Homeschooling “How To” Information Sites
New Jersey Homeschooling – A to Z Home’s Cool:
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.
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:
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
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
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
Includes tips, tricks and results. Keeps you up-to-date on new sites and technology.
Search Engine Showdown
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
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
This site offers links to search engine tutorials, true search engines, and general search directories. It has an online slide show that is useful when teaching and explaining the web. Also, the site includes useful link to invisible web databases and sites.
A+ Homework Links compiled by the Bernardsville Library
For a subject-oriented list of helpful homework links, just click above!
New York Times Learning Network
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
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
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.
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
Please note that unless otherwise noted all of the books on this suggested reading list are part of the Bernardsville Public Libraries’s circulating collection.
Rupp, Rebecca. The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide of Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1998).
Rupp, Rebecca. Getting Started on Home Learning: How and Why to Teach Your Kids at Home. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999).
Dobson, Linda. The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start.
(Roseville, CA: Prima Pub., 2001).
Griffith, Mary. The Homeschooling Handbook: From Preschool to High School, a Parent’s Guide.
(Rocklin, CA: Prima Pub., 1999).
Hegener, Mark. The Home School Reader, 2nd rev. ed. (Tonasket, Washington: Home Education Press, 1995). Note: This book is in the collection at our sister library, the Clarence Dillon Public Library, Bedminster, NJ.
Hendrickson, Borg. Home School: Taking the First Step. (Sitka, Alaska: Mountain Meadow Press, 1994). This book is in the collection at our sister library, the Clarence Dillon Public Library, Bedminster, NJ.
Hendrickson, Borg. How to Write a Low-Cost/No-Cost Curriculum for Your Home-School Child.
(Koosia, ID: Mountain Meadow Press, 1995).
Hirsch, E.D. Jr. Books to Build On: A Grade by Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers. New York: The Core Knowledge Series, Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1992-1997). The books in this series include:
-What Your First grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First Grade Education
-What Your Second Grader Needs to Know…
-What your Third Grader Needs to Know…
-What your Fourth Grader Needs to Know…
-What your Fifth Grader Needs to Know…
-What your Sixth Grader Needs to Know…
-What your Kindergartner Needs to Know…
Kaseman, M. Larry. Taking Charge Through Homeschooling. (Stoughton, Wisconsin: Koshkenong Press, 1990.)
Lurie, Jon. Allison’s Story: A Book about Homeschooling. (Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications,1996).
Bell, Debra. The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, 2001 edition. (Nashville, Tennesee: Thomas Nelson, Inc, 2000).
Support Groups for New Jersey Residents
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