Berks County Public Libraries

Reference Books

in your library can give you authoritative dependable information quickly. Your local library keeps on hand medical and pharmaceutical handbooks, consumer buying guides, subject-specific encyclopedias, atlases and many more information-at-your-fingertips materials. Reference books cannot be checked out of the library, so they are always there for you to use. Ask your librarian for help; that is what librarians like to do most.

Homeschooling & Schooling

Standards & Information

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Regulates, funds and supports education in Pennsylvania.
333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126 • 717-783-6788

Pennsylvania State Standards
Standards children should meet in every subject at specific grade levels.

Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU)
The Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) provides programs and services to public school districts, nonpublic schools, and other human service organizations of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The BCIU also is a liaison agent between the schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
1111 Commons Boulevard, P.O. Box 16050, Reading, PA 19612-6050 • 610-987-2248, fax: 610-987-8400

Curricula and Resources - Homeschool Curriculum
The search engine,, not only has printable worksheets and subject pages, it organizes links to publishers and to curriculum resources.
Donna Young has collected printables and resources for home, homeschool, and classrooms.

Home to thousands of quality, hand-picked resources including homeschooling lesson plans, unit studies, software, webquests, websites and more.

Justice Learning
Civic education in the real world. A collaboration of NPR's Justice Talking and The New York Times Learning Network.

The Learning Network: Teaching & Learning with the New York Times
Provides teaching ideas, lesson plans, and more using the news as a base of learning.

Montessori Homeschooling
"Montessori is a method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth... The name Montessori is not legally protected, and can be used by anyone, for any purpose; it is vital that anyone searching for a good Montessori school or teacher-training center be aware of this."

PBS Kids
Many fun, educational, interactive games for kids.

Reading Eagle - Newspaper in Education
Free newspapers for classrooms, the Reading Eagle-sponsored spelling bee (homeschoolers welcome), Reading Eagle tours.

Advocacy & Support Groups

Home School Legal Defense Association
"HSLDA is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms."

National Home Education Legal Defense
"NHELD, LLC examines and explains the history of the law pertaining to homeschooling, and the authority of parents to instruct their children... It is important to note that the governmental authority to regulate education, as well as all other issues not specifically mentioned in the Federal Constitution, is left up to the states."

Pennsylvania Home Education Network
"The Pennsylvania Home Education Network is an incorporated, nonprofit, tax exempt, statewide organization of home educating families. PHEN exists to promote freedom and simplicity in home education, to serve all families who educate their children at home regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, national origin, handicap, or educational philosophy, and to inform the general public about home education."

Pennsylvania Home Educators Association (PHEA)
"PHEA is an inclusive statewide coalition of home educators whose primary purpose is to provide accurate information and advocate for Pennsylvania home educators."