Homeschool Helper


Whether you're tentatively considering homeschooling your kids, currently homeschooling, or nearly finished and wondering about college, we have resources to help you with each step of your homeschool journey.

Getting Started | Special Subjects | Magazines | Online Resources | Organizations | State Associations | Special Interest Groups

Getting Started

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child's Learning Style by Cathy Duffy. 
Top curriculum choices from every subject area approached through a Christian perspective.

College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling Through High School by David P. Byers and Chandra Byers.
A mother and a college education professor combine their experience and expertise to show how parents can continue to homeschool their children through high school in subjects for which they are not experts.

Easy Homeschooling Techniques: The Real How-To Guide by Lorraine Curry, Naomi Aldort, and Janice Campbell.
Packed with tips and ideas for preschool through high school.

The Homeschooling Book of Lists: Grades K-12 by Michael Leppert and Mary Leppert.
Information, resources, and curriculum ideas. Includes lists of homeschooling support groups, the top 100 homeschooling Web sites, homeschooling FAQs, and much more.

The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling: Tips from a 20-Year Homeschool Veteran by Barbara Frank.
Customizing lessons for each child, measuring what their children have learned, and “115 Organizing Tips.”  

Learning at Home: A Mother's Guide to Homeschooling by Marty Layne.
Easy-to-read, informative guide to homeschooling and parenting from a Christian perspective. 

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by John Holt and Patrick Farenga. 
In addition to providing practical information on how and why to homeschool, the text addresses the political, legal, and legislative issues homeschoolers faced in the early 1980s, and are likely to face in the future. 

The Virginia Homeschool Manual:  A Comprehensive Guide to Home Education in Virginia. 2nd ed.  Richmond, Va.: Home Educators Association of Virginia, c2006. 
Explains laws on homeschooling in Virginia (this resource should not replace legal counsel). Guide on how to begin, choosing curricula, learning styles, gifted education, apprenticeships, and college. This comprehensive guide includes a searchable CD with additional information.

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.
Step-by-step instructions on providing an academically rigorous, comprehensive homeschooled education from preschool through high school. Detailed book lists.

  What's It Like to be a Homeschooling Family?

After Homeschool: Fifteen Homeschoolers Out in the Real World edited by Tamra Orr.
Interviews with young adults of varying backgrounds, explaining why they chose the homeschooling path, what philosophy they followed, and what the future may hold.

 Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School Tell Their Own Stories edited by Grace Llewellyn.
Read what teenagers have to say about the experience of being homeschooled.

Homeschooling: A Family's Journey by Martine Millman and Gregory Millman.
Intimate, eminently practical story of a successful homeschooled family from cradle to college.

The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It's Right for Your Family by Lisa Rivero.
Explores the diverse faces of homeschooled students including children with special learning needs.  Socialization, curriculum, special needs arrangements, and resources.

Homeschooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, and Family in the Real World by Marilyn Rockett.
Organized and hospitable homemaking for the homeschooler. Includes CD-Rom.

Special Subjects

Bear's Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning by Mariah Bear. 
Technically savvy resource about schools who deliver the classroom directly to you by mail, on video, or online via the Internet.

Educational Travel on a Shoestring: Frugal Family Fun and Learning Away from Home by Judith Waite Allee and Melissa L. Morgan.
Help your children learn while traveling. From researching destinations to suggesting activities that both instruct and entertain, this guide offers practical information for parents.

Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age by William Ernest Linney.
Simple lessons that include translating fun exercises and free MP3 files to hear words pronounced.

Home School Family Fitness: The Complete Physical Education Curriculum Guide for Grades K-12 by Bruce Whitney.
Explains the fundamentals of exercise in a fun way, teaching kids to achieve and maintain fitness throughout their lives.  Includes age-appropriate activities and an instructional sport-skill DVD.

Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,400 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Educating Your Family at Home by Lauramaery Gold and Joan M. Zielinski.
All the best in free educational material--from reading-readiness activities for preschoolers to science projects for teens.

