Homeschool

Homeschooling “How To” Information Sites

New Jersey Homeschooling – A to Z Home’s Cool: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/NewJersey.htm
This section of the A to Z Home’s Cool site provides links to other sites that are full of facts pertinent to homeschoolers in New Jersey.

Somerset Homeschoolers:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/somersethomeschoolers/info
Created by Alex Fazelat, a Bernardsville, NJ homeschooling parent, the purpose of this group is to provide a place where homeschooling parents can find the answers to frequently asked questions and share homeschooling news and information with each other.

Home School Legal Defense Association:
http://www.hslda.org
This site, which is operated by the non-profit organization, the Home School Legal Defense Association, features a searchable index by state of laws that affect homeschooling.

State Laws and Regulations Provided by Home Education Magazine
http://www.homeedmag.com
This link connects you to Home Education Magazine’s searchable database of information on state laws and regulations on home schooling.

New Jersey Department of Education
http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/edservices/hs/
This link provides FAQs on homeschooling in the New Jersey.

How to Search the Web – Search Engine Sites

Need to search the web and you don’t know where to begin, try these sites for starters:

Search Engine Watch: 
http://searchenginewatch.com/
Includes tips, tricks and results. Keeps you up-to-date on new sites and technology.

Search Engine Showdown: http://searchengineshowdown.com/
Includes up-to-date information about the latest search-tool information, chart comparisons, and articles.

The Spider’s Apprentice: A Helpful Guide to Web Search Engines: http://www.monash.com/spidap4.html
This is a web-searching tutorial that offers consistent reliable information. The tutorial was last updated in mid-2002.

Web Search Strategies/Tutorials/Guide for Educators:
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
This site offers links to search engine tutorials, true search engines, and general search directories. It has an evaluation checklist that is useful when teaching and authenticating the web. Also, the site includes useful link to invisible web databases and sites.

A+ Homework Links compiled by the Bernardsville Library: http://www.bernardsvillelibrary.org/homework
For a subject-oriented list of helpful homework links, just click above!

New York Times Learning Network: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/
The NY Times Learning Network provides daily lesson plans for use by teachers, conversation starters for parents to use, daily news summaries for students, as well as a family movie guide and an On This Day feature.

ERIC-Education Resources Information Center
http://www.eric.ed.gov//
ERIC is a project of the U.S. Department of Education and the National Library of Education, with funding from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The site offers free Parent Brochures across a wide range of topics, as well as links to many other educational resources.

Just for Fun Sites
Absolutely Whootie: http://www.storiestogrowby.com/
Stories and activities appropriate for the pre-reader to independent reader. Many of the stories represented are from different countries and also values, for example courage, generosity, regret, etc.

Aesop’s Fables: http://www.umass.edu/aesop/
Traditional and modern versions of Aesop’s Fables are offered. This site was created as an Introduction to Computing at the University of Massachusetts.

Books for Homeschoolers: Check the Library’s catalog for materials
Bernardsville Library has homeschool manuals and guidebooks for parents and fiction and non-fiction materals about homeschool children.

Support Groups for New Jersey Residents

Unschooler’s Network
2 Smith Street
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Contact: Nancy Plent, 732-938-2473

Unschooling Families Support Group of Central New Jersey
150 Folwell Station Road
Jobstown, NJ 08041
Contact: Karen Mende-Fridkis, 609-723-1524

Educational Excellence–School at Home
PO Box 771
Summit, NJ 07901
Contact: KindPals@aol.com

Homeschool Playgroup
Phillipsburg, NJ
Contact: 908-454-4574
RWoods@enter.net