Homeschool Resources

 

I will be adding to this list of resources, including resources for special needs homeschooling. This resource list does include affiliate links.  A list of  some of my favorite curriculum is listed at the end.

So, You Are Thinking About Homeschooling…  Here is what you need to begin your homeschooling journey in Wyoming: 

** Wyoming Letter of Intent to Homeschool/Curriculum Submission Form

**SAMPLE Completed Letter of Intent to Homeschool/Curriculum Submission

** Wyoming letter of Withdrawal (needed if your child/children is/are enrolled in public school)

** Read the  Homeschool Law in Wyoming here

** Wyoming Homeschool Groups

***    Find out which approach to homeschooling may be best for your family.     ***

LIBRARY BOOK SALES!!!! Contact your local library to get on the list to be notified when there is a library book sale in your area. The bag sales are where you will really build up your homeschool library and resources, but you can still get great deals at the per book sale too.

Do you have a struggling reader? Check out Lexercise Reading, Writing & Spelling Therapy for Children, there is an online assessment to see if a Lexercise Program can help your struggling reader.  Follow the links below for more information.

 

Do your kids LOVE Minecraft?

Check out SKrafty, the Minecraft server for homeschoolers. They offer classes using many of the curricula we recommend used in conjunction with Minecraft!

GamEd Academy is another homeschool Minecraft server that offers different classes.

Charlotte Mason:

We recommend reading Charlotte Mason’s writings, even if you choose a different approach to homeschooling.

If you choose to use the Charlotte Mason Method -Only a math curriculum is needed (we have a few suggestions below)

Other Homeschool Resources: (listed in no particular order)

Center for Homeschool Liberty -“The attorneys at NCLL’s Homeschool Center are not just committed to protecting your legal right to homeschool in America, but to help you in the event you encounter legal challenges to your own homeschool. As a member of the Homeschool Center, you have access to our professional, experienced, caring homeschool attorneys who

  • Can address any ongoing or current legal compliance questions or concerns
  • Are available in the event that you have a homeschooling legal emergency
  • Will litigate your case on a pro bono (no cost to you) basis if we determine that the issues involved will advance the liberty of homeschooling in America.

Most often, homeschool families don’t encounter legal problems. But in the unlikely event that they do, one call to an attorney could easily cost $100, or substantially more if the issue requires more than a simple phone call.”

Cathy Duffy Reviews: A comprehensive review of many different curricula. The reviews may or may not include whether or not the curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, or Next Generation Science Standards. See the next link for that information)

Homeschool Resource Roadmap – You can find a comprehensive list of curricula that is not aligned to Common Core here.

The Tuttle Twin Books are great resources for your elementary civics requirement. Not only do children love the relateable stories, there are workbooks that you can purchase to reinforce the lessons in the books.

The Tuttle Twins - a child's foundation of freedom

The Heart of Michelle blog and homeschool consulting * -Michelle is a single mom, who homeschools (including special needs homeschooling).   *This is not WFE’s Michelle.

 

 Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool is free, and is NOT Common Core aligned.

Printables:

 

Classical Conversations  “Classical Conversations supports homeschooling parents by cultivating the love of learning through a Christian worldview in fellowship with other families. We believe there are three keys to a great education: classical, Christian, and Community.”

Robinson – Self Teaching Curriculum is inexpensive (if using a Kindle or Tablet or purchase the digital downloads) and reading based

Thomas Jefferson Education  There are many suggested books and resources on this website that are helpful even you chose another method. Thomas Jefferson Education works well with the Charlotte Mason approach.

Ron Paul Curriculum   “A student who goes through this curriculum, kindergarten through high school, will have a mastery of the foundations of liberty. There is no other curriculum on the Web to match it.

It does not assign textbooks. This saves families a lot of money. Textbooks cost a great deal of money. Almost all of the materials are free: toner and paper only. The few exceptions are modern novels and a few classic books on liberty, such as Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.

The curriculum is mostly self-taught. If a student gets stuck, he can get help from other students on the course Q&A forums. Older students serve as tutors for younger students. They learn by teaching, which is a great way to master any new field.

This curriculum teaches people how to write. The main teachers in the social sciences and humanities, Dr. Gary North and Dr. Tom Woods, are both successful writers. They are both successful businessmen. They will teach your children how to write effectively and fast.

Here is why your child needs a self-taught curriculum. (If you are already persuaded, you can skip this presentation. Keep reading. But this does give a good overview of how my curriculum works.)”

 

Drive Thru History <—Website

 

All About Learning – they have a money back guarantee on their products *Many products are special needs friendly

Rainbow Resource Center – some items may be aligned with Common Core, but products aligned to Common Core usually say so.

The Book Samaritan -“The Book Samaritan is a non profit organization that supplies homeschool materials to families the are unable to afford them.  We send curriculum and supplies, free of charge, to homeschooling families in need. We could not do this without the help of people who are willing to donate their curriculum and books. Our ministry relies on you. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your generosity.”

Trade/Resale:

Amazon is a great place to do comparative shopping and used books are a great way to save money.

Driver’s Education:

 

English Grammar 101*  -We will contact the website and find out if they have aligned to the Common Core English Standards if they have, we will remove them from this list. Always do your own research though, things can change and we may not be aware of changes.

Special Needs Homeschooling:


YouTube:

  • Smarter Every Day    “I explore the world using science. That’s pretty much all there is to it.”
  • Brave Wilderness  “The Brave Wilderness Channel is your one stop connection to a wild world of adventure and amazing up close animal encounters! Follow along with adventurer and animal expert Coyote Peterson and his crew as they lead you on three exciting expedition series…Every single episode offers an opportunity to learn something new.”
    • Math BFF  <—- Click here to visit the Math BFF Channel
    • Math Meeting  <—- Click here to visit the Math Meeting Channel
      “I am civil engineering graduate from the University of Florida, but my passion is to teach math. ”
  • Simply Charlotte Mason  “We at SCM are dedicated to helping you homeschool your children using Charlotte’s methods and wonderful philosophy of education.These videos are just a small sampling of all we have to offer back on our site. We hope you’ll stop by and take advantage of the free information, curriculum guide, books & videos, blog, and discussion forum.”
  • Periodic Videos  “Your ultimate channel for all things chemistry. A video about each element on the periodic table.”
  • Minute Physics -“cool physics and other sweet science.”
  • Veritasium -“Science and engineering videos”

Other Recommended Curricula:

Life of Fred Math

McGuffey Readers

*For supplemental help teaching struggling readers consider Lexercise Reading, Writing & Spelling Therapy for Children:

Harvey’s Grammars

Ray’s Arithmetics 

A Reason for Handwritting

Learning Language Arts Through Literature

Making Math Meaningful

Apologia Science: Exploring Creation series [Elementary ]

Apologia Science: Exploring Creation Series [Jr. High and High School]

Answers in Genesis Science: God’s Design For series (this link takes you to a bundle, but below the bundle you can purchase each set individually)

The Mystery of History

The Blue Back Speller

New England Primer

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