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    Illinois Email Lists, Support Groups, Message Boards, Forums and Newsletters (H - K)

    homeschool_dads (Homeschool Dads in Central Illinois) - This group will serve as a meeting place and information exchange for Central Illinois area homeschool Dads. Fathers who are considering homeschooling their children are welcome as well. Here, Fathers can discuss homeschool issues, ask questions, exchange ideas about curriculum, share activities and schedule get togethers.

    To Subscribe, visit homeschool_dads.

    homeschool-Illinois - This list is for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Illinois. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome. But please do not post any affiliated links or advertisements.

    This is group is open-minded and OT posts are welcome as long as they are not too far off beat.

    FLAMING AND SPAMMING are not allowed! If there is something specific you would like to post, or if you are having any problems, please email the owner and I will help you any way I can.

    To Subscribe, visit homeschool-Illinois.

    homeschoolillinois (Homeschool Illinois) - This is a group for IL Homeschoolers. We respect all people and are a diverse group. No flaming or bashing is allowed. and NO SPAM. All new members are moderated and spam is removed, and senders are banned..

    Please respect each other and share your knowledge with other IL Parents committed to providing their children with an outstanding education at home.

    Please - No forwards, no virus warnings, no crime warnings, no Internet petitions, jokes, inspirational pieces, etc., nothing religious or political, etc. If in doubt about suitability, please send it to the list owner OFF LIST first. If you disagree with something that is posted here, use your delete key and take a deep breath. If you need to object to something, please don't flame. If in doubt, contact list owner OFFLIST first.

    To Subscribe, visit homeschoolillinois.

    HSSpringfieldIL (Springfield IL Homeschool Loop) - Springfield Illinois Homeschool Group: This is a loop to post all the events, activities, discounts, and other things of interest to homeschoolers in the central Illinois area, specifically focused around the Springfield area. While this group is linked with the SAHA (Springfield Area Homeschool Association), anyone with a topic of interest to homeschoolers in the area may post here.

    Anyone is welcome to join, but:

    • Due to recent abuse by a new member, all members are required to give a certain amount of detail in their "sign me up" email. If you do not give enough detail for us to determine you are a real person (not a spammer), we will send you an email asking for more information. This isn't personal; we just don't like getting 40+ spam mail each day. Thanks for understanding.
    • No flaming, spamming, selling (without prior approval), affiliate links, or rudeness.
    • All Springfield area homeschoolers are welcome regardless of race, creed, gender, etc., but I will not repress posts that are particular to one religion or another just because they make some members uncomfortable. Your computer has a delete button. Please make cheerful use of it. :)
    • Absolutely nothing of an adult nature is to be posted here (not sure what this means, please ask).
    • All members, including moderators, are entitled to their opinions and you are entitled to your delete key.

    To Subscribe, visit HSSpringfieldIL.

    ICHE Discussion Board - Illinois Christian Home Educators Discussion Board. For more information, visit ICHE - Illinois Christian Home Educators

    Visit ICHE Discussion Board.

    ILHomeschoolFreedomWatch (Illinois Homeschool Freedom Watch) - This list exists to network ALL homeschoolers interested in Illinois homeschool laws, homeschooling legal issues, court cases involving homeschoolers and homeschooling legislative issues in Illinois, regardless of any group affiliation.

    All homeschoolers are welcome to join, regardless of homeschooling educational philosophy or religious affiliation. Members are encouraged to share experiences, wisdom and questions about legally homeschooling in Illinois.

    While there are bound to be disagreements, it is important that we maintain civility in our discussions. Although we may have our differences, we need to remain united in our desire to keep our homeschooling freedoms in Illinois.

    To Subscribe, visit ILHomeschoolFreedomWatch.

    ILHomeschools - This list is for Christian Families who plan to or are currently homeschooling in the state of Illinois. This list was created on February 13, 1999. Everyone is welcome.

    To Subscribe, visit ILHomeschools.

    ILHOUSE_Contact_Group - This discussion group is intended to provide an open avenue for ongoing communication between chapter contact members of Illinois H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience) It is subscription only and unmoderated, but monitored for relevance. It is NOT intended for time-sensitive subject matter, such as legal issues or news items. Please confine your topics to the appropriate discussions.

    For more information on Illinois H.O.U.S.E., or a chapter near you, please visit Illinois H.O.U.S.E..

    To Subscribe, visit ILHOUSE_Contact_Group.

    ILHSannounce - This list is for all Illinois homeschoolers, or those who are interested in homeschooling in Illinois. This is to be an inclusive list, so while you may certainly identify your religious interests as it affects your home education program, we will not encourage comparative religion discussions.

    This list is intended for announcements of area activities, field trips, speakers, group meetings, and legal information discussions. Legislation information, whether local, State, or Federal, is requested although this list is not a source of legal advice. However, discussion of alerts from various sources is always encouraged.

    Very limited personal homeschool materials offers, or services, will be allowed. ANYONE who wishes to offer services, or advertise, to the members of the list MUST first contact the list owners and ask permission. References are required and will be checked. Listmembers are urged to obtain references and check out any offers or services they are interested in. No offers or services can be considered to be 'approved' by anyone here.

