
El Cajon, CA 92022
Modern Curriculum Press
13900 Prospect Rd
Cleveland, OH 44136
Textbooks, K-12, bilingual
Camas, WA 98607
Educational methods and materials
Muslim Home School Network and Resource
P.O. Box 1454
Attleboro, MA 02703
National Book Co
333 SW Park AV
Portland OR 97205-3784
Oak Meadow School
PO Box 712
Blacksburg VA 24063
407 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60605
Our Family Resources
1378 River Rd
Curriculum and supplementary materials
Our Lady of the Rosary
105 E. Flaget Ave.
Bardstown, KY 40004
Our Lady of Victory School
4436 Alpine Dr.
(P.O. Box 819)
Post Falls, ID 83854
Pensacola Christian Correspondence School
Pensacola FL 32523
Phoenix Special Programs
3132 W Clarendon
Phoenix AZ 85017
Potter's Press Preschool Curriculum
Shekinah Curriculum Cellar
967 Junipero Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Melinda Meahan) writes:
Potter's Press is in the form of loose-leaf notebook pages,
ten pages per week. Each week features a letter sound, a
number, and a Bible story (starting after the first few weeks,
which talk about Hermie the Glow Wormie, a character running
through the whole series.
If you want something structured for your 3- or 4-year-old to
do along with the rest of your children, this is the ticket.
It will only take about 10 minutes a day. My 3-year-old felt
that he had "done school" along with his older siblings, and
he really enjoyed doing the pages.
The curriculum is flexible enough that if your child is ready
to read and write, they can do so, but if they aren't, you can
easily adapt it to their level (i.e., just going over the
letter sounds and skipping the few lines of words to try to
read each week.
I try to find materials for my children that are
self-instructional, and this one meets that requirement.
Everything is right in the material they are doing, and there
is nothing to have to digest and regurgitate, something that I
find impossible to do.
Potter's Press is sold by Shekinah Curriculum Cellar, 967
Junipero Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. The price as of 1992
(when I bought it; I don't have a current catalog) was $30 and
I felt it was a far better use of my money than the
conglomeration-of-preschool-workbooks-and-programs that I
used for an older child who really wanted to "do school" too.
You can get a catalog for a dollar, and the catalog includes a
good description of the curriculum and some sample pages,
along with lots of other nifty school supplies.
School Div. Simon/Schuster
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Rod & Staff Publishers
Crockett, KY 41413
Strong Christian orientation.
Offers texts for all subjects,
including art and music, as well as some in Spanish.
1002 Lincoln Green
Norman, OK 73072
Solid Math texts, very complete
Seton Home Study School
One Kidd Lane
Front Royal, VA 22630
Catholic correspondence school
Shekinah Curriculum Cellar
967 Junipero Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Books and teaching aids
SMM Educational Services
Sunland CA 91040
- Sonlight Curriculum
8121 South Grant Way
Littleton, CO 80122-2701
(303) 730-6292, (303) 795-8668 fax
- John Rodkey (email@example.com):
This is a Christian, delight-oriented (but challenging)
curriculum with an international rather than America-centric
flavor. Use of Usborne books and Newbury Award winning
literature rather than textbooks encourages building a library
which can be enjoyed long after 'prescribed' learning takes
Sycamore Tree, Inc.
2179 Meyer Place
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
They offer a course for $400.00 per family. Registration is
$50.00. Does not include books though you get a discount on
materials in their very extensive catalog. Does include spring
testing, high school transcripts and diploma. Requires joining
Home School Legal Defense Association for $85.00/yr. You can
order from their catalog without enrolling.
Textbooks for Parents
Kendrick ID 83537
U of Nebraska Independent Study High School
Continuing Ed Ctr Rm 269
Lincoln NE 68583
321 Valley St., PO Box 658
Portland, ME 04014-0658
Weekly Reader Skills Books
Field Publications, PO Box 16618
Columbus, OH 43285
Inexpensive skills books most subjects pre-K - grade 9
64 Washburn Ave., Wellesley, MA 02181
PO Box 13448-B, Dept. 26
Tucson, AZ 85732-3448
Innovative learning materials, integrative curriculum K-12
Almost every state has an annual home-school convention (The
Teaching Home lists them).
