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    Connecticut Email Lists, Support Groups, Message Boards, Forums and Newsletters

    CHN Forums - CHN's Secure Message Board (CT Homeschool Network, Inc.)

    Give and get support from fellow homeschoolers all over the entire state with CT Homeschool Network's secure message board. We are pleased to offer a board just for teens too!

    For more information, visit

    CT-CHEER - Please feel free to discuss anything CT-Cheer and/or home education related here. While we encourage lively discussions, if you find a discussion between yourself and another member getting very involved, please consider taking it off list to keep the volume of messages manageable for everyone.

    As always, let's keep our discussions kind and respectful of each other. No flames will be tolerated.

    For more information, visit

    To subscribe: IF YOU ARE NOT YET A MEMBER OF THE CT-CHEER GROUP PLEASE GO TO WWW.CT-CHEER.COM/JOINCTCHEER AND FILL OUT THE FORM TO JOIN. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN THE EMAIL LIST UNTIL THIS FIRST STEP IS COMPLETE. This will generate a notice to the email list moderators who will in turn add you to the email list.

    CTHomeschoolersInclusive (CT Homeschoolers Inclusive/CHN Affiliate) - The Mission of CT Homeschoolers’ Inclusive is to connect and support CT homeschoolers regardless of geographic location, method of instruction or religious affiliation.

    The Yahoo Message Group is the hub of our activity, allowing homeschoolers across the state to connect to share ideas, methods, events and support. Our goal is to work cooperatively with all national and local homeschool groups and associations both large and small for the benefit of all CT homeschool families. We support the efforts of the Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN) and the work of NHELD and HSLDA. While the majority of our connections will be made on-line, group members are welcome to schedule gatherings at different locations around the state to accommodate our membership; have car will travel.

    For more information, visit Connecticut Homeschoolers Inclusive.

    To subscribe, visit CT Homeschoolers Inclusive/CHN Affiliate.

    CTpaganhomeschool - CT Pagan Homeschoolers is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Pagan homeschooling families connect. At times we like to get together in order to meet and allow our children to interact with those whose families are of like mind.

    For those that are unsure if this group is for them: By pagan we mean those who practice earth based religions, including but not solely limited to Witches and Druids. We do not appreciate people who wish to save or convert us to another faith and respectfully request you find another list that might be more in line with your thinking.

    To subscribe, visit

    CTWaldorfHomeschoolers - We are a group of mostly (though not exclusively) homeschooling parents in Connecticut actively engaged in exploring Rudolph Steiner's Waldorf pedagogy. This group is a tool for building community among ourselves as parents and for our children.

    To subscribe, visit

    Eastern Latter Day Saints Homeschool (e-lds-hs) - This is for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who are homeschooling their children.

    Do you live in the Eastern region of the United States? You are invited to join our online homeschool support group. We invite all parents who want to help their children succeed in school and in life, veteran home educators looking for a fresh start, new family educators searching for help and ideas, and parents just thinking about home education to join us.

    Our goal is to support them in their endeavor as well as disseminate information. We welcome anyone not included in another group. Our states include: Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Michigan. ME MA RI DE CN NH VT OH MI MD NY NJ PA

    To Subscribe, visit Eastern Latter Day Saints Homeschool (e-lds-hs).

    ENRICH - A Rhode Island Home Education Community - is a secular community which provides support and guidance in a welcoming environment for homeschooling families in Southern New England (membership includes some from Connecticut & Massachusetts).

    We will Promote: Life Long Learning, Community involvement, Cooperative classes, Active Membership, Cohesiveness and connection within the homeschool community and will seek 5013C non profit status.

    ENRICH does not discriminate based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, faith, home education philosophy or methodology, physical or other challenges.

    For more information, visit ENRICH - A Rhode Island Home Education Community.

    Fairfield County Homeschoolers Email List - "Between Counties" Home Education Support, Fairfield-New Haven Counties, CT. Fairfield County Homeschoolers (FCH) is a private email list comprised of members of Southern Fairfield County Homeschoolers and Between Counties Home Educators, both homeschooling support groups affiliated with the Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN). Its purpose is to provide support, share information, and to create social and educational opportunities for homeschoolers in Fairfield County, CT.

    This email group provides homeschoolers in the area a means of staying in touch with other homeschoolers in southwestern Connecticut (Fairfield County and adjacent areas of New Haven County). By subscribing, you will learn about upcoming events and will have the ability to post questions or comments you have to the group.

    To join the list, you must be a member of either Between Counties or Southern Fairfield County Homeschoolers. Once you join either group, you will receive information about how to join the the FCH list.

    For more information, visit

    GrotonCHEA (Groton CHEA represents homeschoolers in the New London County area of Connecticut) - This site is to share information about what is happening in the CHEA Area 24/ Groton, CT homeschool group. Membership is open to anyone homeschooling in Connecticut, but information and events will be listed for New London County.

