Tips for Homeschoolers
Kennebunk Free Library is not responsible for the information on outside websites.  We only provide links to them as a courtesy. 
 

New to Homeschooling?
Join our group of homeschooling families for ideas, group field trips, or to ask questions if you are curious about homeschooling!  We meet on the first Monday of every month at 2:00 pm in Hank's Room.  Drop-ins are always welcome!  See the calendar of events for dates.

Follow these links for the "official" information you need to begin homeschooling your child in Maine.

Maine Department of Education's Homeschool Page
RSU21 Policy on Homeschooling
RSU21 Homepage
Home School Legal Defense Association nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.
Resources in Maine
Maine Homeschoolers A list of groups in Maine
HomeEducator.com Homeschool support network based in Gray, ME
Maine Common Core State Standards A core set of academic standards for math and English language arts focusing on developing college and career ready graduates.  Social Studies and science standards are coming.

Maine Student Book Award Blog A great way for kids to share the books that they're reading, and learn some online etiquette!

School Around Us An alternative K-8 school in Arundel offering homeschool enrichment options
The New School An alternative high school in Kennebunk. Homeschoolers are welcome to take courses or get help evaluating curriculum and applying for college.
Early College for ME A program through Maine's community colleges to help high school students earn college credit.  Get started now at York County Community College in Wells!

Online Resources
Online Safety!  Netsmartz has resources for parents, kids and teens. Maintained by the Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Awesome Stories Primary source information in print, audio and video format.
A to Z Home's Cool A community website that will help you homeschool your kids from preschool through high school with free online education, home-friendly lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, programs, books, materials, curriculum and more!
Home Education Magazine provides focused and extensive coverage of homeschooling and the issues of importance and concern to homeschooling families, advocates, and supporters.

Getting Started Doing Research a guide to choosing a topic, developing a search strategy, and evaluating sources thanks to the University of Maine at Farmington.
Evaluating Information Sources How can you tell what information will be appropriate for your research? This tutorial from the University of Maine at Farmington provides tips for assessing information sources to help you decide if the information you have found is appropriate and reliable for your intended use.

edX Learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web, brought to you by Harvard University and MIT.
UC Irvine Earn college credit through AP classes via University of California, Irvine


Subject Specific Help
Math Tools Resourcesin various media formats for grades pre-K through statistics!
National Science Digital Library Math and Science resources with links for teachers and students from Pre-K through college
CongressLink provides information about the U.S. Congress -- how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces. It is multi-featured, offering original content (including lesson plans and historical materials) and up-to-the-minute information about Congress
Exploratree Create a framework for thinking through an issue and considering different perspectives
GCFLearnFree.org offers online classes in math, computers, and everyday life. Great for adults too!

Ideas for Field Trips
Portland Symphony Orchestra (Art/Music)

Offers school day concerts open to home school families with teacher materials and Maine State Learning Standards.

Portland Ovations (Art/Music)

Southern Maine Performance Arts Organization offers school-time performances along with Maine State Learning Standards and teaching materials.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm  (Science)

Offers school trips and home school classes.

Gilsland Farm (Science)

Maine Audubon chapter at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth offers a once a month home school outdoor science program.

Maine State Museum (History)

The Maine State Museum in Augusta offers home school field trips and hosts several school events throughout the year.  They are a great resource for Maine Studies.

Old York Historical Society (History)

Living history museum in York that offers home school field trips and several programs throughout the year.