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    AdamsMAHomeschoolers (Adams Berkshire MA Homeschool Group) - This group is for homeschool families in and around Berkshire County Massachusetts and nearby counties to Berkshire County. The field trips and educational activities are open to all families who are members of this group. Participation is optional, but it is requested that a minimum of one activity be scheduled by each member per year.

    To Subscribe, visit Adams MA Homeschoolers.

    AtholOrangeHomeschooling - Welcome !This list is for Homeschoolers from Athol and Orange Massachusetts. Also,Warwick , Erving , Gill, Royalston , New Salem, , Wendell , Petersham , Phillipston,Winchendon, Gardner and Templeton are also welcome ! If you see yourself as a homeschooler, unschooler, eclectic, part of the homeschool community - your are welcome on this list ! In what way you view yourself as a homeschooler is your definition within reason.

    Please, when you join, just give us a short introduction telling us a little about homeschooling family . Thanks ! We are glad you found us ! Also, - This is an open list that includes all homeschooling styles, religious backgrounds and because homeschooling is done through life experiences,education, events AND open discussion of most topics are fine as long as they do not cause volatile debate. This list is for homeschooling *parents*. Come and join, and email the list owner ( bottom of list home page) if any troubles getting onto the list.

    To Subscribe, visit Athol Orange Homeschooling.

    AttleboroAreaHomeschoolers (Attleboro Area Homeschoolers) - Welcome to Attleboro Area Homeschoolers. We are a group of families that welcomes all homeschoolers in many communities in southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island.

    The main purpose of the Attleboro Area Homeschoolers is to give homeschooling families in our area the support necessary to begin the homeschooling experience.

    Please no spam! Those who subscribe solely to post unsolicited advertisements will be immediately removed from the list. If you wish to request a post about your product or service, please contact a moderator for screening.

    For questions or more information about Attleboro Area Homeschoolers, please feel free to email Tracy at

    To Subscribe, visit Attleboro Area Homeschoolers.

    BerkleyAreaHSers - We are an informal group of homeschoolers living in Berkley, Dighton, Taunton, Somerset,(Massachusetts) and surrounding areas.

    While we don't have organized monthly meetings we do set up field trips, classes, play dates, and informal times to get together and compare notes!

    We don't promote a particular style or philosophy of schooling and want to maintain a group that is inclusive, encouraging, uplifting, and nurturing to every group member.

    To Subscribe, visit Berkley Area HSers.

    BerkshireAreaChristianHomeschoolers (Berkshire Area Christian Homeschoolers ) - Welcome! This is a Christian Homeschool Group for homeschooling mothers living in (or relocating to): Western Massachusetts, Southern Vermont, Eastern Upstate New York or Southern New Hampshire.

    Our desire for this group is that it be a loving, Christian environment to share prayer requests, concerns, curriculum questions, local or regional events, everyday chatter, recipes, housekeeping tips... you name it!

    We hope that this site will be a support and blessing to each member!

    P.S. This group is not intended to replace any existing yahoo group, but to enhance the support and fellowship of area homeschooling moms.

    P.P.S. All are welcome to join regardless of their beliefs, but keep in mind that we are free to express our Christian faith here, while being tolerant and understanding of others. No flaming or heated theological debates, please. Thank you.

    To Subscribe, visit BerkshireAreaChristianHomeschoolers.

    BerkshireHomeschoolers (Berkshire County Homeschoolers) - This group as a way to connect with other homeschooling moms in Berkshire COunty Massachusetts or nearby in other towns in Berkshire County who have chosen to homeschool their children.If you are a homeschooler in Pittsfield,Lee,Lenox,Lanesborough,Adams, North Adams, Williamstown,Dalton and any other Berkshire County town join us!We are a small group but will hopefully grow into a great support network.

    To Subscribe, visit Berkshire Homeschoolers.

    BostonAreaWhole-LifeUnschoolers (Boston Area Whole-Life Unschoolers) - This is currently an announcements-only list.

    Just as unschooling allows us to uncover our unconscious beliefs about education, 'whole-life unschooling' prompts examination of another set of pre-conceptions about childrearing.

    This monthly meeting is for parents who seek respectful (non-authoritative) relationships with their children, throughout all aspects of daily life. Letting go of parental control is an ongoing transitional process that takes time. Too often we have trouble envisioning solutions and resort to coercion out of desperation. Therefore, we are coming together to support each other in finding peaceful alternatives - ways to live in cooperation, focused on consensus as the ideal.

    ****We are not currently holding meetings, however there are Unschooling Tea/Coffee Morning Socials being held two Saturdays a month at 9:30am in Framingham MA - dates will be posted to the group.****

    To Subscribe, visit Boston Area Whole-Life Unschoolers.

