"For me... when my daughter was in school the stress was overwhelming. Having her home is stressful BUT not as stressful as when she was going to school. The other day it struck me that all the physical /medical complaints she had... ended when we took her out of school." --Gigi in Alaska

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Approximately one million children are now being educated at home. Students who are homeschooled on the average have much higher scores on standardized achievement tests (25% above normal at the 75th percentile). According to a 1999 study by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation, (Denver Post Online article August 29, 1999), the average eighthgrade homeschooled student performs four grade levels above the national average. (Read the news article online here.)

Online Support Group Mail Lists:

There are several lists on homeschooling at There are almost 1,000 mail lists at Yahoo Groups for homeschooling. It might be helpful to join a group in your locality.

The Game Lady has a list for those interested in Games For Learning to make homeschool lessons fun. There are 1200 members, with 5 - 10 messages per day.

Home School Special Needs Mail List:

Homeschool Message Board: from Kaleidoscapes.

Mail list for parents who homeschool children with disabilities: There are 82 members, with 3 - 5 messages per day.

Mail list support group for parents who wish to homeschool their children who have Fetal Alcohol disorders (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Effects, Prenatally Exposed to Alcohol)and other neurological disorders: There are over 300 members, with 3-5 messages per day.

List serve for parents who are homeschooling kids with special needs, including FAS/FAE: There are 65 members with about 3 - 5 messages per day.

Books with information for homeschooling all children:

Best Book Buys From :

The Complete Home Learning Source Book by Rebecca Rupp; The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators

Beyond Facts and Flashcards : Exploring Math With Your Kids by Janice R. Mokros; Includes engaging games and activities that parents can use to help develop their children's mathematical literacy.

Bringing History Home by M. Gail Hickey; Local and Family History Projects for Grades K-6.

Dnealian Home School Activities by Barbara Gregorich

Educating With the Internet: Using Net Resources at School and Home, by Nancy Skomars.

The Historical Science Experiments on File: Experiments, Demonstrations, and Projects for School and Home

The Home & School Science Activity Book by Kevin Horvath; An interactive book of science experiments with explanations of everyday occurrences and interesting science facts and charts. See sample here.

Home School: Taking the First Step by Borg Hendrickson; This book includes the legal requirements of all 50 states for homeschooling.

The Home School Manual: Plans, Pointers, Reasons and Resources, 7th ed., by Theodore E. Wade. This book includes the legal requirements of all 50 states for homeschooling.

The Home School Source Book by Donn Reed. The most complete guide to home schooling available. Full of helpful essays and commentary...even cartoons!

Homeschooling Handbook: From Preschool to High School: A Parent's Guide (1999 edition!!!), by Mary Griffith

How to Write a Low-Cost/No-Cost Curriculum for Your Home-School Child by Borg Hendrickson

Learning by Doing: Home & School Activities for All Children; by Anne Rogovin

Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School by Grace Llewellyn

Should I Home School? How to Decide What's Right for You & Your Child, by Elizabeth and Dan Hamilton. The authors have experience as home schoolers themselves as well as feedback from many others who have traveled this path.

Teaching Children : A Curriculum Guide What Children Need to Know at Each Level Through Sixth Grade, by Diane D. Lopez

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education, by Grace Llewellyn. Young people can reclaim their natural ability to teach themselves and design a personalized education program. Grace Llewellyn explains the entire process, from making the decision to quit school, to discovering the learning opportunities available. (This is the 1998 edition: the complete, international, revised and expanded new edition.)

When Kids Say No to School Helping Children at Risk of Failure, Refusal, or Dropping Out by Elaine K. McEwan. The authore tells how to know when a school is failing and it's time to leave. She packs these 108 pages with warmth, humor and a lot of common sense.

Writing Because We Love to: Homeschoolers at Work by Susannah Sheffer

Teaching Social Skills to Youth A Curriculum for Child-Care Providers, by Tom Dowd

Best Stuff Just for Kids:

Teresa's Favorite Games Fun for the Brain

Pixie Roundup - Fun little java game

Aunt Annie's Crafts

In Search of the Ways of Knowing Train - free online educational game

SCRIBBLER Creative and colorful

Origami Easy paper art

Drag'n Doodle Fun doodle art

Doodle Pad More doodle fun

Cute and Easy Sign Language Tutor

The Problem Site Word games, math games, and a treasure hunt

Scholastic Online Games

Invention at Play

Fascinating Facts

Summer Sky Tour

Falling Sand Game - Fun way to learn cause-and-effect.

