Charleston / Mattoon Area Homeschoolers

Are you new to homeschooling? We can help!

We believe that making the decision to home educate your children is a serious and life-altering one. Much research, consideration, discussion, and prayer should be part of the decision-making process.

As homeschoolers, we have each been the place you are right now. Just as each of us is unique so are our home education journeys. There are so many reasons why and so many ways we home educate our children! We would be happy to email or chat with you about it!

Drop us an email letting us know your name, town, ages/grades of your children, and any specific questions you have. 

Email to have a Regional Coordinator contact you!


We understand that researching homeschooling online can be very overwhelming. Here are a few resources we found to be helpful.



You may find many of these available through your library's interlibrary loan system for free.

101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

So You're Thinking About Homeschooling by Lisa Whelchel

Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell

Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abudant-Life Homeschooling by Diana Waring

Things We Wish We'd Known Compiled & Edited by Bill & Diana Waring



A - Z Home's Cool Homeschooling

Cathy Duffy Reviews

Homeschool Reviews

The Well-Trained Mind Community

National Center for Life & Liberty State of Illinois PDF

Illinois State Board of Education Homeschooling Guidelines


Blog Posts

Creating the Perfect Homeschool Schedule by Heather from Upsidedown Homeschooling

Making friends through homeschooling (without worrying about socialization) by Kara on Simple Homeschool



The Old Schoolhouse

Practical Homeschooling


Homeschool Legal Defense Association

Classical Conversations

Illinois Christian Home Educators


Conferences & Conventions

Midwest Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, OH

ICHE Annual State Convention in Bourbonnais, IL

Family Covenant Ministries: Conference & Curriculum Fair in St. Louis, MO

Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo

Teach Them Diligently Conference in Nashville, TN