Local & State Groups
Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in Minnesota.
Resources
Not Back to School Camp

Not Back to School Camp is a non-denominational, non-religious homeschool camp. The camp offers workshops, spontaneous events, and special evening gatherings, bringing together campers who are excited about life and willing to be themselves and to reach out and connect with the others. 

Local & State Support Groups
Greater Grand Forks Home School Association (GGFHSA)
Greater Grand Forks Home School Association is a Christian support group comprised of over 60 families all acting together to provide growth opportunities for our children as well as encourage each other. The families live in the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks area and from the many rural areas surrounding these cities. This is an active group offering many opportunties for parents and children. They publish a monthly newsletter, offer field trips and yearly spelling and geography bees.
Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance (MHA)
The Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance is a non profit organization that encourages and enables homeschooling families through education, networking opportunities, activities, and guidance on homeschooling issues. They also raise community awareness and provide information about the legal option of home education.
Home Educators and Youth (HEY)
HEY is a support group for home-educating parents and their children in northeastern Minnesota (the Arrowhead Region). They provide support and information for parents who are educating their children at home, provide children with an opportunity to meet and learn with other homeschooled children, and provide a place for people considering homeschooling to obtain information.
Willmar Area Scholars at Home (WASH)
Willmar Area Scholars at Home, Inc. is an organization whose purpose is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by providing support for homeschooling families in the greater Willmar, MN area. They facilitate and encourage excellence in Christian education and promote homeschooling by sharing resources, experience, and planning group events.
Resources and Encouragement for Area Christian Homeschoolers (REACH)
REACH is a Christian homeschool support group serving families in the Fargo/Moorhead area (North Dakota and Minnesota).
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)
The Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators was formed in 1983 to encourage Christian families in the home education of their children. MACHE (pronounced "Mah-shay'") is a statewide, facilitating organization for all parents who have chosen to homeschool.
FM Secular Homeschoolers
This is a secular homeschool support group for the families of the Fargo/Moorhead areas. The group is intended to offer a forum for sharing ideas and meeting new people.
Rochester Homeschoolers
Rochester Homeschoolers is a homeschool support group formed to bring families of Rochester Minnesota and the surrounding communities together regularly to make friends, to learn, and to play. This inclusive group offers group activities, field trips, and more.
Fellowship of Christian Home Educators (FoCHE)
The Fellowship of Christian Home Educators (FoCHE) organization serves families who homeschool their children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. This is a Christian group that provides social outlets for the parents and children, provides a variety of educational experiences for the children, and provides encouragement to its members. They offer parent-taught classes, field trips, craft times, gym and free play. They meet in Shakopee, MN, on Friday mornings.
Charlotte Mason Twin Cities
Charlotte Mason Twin Cities is a support group for parents that would like to learn more about Charlotte Mason's philosophy. This support group will focus on how to apply the philosophy's of Miss Mason's time to our homeschools today. In addition to discussion on the e-loop, this group will meet monthly at a rotating location of a hosting bookstore throughout the Twin Cities.
Local & State Online Groups
Minnesotahomeschool
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in Minnesota, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
FM Secular Homeschoolers
This is a secular homeschool support group for the families of the Fargo/Moorhead areas. The group is intended to offer a forum for sharing ideas and meeting new people.
Kinnickinnic Valley Home Educators
Kinnickinnic Valley Home Educators is a general homeschool support group composed of home educators from Pierce County and St. Croix County of Western Wisconsin, and neighboring Dakota County and Washington County of Minnesota. They meet on a regular basis, throughout the year, in centrally located River Falls, Wisconsin.
Unschooling MN
This list is a place for Minnesota unschoolers to get together and discuss unschooling ideas.
Minnesota Home Schoolers (mnhomeschool)
MNHS is an open forum for the discussion of issues related to home schooling/unschooling in Minnesota. Offers topics such as support group activities, legal and legislative issues, homeschooling ideas and support, and more.
Home-Schooling the Only Child
Homeschooling an only child can be quite challenging at times. This group is open to anyone for support, enrouragement and ideas for those who choose the home-schooling road for you and your child. Although they are based in NC, anyone can join for support. They have a database that you can access to see who is in your state to get together with.