Etch-A-Sketch -Online version, works just like the real one.

Fun Facts

Arthur Fun activities for kids

Kids Puzzles Interactive Flash Fun

Color Matters Articles, exercises, experiments, and more!

Brain Teasers from the Brain Connection

Winny the Pooh Musical Honeypots

Fun Stuff from Trainland

MSN Kids Arts and Games for Kids

KIDZSING Sing-a-Long Pages

Room 108 Musical Fun.

Brain Games from Kids Domain.

Chateau Meddybemps Uncommon Amusements for Grownups and Children

How Stuff Works - Brainy stuff for the older student.

Games Kids Play - How to play over 50 games

Camping Games - Great ideas for families!


Allison's Story : A Book About Homeschooling (Meeting the Challenge) ages 4 - 8.

Big Book of Fun - by Carolyn Buhai Haas; Creative Learning Activities for Home and School, Ages 4-12.

I Am a Home Schooler - by Julie Voetberg; for grades 2-4. What's it like to be a home schooler? Follow nine-year-old Teigen on her home-schooling activities. Paperback version

My Own Fun : Creative Learning Activities for Home and School, Ages 7-12 - by Carolyn Buhai Haas; Creative Learning Activities for Home and School, Ages 4-12.

The Mystery of the Homeless Treasure (The Home School Detectives) by John Bibee; Ages 9-12. Follow the fast-paced adventure of Billy, Rebecca, Josh, Emily and the rest, as the Home School Detectives overcome false leads and follow clues to the exciting conclusion.

The Mystery of the Mexican Graveyard (The Home School Detectives) Another exciting adventure book by John Bibee; Ages 9-12.

The Mystery of the Missing Microchips (The Home School Detectives) Another exciting adventure book by John Bibee; Ages 9-12. (Book #2 in the series)

The Mystery of the Vanishing Cave (The Home School Detectives) Another exciting adventure book by John Bibee; Ages 9-12. (Book #5 in the series)

The Mystery at the Broken Bridge (The Home School Detectives) Another exciting adventure book by John Bibee; Ages 9-12. (Book #6 in the series)

The Mystery in Lost Canyon (The Home School Detectives) Another exciting adventure book by John Bibee; Ages 9-12. (Book #7 in the series)

The Mystery of the Widow's Watch (The Home School Detectives) Another exciting adventure book by John Bibee; Ages 9-12. (Book #8 in the series)

Best books and links for home schooling children with special needs:

Special Education for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

FAS Community Resource Center Information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

New Book by adoptive mother of girl with Fetal Alcohol Effects: Damaged Angels

The Martian Child Excellent new book by adoptive father of boy with FASD

Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children: A Guide to Educational Planning for Students With Disabilities by Michael F., Ph.D.

He's My Brother by Joe Lasker; A young boy describes the experiences of his slow learning younger brother at school and at home.

Fantastic Antone Succeeds by Judith Kleinfeld. Practical advice for parents and teachers of children who have cognitive disabilities due to prenatal exposure to alcohol.

Fantastic Antone Grows Up by Judith Kleinfeld. New book relating the experiences of the older child with FAS/FAE, with Afterword by Teresa Kellerman.

Life Skills Activities for Special Children by Darlene Mannix. Ideas for teaching life skills to children with borderline, mild or severe limitations.

Reaching Out to Children With Fas/Fae by Diane Davis. A Handbook for Teachers, Counselors, and Parents Who Live and Work With Children Affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Parents' Complete Special-Education Guide: Tips, Techniques, and Materials for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and Life, by Roger Pierangelo

Life Skills for Children With Learning Disablities

Lessons about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from Do2learn for NIAAA

Tin Snips Special Education resources include time, money, and social skills.

S.I. Network - Home activities for children with sensory integration problems.

Heads Up! Information and products for educating special needs children

City Creek Press Math lessons that are fun and easy to remember

Callirobics for Kids - Handwriting set to music!

Kids Can Learn - Especially good ideas for children with attention deficits and sensory issues.

Worksheet Factory "Create handsome math problem sheets."

Edmark Products - Hardware and Software for Teaching Children with Special Needs

Different Roads to Learning Online catalogue for learning materials for children with special needs.

