Homeschooling Help

The children's room at the Norwalk Public Library contains many items that you need to help homeschool your child. With a library card, you can check out educational books on just about any subject, and many other quality materials. Our website also offers databases to aid in research, a list of educational websites on many subjects, and many activities to check out. We also have a selection of books on homeschooling and education that can help you get started with homeschooling, and plan your child's curriculum. If you need help finding something, just ask.

If you are looking to meet other families who are homeschooling their children, check out the Young Homeschoolers of Fairfield County on Meetup or Connecticut Homeschool Groups.

Getting Started

The best way to get started is to investigate the topic and read up on everything you can on the subject of homeschooling. This site provides you with a list of books and websites that have all the information you need to start homeschooling your children.

Laws & Regulations

A good place to start with your research on homeschooling would be the laws and regulations that the state has about home education. Visit the following sites to learn about Connecticut's laws on education:
Note: Check out the Legal Requirements (and a sample Letter of Withdrawal from your school system).

Online Resources

Curriculum & Learning Styles

Styles of Homeschooling

  • School-at-Home: This style is similar to a school set-up, where there are certain times allotted to study each subject.
  • Charlotte Mason: In this Christian-based approach to education, the use of good literature as opposed to textbooks and dictation are stressed.
  • Waldorf: The curriculum for this method is based on the child's stages of development and brings together many elements, including intellectual, artistic, spiritual, and movement.
  • Unit Study Approach: With this flexible approach, families can immerse themselves in whatever subject they are studying, and give the students a choice as to how and what they want to study.

Fun Facts: Famous Homeschoolers

  • Christopher Paolini - Teenage author of Eragon
  • Albert Einstein - Mathematician
  • Ansel Adams - Photographer
  • Dave Thomas - Founder of Wendy's
  • Orville and Wilbur Wright - Brothers who invented the first airplane
  • Leonardo da Vinci - Artist, inventor, scientist
  • Robert E. Lee - Civil War General
  • Mark Twain - Writer