Here are some web sites that may be of interest. As with everything else in life, we suggest that as you visit any site, take what you like and leave the rest.
Holt Associates/Growing Without Schooling
Holt Associates is a clearinghouse for information about homeschooling and the work of John Holt. John Holt (1923-85) was the author of ten books about education, including the classic of the 1960's school reform movement, How Children Fail and one of the first books on home education, titled Teach Your Own. He founded Growing Without Schooling magazine in 1977 as a way to support homeschooling/unschooling families and to provide a forum for them to communicate with one another. Although publication of GWS has ceased, back issues are available through FUN Books.com. They include some excellent, and timeless, material. The site is now managed by Pat Farenga, who writes and speaks in an effort to carry on John's work.
Alternative Education Resources Organization (AERO)
The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by Jerry Mintz to advance learner-centered approaches to education. AERO also publishes a magazine, conducts conferences and sells a limited number of books on alternative education, often at deep discounts.
Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and social theory. Kohn was recently described by Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators -- as well as parents and managers -- across the country and abroad. Of his eight books, the best known are PUNISHED BY REWARDS: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes (1993), NO CONTEST: The Case Against Competition (1986), and THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards" (1999). His most recent book, just published by Heinemann, is THE CASE AGAINST STANDARDIZED TESTING. His web site contains articles and lecture topics on his views about teaching, parenting and managing as well as reference and resource links.
The LINK Homeschool Newspaper
The LINK's stated purpose is "to provide information and resources FREE to those homeschooling and/or interested in homeschooling, and to do so without promoting an agenda relative to religion, spiritual belief/non-belief or homeschooling style. [They] provide a broad variety of services, resources and information to ALL homeschoolers." Excellent resource, well-known columnists such as John Taylor Gatto and Cafi Cohen, and again, it's free!
Pauline Harding's Guide to Homeschooling
Pauline provides information about support groups, e-groups, organizations, newsletters, magazines, and other networking tools in Delaware County, PA and surrounding areas. Through the home page on Pauline's site, she also shares local, state, and national information and resources for homeschoolers in southeast Pennsylvania, USA, including useful forms and tips on complying with PA laws.
Home Education Magazine
Home Education Magazine's homeschooling information and resource pages. One of the original publications on this topic and still going strong.
The Family Unschoolers Network and FUN Books.com
http://www.unschooling.org and http://www.fun-books.com
The Family Unschoolers Network provides support for unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. Their web business, FUN-Books.com, offers back issues of John Holt's Growing Without Schooling magazine along with numerous other periodicals, books and games that can be most useful to homeschoolers.
PA Homeschoolers is the family business of the Richman family of Kittanning, Pennsylvania. The Richmans publish the PA Homeschoolers newsletter and offer other materials and support and services to homeschoolers, including their high school diploma program, one of the few authorized by the PA Department of Education to do so.
Pennsylvania Home Education Network
This is another source of introductory homeschooling information, including legal requirements.
A to Z Home's Cool
Homeschooling parent Ann Zeiss of Milpitas, CA created this web site with information and resources for homeschoolers, including a listing of regional links (e.g., for Pennsylania: http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/regional/Pennsylvania.htm
Alternative Learning Organization
The "Alternative Learning Organization" is international, though based in The Netherlands. It is a growing cooperative of people working together to encourage and create fundamental changes in education, how it is defined and implemented. The Alternative Learning Organization encourages learning environments in which young people are allowed to learn naturally by pursuing their own interests, hobbies and current passions.
The Franklin Institute's Programs for Homeschoolers
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA offers program series and individual workshops for homeschoolers. Topic areas have included: biology, physics, astronomy, earth science and environmental science.
American Homeschool Association
Creating Learning Communities Online Resource Center
Family Unschoolers Network
Great Ideas in Education
The website of Psychology Press/ Holistic Education Press, a company focused on returning balance to education.
Learn in Freedom
National Home Education Network