Homeschooling Resources

Overview

Basic information about beginning to homeschool and what to expect.

The Homeschool Mom: NYS

This website has a list of quick links of everything from NY homeschooling laws, to support groups, to events.

Homeschool New York: LEAH

This page of links has some good general information about getting started.

Kids Out and About: Surprise! You’re Homeschooling! Here are some tips

This article has some good overall information and a short list of resources at the end.

New York State Education Department: Home Instruction Overview

General information, Q&A, and more about homeschooling in New York State.


Curriculum

Unsure of where to start when it comes to curriculum? The following links are good places to do some research and decide what is best for your family.

EngageNY

This site is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department [NYSED] to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This is the official web site for current materials and resources related to the Regents Reform Agenda.

Additionally, the FAQ page gives good information about the curriculum on this website and its use.

New York State Education Department Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Information and links about standards and curriculum resources, regulations and guidance resources, and special programs and initiatives.

The Homeschool Mom: How to Choose the Best Homeschool Curriculum

A helpful article about picking the right curriculum for your child.

Sanity Saving Sites

View and download a list of resources to help support your homeschooling (or hybrid and remote learning) family created by Tonia Burton from the Central Library of Rochester.


Local Groups/Co-ops

Follow the link to learn more about each group. They all offer something a little different, so you may need to do some reading to find one that is right for you and your family.

View and download a comprehensive List of Local Rochester-Area Homeschool Support Groups, Co-ops, and Programs Listing created by Linda Fantauzzo by clicking the button below:


Local Libraries

Many local libraries have online resource lists for children and parents to take advantage of. These links are just one part of each library’s website – don’t forget to see what else each library has to offer, such as free programs or materials you can borrow.


School District Requirements

Local school districts may have special rules and procedures you need to follow in order to homeschool. The following links will provide you with information about what each school district requires, as well as some additional information, forms, etc. If you don’t see your school district on this list, you may need to contact them via telephone.

Need help with paperwork? View and download a Generic Homeschool Yearly Paperwork template, created by Jennifer Cesare from the Central Library of Rochester, by clicking the button below:


Books & Kits

Owned by Gates Public Library

The following books are owned by at least one library in MCLS. Clicking on the title will bring you to the online catalog.

Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling

Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling

By Lea Ann Garfias

The Brave Learner

The Brave Learner

By Julie Bogart

Homeschooling : The Teen Years

Homeschooling : The Teen Years

By Cafi Cohen

The Homeschooling Book of Answers

The Homeschooling Book of Answers

By Linda Dobson

100 Top Picks for Homeschooling Curriculum

100 Top Picks for Homeschooling Curriculum

By Cathy Duffy

The Well-Adjusted Child

The Well-Adjusted Child

By Rachel Gathercole

Homeschooling Step-by-Step

Homeschooling Step-by-Step

By LauraMaery Gold

The Homeschooling Handbook

The Homeschooling Handbook

By Mary Griffith

Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts

Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts

By Loretta Heuer

Homeschooling for Dummies

Homeschooling for Dummies

By Jennifer Kaufeld

A Parents Guide to Homeschooling

A Parents Guide to Homeschooling

By Tamra B. Orr

The Complete Guide to Homeschooling

The Complete Guide to Homeschooling

By John R. Perry

Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

By Mary Pride

Home Learning Year by Year

Home Learning Year by Year

By Rebecca Rupp

Owned by Other Libraries in MCLS

Owned by Other Libraries in MCLS

The following books are owned by at least one library in MCLS. Clicking on the title will bring you to the online catalog.

Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started

Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started

By Erica Arndt

Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home

Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home

By Rhonda Barfield

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling

By Debra Bell

How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and on to Learning: Homeschooling Highly Distractible, ADHD, or Just Plain Fidgety Kids

How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and on to Learning: Homeschooling Highly Distractible, ADHD, or Just Plain Fidgety Kids

By Carol Bernier

The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships: Homeschool Secrets to Getting Ready, Getting In and Getting Paid

The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships: Homeschool Secrets to Getting Ready, Getting In and Getting Paid

By Lee Binz

Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships

Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships

By Lee Binz

Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath-You Can Do This!

Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath-You Can Do This!

By Terrie Lynn Bittner

Basic Skills for Homeschooling: Reading, Writing, and Math for the Middle School Years

Basic Skills for Homeschooling: Reading, Writing, and Math for the Middle School Years

By Lee Wherry Brainerd

Homeschooling Your Gifted Child: Language Arts for the Middle School Years

Homeschooling Your Gifted Child: Language Arts for the Middle School Years

By Lee Wherry Brainerd

College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling Through High School

College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling Through High School

By David P. Byers

And What About College?: How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities

And What About College?: How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities

By Cafi Cohen

Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing 12- to 18-Year-Olds for Success in the College of Their Choice

Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing 12- to 18-Year-Olds for Success in the College of Their Choice

By Cafi Cohen

Homeschooling: A Research-Based How-To Manual

Homeschooling: A Research-Based How-To Manual

By Andrea D. Clements

Homeschooling for College Credit

Homeschooling for College Credit

By Jennifer Cook-DeRosa

Easy Homeschooling Curriculum

Easy Homeschooling Curriculum

By Lorraine Curry

Easy Homeschooling Techniques

Easy Homeschooling Techniques

By Lorraine Curry

So - Why Do You Homeschool?

So – Why Do You Homeschool?

By Mimi Davis

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission

By Jeanne Gowen Dennis

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start

By Linda Dobson

The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 101 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices

The Homeschooling Book of Answers: The 101 Most Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices

By Linda Dobson

Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child

Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child

By Linda Dobson

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12

The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12

By Linda Dobson

What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling: How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge

What the Rest of Us Can Learn from Homeschooling: How A+ Parents Can Give Their Traditionally Schooled Kids the Academic Edge

By Linda Dobson

101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

By Cathy Duffy

102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

By Cathy Duffy

The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling

The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling

By Patrick Farenga

Help for the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child's Education with the Rest of Your Life

Help for the Harried Homeschooler: A Practical Guide to Balancing Your Child's Education with the Rest of Your Life

By Christine M. Field

Homeschooling the Challenging Child

Homeschooling the Challenging Child

By Christine M. Field

Homeschool Your Child for Free

Homeschool Your Child for Free

By LauraMaery Gold

Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense

Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense

By David Guterson

Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger's Syndrome

Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger's Syndrome

By Martha Kennedy Hartnett

The Homeschooler’s Book of Lists

The Homeschooler’s Book of Lists

By Sonya A. Haskins

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-Of-A-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us: How Your One-Of-A-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work

By Sonya A. Haskins

Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences

Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences

By Lenore C. Hayes

Homeschooling: The Middle Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 8- to 12-Year-Old Child

Homeschooling: The Middle Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 8- to 12-Year-Old Child

By Shari Henry

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling

By John Caldwell Holt

Creating a Cooperative Learning Center: An Idea-Book for Homeschooling Families

Creating a Cooperative Learning Center: An Idea-Book for Homeschooling Families

By Katharine Houk

The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling

The Unofficial Guide to Homeschooling

By Kathy Ishizuka

When Home-Schooling Gets Tough

When Home-Schooling Gets Tough

By Diana Johnson

Plan to Be Flexible: Designing a Homeschool Year and Daily Schedule That Works for Your Family

Plan to Be Flexible: Designing a Homeschool Year and Daily Schedule That Works for Your Family

By Alicia Kazsuk

Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions

Home Field Advantage: A Guide to Choosing Teaching Methods for Your Homeschooling Champions

By Skyla King-Christison

Homeschooling for Success: How Parents Can Create a Superior Education for Their Child

Homeschooling for Success: How Parents Can Create a Superior Education for Their Child

