Homeschooling

Loan Requests

Are you studying a particular subject that could use some additional resources? With seven days of advance notice, Youth Services will gather books, easy readers, DVDs, etc. that will enhance your area of study. These items may be checked out with a valid library card. Please complete the Teacher’s/Homeschooler’s Loan Request Form to take advantage of this service.

Library Programs

The Library recognizes that providing a forum for sharing information and experiences is an important part of the educational process. The Library hosts the following programs to assist homeschooling families to meet this need.

Homeschool Support Group

This group meets once a month and discusses a different topic each time. Check the events calendar for more information and to register.

Homeschool Informational Meeting

At the beginning of each academic year, the Library conducts an informational meeting to heighten awareness about library resources, to conduct tours of the library, and to share information about the services we offer homeschoolers. We invite you to join us for this special event.

Illinois

Illinois State Board of Education’s webpage on homeschooling, where you will find information on registration, requirements, resources, and more

Illinois H.O.U.S.E.
(Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience)
Statewide non-denominational site has very accurate state legal information, sample form letters and a whole lot more.

National Organizations

Homeschool Diner
Here you’ll find curriculum ideas, articles, links to online resources, helpful suggestions and a whole lot more.

Homeschool World
Designed and maintained by the publishers of Practical Homeschooling, Homeschool PC and Big Happy Family magazines. It contains feature articles, product news, online courses, lesson plans, etc.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association
This organization aids homeschooling families through legal representation. Their website also has a plethora of practical homeschooling resources as well.

Curriculum

Cathy Duffy Reviews
Cathy Duffy has been reviewing curriculum for the homeschooling community since 1984. She also reviews other resources she believes are important for those interested in homeschooling and education.

Amanda Bennett’s Unit Study Adventures
Theme based unit studies.

Unschooling
This site covers what unschooling is and the history of it.