Resources

Note to families: If you need specific recommendations on coverings, curricula, clubs, co-ops, or anything else covered on this page, send us an email. We will be happy to schedule a time to talk with you on the phone or have a cup of coffee in person to share our advice, tips, and experiences. If we don’t have the answers you need, we will gladly direct you to those who do.homeschool word cloud


GETTING STARTED

Alabama families may choose to homeschool using one of three options:

  1. Enroll in a church/cover school
  2. Hire a private tutor
  3. Homeschool without church school enrollment as your own private school

MOBILE COUNTY CHURCH/COVER SCHOOLS:
Heartwood Christian Academy – (Oak Park Church)
Heritage Christian School – (First Baptist of Tillman’s Corner)
Moffett Rd Christian School – (Moffett Rd Assembly of God)
Northside Bible Academy – (Northside Bible Church)
Our Lady of Guadalupe School – (Catholic Covering & Support Group)
Compass Point Homeschool – (Saraland Assembly of God)
Evergreen Christian Academy – Shiloh – (Shiloh Baptist)

STATEWIDE CHURCH/COVER SCHOOLS:
Dayspring Academy – Maplesville
Everest Academy – Hayden
Hope Christian Academy – Toney
New Hope Academy – Prattville
Outlook Academy – Millbrook
Sacred Grove Academy – Auburn

Regarding coverings: Each homeschooling option has its own unique pro’s and con’s. Families have the right to decide for themselves which option to choose. There is no one-size-fits-all in homeschooling. What works for your friend may not work for you. What works for you this year may not work the next.

If you choose to enroll with a church school or “covering,” know that each has its own particular requirements. Be sure you understand all that is expected of your family. Ask if the covering requires statements of faith, mandatory meetings, grades & lesson plans, membership in an outside organization, or standardized testing.  Ask also about the benefits they might provide such as transcripts, field trips, support groups, special events, or co-op classes.


SUPPORT GROUPS

ALABAMA STATEWIDE SUPPORT GROUPS:
Christian Home Education Fellowship of Alabama (CHEF of Alabama)

NATIONWIDE SUPPORT GROUPS AND WEBSITES:
A to Z Home’s Cool – Homeschooling community website

Beginning Homeschooling – Helpful articles for those just starting or considering homeschooling

Bridgeway Academy – Great blog with tips and advice on curricula, learning styles, homeschooling children with disabilities, etc. Also offers an online academy.

Homeschool 101 – Blog hosted by the Christian curriculum publisher Apologia

Homeschool Association for Military Families – A Christian outreach ministry dedicated to equip and encourage homeschooling military families toward educational excellence.

Homeschool Freedom – Maintains lists of Christian homeschool conferences across America.

Homeschool Now USA – Simple-to-use website for homeschool newbies and those considering homeschooling.

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) – Homeschool legal advocacy group with a long list of national support group links accessible under the “Quick Navigation” section of their homepage.

HomeSchool Talk and Swap – Discussion and sale boards for homeschool families

IAmHomeschooling.com – Comprehensive website that provides valuable information and a vast compilation of resources to home educating families.

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network – Christian support group for families with special needs children.

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) – Conducts homeschooling research and educates the public concerning the findings of that research.

SecularHomeschool.com – Provides information, resources, and a place to share and connect with secular homeschoolers across the world.


LEGAL

Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) – Offers legal advocacy through memberships. Some online resources are available to non members. NGCHE has a membership discount code to HSLDA. Send us an email if you would like to join using our code.

Christian Law Association (CLA) – Offers free legal help to homeschool families.

National Center for Life and Liberty (NCLL) – Homeschool Center offers legal advocacy through memberships. Membership also covers assistance with religious discrimination at work, religious liberty, sanctity of life cases, and legal guidance after an automobile accident.

Southeast Law Institute (SLI) – Provides free legal assistance and advice on matters of free speech, religious rights, parental rights, etc.

Regarding the law: For those considering homeschooling without a cover, be extremely cautious about the “sources” you trust. Misinformation circulates rampantly through social media. Never take a layman’s interpretation of the law as legal fact. Talk to a bona fide attorney. See Homeschooling Under Your State Law: Alabama for helpful info.

NGCHE will not engage in public debate regarding homeschool laws in Alabama or their application.


