My son is in college now, but I homeschooled him from second grade on. He is doing quite well with his college education and he is pretty mature and thoughtful for his age. I think a lot of that is due to our positive homeschool experience.
Homeschooling 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.
You may also be interested in reading my post ‘Are You Going Back to School or Homeschooling this Year?’
If you have suggestions for other links, feel free to leave a comment with the link and I will check it out. Thanks!
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!
Fabmarks – offers access to structured courses on SAT, ACT, and PSAT prep for free. The free resources also contain practice questions, simulated full-length tests, and test analytics. These materials are carefully designed by experts to help test takers improve their scores.