Table of Contents
|This site is divided into five sections|
||FAQ's and Essays|
||Online Discussion and Support Groups|
||Online Reference Information|
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The "Frequently Asked Question file" is a popular Internet
convention. If you are new to homeschooling you probably have lots of
questions. What's more, chances are that these are the same questions
that others have asked before you. Looking at these FAQ files can save
you time; provide reassurance that others have been where you are now
and thrived; and prevent others from spending their time answering the
same questions time and again.
New homeschooler's handbooks, somewhat incongruously lumped together with reading lists.
Interesting interviews with education mavericks,
This is where you'll find homeschooling handbooks,
essays both thoughtful and humorous, reading lists, and other
|Online Discussion and Support Groups|
Internet mailing lists are where you find a sense of
online community: Since it's a bit harder to subscribe to a mailing list
than to start reading a news group, people tend to feel that they've made
a bit of a commitment to a mailing list, that they belong. This makes
them a bit less likely to 'flame' and a bit more likely to go out of
their way to answer questions. Some of these mailing lists are more
specialized than others, but all are devoted to homeschooling.
Usenet "news groups" are sort of like bathroom walls:
Post your thoughts for all to see, and come back later to find 27
clueless replies and, perhaps, one insightful comment. Here are several
news groups for homeschool discussions.
Web discussion boards have the same "threaded" discussion
structure as news groups but none of their propogation delay. They generally
suffer from poor user interfaces and from low visibility, but the discussions
can stay online for a long time - it's the only medium around where you can
pick up a months-old discussion and have everyone else able to see all the context.
Online 'chat' has an immediacy that appeals to some
people: What you type is seen immediately by everyone else 'on the same
channel' or 'in the same room'. This lets you ask questions and get immediate
answers. Of course, the drawbacks of this realtime interaction are that
people don't think as carefully about what they say, and that you are only
talking to the people who happen to be in chat with you at the moment.
You've lost the freedom from time zones and the ability to reflect that
are usually online communication's greatest advantages.
For many people, this is the most important part of my
page: the lists of local support groups;
online versions of various groups' pamphlets;
and lists of pointers to all sorts of other online homeschooling
National homeschooling organizations.
My lists of homeschoolers' home pages, including a
list sorted by zip code to help you find homeschoolers near you.
Most of this
page is full of "meta-data": No information about what you and your kids
might want to learn about, but lots of information about how to (legally) do
it. This section, on the other hand, is where you'll find pages about things
you and your kids might actually study: Logic, space, dinosaurs,
history, and so on.
For some of us whose kids have never been to an
institutional school, the notion of "starting to homeschool" is slightly
funny: We've been homeschooling since birth, and don't teach reading and
arithmetic all that much differently than we 'taught' walking and talking.
This section is full of gentle, respectful advice for the youngest
Many homeschoolers find the Montessori philosophy appealing.
Various homeschooling products.
New to homeschooling?
Many people find FAQ files
a good place to start.
Others prefer a well-crafted essay
Your local page
is the best place to
find answers to your questions about local laws and regulations.