Montessori Play and Learn: A Parent's Guide to Purposeful Play from Two to Six by Lesley Britton.
Advice, projects, and simple games that can give children confidence and a sense of independence, while preparing them for lingual, mathematical, scientific and artistic development.

The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington.
Simple phonics program provides parents with the know-how and confidence to teach reading.

Story Starters: Helping Children Write Like They've Never Written Before by Karen Andreola.
Story starters are mini adventures that suspend a student in the middle of a predicament. “What happens next?” cues the student to write freely, expanding and embellishing the story. (Grades 4-12)

The Three R's by Ruth Beechick.
Teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic to the early grades.  Includes phonics, comprehension skills, writing skills, and math concepts.


Home Education Magazine
Each issue offers interviews, feature articles, regular columns, political commentary and analysis, and news reporting pertaining to home education. Published bimonthly.

Online Resources

About Homeschooling
This site has online guides for beginners, information on trading curricula, unit study directories, record keeping and answers to frequently asked questions.

The Home School Mom
Free resources for homeschoolers: lesson plans, activity pages, unit studies, software downloads, discussion boards, articles, and information for new homeschoolers.

 Jon's Homeschool Resources
Links to special interests: homeschool friendly colleges, African-American homeschoolers, homeschooling kids with disabilities, homeschooling the gifted, a guide to classical education, and a curriculum swap.

Organizations that Support Homeschoolers in the Rappahannock Area:

Homeschool Resources Yahoo Group

EGroup designed to inform homeschoolers about local events in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.

Homeschooling in King George
EGroup designed to share local event information for homeschoolers living in King George, Virginia.

 North Stafford Moms
Email newsletter, Moms support meetings, and field trips.

PACE: Piedmont Area Christian Educators
Vanessa Short, 701 Holly Leaf Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, (540) 273-5521
Christian organization in Culpeper which provides support and encouragement to parents who are teaching (or are considering teaching) their children at home. Serves Culpeper, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, and Fauquier counties.

REACH: Responsibility of Educating All Children at Home
Wanda Sloper, 35451 Wilderness Shores Way, Locust Grove, VA 22508
Christian group that offers many educational activities, fieldtrips, workshops, seminars and more for children of all ages. REACH serves Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Orange, Stafford, King George, Caroline and the surrounding areas.

SRCH: Spotsylvania Regional Christian Homeschoolers
Christian group serving Spotsylvania. Social and educational activities for children and parents including parent meetings, nature days, field trips, science fair, international day, used curriculum sale.

TOOL: Teaching Our Own Legacy Homeschool Support Group
P.O. Box 42233, Fredericksburg, VA 22404-2233
Christian group established to provide educational opportunities, practical resources, activities and support. Monthly meetings in the Fredericksburg area.


 State Associations

 Home Educators Association of Virginia
Member-supported, statewide, nonprofit homeschool association that operates from a biblical worldview. HEAV serves all homeschoolers regardless of religion and works to promote and protect homeschool interests in Virginia through information, legislation, and resources.

Home School Legal Defense Association: Virginia
Includes an overview of requirements for homeschooling in Virginia.

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers (
An association of individuals, families, and Virginia-based homeschool organizations and businesses. Promotes and protects the interests of Virginia homeschoolers through information and representation. Neutral in matters of religion and partisan politics.


 Special Interest Groups

Central Rappahnnock Regional Library
The library sponsors a variety of free programs for people of all ages. Browse the program listings and try something new today!

Cub Scout Pack 330 of Fredericksburg, VA
The majority of families in this active pack also homeschool. Emphasis on participation in the Scout religious award program. 

Christian Youth Theater (CYT)
An after-school theater arts education program for children ages 6-18. CYT's mission is to produce quality, wholesome, family entertainment and to reflect Judeo-Christian values through training in the arts.

Fredericksburg Area Speech and Debate Club
Dennis and Minette Hughey, (540) 720-1348
A club for homeschool students, ages 12-18.

Grace Center for the Arts
1141 Heatherstone Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22407, (540) 785-2293
Christian organization that provides instruction in art, dancing, drama, and music.

Last updated: April 2009