- Home School Legal Defense Association
Paeonian Springs, VA 22129
- Claude Anderson <anderson@master.CS.Rose-Hulman.Edu>:
- "Many local school administrators are less than thrilled
about Home education. HSLDA is basically a "Pooled
insurance" fund. For $100 per year, they promise to
represent you for no additional charge if your right to
teach your own children is challenged. They have had an
excellent track record in their defense of home school
- Mary Watts <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
- Member families receive legal advice and representation by
an attorney for homeschool cases if needed, and quarterly
Court Report magazine updating the legal situation in the
United States. Run from a Christian perspective, but
membership is open to all home schoolers. Fee
- Ken & Carrie Loss-Cutler <LOSS_CUTLER@UTDSSA.BITNET>:
- "Yes, they are a very helpful orgainization, but they are
NOT the only way to go. Their results lately have been
mixed. They state that they have never had a homeschooling
family forced to return their child to public schools.
That is accurate. There are a lot of other fates, though,
which are only a bit more desireable. This group is NOT
omnipotent (of course) and they DO have a strong Christian
emphasis. They are open to all, but their newsletter
definitely has a VERY strong Christian bent to it. They
have helped us quite a bit in making resources available
for our work as section leaders in EdForum on Compuserve,
so I am not trying to give them a "bad rap", but homeschool
families should approach HSLDA, as with ALL organizations,
with their eyes open."
- Jon Shemitz <email@example.com>:
- "Lately, HSLDA has been urging its members to pressure their
Congresspeople on issues that, at least to me, have very
questionable relevance to home-education - like Supreme Court
Justice Breyer and the UNCRC - but that align closely with the
agenda of the "Christian" right-wing. (Mike Farris, the head of
the HSLDA, has political aspirations of his own.) If you think
the Christian Coalition knows what's Right, then you may be all
for the HSLDA's lobbying. On the other hand, if the CC gives
you nightmares, you may well want to steer clear of the HSLDA."
- National Home Education Research Institute
Dr. Brian Ray
National Home Education Research Institute
Western Baptist College
5000 Deer Park Drive
Salem, Oregon 97301
Telephone: (503) 581-8600
- Rutherford Institute
John W. Whitehead
The Rutherford Institute
P.O. Box 7482
Charlottesville, VA 22906-7482
800-225-1791 (9-5 EST, M-F)
- Mary Watts <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
- They'll help all homeschoolers in need of legal assistance without charge.
- Bill McDonald <rambo.sbc.com>:
- "The Rutherford Institute is a Legal Protection Society,
with a primarily Christian focus. Although not limited to
educational issues, a good part of their work is focused
on state violations of individual rights within the context
of public education. Funded by private donations, they can
be characterized (I'm sure they'll cringe at the comparision,
but it's all that comes to mind 8-) ) as something like
a conservative version of the American Civil Liberties Union."
- The Rutherford Institute advocates religious liberty. While most
of its cases have defended the religious liberties of Christians in
the United States, it has also taken cases for people of other
religions, and has branches in other countries.
The Rutherford Institute has several resources of interest to home schoolers:
- Home Education Reporter ($10)
- National Survey of Home School Laws
($15 for subscribers; $30 for non-subscribers)
- Home Education: Hope for the Next Generation (audio tape - $7)
- Home School Brief ($25 per year)
They have several other items not directly related to home schooling.
Members get 10% off these prices. Prices accurate as of November 1992.
- KIDSNET mailing list
The KIDSNET list was established in May, 1989, to stimulate the
development of an international computer network for the use of
children and their teachers. The first pieces of this network
have already begun to take shape, and the mailing list now helps
to guide its continuing evolution. Subscribers to the list include
teachers, administrators, scientists, developers of software
and hardware and officials of relevant funding agencies.