    For more information, visit

    LEAF-Network (LEAF Home Learners Network) - LEAF is a network of home learners that welcomes all homeschoolers in south-central MA, northern RI and northeastern CT. LEAF is informal, all-inclusive and participant-directed.

    Membership Guidelines: LEAF members must be either current homeschoolers or families considering homeschooling. Members may not be non-homeschooling third parties, such as representatives of commercial ventures, curriculum vendors, or administrators of non-profit groups.

    For more information, visit LEAF Home Learners Network website.

    To Subscribe, visit LEAF-Network.

    LearningWithFamily - Welcome Homeschoolers - particularly in the NY Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), but all Homeschooling families and people very involved in their children's lives and learning are welcome!

    To Subscribe, visit

    New England Buddhist Homeschool Group (NEBuddhistHomeschool) - We are such a minority -- us Buddhist Homeschool Families. Perhaps through this forum we can share our experiences in trying to incorporate Buddhism into our lives and homeschooling endevors.

    This is a support group for Buddhist homeschoolers in the New England region -- Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. Here we can talk about how we home-school with Buddhist ethics in mind. How do we live the 4 Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path in our culture?

    When we are large enough, we will hold monthly or even weekly meetings, field trips, meditation circles and other neat homeschooling things. Eventually, we will also plan a yearly retreat for Buddhists and home school families in the New England region.

    Feel free to join us if you have been a Buddhist home school family for years or are merely interested in it. If you are a homeschooler interested in Buddhism, or a Buddhist interested in homeschooling, you are welcome here.

    To Subscribe, visit New England Buddhist Homeschool Group.

    New England Jewish Homeschoolers (nejhs) - This list is for Jewish homeschoolers in the New England area. That includes CT, NH, VT, ME, RI, MA.

    We welcome people who are interested in participating (and helping to organize) some of the activities we are planning. On this list, we are privileged to have Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews, Reform Jews, Reconstructionist Jews, secular Jews. We DON'T have so-called Messianic Jews (Jews for Jesus).

    There is no proselytizing allowed on this list. This list is NOT for discussing religious politics or "how" to be a Jew. It's primary goal is to make friends and organize gatherings. Note: NonJews married to Jews and raising their children as Jews or with Jewish traditions are also welcome.

    Note: NonJews married to Jews and raising their children as Jews or with Jewish traditions are also welcome.

    To Subscribe, visit New England Jewish Homeschoolers.

    New England Muslim Educators Network (nemen) - A private email list for Muslim teachers and administrators in public and private schools, Islamic schools and Muslim homeschools, day care, preschools, weekend schools and after/summer schooling.

    Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont


    • To aid Islamic schools, Muslim teachers and Muslim homeschoolers in their educational endeavors.
    • To promote networking, and community building through the NEMEN email list and NEMEN/Islamic school/Muslim homeschool activites.
    • To create and maintain an on going supportive and proactive environment for all our educators for the very best of ourselves and our children.

    Islamic schools are encouraged to post and promote their carnivals, fairs, teacher workshops, professional development etc. Please also post these events on the calendar.

    Muslim homeschoolers are encouraged to post and promote their activites, shared educational endeavors, field trips, etc. Please also post these events on the calendar.

    Everyone on the NEMEN list is encouraged to contribute and post information on various workshops, professional development, conventions, conferences, forums, etc. within the NEMEN area.

    Started in March 2001, this group has migrated here from another email list site.

    To Subscribe, visit New England Muslim Educators Network.

    New England Unschooling (NewEnglandUnschooling) - A networking group for unschoolers in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

    Any discussion or ideas presented on this list should be from an unschooling or radical unschooling point of view.

    To subscribe, visit New England Unschooling.

    Perpetualrecess (Perpetual Recess) - A homeschooling group along the mid-Connecticut Coastline. This group will post informal activities and gatherings. Structure is not the focus of these gatherings.

    To Subscribe, visit

    Ponderinghomeschooling (Pondering Homeschooling in Connecticut) - This group is for parents who would like to ask questions about homeschooling in Connecticut and hear about support group and park date meetings.

    This is a public group and is unmoderated. Please keep all posts polite. This forum is for homeschooling discussions.

    For more information, visit

    To Subscribe, visit

    RiverValleyHomeschooling (River Valley Homeschooling - CT ) - Welcome to River Valley Homeschooling. We are a CHN affiliated group of families who have made the dedicated decision to homeschool our young children. Our member support is offered to all homeschooling families in Connecticut with children of pre-school ages (2-6yrs). Younger and older siblings are welcome to participate. Our primary functions are locally held in areas as New Haven, Derby, Shelton, Seymour, Ansonia and others nearby the Housatonic River and lower Naugatuck Valley areas.