Rochester Homeschoolers
Rochester Homeschoolers is a homeschool support group formed to bring families of Rochester Minnesota and the surrounding communities together regularly to make friends, to learn, and to play. This inclusive group offers group activities, field trips, and more.
Fellowship of Christian Home Educators (FoCHE)
The Fellowship of Christian Home Educators (FoCHE) organization serves families who homeschool their children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. This is a Christian group that provides social outlets for the parents and children, provides a variety of educational experiences for the children, and provides encouragement to its members. They offer parent-taught classes, field trips, craft times, gym and free play. They meet in Shakopee, MN, on Friday mornings.
Early Childhood Homeschooling Opportunities in Minnesota (ECHO-MN)
Email group for Early Childhood Homeschooling Opportunities in Minnesota (ECHO-MN), an inclusive homeschool organization designed for families with young children who wish to learn more about homeschooling as an alternative form of education.
Charlotte Mason Twin Cities
Charlotte Mason Twin Cities is a support group for parents that would like to learn more about Charlotte Mason's philosophy. This support group will focus on how to apply the philosophy's of Miss Mason's time to our homeschools today. In addition to discussion on the e-loop, this group will meet monthly at a rotating location of a hosting bookstore throughout the Twin Cities.
National Forums
Special Needs Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A message board for parents who are homeschooling special needs children.
Unschooling.Info Forum
This message board is designed for unschooling parents to connect, ask questions, share information and ideas, and get support.
Homeschool Christian Working Homeschooling Parent Message Board
Whether you work part-time or full-time, this board is to support you! It's not easy being a breadwinner and a homeschooling parent. You can find the encouragement you need right here.
Homeschooling Humor Forum at vegsource.com
Got a funny story to share? Need a good chuckle? You'll find it here as homeschooling moms and dads share the joys and humor of homeschooling.
Black Homeschoolers' Network
Black Homeschoolers' Network is intended to facilitate a network among African American homeschoolers across the country. Here you will also find a message board for general communication as well as an email pal listing for homeschooled kids.
Single Parent Homeschoolers Forum at vegsource.com
This is a message forum at vegsource.com especially for single parents who are home educating their children.
Military Homeschoolers Forum at vegsource.com
Connect with other military homeschooling families at this vegsource.com message board.
Community Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
This is a general message forum at vegsource.com designed to discuss all general homeschooling topics.
Work at Home Moms (WAHM) Homeschool Forum
The WAHM message boards provide a forum where you can make announcements, promote your home business, find business services, and much more. The WAHM forum is also a great social network for work at home moms. Share your WAHM stories, find help, support and advice, and meet other WAHMs across the USA and around the world.
Unschooling Forum at vegsource.com
Unschoolers meet to talk and share ideas at this vegsource.com message board.
National Online Groups
Living Math Forum
This is an on-topic list dedicated to the discussion of "living math" - mathematics education using living books and materials, as opposed to traditional curricula as the primary learning tool. Discussion applies to mathematics learning from birth to adult self education, with the understanding that arithmetic is only one feature of mathematics as a whole. Math history topics will apply as well. Educators using Charlotte Mason, Thomas Jefferson Ed (relaxed classical), Montessori, Waldorf and unschooling methods may benefit from the exchange of ideas.
Homeschooling Boys
Boys... whether you have one, two, three or more---this is the spot to discuss their special needs. This is a group of mostly homeschool Moms who are devoted to their sons and are on a constant search for resources and wisdom for raising young men with character, integrity, preparing them for life.
Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association Email Group
Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association Email Group is a discussion group for pro-Black African and/or African Diasporan, Black homeschoolers, unschoolers, deschoolers, and home-based educators everywhere. It is also open to non-homeschoolers and non-Blacks who are trying to teach their children about Blacks. It was founded as a resource for Black homeschoolers, Blacks in Canada, the U.S., Caribbean, and elsewhere, including the African Canadian, African American, African Caribbean, Black European, African, and Black Canadian.
Magnum Opus
Raising a large, Catholic, homeschooling family is a great work (Magnum Opus) and a great deal of work! Hopefully this email discussion group will be a place for parents of four or more to help each other with the nitty-gritty details of raising and educating a large, Catholic family.
