Homeschool Resources

PGTPL offers resources and support for homeschooling families!

Welcome to the Plainfield Public Library’s homeschool page! We offer homeschooling families resources and connections to support their unique needs. It’s our goal, at PGTPL, to make sure your needs are supported through library services. From print resources to local resources access, to our library programs, the staff at PGTPL is here to help you! It’s our mission to deliver knowledge and culture to all members of our community. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact our homeschool coordinator, meichner@plainfieldlibrary.net.

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Print Resources

We offer several homeschool magazines with back issues available to check out:

  • The Informer
  • Home Education Magazine
  • Practical Homeschooling
  • Home School Enrichment

 

Homeschool-oriented books found in the Children’s Room:

  • The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book by Guy Bailey
  • The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins
  • Homeschool Your Child for Free by LauraMaery Gold
  • Homeschooling, the Early Years by Linda Dobson
  • 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
  • Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
  • Free to Learn by Peter Gray
  • Homeschooling for the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins
  • The Homeschooler’s Book of Lists by Sonya Haskins
  • Teach Your Own by John Holt
  • How Children Learn by John Holt
  • How Children Fail by John Holt
  • Learning All the Time by John Holt
  • When Home-Schooling Gets Tough by Diana Johnson
  • Writing Strands by Dave Marks
  • Homeschooling FAQS by Tamra Orr
  • Home is Where the Learning Is by Valerie Steimle
  • Free Range Learning by Laura Grace Weldon
  • The Homeschooling Book of Answers
  • Homeschool on a Battlefield by Jennifer Lynn

Homeschool-oriented books found in the Adult section:

  • Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery by David Albert
  • The Well Trained Mind by Susan Bauer
  • Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath–You Can Do This by Terrie Bittner
  • Basic Skills for Homeschooling by Lee Brainerd
  • Love in a Time of Homeschooling by Laura Brodie
  • The Year of Learning Dangerous by Quinn Cummings
  • The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas by Linda Dobson
  • Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years by Elizabeth Hainstock
  • The Everything Homeschooling Book by Sherri Linsenbach
  • The Homeschooling Handbook by Lorilee Lippincott
  • Homeschooling: A Family’s Journey by Gregory Millman
  • The Homeschooling Option: How to Decide When It’s Right for Your Family by Lisa Rivero
  • The Home School Manual by Theodore Wade
  • Home Education in Indiana (Indiana Collection)

 

Additional print resources may be available through the Evergreen catalog.

Database Resources

Mango Languages

Offers free language tutorials in 64 languages, including Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and German.

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Zinio

Use your library card to browse past and current issues of magazines, including National Geographic and Discover.

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Additional kid-centric databases

Check out the other great kid-centric databases PGTPL is proud to offer!

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Local Resources

IHEN Hendricks County

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Classical Conversations

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Indiana Association of Home Educators

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Indiana Foundation for Home Schooling

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Overall Resources

Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Methods

This is a great resource for families who are trying to determine which type of curriculum to use.

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Project Gutenberg

Offers many classics as free ebooks (especially helpful for literature-based curricula)

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Homeschool Legal

Helps families figure out what they need to do to be legal homeschoolers in their state.

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Coursera

Offers free access to courses from schools around the world.

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The Homeschool Lounge

A community that helps homeschooling moms connect and share resources and stories.

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Free Resources

This is a list of free resources for homeschooling families.

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Online Education Resources

This is a page with lots of free online educational resources.

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Librivox

A growing collection of audiobooks of public domain materials.

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PBS

A large range of suggested resources.

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Resources for Parents of Gifted Children

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Enrichment Ideas for Summer Homeschooling

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Charlotte Mason Resources

Handbook for Natural Study

Offers both free and paid content for this key component of Charlotte Mason education.

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Ambleside Online

A Charlotte Mason specific resources.

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Classical Education Resources

The Well-Trained Mind

Features helpful articles and videos on a variety of subjects

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Classical Homeschooling Page

Many links and suggestions.

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Unschooling Resources

Sandra Dodd’s Website

If you’re interested in unschooling, this website has essays, ideas, and resources.

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Waldorf Resources

Waldorf-based Homeschooling

Over 50 resources for Waldorf-based homeschooling

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Tips for Waldorf Homeschooling

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Montessori Resources

Montessori Classroom Setup

A reference page with ideas and tips on setting up a Montessori classroom for homeschooling.

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Principles for Montessori Homeschooling

A guideline with 8 principles to apply to Montessori homeschooling.

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Art Resources

Homeschooling Hearts and Minds

List of 37 free resources for teaching the arts.

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Computer/Technology Resources

Scratch

Teaches kids basic computer programming via animations.

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Science Resources

Kids Astronomy

An interactive way for kids to learn about the solar system and outer space

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5 Tips for Natura Study

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Teaching Science

A list of free resources for teaching science.

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The Secret of the Nature Notebook

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Questions about homeschooling?

Are you wondering about our homeschooling resources? Fill out the form and our staff will answer whatever homeschooling questions you have.