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How to Homeschool in Illinois
Homeschooling offers parents the flexibility to choose the best educational method for their children. The spectrum of homeschooling models runs from unschooling, also called self-learning or child-led learning, to a structured "school at home" type of environment. In addition, there are many schools of thought, fostered by educators such as Raymond and Dorothy Moore, John Holt, Maria Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and many other. Explore the different methods and styles of homeschooling. You'll be inspired, intrigued, and equipped with the tools to make the best educational choices for your own family.

 
Methods
  Homeschoolers cover an entire spectrum of different educational methods. On the one end, you have unschoolers, families that believe in self- or child-led learning. Relying on real world experiences, they learn by living. On the other end of the spectrum, you find parents who have "school at home." They may set up a classroom environment, use structured curriculums, and rely on schedules to keep things moving smoothly. And of course, there is everything in between. There are as many different ways to homeschool as there are homeschoolers. Explore the different methods, ideas, and approaches that make the homeschooling experience so rich.

Curricula
  There is a smorgasbord of choices when deciding on curricula for your family. It is often trial and error until you find what works best for you and your child. We offer you a complete look at the curriculum choices available.

Teaching Aids
  Past the basics, teaching aids, manipulaties, games, and toys can make learning more fun. There are many innovative learning tools and educational games to choose from. We've compiled many of the best here.

Testing
  Testing is a requirement in many states. We make it easy to comply with testing requirements by gathering information and resources for testing services all in one place.

Online Resources
  Are you looking for free worksheets? Want to find online educational games? Do you need a unit study? Here is the place to find them all. From online lesson plans to reading lists to academic and content standards, you'll find tools that will help you successfully homeschool.


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Ecce Home Press
Ecce Homo Press is a Catholic homeschooing family owned and operated business and apostolate. Offers the Glory of America series, Little Flowers and Blue Knights materials, and more.
Designing Your Own Curriculum
Jane Smith
The first thing to do when designing a curriculum is find out what subjects your state requires. Ohio requires language, reading, spelling, and writing; geography, history of the US, history of Ohio; mathematics; science; health; physical education; fine arts, including music; and first aid, safety, and fire prevention, unless any subject, concept, or topic violates the religious beliefs of the parent. Next, it is a good idea to put your reasons for homeschooling in writing and formulate a set of goals for your homeschool.
The Lost Tools of Learning
Dorothy Sayers
Is not the great defect of our education today that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils "subjects," we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning. Dorothy Sayers authored this essay in 1947, discussing a classical approach to education, with the recommendation to adopt a modified version of the medieval scholastic curriculum.
Don't Panic--How to Choose a Curriculum
You've made the decision to homeschool, so what's next? These suggestions can make choosing a curriculum a bit smoother.
Montessori for the Earth
Montessori for the Earth offers online Montessori and homeschool lessons and activities. The Montessori On-Line Distance Learning programs are designed for parents and homeschoolers, teachers and assistants, educators, administrators, and college students who want to learn about (or review) Montessori education and curriculum so they can incorporate it into their home, classroom, or college studies; and have e-mail correspondence with me, the trained Montessori teacher.


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