GENERAL BOOKS ON HOME EDUCATION
One-to-one: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home Age 0-11, by Gareth Lewis
Full of information and ideas for home education up to age 11. UK written. Reassuring section on what to do if you are not able to home educate.
Unqualified Education: A Practical Guide to Learning at Home Age 11-18 by Gareth Lewis
Continuation from the previous book. UK written. Including alternatives to exams.
Books by Ross Mountney.
This UK author has written several books on home-education from a UK perspective.
Also, seek out her blog.
Homeschooling for Dummies by Jennifer Kaufeld
General introduction to homeschooling – written for the American market.
Homeschooling : The Early Years by Linda Dobson
American book on home educating the age range 3-8
Dumbing us down by John Taylor Gatto
Written by a former award-winning teacher in New York
EXAMPLES OF RESOURCES THAT HOME-EDUCATORS USE
As a home-educator, you are under no obligation to follow the national curriculum.
Some families do but many (if not most) do not.
For families that do wish to follow the national curriculum, it is downloadable for free from the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
For those that do not follow a curriculum, but still wish to have some structure, home-educators use resources from all over the world.
There are many free resources on the website – just Google the subject you’re interested in and YouTube.
Some use encyclopedias (such as Usborne, Dorling Kindersley etc – in fact, most Usborne and DK books are very educational)
Some use textbooks and workbooks.
Others base their education on lots of trips.
Many home-educators are autonomous or child-led.
Lots of home-educators use a complete mix of methods.
Things that other home-educators have used:
Galore Park – UK textbook publishers who cover KS1-KS3 in the independent schools sector
CGP – quite “dry” but good for exam revision and question practice.
Singapore Maths for Maths – which follows a UK kind of structure of teaching.
Saxon Maths – American homeschool maths curriculum – may not make as much “sense” to us in the UK because their way/order of teaching secondary maths is so different from ours)
Maths-U-See – American hands on maths curriculum
Critical Thinking Company – wide range of subjects but with a logic/puzzle basis (also American
Well Trained Mind – Classical Education “how to” book, written by American homeschoolers, very academic, not for everyone,
Story of the World – Chronological World History in story form (for ages 7-12 approximately, over 4 volumes. Accompanying activity books available, from the authors of Well-Trained Mind. However, you don’t need to be following “Well-Trained Mind” methods to use SOTW. It’s completely “free standing” and quite sweet. It does cover history of other religions but there is a slight Christian bias.)
First Language Lessons (from the authors of Well-Trained Mind. American “Language Arts” (what they consider to be “English”) curriculum. Note that the American method of teaching English is very different from the UK)
Writing with Ease – from the authors of Well-Trained Mind. Writing curriculum.
Reading Eggs (online)
BBC Bitesize (online)
YouTube (has videos for every subject under the sun – even videos of science experiements!)
Returning to School
If you think that your child may go to school at some point in the future, know that most home-educated children have no problems, academically, in slotting back into school, even if they were very autonomously educated.
Many home-educated children are academically at or above their school-going peers.
What they may find different with, or occasionally have difficulty with (if they have never been before) is the school rules (such as asking to go to the toilet before leaving the classroom), test-taking, stamina for handwriting for large chunks of the day.