Homeschool Resources


Illinois State Board of Education: Illinois Homeschooling Introduction
Basic information on homeschooling in the state of Illinois.

Johnsburg Public Library District: About the Homeschool Resource Center (HRC)
Resources available to anyone in the state of Illinois with a valid Illinois public library card. Includes books, magazines, curriculum materials, science equipment, and more.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Find legal advice, defense, and advocacy for homeschoolers. Requires  membership for certain resources, but provides free information about homeschooling laws on their website.

Local Web Resources

Southern Illinois Homeschoolers Facebook Group
A local community group with information on events, co-ops, and activities in the Southern Illinois area. A place to get support, advice, or to ask questions from other homeschooling parents and families.

SI Families
Information on events, community and learning in Southern Illinois.

Local Communities

Charlotte Mason Support Group
Contact: Jessi Schatzle:
Meetings: The Hope Church in Carbondale, 2nd Monday of the month, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Info: Discussion group for parents on specific Charlotte Mason Education principles and their practical outworking.  The goal is to be educational and encouraging for anyone attempting homeschool the Charlotte Mason way.  Participants do not have to ascribe to the Charlotte Mason philosophy to attend, but it is appreciated that any suggestions being made be kept within the philosophy, as most of the attendees are trying to apply that specific style of education to their home school. Questions and socializing after the meeting. Parents only.

Classical Conversations- Carbondale Community
Contact: Amanda Lowery, Director:  (321)288-6198,,
Meetings: The Ridge Church Carbondale, Thursdays , 24 weeks of year
Info: Christ-centered classical approach to schooling your children at home. Christian, non-denomination. All are welcome but must respect the Statement of Faith.
Ages 4 through grade 12.

Classical Conversations of Herrin
Contact: Kathy Johnson: (618)937-3550,
Meetings: One day per week during school year.
Info: A classical Christian community. Age 4 through Grade 6 includes science projects, art, tin whistle, public speaking, memory work, and more. For Grade 4 through 6 the group focuses on English grammar, math practice, and writing. Grade 7 through 12 includes classical learning and discussion in logic, rhetoric, debate, research, exposition, and composition.
Age 4 through Grade 12

Dayemi Community Center
Contact: Nicole Cornelison:
Info: Classes, homeschool curriculum, support for parents and students.
Become a member of the community for a flat monthly fee or visit as a guest for $5 per day.
Classes include Spanish, Geography, Literature, History, Writing, Spelling, and more.
Activities include hiking, farm days, wood-working,  gardening, swimming, and more.
All ages welcome.

Southern Illinois JW Mom’s
Contact: Lori Griggs:
Facebooks Group: So Ill JW Moms:
Info: A place for Jehovah’s Witness homeschoolers to plan get togethers or homeschool field trips.
All ages welcome.

Southern Illinois Secular Homeschoolers
Contacts: Nikki Taylor, Tiah Houston (contact through Facebook page)
Facebook group: Southern Illinois Secular Homeschoolers:
Info: A non-religious group that meets weekly for science projects, art, nature walks, field trips, and more. All ages welcome.

Resources at the Carbondale Public Library

Teen Programs
Project Next generation (PNG), crafting, educational, and technology programs. Learn more in the Teen section of the CPL website.

Interlibrary Loan and Share System
Share can be used to request books and materials from many libraries within the system. If an item is not available through Share, Interlibrary Loan can be used to attempt to locate the item.   

Library Collections
Teaching Section- Located downstairs at the bottom of the ramp. Sections for teaching art,    English, mathematics, science, and more.
Parenting Section- Books about parenting. Located downstairs near the children’s section of the library.
Literacy Kits- Activity-filled kits that promote reading. Located downstairs in the children’s section.

3M Cloud App
Browse and check out e-books from home using your tablet, phone, or home computer.   

Foreign Language
Muzzy online and Powerspeak can be found under the resources section of the website.

Meeting Space
The Carbondale Public Library has meeting space available for homeschooling groups and events. Ask at the circulation desk for more information.