Topics of continuing interest include:
- networks at the local, regional and national level
- news and mail interfaces suitable for children's use
- network services for the K-12 audience
- development of new network services and projects
- collaborative projects at the national and international level
- network access for the handicapped
Subscription requests may be sent to one of the following addresses:
Postings to the KIDSNET list are accomplished with mailings to
The KIDSNET archive is maintainted in the directory pub/kidsnet
at the site vulcan.phyast.pitt.edu, accessible via FTP from the
Internet, or via the BITNET server BITFTP@PUCC.
Bob Carlitz is the adminstrator of the KIDSNET and KIDS mailing
- KIDS mailing list
- A spin-off of the KIDSNET list is another list called KIDS,
which exists for children to post messages to other children.
This second list was established after some children's postings
appeared on KIDSNET and readers requested that the children's
traffic be kept separate.
Subscription requests for KIDS can be sent to JOINKIDS at the
address given above.
Children may post messages for the KIDS list by sending mail to
- USENET groups with an education focus
There are several USENET newsgroups that carry education-related
messages. (Commentary by David Mankins <email@example.com>)
The k12 hierarchy appears to be divided between teachers
and students. The k12.ed groups seem to be principally
populated by teachers. A wealth of educational ideas
flows through them.
There is also a k12.chat hierarchy for kids to exchange
For more information about the k12 net (which is
gatewayed between USENET and FIDONET), see below.
I think you can get the k12 net in your own home, if you
have a personal computer.
- sci.edu, misc.education
- The volume on these lists varies. sci.edu appears
primarily interested in college-level science education.
These lists seem to carry a lot of education-policy
debates, and less practical information than do the k12
- Many repetitions of ``What's the best educational
Mac/PC/Atari software?'' with answers.
- firstname.lastname@example.org says "In August of '94, two new groups were created
home-schoolers: misc.education.home-school.christian is specifically for
fundamentalist "Christians", while misc.education.home-school.misc is for
everybody else. Both are unmoderated and basically open to any and all home
schooling discussions, with the understanding that readers will use kill files
and/or threaded news readers - not flame throwers. After a rocky first month,
both seem to be turning into very reasonable newsgroups.
"Of course, as the person who initiated the group creation process and wrote the
charters, I may be just a *bit* biased.
- The Learning List
A spin-off of the Home Ed list, The Learning List is concerned
exclusively with child-centered learning, as espoused by the
writings of the late John Holt.
Subscribers must agree by the lists Charter, which will be sent
- The home-ed-politics list
Another spin-off of the Home Ed list, the home-ed-politics list is
concerned with calls to arms to oppose government interference with
Likely to be a lively mailing list.
- The homeschool_train_up_a_child list
email@example.com or to
There are families and individuals who have chosen, or are
considering home schooling in order to enhance the spiritual,
as well as intellectual development of their children. This
list is intended to provide a forum for those who wish to
communicate from that perspective.
Our objective is to promote positive contribution rather than
confrontation, to seek to edify even when the subject matter
may appear to be less than edifying, and to communicate in a
manner which is above reproach in both language and content.
The purpose of this list is not to divide, nor to espouse
doctrines or dogma, nor to be exclusionary and any topic
related to homeschooling or of interest to homeschoolers which
meets the above criteria is welcome.
- The home education research list
Home Education Research is a list for scholars, researchers, and
others professionally interested in the area of home education. The
list will be a forum to share information; research methodology and
findings; rare sources and documents; and advice.
The list is limited to individuals who are or have done scholarly
research in the area of home education and continue to have an active
interest; or those that have a professional or ministerial interest in
serving the home education community. One will need to have
moderator approval for membership and only those individuals on
the list will be able to post. No flaming will be allowed to keep the
mail volume low.
If you desire to subscribe to hmedrsch:
Send the command -- subscribe hmedrsch -- to
Answer the following questions and e-mail your answers to
What area of home education research or home education service are
you involved in?
