Services for Homeschoolers

Sonoma County Library welcomes homeschooling families in the community and supports these families through services, materials, and programs.  

Here are a few tools to help you get started and assist in your success as a parent educator.

 

Educator Cards

The Educator Card initiative, launching in late February 2018, is perfect for homeschool families who would like to take advantage of extended loan periods, more items checked out, and no fines!


How To Begin Homeschooling

If you are looking for information on how to begin homeschooling, background information and legal information is available at the following sites:

Local

Sonoma County Homeschoolers Nonprofit
Local organization working to provide support to families who educate their children at home.

Home School Association of California 
Statewide information and links for homeschooling. 

California Virtual Academies  
The California Virtual Academies offers instruction for grades K-12, with core courses in Language Arts, Math, Sci­ence, History, Music, and Art. As a public charter school program, there is no tui­tion, and they provide all the text­books and instructional materials that are needed to complete the pro­gram.

California Homeschool Network
California Homeschool Network is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the fundamental right of parents to educate their children. They provide information about CHN, current state and federal legislation affecting home schooling families, and how to get started educating your children at home. 

National

No matter where you live or what your personal philosophies toward homeschooling are, you will find useful information on this wonderful, informative and very well maintained site.

Comprehensive resources for the home educator.

At the Homeschool Diner you'll find a full menu of articles, curriculum ideas, links to online resources. You'll also find helpful suggestions, friendly advice, and a little homeschool humor, on the side. Open 24/7.

Advocates for the rights of homeschoolers and the right of parents to direct their children's education. Though a Christian organization, it works on behalf of both secular and religious homeschoolers.

This Christian non-profit organization has done a great deal of research on and about  homeschooling over the past decade or so.  Some information is available on line.

 

Collection and Curriculum Resources

There are many homeschooling materials available at the Sonoma County Library including books and magazines.  You may also find materials through the FIND catalog.  Ask a librarian to help you find them! 

An Index of articles in professional education journals.

Recommended Literature List from the California Department of Education.

Achieve the Core Tools for creating common core based lesson plans.

Curriculum Instruction 
Common core standards, curriculum guidelines, and links to other resources from the California Department of Education