By Rebecca Kochenderfer

Fundamentals of Home-Schooling

Fundamentals of Home-Schooling

By Ann Lahrson-Fisher

The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live

The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live

By Kathy H. Lee

The Homeschooling Book of Lists

The Homeschooling Book of Lists

By Michael Leppert

Essential Homeschooling Everything You Need To Educate Your Child At Home

Essential Homeschooling Everything You Need To Educate Your Child At Home

By Sherri Linsenbach

The Everything Homeschooling Book: All you need to create the best curriculum and learning environment for your child

The Everything Homeschooling Book: All you need to create the best curriculum and learning environment for your child

By Sherri Linsenbach

The Homeschooling Handbook: How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun, and Effective

The Homeschooling Handbook: How to Make Homeschooling Simple, Affordable, Fun, and Effective

By Lorilee Lippincott

Home Sweet Homeschool: A Survivor's Guide to Giving Your Kids a Quality Education

Home Sweet Homeschool: A Survivor's Guide to Giving Your Kids a Quality Education

By Sue Maakestad

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

By Sarah Mackenzie

Pagan Homeschooling: A guide to Adding Spirituality to Your Child’s Education

Pagan Homeschooling: A guide to Adding Spirituality to Your Child’s Education

By Kristin Madden

The Homeschooling Debate: All the Pros and Cons to Make a Sound Decision About the Future of Your Child

The Homeschooling Debate: All the Pros and Cons to Make a Sound Decision About the Future of Your Child

By Michael Marcovici

Music For Homeschoolers: A Guide To Music Instruction For The Homeschooled Child

Music For Homeschoolers: A Guide To Music Instruction For The Homeschooled Child

By Joanne May

Legendary Learning: The Famous Homeschoolers' Guide to Self-Directed Excellence

Legendary Learning: The Famous Homeschoolers' Guide to Self-Directed Excellence

By Jamie McMillin

A Banner Handbook for Homeschoolers

A Banner Handbook for Homeschoolers

By Elinor Miller

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling

By Brad Miser

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook

By Raymond S. Moore

Homeschooling on a Shoestring

Homeschooling on a Shoestring

By Melissa L. Morgan

Home Schooling

Home Schooling

By Cindy Mur

Homeschooling: Why and How

Homeschooling: Why and How

By Gail Nagasako

Asking Questions Finding Answers: A Parent's Journey Through Homeschooling

Asking Questions Finding Answers: A Parent's Journey Through Homeschooling

By Tamra Orr

Homeschooling FAQs: 101 Questions Every Homeschooling Parent Should Ask

Homeschooling FAQs: 101 Questions Every Homeschooling Parent Should Ask

By Tamra Orr

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: 55 Moms Share Their Expertise on 103 Topics

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: 55 Moms Share Their Expertise on 103 Topics

By Tamra Orr

The Big Book of Homeschooling

The Big Book of Homeschooling

By Debi Pearl

Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Real Help for Parents Anywhere and On Any Budget

Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome: Real Help for Parents Anywhere and On Any Budget

By Lise Pyles

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Homeschooling

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Homeschooling

By Marsha Ransom

The Home School Source Book

The Home School Source Book

By Jean Reed

The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It's Right for Your Family

The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It's Right for Your Family

By Lisa Rivero

The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology

The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology

By Rebecca Rupp

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

By Rebecca Rupp

The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companion

The McGraw-Hill Homeschooling Companion

By Laura Saba

Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask

Homeschooling the Child with Autism: Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask

By Patricia Schetter

Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning Styles

Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning Styles

By Paul and Gena Suarez

Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling

Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling

By Tammy Takahashi

From School to Homeschool: Should You Homeschool Your Gifted Child?

From School to Homeschool: Should You Homeschool Your Gifted Child?

By Suki Wessling

The Catholic Homeschool Companion

The Catholic Homeschool Companion

By Maureen Wittmann and Rachel Mackson

Homeschool Kits

View and download a list of Homeschool Kits available by branch by clicking the button below: