Our son started taking college level classes at 15 years of age. We pulled him from public school and began homeschooling him in second grade. I know that this option is very limited in some states and countries, and it is not the best option for every child and family. However, if you are interested in homeschooling, or you are already homeschooling and you would like more information, here are some links to resources and groups that I have found informative and helpful.
If you have suggestions for other links, feel free to leave a comment with the link and I will check it out. Thanks!
North Central Illinois and South Central Wisconsin
Rockford Area H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique School Experience) is a chapter of Illinois H.O.U.S.E. They offer classes taught by parents, keeping the costs low. They have social gatherings, potlucks, and other fun events. Our family belonged to this homeschool group in Rockford, Illinois for many years before our son began college classes. He made a lot of great friends there and I enjoyed the company of other homeschooling parents, many of whom I remain friends with to this day.
State of Illinois
Ad-hoc Committee for Illinois Home Education Legal and Legislative Matters – consensus driven group made up of 5 different homeschool organizations advocating for homeschools in Illinois regardless of religion, ethnicity or homeschool philosophy. They include links to the five statewide homeschooling groups in Illinois, including H.O.U.S.E.
Home School Legal Defense Association – This site offers a lot of information for the different states and their homeschooling laws. This is a great place to start if you are interested in the legal aspects of homeschooling.
4 H Clubs - not just for farm kids anymore! They still have a great deal to offer kids who raise their own livestock for the fair, but they also have a ton of curriculum style projects for kids in wide range of subjects.
Kids Gardening - offers a lot of educational materials about plants and gardening.
Khan Academy – offers free video tutorials on a wide range of subjects…including Math, Computer Science, Humanities, Science and Economics. They also have a Test Prep section. This is a great resource for homeschoolers on a budget!