Welcome to Youth Services' Homeschooling Resources Page!


Gale Courses and Other Helpful Library Sources

The library recently added Gale Courses as a free online resource that should be helpful for older homeschool students. Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Also, take advantage of e-books and e-audiobooks on MyMediaMall, e-magazines on Zinio, and instant access to movies, music, and e-books on Hoopla. Our online databases can be found here.


How To Use the Library While Homeschooling Elementary Students

Here is a helpful blog post on tips on how to get you started using the library while homeschooling elementary students.


Check Out Our Parent/Teacher Collection

Our Parent/Teacher Collection is located in Youth Services across from our video section. Here you'll find helpful books on school subjects, everyday parenting, and books written for homeschooling parents. All books are available to check-out for three weeks.


Interested in Homeschooling?

Thinking of homeschooling your child? Here are some great beginning resources to get you started:

Home Educators Resource Directory

Offers articles and a list of state resources and support groups.

Home School Legal Defense Association-HSLDA

Includes information on choosing curriculum, online resources, and testing, as well as legal support.

Homeschool Alumni

A network community for homeschool graduates. Communicate with those who took part in homeschooling.

Maintains a list of state resources and local support groups organized by state and then region.

Homeschooling Resource Center

Includes a friendly guide to different homeschooling approaches, issues to keep in mind when choosing curriculum, and product reviews of homeschooling books and online resources. Note: This website covers many approaches to homeschooling, but many of the resources and reviews are for Christian-based education.

Links to homeschooling online legal information.

National Alternative Education Association-NAEA

NAEA is a volunteer organization dedicated to information sharing and professional development, best practice, public policy, and advocacy for alternative learning and teaching.

National Home Education Research Institute

NHERI conducts and collects research about homeschooling and publishes the research journal, Home School Researcher. Homeschooling

Provides a great deal of information and a wealth of links to topics of interest to homeschoolers.

Homeschool Diner

Has information useful to those new to homeschooling, including a "Click-o-matic Homeschool Quiz" as well as useful, concise summaries of a variety of homeschooling approaches and philosophies.


Homeschooling Book Suggestions:

Homeschool Your Child for Free: More than 1,200 Smart, Effective, and practical resources for home education on the Internet and Beyond by Laura Gold Call Number: 371.30281 GOL

College-prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling through High School by David P. Byers Call Number: 371.042 BYE

102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Each Child’s Learning Style by Cathy Duffy Call Number: PT 371.042 DUF

The Everything Guide to Homeschooling: All You Need to Create the Best Curriculum and Learning Environment for your Child by Sherri Linsenbach Call Number: 371.042 LIN

Simplify Your Homeschool Day: Shorten Your Day, Sweeten Your Time by Tamara Chilver Call Number: PT 371.042 CHI

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by S. Bauer Call Number: PT 371.042 BAU


Homeschool Magazines

Homeschooling Today (available to checkout in the library)

The Old Schoolhouse (available to checkout in the library)

Practical Homeschooling (available to checkout in the library)

Home School Digest


Homeschool Textbooks

Here is a list of some publishers of homeschool textbooks and selection aids:

Alpha Omega Publications

A Christian Company that publishes Christian curriculum for students preschool through 12th grade.

A Beka Book

A Christian-based publisher that focuses on textbooks and curriculum for preschool through 12th grade.

BJU Press

Christian education resources including books, textbooks, tests, and media.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publishes educational program and "homework help" materials that cover math, literature, language arts, science, and social studies. This includes the popular Saxon Math program.


Publishes materials for preschool through 12th grade in math, science, social studies, reading/language arts, music, art, languages, as well as Advanced Placement. Currently, Pearson also provides programs that support Common Core.

Royal Fireworks Press

Publishes programs and supplemental materials targeting gifted and talented children. Many of the materials are based on the Classical approach.


In addition to educational and supplemental materials, Scholastic also provides online resources and tools for parents and teachers.

Singapore Math Inc.

A well-established publisher of math workbooks.

Veritas Press

This publisher focuses on classical Christian education materials and curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade.


Advice from Homeschooling Experts

Get advice, book suggestions, and all sorts of other homeschooling information from these experts:

David Albert

Adrienne Furness

John Holt

Grace Llewellyn


Get talking about Homeschooling: Discussion Lists

Here are some active discussion lists on all topics regarding homeschooling:

Radical Unschoolers


Unschooling Teens

Unschooling Discussion


Homeschooled Characters in Books

Below is a booklist of middle grade fiction (Grades 3-6) with homeschooled characters:

Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood (J AIR)

Skellig by David Almond (J822 ALM)

This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy Cavanaugh (J CAV)

Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan (TEEN F HAN)

Schooled by Gordon Korman (J KOR)

Savvy by Ingrid Law (J LAW)

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr (J ORR)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (J PAL)

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (J STE)

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (J STR)

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (J TOL)

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling byMaryrose Wood (J AUDIOBOOK WOO)


Helpful Homeschooling Links

Simply Vicki: Homeschooling & Homemaking with a Happy Heart

Homeschooling Resources at Your Library

A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site

Alternative Education Resource Organization

Family Fun Ideas

Home Educators Resource Directory

Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience (H.O.U.S.E.)

Homeschooling Legal Defense Association

Homeschooling Tips

Illinois Christian Home Educators

Johnsburg Public Library District Homeschool Resource Center

National Home Education Research Institute

Popcorn & Peanuts: All the Illinois Home Education Laws in One Place

Homeschool World

Homeschool Buyers Co-op Printables and Resources

Homeschool Reviews

Engage Technology: Educational Software and Resources for the Classroom

Autism Resources List

WolframAlpha Knowledge Search Engine






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