LDS Classical Education
A list for LDS homeschoolers seeking a classical education.
African American Unschoolers (AfAmUnschool) Email Group
African American Unschoolers email group is for African-American homeschoolers who use the whole world as their child(ren)'s classroom.
Always Unschooled
This is a list dedicated to achieving a deeper understanding of a Radical Unschooling lifestyle with young children. It is geared towards thoughtful discussion and exploration of what Radical Unschooling looks like in the early years, from toddlerhood to around age 8 or so. Experienced and new Unschoolers can discuss how they made the transition from peaceful parenting to Unschooling in daily practice, when that transition occurred and what benefits children gain by Unschooling from the beginning.
EclecticHS
This email list is an adjunct of the Eclectic Homeschool Online. Discusses information and resources helpful to eclectic homeschoolers.
Large Family Logistics
The purpose of Large Family Logistics is to help Christian homeschooling mothers with the daily tasks of home management.
Live Free Learn Free Email Group
This group is an announcement list for the print magazine Live Free Learn Free, a forum for unschoolers and relaxed homeschoolers in which to share ideas and experiences.
Angelicum Academy/Great Books Academy Book Swap and Chat
This group was started for homeschoolers using the curriculum of Angelicum Academy and its sister school Great Books Academy. This is a place to resell/swap school books and materials, and to discuss general homeschooling topics pertaining to the Angelicum/GBA curriculum.
Sonlight Unschoolers
This email group is for those who use Sonlight curricula but also like the unschooling approach (and other compatable methods). Working out how to mix the two, curricula exchange/sales, and connecting with other eclectic Christian unschoolers is the object.
TheHomeSchoolMom In The Kitchen
TheHomeSchoolMom In The Kitchen is an e-mail group designed to provide economical, balanced meal ideas that are quick and easy for busy moms. Provides dinner tips, recipes, and resources that help take "piranha hour" and turn it into calmer and more peaceful time.
Blind Alternative Parenting
This group is primarily for blind parents who are interested in alternative parenting styles and issues. This includes atachment parenting, family bed, baby-wearing, gentle disipline, loving guidance, breastfeeding, healthy eating and living, health prevention, nonviolence, nonspanking, unschooling or homeschooling, spirituality, and more.
Families of Color Utilizing Home Schooling (FOCUHS)
This list is for Christian families of color who've opted to home educate their children. They exist to offer support, fellowship and to share resources with other African American and bi-racial Christian homeschooling families.
African American Homeschooler
This is a Yahoo group email list for African American parent(s) who homeschool their children.
Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association (AHA) Yahoo Group
A discussion group for pro-Black African and/or African Diasporan, Black homeschoolers, unschoolers, deschoolers, home-based educators everywhere. It is also open to non-homeschoolers and non-Blacks who are trying to teach their children about Blacks.
Unschoolers Online Community
This is a companion list to the website UnSchoolers Online. It is a safe place to openly discuss anything related to unschooling and our children.
K12 Large Families
This group is for large families using the K-12 curriculum created by Dr. William Bennett. Both homeschooling families and Virtual School families are welcome. It is particularly intended for families with more than 3 children in K-12 as well as additional teens, toddlers and babies. Discussions include both the curriculum and the challenges of implementing it in a large family.
Catholic Homemaking and Homeschooling
This discussion group/email list is focused on the rich Catholic heritage and how to incorporate the Liturgical year into your daily life as a homeschooling family.
Basically Beechick
Ruth Beechick Style Homeschooling is an Eclectic approach which focuses on natural learning through Real Books and Real Life. Basically Beechick is a Christian homeschool support group to discuss the methods and ideas of Dr. Ruth Beechick. Other authors whose ideas mesh well with Beechick's are discussed as well. These authors include (but are not limited to) Susan C. Anthony, Rebecca Rupp, Jean Soyke, E.D. Hirsch, Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, Laura Berquist, Robin Scarlata, Jane Claire Lambert, Valerie Bendt, Clay and Sally Clarkson, Cindy Rushton, Mary Hood, Marilyn Howshall, and Charlotte Mason.
