Click here for FREE music lessons:Two Weeks Free Music Lessons

Resources for Beginning Homeschooling

Compass Classroom Premium Membership free for one month

Resources for Beginning Homeschooling

I’ve had some people ask me about beginning homeschooling lately, so I put together the following list, which I hope will be useful:


Beginning Homeschooling:

1.  (Illinois Christian Home Educators)—request a beginner’s packet from them (only for Illinois residents).  There are other useful links on their site (such as to different curriculum vendors).  Also have a sample letter for withdrawing a child from public school (in Illinois).

2.  (Home School Legal Defense Assn.)—find out what the homeschool laws are for each state (or country)

3.  Gives lots of answers, explains a little about the different methods of homeschooling (traditional textbook approach, classical, unit study, Charlotte Mason, unschooling).  Then you can do more searches on each method to learn more.


5.      My favorite books and resources:

For the Children’s Sake (Susan Schaeffer MacCauley)

Teaching the Trivium (Bluedorn)  Especially the article on “Ten Things to Do Before Age 10”

A Charlotte Mason Companion and A Pocketful of Pinecones (Karen Andreola)

Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit (Teri Maxwell)

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate

Magazines: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and Home Educating Family

6.       The resources I have used for preschool and K-2nd grade are:

Handwriting Without Tears for handwriting, TATRAS and Alphaphonics for phonics, All About Reading and All About Spelling for my daughter with dyslexia, McGuffey and Rod & Staff Bible readers, and Bob Books for read-aloud practice, Egermeier’s Story Bible and Leading Little Ones to God for Bible Time, Answers in Genesis ( and Apologia elementary science books for science materials, Story of the World and Mystery of History for history, lapbooks and unit studies, and lots of free resources from the internet and library!

Homeschooling Sites:

Homeschool planners: HEDUA

Read reviews of curriclum:

For notebooking and lapbooking ideas:                       

Story of the World correlations  

For worksheets/activities/crafts:


Free McGuffey readers  

Math ideas  

Home With the Kids–free stuff  

Bible helps/color sheets:                                      gives the Greek and Hebrew for all Bible verses    Hebrew   Greek    Latin    catechisms

Charlotte Mason’s ideas (includes free curriculum):  

Preschool curriculum ideas:    Nursery Rhymes

Creation Science:

Sign Language videos of all words     

Free MP3s of classic books read aloud    

Join this Homeschool Buyers co-op for great group buys, and make a free homeschool ID  

Create Handwriting Sheets:   also math

Download fonts:     (Cursive= Learning Curve,    Print= Print Clearly)

Free Practice Tests for ACT, SAT, etc.

Linked up at

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)

2023 Free Book Lists graphic
Learn how to fly for free with Families Fly Free


  1. Homeschool Parenting Summit 2.0 October 16-21, 2023
  2. jabbabean says:

    Hi Gena,

    You've put together an awesome list of info and websites! I think I've looked at almost all of them. I love the worksheets and lapbooks. And I was thrilled to find that a lot of the writing sites offer D'Nealian (which is my favorite). Maybe I'll actually get Matthew writing this year. 🙂

    I've learned a lot from you the past few years. I really appreciate what you share.

    Thank you,


  3. What a great list of resources! Thank you for sharing them with us at Trivium Tuesdays!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

All About Spelling homeschool curriculum, now in color