HOMESCHOOL PUBLICATIONS

Homeschool World – The official website of Practical Homeschooling magazine

Homeschooling Today – Encouragement and practical help for homeschooling families

The Old Schoolhouse – The Family Education magazine

The Teaching Home – Providing homeschool families information, inspiration, and encouragement from a distinctly Christian perspective


CONVENTIONS

Conventions are a great place to see curricula up close, meet college reps, browse vendor booths, and hear keynote speakers. Think of them as homeschool malls. Prices vary from convention to convention, and locations may change yearly.

Great Homeschool Conventions – Southeast: March 8-10, 2018 in Greenville, SC; Texas: March 15-17, 2018 in Fort Worth

Teach Them Diligently – May 3-5, 2018 in Mobile

Texas Home School Convention (THSC) – May 10-12, 2018 in Arlington

CHEF of Alabama 30th Annual Home Education Convention – June 22-23, 2018 in Birmingham


RETREATS & CONFERENCES

Retreats are different from conventions in their focus. Retreats help homeschool moms refresh, renew and refocus personally. Conferences are a blend of conventions and retreats and may focus on a particular style of homeschooling or subject matter.

Charlotte Mason Encouragement Conference – February 16-17, 2018 at Trinity Community Church in Tallahassee (2285 Bannerman Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312)

Charlotte Mason Soirée Retreat – March 2-3, 2018 at Parkway Heights Methodist Church in Hattiesburg (2420 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS, 39401)

Refresh Retreat – March 9-11, 2018 at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana (892 Four H Rd, Columbiana, AL 35051)

Alabama Summer Summit – August 4, 2018 at Camp Christian in Mobile County (5884 Rabbit Creek Drive, Theodore, AL 36582)


CURRICULA (Hands-on Materials) – In Progress

Following are just some of the many homeschool curricula publishers/options.

Complete Curricula (All Subjects)

A-Beka – traditional textbooks

Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) – workbooks

Alpha-Omega LifePacs – workbooks

Bob Jones University Press – traditional textbooks

Christian Liberty Press – traditional textbooks

Heart of Dakota – traditional textbooks

Horizons – traditional textbooks

Magic Forest Academy – secular nature-based curriculum

Moving Beyond the Page – traditional textbooks

My Father’s World – traditional textbooks

Oak Meadow – nature-based experiential curriculum

Sonlight – traditional textbooks that incorporate “real” books

Weaver – Unit-based Christian homeschooling curriculum for Pre-K – 12th grade

Language Arts

All About ReadingConsists of pre-reading and Levels 1-4. Teaches all key components of reading in a fun and engaging way. Placement tests available.

All About Spelling – Seven level program providing comprehensive instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach.

Brave Writer – Writing courses with support through a discussion forum for home instructors.

Easy Grammar – Grades 2-12. Daily Grams. Easy Writing. Ultimate Series.

English for Everyone – Printable English worksheets

Five in a Row – Literature-based unit study curriculum for elementary ages. Easy to use with multiple children close in age. Soft cover books or digital downloads. Also have Before FIAR and After FIAR resources.

JacKris Publishing – Language Arts Programs: Starting with Line Stories. Growing with Grammar. Soaring with Spelling. Winning with Writing. Digging into Diagramming.

Progeny Press – Study guides for Literature from a Christian perspective. Downloadable pdf files or hard copy guides.

Spelling You See – “A unique spelling program that follows stages of language development … while providing meaningful context for learning spelling.”

Math

Life of Fred – Math books written by Dr. Stanley Schmidt with humorous storylines intended to make learning and understanding math enjoyable.

Math U See – Grades K-12

Saxon Math – Grades K-12

Singapore Math – Grades K-8

Teaching Textbooks – Grades 3-12

Themeville Math – Grades 1-5

Science

Apologia – Textbook publisher best known for its Creation-based science curriculum. Also offers materials on other subjects such as history and language arts. Has an online academy option.

NaturExplorers – Resource for both creative nature walks and science-based unit studies.  More than 20 nature topics are available. Written with the 1st-8th grader in mind, but may be adjusted to accommodate  preschool and high school students.

The Electric Pickle (book) – “Fifty madcap experiments based on the periodic table.” Book may be purchased online through outlets such as Amazon or eBay.

The Homeschool Scientist (website) – “The mission of TheHomeschoolScientist.com is to equip and encourage homeschool parents by taking the fear out of and putting the fun into science education.” Site contains science experiments, lessons, homeschool resources, and help.

