Homeschool Resources

Independent Readers

Raising a reader starts with you!

  • Get a library card and come visit us.
  • Sign up for a reading program
    • Tag Along (Grades K-2)
    • Rockin’ Readers (Grades 3-5)
  • Explore hands-on science at home by checking out a STEAM Kit for ages 6 and older. Each kit includes books, educational toys and equipment on a variety of topics.
  • Check out an Adventure Pack, ages 3 and older, containing books, CDs and interactive materials designed to boost literacy skills.
  • Novelist K-8 offers read-alikes and book suggestions.
  • Muzzy Languages learning tool in English, Spanish, Russian and others.

Reading Resources

Early Reader Collection

Books labeled levels 1-4.

  • Level 1: Getting Ready to Read
    10 words or less on a page
  • Level 2: On My Way
    10-20 words on a page
  • Level 3: Almost There
    More difficult story lines
  • Level 4: Reading On My Own
    Longer stories, often broken up into short chapters

Beginning Chapter Book Collection

  • Have less than 100 pages
  • Short chapters
  • Illustrations on many pages
  • Large, clear text
  • Simple plot line-often the plot may be repeated across books in series

Beginning Nonfiction Book Collection

Nonfiction books for pre-readers and early readers

  • Less than about 40 pages
  • Illustrations on many pages

Know the Law for Illinois

  1. Mandatory from 6th birthday through age 17 (or graduates from his/her high school program)
  2. Daily instruction in English for 176 days
  3. Required subjects to be taught:
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Biological & Physical Sciences
    • Social Science
    • Fine Arts
    • Physical Development & Health
    • No standardized testing required
  4. No state accreditation required
  5. No home visits required
  6. No record of attendance, although advisable to do so
  7. No state requirement for parents to initiate any contact

Library Resources

Access from home with an ITPLD card:
LearningExpress Library
Tutor.com
SIRS Knowledge Source
TeenBook Cloud
TumbleBookLibrary
Novelist K-8
Mango Language
Muzzy Online

Other Resources

Homeschool Buyers Co-op
Links to curriculum, testing, coupons and other resources

K12 Homeschool Online
Online homeschooling options

Homeschool 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.

Homeschool.com
Popular homeschooling community resource, includes information, articles and message boards.

Homeschool World: Illinois Homeschool Groups
This page of Homeschool World offers a directory of homeschool groups in Illinois and includes links to groups in other states and around the world.

  • Large, clear text or are wordless
  • Very short chapters or no chapters

Graphic Novels
Youth graphic novels in all genres are intended for kids up to grade 5 and can be a successful visual reading experience.

Nonfiction
Through grade 8

Other Resources

  • Reading is Fundamental helps evaluate your children’s progress through six stages of reading development.
  • Family Time Machine offers activities for a variety of age and skill levels. Instructions in Spanish also available.
  • Colorin Colorado: (español) Un sitio bilingüe para familias y maestros para ayudar a los niños leer.
  • Dogo Books are book reviews by kids for kids.  
  • Great Websites for Kids Carefully selected works by the Association for Library Service to Children.
  • Reading Rockets for Parents provides articles and suggestions for great books and helpful tips for your struggling reader.
  • Read Write Think provides resources for parents from the International Literacy Association.
  • Family Reading Night promotes literacy across the state of Illinois.
  • Raz Kids provides a searchable Reading Level Correlation Chart with multiple reading level choices.