    BWHL (Boston(West)HomeLearners) - We are a group of families in the Boston Area (mainly Roslindale, Hyde Park & West Roxbury) that home educate our children. We get together on a regular basis in order to share and explore ideas, as well as to play! We plan group outings, schedule group classes in the area and generally enjoy each other and our time together.

    To Subscribe, visit Boston(West) Home Learners.

    BRAHS (Bridgewater Raynham Area Homeschool Support Group) - From the beginning, our vision for this group has been to establish a consistent peer group for our children. In keeping with this vision and the goals for BRAHS, all members are expected to read and commit to our mission statement and goals.

    Mission Statement:
    Bridgewater Raynham Area Homeschool Support Group (BRAHS) is a group of families in the Bridgewater Raynham (Massachusetts) Area who have an interest in home-based learning in common. As a group, we do not endorse any one resource, method or philosophy over another, but strive to provide a morally wholesome environment for the character development of our children. We welcome all families into our group who have similar goals and concerns.


    • to encourage and provide resources to those exploring the idea of home schooling
    • to encourage friendships with other home schooled children
    • to support and be supported by meeting the needs of members
    • to participate in community/charitable services

    The BRAHS group meets on Friday afternoons in Brockton. In order to form a cohesive peer group, members are expected to participate in Friday activities on a regular basis and/or attend monthly parent meetings. Members are also expected to volunteer their time and/or resources periodically throughout the year. The BRAHS group exists for the purpose of meeting together to build and strengthen relationships. For this reason, those who do not participate will not be allowed to join/remain on the Yahoo site.

    To Subscribe, visit Bridgewater Raynham Area Homeschool Support Group.

    CapeCodHomeschoolers (Cape Cod Homeschoolers) - We are a support group open to all homeschoolers from Cape Cod, Plymouth, and Wareham, Massachusetts. Cape Cod Homeschoolers is a cooperative of homeschooling families that organizes classes, clubs, field trips and other activities. We have no religious or political affiliations.

    This message board is intended to be a place to chat about any and all homeschooling issues. Members may post homeschool materials they might like to sell as well but please, no other "advertisements", commonly known as SPAM! Please choose your subject line to reflect the topic of your post and please avoid copying back another's post as it jams the Yahoo archive space unnecessarily. Thanks!

    To Subscribe, visit Cape Cod Homeschoolers.

    chelmsfordhomeschoolers (Chelmsford Homeschoolers) - Membership is only open to anyone who is homeschooling or contemplating homeschooling in Chelmsford. i.e. it is not otherwise open to the School committee nor staff of the superintendent's office. This is for the purpose of allowing open and frank discussion amongst the home educators.

    When you register to join this group, please explain who you are so that you can be approved.

    For more information, visit Homeschooling in Chelmsford.

    To Subscribe, visit Chelmsford Homeschoolers.

    coastalfreelearners (Coastal Free Learners) - We are a Home Schooling support network along the southeastern coast of Massachusetts. We want to make the home schooling journey joyful, interesting and enriching for our children.

    Membership is free and open to families of all backgrounds and philosophies who seek opportunities for positive socialization within a diverse, inclusive community.

    As a group, we endorse no political, religious, philosophical or pedagogical orientation over another. Simply put, we come together from vastly different backgrounds, and feel this is our strength. Our mission is to facilitate support and fellowship among local homeschoolers as we share information, resources and encouragement with one another.

    Foremost, we seek to create a positive social environment in which our children can play, learn, establish lasting relationships, and develop a true sense of community-belonging. All members are encouraged to organize and participate in group activities as their personal interests and energies allow. Parents are required to monitor the behavior of their children during group events and provide guidance and direction as needed to ensure safety, kindness, and respectful consideration of others.

    For more information, visit Coastal Free Learners.

    To Subscribe, visit Coastal Free Learners.

    Eagles Wings Co-op - We are a co-operative of Christian homeschool families, in South Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island creating academic and enrichment classes for our own children by pooling our teaching strengths and abilities. As an extension of our families’ homeschools, we help one another meet our educational goals in a wholesome environment that fosters godly character and encourages both children and parents to excellence.

    For more information, visit Eagles Wings Co-ops.

    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.

    FERNetwork (Family Educators Resource Network FERN) - FERN is an informal networking group for home educators in the areas of Columbia, Rensselaer, and Albany counties in New York and in Berkshire county in Massachusetts. FERN operates as a computer-based "newsletter" for activities, resources, and information to support homeschooling families and those interested in home education.

    To Subscribe, visit Family Educators Resource Network FERN.

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