What institution (university, research institute, or home school
support group) are you associated with?
- The Daily Reportcard
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul Painter) writes:
Also, there is an email digest called "Report Card" which
is a digest of press articles about education. Good way to
keep a watch on the govt's efforts to "improve"
education. There are occasional articles about
homeschooling from around the country. I subscribed two
years ago with:
send mail to: email@example.com
with the following text -
to be added: sub rptcrd <your full name>
to be removed: SIGNOFF RPTCRD
The host sending the mail now is:
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 1994 12:48:22 EDT
Reply-To: Daily Report Card News
Sender: Daily Report Card News Service
From: Daily Report Card <DRC%GWUVM.BITNET@vtbit.cc.vt.edu>
Subject: DAILY REPORT CARD
To: Multiple recipients of list RPTCRD
If you are interested, you could try
firstname.lastname@example.org first then if that doesn't work,
- ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center):
From: "Bob Rankin" <r3@VNET.IBM.COM>:
Below is an introduction to ERIC (Educational Resources
Information Center). It's a great resource for educators,
so you owe it to yourself to check it out! I browsed
through it the other day and came back with a 6-week
lesson plan for a unit study on Astronomy!
--Bob Rankin (email@example.com)
***** The AskERIC Service for Educators *****
* ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center
(ERIC), a federally-funded national information system
that provides access to an extensive body of
education-related resources. The ERIC Clearinghouse on
Information and Technology (ERIC/IT), sponsor of the
AskERIC Project, is one of 16 ERIC Clearinghouses
nationwide which provide a variety of services, products,
and resources at all education levels.
* AskERIC is an Internet-based question-answering service
for teachers, library media specialists, administrators,
and others involved in education. The hallmark of AskERIC
is the human intermediary, who interacts with the
information seeker and personally selects and delivers
information resources within 48 working hours. The
benefit of the human-mediated service is that it allows
AskERIC staff to determine the precise information needs
of the client and to present an array of relevant
resources, both from the ERIC system and from the vast
resources of the Internet.
Anyone involved with education can send an e-mail inquiry
(via the Internet) to AskERIC. Simply address your
The AskERIC Virtual Library
The AskERIC Virtual Library is a Gopher/FTP site of
selected resources for education and general interest.
Some of the contents include:
* Lesson Plans
* ERIC Digests
* ERIC Publications
* Reference Tools
* Internet Guides and Directories
* Government Information
* AskERIC InfoGuides
* Archives of education-related listservs, such as
EDPOLYAN, LM_NET, K12ADMIN, and KIDSPHERE.
* Remote access to library catalogs
* Access to other Gopher sites
To Gopher to the AskERIC site:
A. If you have Gopher: Gopher to ericir.syr.edu (port
1. Access the National Gopher System through:
2. Move through the following directories:
Other Gopher and Information Servers/
AskERIC - (Educational Resources
B. If you don't have Gopher, telnet to a Gopher
client on the Internet:
1. Telnet to ericir.syr.edu
2. Login as directed (usual login is: 'gopher')
3. Access the National Gopher System
4. Move through the directories as above.
To FTP to the AskERIC site:
1. Log into your local host, and invoke the FTP program.
2. Write ericir.syr.edu as the remote host computer name.
3. For username, enter anonymous
4. For password enter your email username (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org)
* For More Information
We are excited about AskERIC's success to date and are
eager to expand AskERIC question-answering to new
audiences and to further develop services and resources.
Through AskERIC Partnership, state networks and education
agencies work cooperatively with the ERIC Clearinghouse on
Information and Technology to provide the highest level
AskERIC information service to large groups of educators.
To discuss options, please contact:
Director, ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology
Center for Science & Technology, Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-4100
Phone: (800) 464-9107, (315) 443-3640 fax: (315) 443-5448
email@example.com (Dave Mankins)
This page is unmaintained and supplied as is.
I do not want to hear of changes in address or phone number!