Welcome to A2Z Homeschooling!

Homeschooling is more than just education at home. Homeschool parents, children, tutors, and anyone interested in learning online, a structured home classroom or unstructured unschooling will find A2Z Home's Cool an "cool" home school blog.

Not a member yet?

Creating a login will allow you to contribute to the site on a regular basis.
There are many ways to be part of the A2Z Home's Cool Community.
The possibilities are endless!

I Want to Become a Member

Member Login

Lost your password?
Time4Learning Demos

History of Homeschooling

When you read the history of homeschooling, you get the information you need to understand why we must be vigilant not to lose this right to educate our child in the way we feel is best.

Early Days of AOL Homeschooling Forums 
In the early days of AOL they sent out a little monthly magazine much like a TV Guide, telling when the chats would be and other interesting features they had.

Ravage of Home Education Through Exclusion By Religion
A White Paper by Raymond S. Moore, Homeschool Founder. How HSLDA divided the homeschool community.

John Caldwell Holt (April 14, 1923 – September 14, 1985) was an American author and educator, a proponent of homeschooling or unschooling, and a pioneer in youth rights theory.

John Holt

Roots of Homeschooling
When people write about the history of the homeschooling movement there’s one name which comes quickly to mind: John Holt. By Helen Hegener.

The Best of Colfax Corner
As many of you veteran readers may recall, David and Micki wrote a regular column, The Colfax Corner, in The Link for a couple of years. However, David and Micki’s duties as noted above, preclude them from writing at this time. Especially for the benefit of our newer readers and those new to homeschooling in general, we wanted to reproduce some of the best from those columns.

A Brief History of American Homeschooling
Excerpted from Homeschoolers’ Success Stories: 15 Adults and 12 Young People Share the Impact That Homeschooling Has Made on Their Lives by Linda Dobson (Prima Publishing, (c) 2000.)

A Brief History of Homeschooling
The concept of universal compulsory schooling is a very recent idea, one that is not even two hundred years old, yet we act as if it is an ancient, sure-fire way to make sure our children “learn something.” By Patrick Farenga.

Homeschooling Research Notes
Homeschool: An American History author, Milton Gaither, writes about his process, and his errors. A good resource and contact for those researching the history of homeschooling.

Homeschoolers Are at Home at Harvard
Reed N. Colfax ’92 and J. Drew Colfax ’90

Published in The Crimson, Harvard’s publication. Reed and his brothers, J. Drew Colfax ’90 and Grant N. Colfax ’87, are among the approximately 500,000 students who are taught at home by their parents instead of attending regular schools.

A Homeschooler’s History
By Cheryl Seelhoff. A very human story.
Continuing articles, also in PDF format:
Part II: Influences,
Part III: 1990-1992,
Part IV: H.R. 6,
Part V: The Gentle Spirit Controversy, and
Part VI: 1995-1997.

John Holt and the Origins of Contemporary Homeschooling
By focusing on the work of author and teacher John Holt though, one can trace not only a personal journey from school reformer to unschooler, but also an intellectual and educational legacy that led to homeschooling that is little reported by conservative and liberal media alike.

Kitchen Tables and Marble Halls: WPA and Homeschooling In Wisconsin
A history of how a small group of homeschool parents started WPA, and grew it into a powerful force for the freedom to homeschool in Wisconsin.