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Calvary Missions Resource Connection is a ministry to missionaries and senders. Our primary goal is to provide missionaries with the information and resources that they need to enable them to fulfill the ministry God has called them to. In addition we work to equip pastors and senders with the information they need to support their missionaries as they prepare for the mission field, while they are living overseas, and upon their return to America.

 

While our primary focus is to missionaries and senders within the Calvary Chapel movement of churches, we welcome all to glean from this collection of missions resources.

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HOME SCHOOLING:

For information about specific curriculum options, please go to the Homeschool Curriculum page.

The Cathy Duffy Reviews website has homeschool curriculum reviews for a tremendous variety of curriculum options. Cathy Duffy also publishes a book (available in print and electronic versions) of her 102 top picks with questionnaires and charts, to help "readers through the process of figuring out their preferences in terms of philosophy of education, learning styles, and goal setting."

Rosegate Harbour is directed primarily to users of Robinson Curriculum, but it has many resources that are valuable for all home educators, specifically an article about homeschooling, an article about getting started, free files, links for free resources, and links to free books online.

PACE, the Professional Association of Cross-Cultural Consultants in Education, has developed an ebook, available online, to help parents to prepare to homeschool children on the mission field. Their website also has an audio interview with Debra Bell on homeschooling.

The Home School Legal Defence Association provides legal advice in the event that parents encounter problems with the authorities regarding home education. They offer additional services, including articles on their website and access to educational consultants who can answer questions about homeschooling from Pre-K through middle school, through high school, and for struggling learners. The HSLDA provides discount membership to full-time missionaries. Contact them directly for the discount code at applications@hslda.org.

Share Education Services provides assistance with choosing homeschool curriculum, determining learning issues, and going through transitions. They also offer family education conferences in Europe and Asia.

Anchor Education offers educational counseling, workshops, and testing for overseas workers in Africa.

Asia Education Resource Consortium provides testing, resources and homeschool planning consultations to members in Africa.

World Education Services provides evaluation services for those who have received an international education.

UMBRELLA SCHOOLS:

An umbrella school is a private school with which homeschoolers can register. They provide a variety of services which can include assistance in choosing curriculum, keeping records, assessing student work, and setting goals. They also create a high school transcript and diploma for enrolled students upon their completion of a course of study. Some umbrella schools have a very specific course of study that must be completed, while others provide more latitude for parent and student discretion in choice of courses. There are hundreds of umbrella schools to choose from. A few are linked below.

SOURCES FOR CURRICULUM MATERIALS:

Rainbow Resource Center is probably the largest retailer of homeschool materials with thousands of curriculum options as well as other educational products for children of all ages and abilities. They offer a 15% discount to missionaries. To get the discount, either order by phone, mentioning that you are a missionary when you place the order, or write a note about being a missionary in the 'Comments' section when ordering online.

Christian Book Distributors and Timberdoodle are both Christian companies that sell a variety of homeschool materials and educational products.

The Book Depository sells discounted new books with free shipping worldwide.

Better World Books sells used books with free shipping worldwide.

ARTICLES ON HOMESCHOOLING OVERSEAS:

Mary's Musings, a homeschool mom's blog, has a list of curriculum providers that offer a discount for missionaries. Be sure to scroll down and read the comments where more companies are listed.

Sonlight curriculum publishers have a great article on homeschooling overseas, including a discussion of benefits and challenges and some suggestions for overcoming the obstacles.

The Natural Homeschooling and Living blog has some great articles about preparing to homeschool overseas, challenges of homeschooling abroad, and advantages of homeschooling abroad.