Homeschooling For Academic Reasons - Support Resources
School Business - The nuts and bolts of a homeschool: Curriculum, Record Keeping, Assessment.
Support - Links to support groups, email lists and associations.
Homeschool Styles & Methods
Legal Issues

Upper School & Preparing for College

Daphne The Science Guinea Pig: We love Math & Science

The best place to find out about homeschooling is from other people already doing it! There are many, many groups out there. Some are very active putting on Science Fairs, Art Shows and Spelling Bees. Others meet on a regular basis and have support meetings to discus anything from politics, to a homeschooling methods. Some only get together for field trips. If you do a little research you'll find the group for you. Often it only takes contact to one person who will point you in the direction you want to go.

 

 

 

Support Groups (National) are groups that offer support, meetings, activities and often a newsletter. Support groups on this page are listed starting with the largest groups and then in a pretty random manner.
Email Lists (National) are another way to receive support in your endeavors. An email list is something you join and can post email messages. Email messages can be in the form of a question, an announcement or a discussion of a problem. Often support groups will have an Email list.
Note: So you can get an idea about all ofthe groups I researched, the descriptions you find on this page are copied in tact from the Email List Description. Gives you a feel for who they are before you go there in person!
Associations & Networks (National) are groups that are on a larger scale than a support group who may provide information and networking, but often are not as personal as a support group. This section is divided into two categories: gifted and homeschool general


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Homeschool Support Groups (National)

The best resource is a local resource. These websites have a comprehensive list of support groups by state: A-Z Homeschooling Support Groups and Home Education Magazine Support Group List.

Homeschool Specific "Styles" Groups (National)

If you are looking for a support group for a specific style or method of homeschooling that list is [here].


Email Lists (National)

homeschoolingmensans· Homeschooling Mensans - educating the gifted child at home
Description: This group is a SIG (special interest group) affiliated with American Mensa, the high IQ society. It is open to Mensans who homeschool their own gifted children, or anyone interested in homeschooling gifted children.

To subscribe, go to: homeschoolingmensans

Members: 443 (as of 03/01/05)
Founded: Dec 23, 1999

gifted_but_learning_disabled
Description: "The purpose of this group is to discuss issues in education for students who have been identified as gifted or who have gifted potential but who also have learning disabilities which interfere with learning. Education law, teaching strategies, IEP, Section 504 and any other issues relating to this topic are some of the issues which are being discussed."

To subscribe go to: gifted_but_learning_disabled

Members: 367 (as of 03/01/05)
Founded: Dec 17, 1998

adhdparentssupportgroup
Description: A Parents Support Group - Supporting Parents with Adhd Children and WEBsite

To subscribe, go to: adhdparentssupportgroup

Members: 1500 (as of 03/01/05)
Founded: Oct 5, 1999



Gifted Networks and Associations (National)

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted
The Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children
Stephanie S. Tolan
Gifted Development Center
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Center for Talented Youth - Johns Hopkins University
Davidson Institute
Welcome to NAGC

This web site offers distance learning for gifted and talented students. We have used this center at Stanford University in our homeschool:

Stanford University - Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY)

We intend to use this resource in the future

The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University


American Mensa
Description: American Mensa has approximately 50,000 members. Five million Americans are eligible for Mensa membership. Mensans come from all walks of life and all levels of society. However, they share one trait - high intelligence. To qualify for Mensa, one must score in the top 2% of the general population on a standardized intelligence test. As an organization, American Mensa provides intelligent individuals an opportunity to meet other smart people at the local, regional, and national levels. Mensans interact at entertaining events and exchange ideas through a variety of publications. Mensa members also work to help others in their communities by providing scholarships and volunteering for community-oriented activities.

Homeschooling Networks and Associations (National)

Association of Home School Attorneys (AHSA) - (Link to website)
Description: Welcome AHSA is an informal network of attorneys and legal experts in the United States supporting homeschooling and homeschoolers by providing legal information about homeschooling issues, empowering homeschoolers to have the legal tools they need to meet homeschooling challenges, and providing a network of attorneys for legal representation.

Association of Homeschool Attorneys AHSA-USA - (Link to the group's email list.)
Description: This list is an opportunity for homeschoolers to contact homeschooling attorneys and experts about homeschooling legal and litigation issues.

To subscribe, go to: AHSA-USA

Members: 130 (as of 05/13/03)
Founded: May 23, 2000

National Home Education Legal Defense - NHELD
Description: National Home Education Legal Defense, or NHELD, grew out of a statewide organization that began in Connecticut as Connecticut's Citizens to Uphold the Right to Educate, or CT's C.U.R.E. CT's C.U.R.E. was founded in 1989 and has been instrumental in maintaining the rights of parents to homeschool without government interference since that time.

The American Homeschool Association (AHA) - (Link to a web site)
Description: The American Homeschool Association (AHA), is a service organization sponsored in part by the publishers of Home Education Magazine. The AHA was created in 1995 to network homeschoolers on a national level. Current AHA services include an online news and discussion list which provides news, information, and resources for homeschoolers, media contacts, and education officials.

AHA Free Email Newsletter
News, perspectives, essays and more. Free subscriptions and back issues are available at this site: http://www.egroups.com/group/AHA-Newsletter

Discussion list for the American Homeschool Association
Description: Home Schooling This is the networking and discussion list for the American Homeschool Association, a national organization supporting homeschooling families and anyone seeking information about homeschooling, from media representatives to researchers to education professionals.

To subscribe, go to: AHA-Discussion

Members: 112 (as of 03/26/03)
Founded: Jul 3, 2000

National Home Education Network  (NHEN) - (Link to a web site)
Description: Welcome to the National Home Education Network We’re changing the way the world sees homeschooling!Created by members with all sorts of homeschooling backgrounds, this website is packed with helpful and accurate information, up-to-date networking possibilities and support for those interested in homeschooling.


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