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Homeschooling Resources at EPL

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Books About Homeschooling at the Elmhurst Public Library

The Parent / Teacher Collection in the Kids’ Library includes many resources for homeschooling families. Some of the best are listed below.

Getting Started

  • The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer                This book will instruct you, step-by-step, on how to give your child an education from preschool through high school —  one that will train him   or her to read, to think, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Home educators Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise outline the classical pattern of education called trivium.
  • Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath, You Can Do This!  by Terri Lynn Bittner                                    You don’t have to be a professional teacher, a genius, or a structured person to homeschool well. Many people believe they can’t homeschool because they are lacking some magical quality or skill successful homeschoolers have. The truth is, homeschooling can be done, and done well, by most ordinary people.
  • The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson
    In this comprehensive, thoughtful book, 88 of the most important questions are answered by some of homeschooling’s most respected voices. Advice regarding legal issues, teaching tough subjects, juggling multiple students and surviving on one income. Solid, practical answers from leading experts will guide you through homeschooling’s challenges.
  • The Homeschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith
    An up-to-the-minute manual for homeschooling families, and those just thinking about it. Practical tips cover everything from navigating the legal regulations and structuring the school day, to answering, “How much will all this cost?” Also discusses high school, record-keeping and how to avoid burnout. See also The Unschooling Handbook
  • The Homeschool Reader
    A collection of articles from Home Education Magazine, that is recommended reading for families wishing to learn what homeschooling really is, from the experts – parents who homeschool. Detailed and complete, this guide covers everything from the “how’s” and “why’s” of homeschooling, to tailoring a curriculum and planning for college. More personal than dry statistics, this volume contains accounts from over thirty respected writers on socialization, curriculum and testing, and the exciting potential of homeschooling for both students and parents
  • Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
    Helps pinpoint the best teaching methods for your child, discover learning styles and teaching styles, know when to test, as well as teaching tricks that have been used with success.
  • Getting Started on Home Learning by Rebecca Rupp
    A concise, no-nonsense guide to navigating through the initial challenges of home-schooling. Includes information regarding state laws and choosing a curriculum, as well as answers to tough questions such as “Why should I homeschool?” and “How much will it cost?”

Junior High and High School Help

  • Home School, High School and Beyond by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon
    A time-management, career exploration and study skills course. A complete guide written for teens who are designing their own high school education. Discusses everything from packaged curriculum and independent study programs to free-form, individually directed curriculum. Includes planning a high school portfolio, establishing goals and record-keeping for college prep.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
    This extensive 2001 edition, complete with cd-rom, covers everything from curriculum resources for grade school through high school to academic contests and competitions. Also offers suggestions for utilizing the Internet in your home school, and discusses creative solutions to burnout.

Educational Philosophy

  • The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith
    A discussion of the increasingly popular method of homeschooling called “unschooling”. Griffith explains how you can stimulate and direct what your children are learning by using the whole world as your classroom. Included is advice on finding resources and adapting to individual student needs.
  • Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson
    Written by a public high school teacher who homeschools his own children. Guterson presents both sides of the issue, and discusses the various ideologies in education today.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Jessie Wise
    Revised and updated edition outlines the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind and comprises three stages— “grammar stage,” “logic stage,” and “rhetoric stage.”

Homeschooling Websites

Note: Many of these websites have links with information about support groups.



  • Illinois Homeschooling A to Z Home’s Cool! Resources and support and lots of links from a homeschooling guide.
  • Resource website for Illinois H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience) A statewide network of nonsectarian homeschooling groups.
  • Illinois Home Education – Your link to Illinois Home Education! Illinois Home Education (IHA) provides information for those seeking more information on home education in the state of Illinois, provides website design and website hosting for Illinois home education groups.
  • The Homeschool Mom  Homeschooling is rewarding, fun, challenging, exhausting and fulfilling, but above all it is worth the effort. Within this website is encouragement, advice, resources, curriculum reviews, organization tools and more.
  • Chicagoland Homeschool Network  A free resource to help families in the Chicagoland area connect with resources to enhance their homeschool experience.