Homeschooling, Home Study, and Unschooling

Milton Public Library staff have curated this list of resources for those involved in homeschooling, home study, and unschooling.

VERMONT AGENCY OF EDUCATION

Home Study 
https://education.vermont.gov/vermont-schools/school-operations/home-study
This page provides Vermont enrollment requirements, application forms, home study resources, minimum course of study requirements, and end-of-year assessments.

Dual Enrollment
https://education.vermont.gov/student-learning/flexible-pathways/dual-enrollment
Vermont’s Dual Enrollment program includes up to two college courses for eligible Vermont high school students.

Early College
https://education.vermont.gov/student-learning/flexible-pathways/early-college
Vermont’s Early College Program (ECP) has made funds available to students accepted into full-time programs that are developed and operated by one of the Vermont State Colleges or an accredited private postsecondary school located in Vermont, and that are approved for operation by the Secretary of Education.

ORGANIZATIONS

Vermont Home Education Network (VHEN)
https://vhen.org/
Vermont Home Education Network is an advocacy organization, which maintains a strong homeschool lobby at the state level and acts as a watchdog by monitoring legislation relevant to homeschooling issues.

Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative
https://www.vtvlc.org/
The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative connects students with Vermont schools, to overcome barriers that prevent students from taking the courses they want or need.

Classics for Kids from Cincinnati Public Radio
https://www.classicsforkids.com/
Free resources and lesson plan materials to introduce students to the joy of music.

ECHO at Home Learning
https://www.echovermont.org/events-programs/echo-at-home-learning/
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, provides a selection of online activities and resources.

Eight Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian
https://www.echovermont.org/events-programs/echo-at-home-learning/
This Smithsonian Magazine article explains and links to the newly launched #SmithsonianEdu campaign, with 1.7 million online tools geared specifically toward students and teachers.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Virtual Classroom
https://www.fairbanksmuseum.org/educate/virtual-classroom
The museum is providing educational classes, curricula, and materials online, for download, and, in partnership with Kingdom Access Television, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming that reaches even those with limited Internet access.

KHAN Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org/
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners of all ages to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Vermont PBS Distance Learning
https://www.vermontpbs.org/distancelearning/
The Vermont Agency of Education has expanded their partnership with Vermont PBS to support in-person, hybrid and distance learning models, providing free educational resources via television broadcast along with digital streaming and resources.

Vermont Historical Society: At-Home History for Homeschoolers
https://vermonthistory.org/at-home-history-for-homeschoolers
The Vermont Historical Society provides for a small fee links to lesson plans and student materials for two activities which can be done at home.

VERMONT HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUPS ON FACEBOOK

Chittenden County VT Homeschool Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/chittendencountyvthomeschool/

Homeschooling Vermont Chat Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/402431733150160/

Meetups for Vermont Homeschoolers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/620735744931331/

NW VT Homeschoolers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/286324724733852/

 

RECENT ARTICLES

To meet pandemic-era demand, Virtual Learning Cooperative is scaling up (VT Digger, August 23, 2020)
https://vtdigger.org/2020/08/21/to-meet-pandemic-era-demand-virtual-learning-cooperative-is-scaling-up/

What It Means to Home-School (New York Times, August 18, 2020)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/18/parenting/homeschool-coronavirus.html

Families weigh homeschooling (Times Argus, August 4, 2020)
https://www.timesargus.com/news/covid19/families-weigh-homeschooling/article_040e87d6-5bab-554a-a365-6742bd8be84e.html

As schools announce reopening plans, many parents opt to homeschool (VT Digger, August 3, 2020)
https://vtdigger.org/2020/08/03/as-schools-announce-reopening-plans-many-parents-opt-to-homeschool-%EF%BB%BF/

The 7 Best Online Homeschool Programs of 2020 (Very Well Family, August 6, 2020)
https://www.verywellfamily.com/best-online-homeschool-programs-4842632

Amid Pandemic, Vermont Homeschool Enrollments Surge (Seven Days, July 23, 2020)
https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2020/07/23/amid-pandemic-vermont-homeschool-applications-surge

6 Tips for Homeschooling in Fall 2020 (Forbes, July 17, 2020)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kerrymcdonald/2020/07/17/6-tips-for-homeschooling-in-fall-2020/#7f2361975af2

 

BOOKS AT MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
(In alphabetical order by title.)

Brave Leaner by Julie Bogart

Building Structures with Young Children by Ingrid Chalufour

Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment

College-prep Homeschooling by David Byers

The Everything Homeschooling Book by Sherri Linsenbach

Home Learning Year by Year  (revised 2020 )by Rebbecca Rupp

Homegrown by Ben Hewitt

Homeschooling by Noah Berlatsky

Homeschooling and Loving It! by Rebecca Kochenderfer

Homeschooling FAQs by Tamra Orr

Homeschooling Handbook by Lorilee Lippincott

The Homeschooling Option by Lisa Rivero

Homeschooling Step-by-Step by Laura Maery Gold

Homeschooling the Early Years by Linda Dobson

Homeschooling the Teen Years by Cafi Cohen

Homeschooling 101 by Erica Arndt

How Children Learn by John Holt

How Many Ways Can You Make Five? by Sally Anderson

How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann

Practical Homeschooling by Mary Pride

Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori McWilliams

Rethinking School by Susan Wise Bauer

Social Studies and Me! by Sally Anderson

Teach Anyone to Read by Lilli Pope

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling ideas by Linda Dobson

Unschooled by Kerry MCDonald

The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith

What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know by E. D. Hirsch

What your first grader needs to know by E. D. Hirsch

What your second grader needs to know by E. D. Hirsch

What your third grader needs to know by E. D. Hirsch

What your fourth grader needs to know by E. D. Hirsch

What Your fifth grader needs to know by E. D. Hirsch

Where Does my Shadow Sleep? by Sally Anderson

Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools by Karen Worth

Last update September 30, 2020.

 

 

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