ABC Books by Ann
This group consists of two things: 1) a bi-weekly newsletter with articles about living books, book collecting, taking care of and organizing your home school library, using living books in your homeschool, notebooking, book and author reviews, and more; and 2.) a bi-weekly catalog of living books for sale on eBay, plus and some unit studies.
Tons of Kids
This mailing list is set up for parents of large families. Large for this list is defined as having five or more kids. They welcome everybody who has at least that many of any religion, or even no religion.
HomeSchooling Singletons
Homeschooling families with singletons have issues that are very unique. Join in to offer support and encouragement to other single child homeschooling families.
Unschooling.com Email List
This discussion list is the companion communications forum for the Unschooling.com website.
Homeschooling Your One And Only
This group is for parents who are currently (or are considering) homeschooling their only child.
Unschoolers' Circle
The Unschoolers' Circle is an inclusive list for anyone interested in home education with unschooling leanings.
Always Learning
Discussion for homeschooling fans of John Holt, whose books Learning All the Time, Never Too Late, and Teach your Own have made unschooling an option for thousands of families.
AHSA-USA Email List
This list is an opportunity for homeschoolers to contact homeschooling attorneys and experts about homeschooling legal and litigation issues. It is an informal network of attorneys and legal experts that are concerned with litigation pending and threatened against homeschoolers. Its primary purpose is to exchange legal information within the profession, and to educate and support attorneys and experts involved in homeschool litigation.
Big Families Recipes
A recipe group list with recipes that big families can enjoy. Discuss recipe successes and failures. Feel free to upload your own recipes or download others.
Mater Amabilis Teacher Training Forum
Mater Amabilis is a free online homeschool curriculum, which takes the methods of Charlotte Mason and applies them for the 21st century Catholic family. Offering a detailed and flexible syllabus for each age level, Mater Amabilis can be used as a complete curriculum or simply as a springboard for learning. This online teacher training forum provides support in implementing the methods of Charlotte Mason and tips for adapting these methods to today's family.
Radical Christian Unschoolers
Feeling like you must be the only radical unschooler in the Christian faith? Tired of hearing those who claim to be Christian unschoolers discuss curriculum or how to make their kids do chores? Tired of hearing secular unschoolers say that you couldn't possibly exist? Look no farther! On this list there will be no talk of curriculum, spanking, chore charts, coercive limitations, forced respect, or anything else that doesn't jive with radical unschooling. This list is for discussing radical unschooling by people who already "get it" and want to connect with other radically unschooling Christian families.
HEM-Unschooling
This list is for the broad-ranging discussion of unschooling. It is sponsored by Home Education Magazine.
Catholic Charlotte Mason
Online support group for Catholics interested in the Charlotte Mason method.
Living Book Reviews
Living Book Reviews offers reviews of books considered "living" books for children which are useful for acquiring a love of learning.
CharlotteMasonKindergarten
A group for Charlotte Mason Mom's using the curriculum outline suggested in Karen Andreola's summer of 93 Parent's Review titled, "A Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six", and also trying to complete the Kindergarten Skills list as described in Catherine Levison's book, A Literary Education.
CM4earlyyears
Email list designed to discuss the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling for children, ages birth through 6 years. While this list is not primarily religious in nature, there are often discussions of Christian topics.
Classical~Charlotte Mason Material Swap
The Classical Charlotte Mason Swap list is for home schooling families to exchange living books and curricula that are used with the classical (Trivium) method or the Charlotte Mason method. This list does not support one particular way of implementing classical education, but rather is open to methods and materials as recommended in the many books and websites on the subject. Curricula, books, manipulatives, videos, and audios may be posted.
Pregnant Again
Are you pregnant? Do you have a large family? Do people look at you like you're crazy? This is a list for all of you out there who are pregnant again for the third or more time. This is a supportive list wehre people believe that large families are wonderful.
Secret Society of Unschooling Dads (SSUD)
This group is for Unschooling Dads, Granddads, and Dads-to-be who have attended one of the past 3 Live and Learn Conferences OR who have spouses who attended one of these conferences. Other unschooling fathers (et al.) can also join the group through invitation. Our intention is to keep a running dialog and passion for unschooling our children between conferences.
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