Links to legal, educational, and local resourches for homeschool families
If you are homeschooling or considering it, here are online resources which you might find useful, suggested by local homeschool families and groups, as well as other libraries. Any suggestions, corrections, or additions? Please email those to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Links and Resources
- Cathy Duffy Homeschool Curriculum Reviews
Extensive and detailed reviews of homeschool curricula and resources, with advice on how to select what's best for your family.
- A to Z Homeschooling
An informative and well-maintained site with links to a variety of homeschooling programs and free online resources
- Home Educators Resource Directory
Comprehensive resources for the home educator: advice, product reviews, support groups.
- Homeschool Diner
Articles, curriculum ideas, and a good description of various homeschooling approaches and tools, and how to decide which is best for your family
- Khan Academy
Free online courses for K through college-aged on a wide range of subjects
- Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Tips on getting started, teaching, and legal requirements for homeschooling for each state. Advocates for the rights of homeschoolers and the right of parents to direct their children's education. Christian organization that works on behalf of both secular and religious homeschoolers.
- National Home Education Research Institute
National non-profit that specializes in homeschool research, facts, statistics, scholarly articles, and information.
Illinois Links and Resources
- Illinois H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience)
Statewide non-sectarian (not religious based) network of homeschool support groups. Site provides detailed Illinois legal information (including samples of form letters and procedures), and links to educational resources and magazines.
- Illinois Homeschooling Facebook Page
Facebook page for Illinois homeschoolers to share resources, ask questions, and network
- Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE)
Getting started, Illinois legal requirements, lists of local support groups, special events
- Popcorn & Peanuts: ALL the Illinois Home Education Laws in One Place
This independent site has a wealth of information on everything from removing a child from an Illinois school in the middle of the year to driver's education classes and graduation requirements.
Local Links and Resources
- Decatur IL Area Homeschoolers (Facebook group)
Facebook group for Decatur area families participating in homeschooling, representing a wide range of homeschooling philosophies, practices, and beliefs.
- Classical Conversations Decatur, IL (Facebook page)
Facebook page geared to Decatur, Illinois families using Classical Conversations Christian homeschooling resources
- Enrich Homeschool Co-Op
Faith-based Decatur area co-op of homeschool families who work together to provide supplemental educational programs for their members
- Decatur Park District
Activities in the parks, at the DISC (Decatur Indoor Sports Center) and Scovill Zoo
- Macon County Conservation District
Free or inexpensive nature and history education events for children and families, natural history displays at the Rock Springs Center, and outdoor exploration available around Macon County
- Macon County 4-H
Activity clubs focusing on a variety of special interests and projects