- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2003

Books

• “Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum From Preschool Through High School,” by Rebecca Rupp, Three Rivers Press, 2000. This book has tips and ideas for home-schooling families.

• “The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 88 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling’s Most Respected Voices,” by Linda Dobson, editor, Prima Publishing 1998. Mrs. Dobson, a home-schooling mother and author of several books on home-schooling, interviews six dozen home-schooling families in this book.

• “Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling,” by John Holt and Patrick Farenga, Perseus Publishing, 2003. This book by home-schooling advocate John Holt outlines the argument for home-based learning and “unschooling.”

Associations

• Home School Legal Defense Association, PO Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134. Phone: 540/338-5600. Web site: www.hslda.org. This organization is a home-based education advocacy group that supports parents in their right to home-school. It has state-by-state legal information, research and advice from experts.

• American Homeschool Association, PO Box 3142, Palmer, Alaska, 99645. Phone: 800/236-3278. Web site: www.americanhomeschoolassociation.org. This advocacy group, sponsored in part by Home Education Magazine, has articles, tips, curriculum ideas and legal information.

Online

• The National Home Education Network (www.nhen.org), a nonprofit advocacy group, has resources, articles and legal advice on its Web site.

• The Homeschool Sports Network (www.hspn.net) has information on sports teams, leagues and tournaments. It is a good place if you are looking for a nearby team or league or need to know whether your state allows home-schooled students to play on public school teams.

Local resources

• The Virginia Home Education Association (www.vhea.org) is a support and advocacy organization for home-schooling families in Virginia. The Web site has Virginia laws, teaching hints, assessment tools, testing information, news and directories of local groups and resources.

• The Maryland Home Education Association (www.mhea.com) is a support and advocacy group for Maryland parents. It has legal information, support group information, curriculum starter kits and testing information.

• ShareNet is a subscription list service that has comprehensive information about home-school networks, groups, classes, outings and activities. For more information, send an e-mail to [email protected]

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