Homeschool Tips Tips and testimonies from parents who homeschool children with special needs. If you are not sure you can handle homeschooling your child with special needs, you can find some great role models here. Most of them weren't sure they could either. But they did, and it seems their children have been able to succeed at learning quite well.

Home Schooling for Special Needs Children Excellent site by a parent of a child with FAE.

Picture Exchange Communication System designed to enhance the lives of children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities

About children's language development and disorders

Schrock School Special Ed Resources Good links here

Life Skills for Vocational Success Lesson Plans and Manual

NATHHAN NATional cHallenged Homeschoolers Associated Network

Eight Magic Keys Intervention Strategies for FAS/FAE by Deb Evensen

The ARBI Schoolhouse Educating the child with FAS/ARND

Teaching Students with FAS/FAE From the BC Ministry of Education

Active Learning: Bridging the Gap Techniques for teaching children with alcohol effects

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Shadows on the Shore for homeschooling children who are hospitalized or disabled

Online Reading Lab for K-3. This excellent site also has Interactive Benchmarks for K-5 in Reading, Writing, Math, and Science.

One-On-One courses on Ancient Egypt, How the Earth Works, Why We Need Water, and The Solar System.

Best Products for Homeshcoolers

Star Fall Flash Learning Online

Montessori Software Special prices for homeschoolers

Chore Chart Maker

Arbor Scientific - Tools that Teach Cool science store

Magnet Toys for interesting science experiments

Math U See - Recommended by Jodee Kulp

Heart Math - a unique stress reduction system that minimizes anxiety and improves performance. Recommended by Dr. Gail Harris.

Parent Coaching Cards Kid-friendly tools for self-control

Dragonfly Toys - Browse the catalog for special needs toys

Handwriting Without Tears Developed by an occupational therapist

The Learning Co.Software for Homeschooling

TeacherVision Lesson plans for all areas

Alert Program from Therapy Works - to help children with ADHD learn to regulate themselves.

Moving With Math Math materials using manipulatives from Pre-Kindergarten to Pre-Algebra

Mayer-Johnson Co. picture communication symbols used for communication by nonverbal individuals

Silver Lining Multimedia Picture Software - Make your own flash cards

Links to other internet sites on Home Schooling

The Power of Homeschooling by Brenda Hoffman

Online Reading Lab for K-3

Social Studies 50 States Game

Social Stories

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Math Flash Cards

Learning Page Alphabet Sheets

American Teachers, Inc. Online Resources and Teachers Top Sites

Frog Guts Online virtual frog disection program! (use full browser window)

Online Schools and Classes A comprehensive list of what's available online. Worksheets, Lesson Plans, Music, Puzzles, and more!

Zamazam Interactive Online Programs

National Home Education Research Institute

Homeschool Central for the new homeschoolers

Home School Research Fact Sheet - Fact Sheet #2 - Fact Sheet #3

More Home Education Links

Home Education Online Newsletter

Home Education Magazine

Waterford Press Games, puzzles, activities to print out

Kid's Stuff Links to family safe fun sites

How does a homeschooler change a light bulb? Homeschool humor

The 14 Days of Homeschool Lyrics by a homeschool family

EZSCHOOL The Premier Education Portal

The Mining Company's pick of homeschool websites.

Free Stuff!

Teresa's Favorite Games Fun for the Brain

Homeschool Mom Lots of good info/resources

Astronomy Today Sky Guide and more!

Lifebook A memory-scrap book with pages to download

Life Skills Learning Plan from Casey Family Programs

Life Skills Assessment Online, ages 8-18

Youth Money Guide from Annie Casey Foundation

Seasonal Worksheets

ABC Teach 5,000+ printable worksheets

Easy Fun School - Interesting homeschool resources

Printable Picture Cards

Google Earth Program to view any part of earth - zoom in, zoom out, anywhere on earth.

Learning Page

Reading A to Z Download books

Books Online

Picture Dictionary

Online Unit Studies - Claudia's Favorites!

Do2Learn Online Learning Games

Printable worksheets for Dolch words: 100 colorful worksheets from School Express (pdf file)

ProTeacher Lesson Plans Galore!

Room 108 Lessons and Games.

Spacial Concepts Over, Under, In and Out - online pages

Riverdeep Programs - Free downloads for all grade levels.

Science Made Simple

Homeschooling on a Shoestring - more links to free resources.

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