Miscellaneous Resources

SusanEvans.org – Homeschool blog with activities that encourage hands-on learning at all ages. Post with Hands-On Activities for High School Kids.

Learning Ally – A national non-profit dedicated to helping students with print disabilities, including blindness, visual impairment and dyslexia.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Additional Sources for Curricula (used and new)
Abe Books
Academic Superstore
Amazon
Better World Books
ChristianBook.com
ChristianHomeschoolers.com
Christian Liberty Press
eBay
Half Price Books
Home Works
Homeschool Buyers Coop – for group orders such as a co-op class
Homeschool Classifieds
Homeschool Curriculum Free for Shipping
HomeSchool Talk and Swap – Discussion and sale boards for homeschool families
HomeschoolTrader.com
JOY Center of Learning
Laurelwood Books
Rainbow Resource Center
Second Harvest Curriculum
The Back Pack
The Christian Curriculum Connection

Regarding curricula: The choices are overwhelming, especially for new homeschool families. The internet is great for research, but it is most helpful to get a look at the actual materials before you buy them. Local homeschoolers are your best option. If you know families who homeschool already, ask them to show you what they use, or contact us for help.

Local homeschool seminars and regional or state conventions are also great places to see curricula up close and ask questions. Some of the larger vendors (such as Abeka and Bob Jones) also periodically send their reps to cities around the country for the purpose of showing off their latest materials. Check the website of the vendors in whom you are interested to see if they are coming to a location near you. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, send them an email. Parents can sometimes order from the vendors at local events and have shipping and handling fees waived.


ONLINE LEARNING (ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY)

Abeka Academy – Video homeschooling for full grades K4-12.

Abbington Hill School – Structured yet adaptable curriculum with a flexible schedule for students seeking a non-traditional approach to education. Programs for struggling and learning disabled as well as the gifted advanced student. Grades 1-12.

Accelerate Online Academy – Students grades K – 12 may enroll as a full-time student or in individual classes. Accredited by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.

Acellus Academy – A private web-learning school that provides distance education to students in grades K-12. Diploma programs are available. Acellus is a program of the International Academy of Science.

American School – Distance learning since 1897. Offers correspondence and online courses for middle and high school, including diploma programs.

Apologia Online Academy – Apologia-Trained Teachers in Math, Sciences, and Christian Worldview Courses. Three Options: 1. Live Classes, Teacher Graded. 2. Recorded Classes, Teacher Graded. 3. Recorded classes only; no access to teacher.

BJU Press Distance Learning Online – Daily video lessons accessible from web interface using mobile devices including iPad, Android, PC, and Mac.

Book Shark – Curriculum for ages 4-16 comes in All-Subject Packages or individually: Math, Language Arts, Reading with History, Science. Program based on a four-day week.

Bridgeway Academy – Great blog with tips and advice on curricula, learning styles, homeschooling children with disabilities, etc. Also offers an online academy.

Brave Writer – Short online courses that address specific writing needs.

Build Your Library Curriculum – Secular literature-based homeschool curriculum

Calvert Education –  Flexible, accredited curriculum and programs for Pre-K through high school.

Candlestar Educational Services – Online classes for middle and high school students in mathematics, logic, and economics.

Center for Lit  – Provides an online academy for students and instruction to parents in teaching literary analysis using the Socratic Method.

Christian Liberty Academy School System (CLASS) – Standardized placement achievement testing, individualized curriculum, alternate courses, grading services, report cards, diplomas, and transcripts. Accredited by the National Association of Private Schools.

Christopherus Homeschool Resources – Waldorf-inspired Parenting and Education

CK-12 – Fully customizable textbooks that are free to download or view online. Math, science, English, and more. Access CK-12 on desktop, tablet, or mobile phone. FlexBook® textbooks are deconstructed into bite-sized chunks of information.

Classes by Beth – Virtual live and recorded classes for middle and high school homeschoolers in a wide variety of subjects.

Classical Learning Resource Center – Live interactive classes in a variety of subjects. Most CLRC instructors have advanced degrees (Masters, Ph.D., or Teaching Credential) and extensive teaching experience. Most subjects begin at upper elementary level.

College Prep Science – Christ-Centered live online classes, lab intensives & camps for 6th – 12th grade homeschooled students.

Coursera – Online courses taught by instructors from universities and educational institutions worldwide.

Crash Course – Youtube courses on sociology, computer science, film history, mythology, physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history.