    Our mission is to provide a family-oriented support group to families who have chosen to homeschool their pre-school aged children. Our intention is to concentrate on preparing to and/or homeschooling these early learners. We are a secular group and invite families of all backgrounds and religions to join us. We encourage our families to get involved with each other to further enhance their personal homeschooling styles and to promote friendships for children and parents.

    To Subscribe, visit

    SleepingGiantHomeSchooling (Sleeping Giant Home Schooling) - This is the free email reflector for the Sleeping Giant Home Schooling Association which offers friendship, support and ideas for Christian home schoolers in Cheshire, Hamden, and surrounding Connecticut towns. The purpose of this list is to discuss with your Sleeping Giant Home Schooling neighbors any topic related to home schooling which includes general questions, comments, suggestions, teaching ideas, curriculums, special classes, field trips, play groups, new ideas, meeting notices, problems with local school systems, legislative alerts, and the like. In general, the reflector is an open "party-line" for any home schooling topic to be discussed between meetings.

    For more information, visit

    To Subscribe, visit

    SOSinformation (S.O.S. Email Loop) - SOS (Secular in the Ocean State) is a network of homeschoolers in Rhode Island and nearby MA and CT. We offer homeschooling support regardless of religion, race, politics, or homeschooling method. We are secular, meaning not religiously or politically affiliated.

    SOS is a member-directed network. Ideas for activities, classes, learning co-ops, field trips and other events may be offered by any member at any time. Any member may take charge of coordinating an event, outing or field trip. Offer learning opportunities and other ideas according to your family's interests; attend or plan whichever events work within your family's schedule.

    Please check the info-loop calendar before planning or posting.

    For more information about homeschooling and SOS, check out our website at

    To Subscribe, visit

    Tri-stateAAHomeschoolers - This group is for homeschoolers of African-American decent in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. We will offer support, information, exchange of ideas and in person get-togethers. All African-American homeschoolers are welcome regardless of teaching and/or learning styles.

    To Subscribe, visit

    valleycentralhomeschool (Valley Central Homeschoolers) - A large and diverse group of families, who wish to come together for ideas and inspiration. This group is available to those who live and homeschool in the state of Connecticut.We are a Connecticut Homeschool Network affiliated group.

    To Subscribe, visit

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Homeschool Your Child For Free
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The Complete Home Learning Source Book
The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology

by Rebecca Rupp
This ambitious reference guide lives up to its name. Practically three inches thick--and we're not talking large print here--it's packed with titles, ordering information, and Web site addresses. From where to send away for a kit to make your own Chilean rain stick to how to order a set of Elizabethan costume paper dolls, the book connects families to a world of learning possibilities. Book titles, short synopses, authors' names, publishers, and years of print make up the bulk of the guide.

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
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by Linda Dobson
This book is so down to earth that it will put anyone at ease, and the advice she and the many other homeschoolers give is so practical.

The Unschooling Handbook
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by Mary Griffith
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Deschooling Gently
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Deschooling Gently will help you whether you are new to homeschooling, or if you are experienced, but are in need of new approaches. Discover the best way to educate your children at home, not through rote process, but by learning how to find the answer within yourself.

Dumbing Us Down
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by John Taylor Gatto
In this tenth-anniversary edition, Gatto updates his theories on how the U.S. educational system cranks out students the way Detroit cranks out Buicks. He contends that students are more programmed to conform to economic and social norms rather than really taught to think.

Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
by Mary Pride
One of America’s leading homeschool experts provides families with everything they could possibly need to know to start schooling at home in this 600–page volume. Families who are just getting started in homeschooling as well as experienced homeschool families who need more information will find answers to all their questions in this one–of–a–kind resource.

Real Life Homeschooling
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This book offers a personal and close-to-home perspective on how homeschooling works and how to get started, with tips from families to make the journey easier.

The Well-Trained Mind
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by Susan Wise Bauer
An excellent resource for any family with a desire to incorporate a classical education in their home.

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
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by Dorothy Moore
If you are thinking about homeschooling, or are struggling with a educational homeschooling curriculum that is difficult to use, let Dr. Ray and Dorothy Moore show you how to make homeschooling an easy-to-live-with family adventure in learning. This low-stress, low-cost program shows you how to build a curriculum around your child's needs and interests - and around a realistic family schedule.

Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series
by Charlotte Mason
This series contains the original six volumes of Charlotte Mason's book, a rich resource for educators - both teachers in schools and teachers in home-schools.

A Charlotte Mason Companion
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by Karen Andreola
This is a beautifully written and thorough introduction to the Charlotte Mason philosophy. What makes Karen Andreola's book so magnificent is that she not only tells you what to do and how to do it, she tells you WHY!!!

The Way They Learn
by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
'The Way They Learn' is an excellent book on the learning styles of all children AND adults. It is written so that parents can understand it and begin to identify and search out the strengths of both their children and themselves.

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