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Resources: Homeschooling



Find Focus on the Family broadcasts, best-in-class books,
referral recommendations, and more.

8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences by Kathy Koch 
Koch explores eight intelligences (linguistic, mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic) to help you identify how your child learns best—and how you can use those strengths to help them grow academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.  

Every Child Can Succeed: Making the Most of Your Child’s Learning Style by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
Determine learning styles, motivate children to do well with schoolwork, deal constructively with discipline, recognize the effects of A.D.D., and build on kids’ strengths.

Homeschooling for the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins 
“How Your One-of-a-Kind Family Can Make Homeschooling and Real Life Work”

Mommy, Teach Me to Read! by Barbara Curtis
Curtis helps you build a foundation of learning that your child will use for life. Her ideas for teaching reading blend with her expertise as a teacher and mother to offer a wealth of insight into every child’s potential.

So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling by Lisa Whelchel 
“Fifteen Families Show How You Can Do It”

The Way They Learn by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
Tobias discusses five learning styles and offers strategies for getting homework done, keeping children on task, helping them finish assignments, and keeping the attention of a restless child.

You’ve Decided to Homeschool, Now What? by Marsha Hubler 
For those new to homeschooling, this book provides examples of typical grade-level curricula and tips on how to set up your first year of homeschooling.

Choosing the Best Education for Your Child (Cynthia Tobias) 
Tobias helps parents consider educational choices in light of a child’s individual learning style and what works for your family. She also shares five questions to ask to determine if a school will be a good fit.

Discovering the Best Ways to Educate Your Child (Carol Barnier) 
A homeschooling mom, Barnier shares how you can help your child succeed. She explores three basic learning styles—kinesthetic, visual, and auditory—and explains that children often have a combination of styles. She encourages parents to believe in their children and give them springboards for success.

Helping Kids Achieve Excellence (Vicki Caruana) 
Caruana offers practical advice to parents about motivating and teaching children to reach their highest, God-given potential. Learn how to instill skills for life: leadership, discernment, and an appreciation for life-long learning.

Intelligence: Discovering Your Child’s Unique Gifts (Dr. Kathy Koch)
Koch explores eight facets of human intelligence and explains how parents can identify and cultivate their child’s unique gifts.

Drive Thru History hosted by Dave Stotts (ages 12-18) (available through many local and online retailers if not carried by Focus on the Family)
This fast-paced series takes viewers on tours through historical sites to bring history to life and set it in the context of a Christian worldview.

Drive Thru History

  1. Rome If You Want To  
  2. Greece and the Word 
  3. Turkish Delight              
  4. East Meets West

Drive Thru History: American History

  • America: Foundations of Character
  1. Columbus, the Pilgrims, and Early Boston
  2. Patriots, Penn, and the Freedom Trail
  3. New York, New Jersey, and Washington’s Warriors
  4. Soldiers, Jamestown, and Heroes of Virginia

Drive Thru History: Holy Land 

  1. Egypt to Qumran       
  2. Jericho to Megiddo
  3. Bethlehem to Caesarea  
  4. Jerusalem to Calvary         

That the World May Know® by Ray Vander Laan (Focus on the Family)
Vander Laan weaves together the Bible’s historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts. He offers insights into Scripture’s significance for believers today.

  1. Promised Land  
  2. Prophets and Kings                                      
  3. Life and Ministry of the Messiah            
  4. Death and Resurrection of the Messiah
  5. The Early Church     
  6. In the Dust of the Rabbi       
  7. Walk As Jesus Walked             
  8. God Heard Their Cry                 
  9. Fire on the Mountain                  
  10. With All Your Heart    
  11. The Path to the Cross                 
  12. Walking With God in the Desert
  13. Israel’s Mission                              
  14. The Mission of Jesus                     
  15. A Clash of Kingdoms                   
  16. Cultures in Conflict           

Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project® presents TrueU

  • Set 1: Does God Exist? 
    Dr. Stephen Meyer discusses opposing worldviews and provides tools teens need as they prepare to enter college—and a culture that can be hostile to the Christian faith.
  • Set 2: Is the Bible Reliable? by Focus on the Family 
    For centuries, intellectuals and critics have questioned inconsistencies in the Bible. Dr. Meyer examines ancient texts and archeological evidence to build a case for the accuracy and trustworthiness of Scripture.
  • Set 3: Who Is Jesus? Building a Comprehensive Case by Focus on the Family 
    Dr. Del Tackett and guest experts explore Jesus’ ancestry and prophetic mission; His words, works, and character; His death and resurrection; and whether Jesus is the only way to God.

Focus on the Family Counseling Consultation Line
If you need someone to talk to, Focus on the Family offers a free phone counseling consultation with a licensed or pastoral counselor. Call 1-855-771-HELP (4357), Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (MT). 

Focus on the Family’s Christian Counselor Network
Search for licensed Christian counselors in your area.

Home School Legal Defense Association
This organization provides legal assistance for paid members, and they work closely with many groups to monitor legislation that may impact homeschooling.

Jefferson Center for Character Education (Passkeys Foundation)
This foundation offers materials that can be used in public, private, and home-school education for students of all ages.

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network
This organization supports homeschooling families whose children have special needs.

The Teaching Home
The Teaching Home provides a variety of materials to encourage and support homeschooling families.

Referrals to secular organizations dealing with specialized areas of knowledge shouldn’t be read as an indication that their stances necessarily align with Focus on the Family’s perspective in all areas.