Creative Live – Photo & Video, Art & Design, Music & Audio, Craft & Maker, Money & Life. “On Air” classes are free or may be purchased to own the class for life.

Debra Bell’s AIM Academy – AP & College-Prep Online Homeschool Classes for 5th-12th graders. Full Year, Semester, and Mini-Courses.

Discovery K12 – Online homeschool platform & curriculum for pre-k to 12th grade. Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education.

Earthschooling – Earthschooling is a secular Waldorf curriculum based on learning from nature, real-life experience, natural rhythms, hands-on activities, storytelling, painting and handwork with natural fibers. Includes lesson plans, instructional videos, and core curriculum and fulfills all the requirements of a Waldorf education.

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool – A complete, free, Christian online curriculum

Edu-Together – Live courses in all academic Subjects (Grades 5 – 12). Standard level and AP. Full foreign language program. Non-academic courses (web design, robotics, etc.)

Enki – Homeschool curriculum for grades 6-8 that uses a combination of holistic, arts integrated, multicultural approach. Developmental-Immersion Mastery leads to integration of body, heart, and mind within each child and parent.

Excelsior Classes – Academically rigorous online classes taught from a Christian worldview. Young Learner’s Center (grades 4-6). Jr & Sr. High. Independent Studies for certain classes or subject areas. Dual Enrollment Program with LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

Evolution Homeschool – Provides comprehensive, secular educational experience for homeschoolers in grades K-6 using affordable digital downloads.

Funcation Academy – Educational resource company designed for the homeschooling community with an exciting and engaging K-12 homeschool curriculum. K-12 Pre-College Prep and 9-12 College Prep programs.

Funda Funda Academy – Online full semester classes for homeschoolers and short online special interest classes for all students in a wide variety of subjects.

Global Student Network – Engaging multimedia presentations designed to motivate students of all ages. Self-paced learning format. Options include Christian Courses, Common Core State Standards, High School Electives, Career/Technical Courses
Language Learning for 26 Languages.

Global Village School – Offers a progressive, accredited, customizable K-12 homeschooling program. Students engage with online and text-based curriculum. High school diploma program available.

Groovy Kids Online – Online classes meeting once a week in a variety of disciplines for students ages 11-17.

High School Math Live – Experienced, credentialed teachers offering live and interactive online classes starting with Pre-Algebra through AP Calculus. SAT and ACT Math Prep Courses. Tutoring for all math levels through Calculus II.

Hillsdale College – Free online courses in politics, literature, history, religion, education, economics.

HomeschoolConnections.com – Catholic online courses for middle and high school students. Options include live online interactive courses; recorded courses; and dual online enrollment with Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

HSLDA Online Academy – Twenty-six online classes for students in 8th – 12th grades in a wide variety of subjects. Taught from a Biblical worldview.

Iguana Art Academy – Beginning to advanced students learn from professionals in a community of peers that encourage and inspire while receiving personal feedback on assignments. Classes in drawing, film, engineering, and teaching art to students at home.

Institute for Excellence in Writing – Live online instruction from IEW accredited instructors, combined with IEW’s award-winning video seminars and grammar curriculum. Grades 4-12.

Intelligo Unit Studies – Secular K-12 education that embraces the learning styles and multiple intelligences of every child. Core Curriculum Series for grades K-8 that is a complete science and social studies curriculum. Also offer elective unit studies for other grades or to supplement core curriculum. Available as pdf download or CD.

International Virtual Learning Academy – Year-round private online school for American and international students in grades K-12.  Fully accredited by AdvancEd and awards a California State High School Diploma through its distance learning programs. IVLA meets and/or exceeds national content standards and offers transcripts and transfer assistance. Christian and Honors curricula options available.

k12 – Online curricula for K-8 and high school, including Advanced, AP and Honors courses. Also offers programs for tuition-free online public school and tuition-based online private school.

Khan Academy – Expert-created content and resources for every subject and level. Always free.

Laurel Spring School – Accredited, online California private school designed for the college prep student who wishes to grow and excel academically and personally, while maintaining a flexible schedule. Academic programs include AP and Gifted and Talented.

Lighthouse Christian Academy – LCA is the official K-12 distance-learning provider for Accelerated Christian Education Ministries (ACEM) and exclusively uses the A.C.E. curriculum.

Live Online Math – Offers instruction starting with Pre-Algebra through Pre-Calculus. Live online classes, video-plus (blend of live and recorded), video (work at your own pace).

Memoria Press Online Classical Academy – Classical instruction in Latin, logic, classical studies, literature, history, and mathematics. Grades 3-12.

Monarch – Online learning sponsored by Alpha Omega publications. Subscription plan gives access to 50 online homeschooling courses for up to 3 students in the five main subjects of Bible, history and geography, language arts, math, and science for grades 3-12. Can be fully customized. Automatic grading.

Moving Beyond the Page – Complete literature-based homeschool curriculum that works well for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners.

Oak Meadow – Nature-based experiential curricula in fully-accredited, teacher-supported distance learning school.

OpenStax – Nonprofit ed-tech initiative based at Rice University providing openly licensed textbooks and instructor resources available in free digital formats and for a low cost in print.

Open Tent Academy – An all-inclusive, virtual environment where homeschoolers (and “after-schoolers”) can take an array of classes, taught by instructors, who are experts in their fields. Grades 1-12.

Poynter News University – Online journalism and media training programs open to journalists, bloggers, freelance writers, journalism students, anyone who wants to improve their journalism skills.

Robinson Self-Teaching Curriculum – Teach your children to teach themselves. Use as a standalone homeschool curriculum or as a supplement; all books, science program, and vocabulary, phonics, and math flash cards included. 14 gigabytes of information on 22 CD-ROMs.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com – A division of The Old Schoolhouse magazine. Over 300 online courses for families and students of all ages in a wide variety of subjects.

The Great Courses Plus – “Learn Everything About Anything. Unlimited access to the world’s greatest professors.” Free trial offers are regularly available.

The Harvey Center – Small, personal online courses and seminars in classical Latin, history, and literature for homeschool students and adults.

The Illustrated Garden Studio – Baldwin County, Alabama, artist Val Webb offers a series of on-demand online drawing and painting courses. “Work at your own pace on a password-protected website. Unlimited video access for a full year. Instructor guidance and feedback as often as you like.”

The Potter’s School – TPS provides live on-line core academic courses for grades 4 through early college. Their hallmarks are high academic standards, a thoroughly integrated biblical worldview, and plenty of timely effective feedback. Also offers a high school diploma with accredited transcript.

Think Outside the Border – Live online Latin classes.

Time4Learning – Online, interactive curriculum for Pre-K through twelfth grade that can be used for homeschool, after school and summer skill building.

Udemy – Over 65,000 online courses in categories including academics, languages, test prep, development, business, health & fitness, IT, office productivity, design, marketing, music, photography.

Veritas Press – Classical Education from a Christian worldview. Classes are live and self-paced. Grades 1-12. Also offers an accredited diploma program.

Well-Trained Mind Academy – Combining the best of the classical tradition with innovative teaching methods. Grades 5-12.

Online learning: Always monitor your child’s progress in online or self-directed studies. Some distance learning programs have accountability measures built in to keep your student on task and on schedule. Others do not. Students of all ages need regular accountability checks from their parents when completing self-directed coursework.


HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE RESOURCES – In Progress

FearlessHomeschoolers – Help navigating high school and college admissions

The Home Scholar – Helping parents homeschool high school


DUAL ENROLLMENT – In Progress. Mobile Schools and Universities coming soon.

Franciscan UniversityHomeschoolConnections.com members may dual enroll in online courses with Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

LeTourneau UniversityExcelsior members may dual enroll in online courses with LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.


COOPERATIVESIn Progress

Classically Homeschooled Mobile

Regarding co-ops: Some homeschool coverings offer cooperatives in which classes are taught by member parents. Most co-ops require parent involvement and typically meet once a week at the church which sponsors the homeschool covering. Students might have the opportunity to take classes such as debate, science labs, theater, or other courses that require groups of students. Some co-ops also offer instruction in core courses such as history or literature.

It is our opinion that most co-ops are best used as a supplement to the work done in the home or online class. Parents should be wary of relying solely on once-a-week co-ops for the bulk of their students’ instruction. Check with coverings in your city or county for co-ops and enrollment procedures.


EXTRACURRICULARS (CLUBS & ACTIVITIES) – Coming Soon!

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FIELD TRIPS – In Progress

Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators – most field trips local to Southwest Alabama and surrounding Gulf Coast region; open to homeschool families, friends, and guests from any location

Field Trips R Us Homeschooling – Alabama statewide & national field trips open to homeschool families from any location

Traveling Homeschoolers – national and international field trips open to homeschool families from any location


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