Homeschooling Resources to the Rescue

Danielle Ball, Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department,
Mother helps daughter with online learning
To improve your homeschooling experience, try out the library’s free online learning offerings

If you’re a new, unexpected homeschool parent and are feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath. You are not alone! Local school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have sent millions of parents scrambling to re-create the classroom experience at home. A recent Los Angeles Times article detailed the stress working parents are feeling while they face their new roles of teacher. The good news is the library's e-media offerings include a number of guides from seasoned homeschool parents who have faced that stress and lived to tell about it.

For even more ways to improve your homeschooling experience, try out the library’s free online learning offerings. Gale Courses features 6-week, instructor-led, interactive tools for teachers courses, including the timely and relevant Homeschool with Success. Universal Class offers over 65 self-paced teacher resources courses which cover topics ranging from behavior management and learning styles to teaching reading skills and grade-specific curriculum.

Homeschooling Resources

Homeschooling and Working While Raising Amazing Learners
LM Preston

Homeschool veteran L.M. Preston teaches parents how to juggle working and homeschooling while maintaining sanity.

The Everything Guide to Homeschooling
Sherri Linsenbach

This book outlines everything needed to teach your children of all ages- from understanding Common Core to setting up a daily schedule.

Create A Great Homeschool Experience
Jeffrey L. Kuhlman

Kuhlman aims to alleviate the fears of new homeschooling parents.

The Brave Learner
Bogart, Julie

Julie Bogart distills decades of experience—homeschooling her five now grown children, developing curricula, and training homeschooling families around the world—to show parents how to make education an exciting, even enchanting, experience for their kids, whether they're in elementary or high school.

How Children Learn
Holt, John Caldwell

In this enduring classic, rich with deep, original insight into the nature of early learning, John Holt was the first to make clear that, for small children, "learning is as natural as breathing."

Free to Learn
Laricchia, Pam

With more than a dozen years of unschooling experience, Pam Laricchia explains the five paradigm-shifting ideas about learning and living that freed her family from the school system's compulsory schedule and typical teaching methods.

The Unschooling Handbook
Griffith, Mary

What Your __ Needs to Know
E.D. Hirsch

Common Core Standards for Parents for Dummies
Myracle, Jared

Myracle demystifies curriculum so parents can help their children excel. 

The Well-Trained Mind
Bauer, Susan Wise

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
Bortins, Leigh A.