Parent Empowerment Project
Thank you to our patrons who support this project. Patrons pay $20 per month, and gain full access to everything below, plus they get to influence what gets added to these resources.
Interested in joining us? Click here to become a patron!
Patron Benefits Overview
Low-cost source of curriculum and resources: gain access to thousands of dollars worth of curriculum.
Clear guidance on how to begin homeschooling while avoiding common mistakes.
Learn the personalized, "open path" approach which can result in students maximizing their academic potential, exploring their interests, and developing their own unique talents. This approach can also reduce the stress and conflict that some homeschoolers struggle with.
Classes for parents - and not just on parenting! See below.
Where do you start? What curriculum do you use? How do you avoid getting overwhelmed? The following resources help you get started and provide some foundational resources - saving you time and money while increasing your likelihood of success.
This class was designed for “accidental homeschoolers” - those who didn’t plan on homeschooling but found themselves in a situation where it was suddenly necessary. The current pandemic situation takes this to a whole new level! Avoid the common pitfalls, and learn some strategies for homeschooling to meet your and your child's needs. Learn more about this course.
Curriculum & Instruction Library
Parents can use these learning resources for their children’s homeschool program, and some resources can also be used for the parents’ own learning needs.
Arbordale Children's Books & Curriculum
Over 100 online full-color children’s books, both fiction and nonfiction, with most titles based on science topics. Each book offers read-aloud with audio and speed control for pronunciation, and includes word highlighting in sentence - including fragment and single word pronunciation. Multiple Languages: All books come in both English and Spanish, and select titles are also available in other languages: French, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian and Thai. Teaching Resources: Each book comes with a 30-50 page teaching guide with learning activities.
Learn360 Multimedia Library
370,000+ multimedia resources library - including streaming videos, interactive learning activities, encyclopedia articles, educational games, teacher guides, and more. Video on Demand collections include both college-preparation and career & technical fields. Parents can organize content into favorites lists, create playlists, or even create their own classes -- and the have their children create accounts to then access those classes. Download a PDF to learn more about the Learn360 resources.
Course Outlines (learning goal lists)
These course outlines were created based on typical US state standard recommendations one might find. Homeschooling parents can use a course outline as a starting point when their learning goals list for what their child will learn for the year. An outline can also give them an idea of what a typical grade level curriculum product (e.g. math textbook) might likely cover. Outlines are available for all grades K through 12, for science, social studies, language arts, mathematics, health & physical education, and arts. Outlines are also available for several elective classes at the middle and high school levels. Each outline lists topics and subtopics.
Subject Matter Library
Organized by subject area, this includes proprietary curriculum not found elsewhere as well as links to high-quality curriculum and resources such as video courses, online textbooks, and interactive learning sites. An effort was made to locate freely- available curriculum and organize it onto resource pages. This is extra important for the parents who can only be with a short time. This way they can still have a list of curriculum at their fingertips when applying what they learned from the Homeschool Quickstart class. Note: full-length courses are also being added to this resource over time.
Courses & Resources for Parents
Parents know that it is important to take care of their needs and developing themselves because then they can be the best possible parents for their kids. And this is true! However, you also need to take care of yourself because you are important - not just because you are a parent, but because you have value as a human being.
When you model developing your own interests and skills, and engaging in self-care, this will benefit you while encouraging your children to do the same. No matter how much you tell them to make the most of themselves and their life, it's what you do that has the greatest influence on them.
We’re grateful to The Great Courses for granting licensing for classes for the Parent Empowerment Project. Topics include:
- Science of Gardening
- How to Draw
- Startup Library: Painting with Watercolors
- Crochet: Basics and Beyond
- Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids
- Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive
- Mastering the Fundamentals of Mathematics
- Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques
- Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health
- The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
- The Addictive Brain
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
- Mastering Tai Chi
- How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making
- Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You
- The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
- How to Make Stress Work For You
- Stress and Your Body
Courses from Open Path
In addition the the Homeschool Quickstart class, the following are available (or, if noted, in development).
- Sensory World
- ADHD/ADD Setting Up for Success
- Designing for Mastery in Online and Blended Education
- Making Chain Mail – Under Development for 2022
Become a Patron
Cost: $20 per month
Become a patron to support this project, and gain access to all of the above classes and resources, and any new items that are added while you are a patron. Your payment supports the costs of licensing, servers, new course creation, etc. You also get to suggest ideas for new courses and resources to be created and curated.
Only want access for a month or two? Not a problem; you can easily cancel your membership at any time. The Parent Empowerment Project is here for you for when you need it, for however long you need it.