    For more information, visit ALL the Illinois Homeschooling Laws from Pocorn & Peanuts.

    To Subscribe, visit ILHSannounce.

    ILHSGifted (IL HS Gifted) - A all inclusive communication loop and supportive network for Illinois families who are homeschooling their highly, exceptionally, or profoundly gifted children. It is usually difficult to talk openly to friends even other homeschoolers about your child's’ asynchronous development, passions and individualized needs. This group is a forum for people to give and receive ideas, information, and support regarding teaching methods and parenting issues. It can also be a place where homeschoolers connect/meet other parents of gifted children in their specific area in illinois.

    To Subscribe, visit ILHSGifted.

    ILL-homeschool (homeschooling Illinois Law and Legislation) - Open, secular list for home-educating Illinois parents, who discuss information and interpretations of homeschool legal and legislative issues, and how to contact district officials when problems arise. We will use our file space to collect links to pertinent legal information.

    This list is NOT commercial, and initial introductory messages will be approved by a moderator in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of spam.

    Although there is likely to be vehement discussion, moderators will not allow name-calling, insults, threats, and other uncivil forms of behavior.

    To Subscribe, visit ILL-homeschool.

    Illinois_HOUSE_Party - This is a list for all members of Illinois H.O.U.S.E. (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience). It is hoped that this list will be used to talk about inclusive homeschooling in Illinois in all of its many forms and the joys that go along with it.

    This list requires the use of a key phrase to join. Your group's State Contact Person will have this key phrase, which is updated periodically. When requesting to join, please be sure to use the key phrase in the comments section provided. Thank you.

    If you are not a member of Illinois H.O.U.S.E. please visit us at Illinois H.O.U.S.E.!

    To Subscribe, visit Illinois_HOUSE_Party.

    illinoisTAG - Welcome! This is a meeting place for Illinois home schoolers who also subscribe to the TAGMAX email list. We hope to use this forum to plan outings, share local resources and basically get to know each other better.

    My intentions are for this group to simply be an extension of our TAGMAX group where we can meet and discuss our GT children at a local level w/out "cluttering up" TAGMAX with information that will only pertain to us.

    To Subscribe, visit illinoisTAG.

    jcche (Jasper County Christian Home Educators) - This is a group for Christian Homeschoolers in Jasper County Illinois. Please feel free to discuss anything regarding homeschooling and legal issues that may confront us.

    To Subscribe, visit jcche.

    kaliedoscopes (Kaliedoscopes- Co-op) - We are a homeschool co-op group in Decatur Illinois.

    To Subscribe, visit kaliedoscopes.

    KaneCountyHOUSE (Kane County HOUSE) - This will be the list for all members of Kane County HOUSE to discuss homeschooling matters and group business.

    Please keep all posts respectful, and keep in mind the bylaws of Kane County HOUSE and Illinois HOUSE in determining appropriateness of content.

    Please do not forward virus warnings, heartfelt pleas for action or funds, or lists of jokes. Do not use this group to market your own products. Please respect the privacy of the members and do not forward their posts on to people who are not part of this group.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact the list owner.

    To Subscribe, visit KaneCountyHOUSE.

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L Is For Lincoln
An Illinois Alphabet
by Kathy-Jo Wargin
The home of one of America's most revered Presidents is also home to American icons such as the Ferris wheel, Montgomery Ward stores, and John Deere tractors. Teachers, students and parents will enjoy the clever poems, rich illustrations and revealing text of L is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet.

Dumbing Us Down
The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

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.

You Can Teach Your Child Successfully
Grades 4-8

by Ruth Beechick
This classic gives nitty-gritty help for each subject in each grade. Become an informed, confident teacher, free from rigid textbooks.

Illinois (Hello USA series)
by Kathy P. Anderson
An introduction to the land, history, people, economy, and environment of Illinois.

In Lincoln’s Footsteps
A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky

by Don Davenport
The book features more than 25 sites, including a fascinating summary of historical events that took place at each site and a detailed description of the site as it is today. This is the ultimate guide for travelers seeking a greater appreciation for the lands of Lincoln.

Lake Michigan Backroads
Your Guide to Wild and Scenic Adventures in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana

by Robert W. Domm
Here are 19 backroads drives around Lake Michigan, showing you the grand lake as never before in this richly illustrated exploration of the Great Lake’s history, culture, ecology, and natural beauty. The big blue inland sea--the only Great Lake entirely within U.S. borders--appears here in all its natural diversity.

Homeschooling The Early Years
Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child

by Linda Dobson
Here's a guide that comes direct from the experts: a mother of two homeschooled, now-grown children and 83 homeschooling families she surveyed..

Biking Illinois
Trails Book Guide

by David Johnsen
From Chicago’s magnificent lakefront to the mountain trails of the Shawnee National Forest, no state has more varied terrain for the cyclist than Illinois. Large, full-detail maps guide you confidently on city streets or prairie back roads, and concise, entertaining trail descriptions make your bicycle adventure come alive.

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.

Honey For a Child’s Heart
by Gladys Hunt
Honey for a Child’s Heart discusses everything from the ways reading affects both children’s view of the world and their imagination to how to choose good books. Hunt’s tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural and spiritual life of any home.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
by Siegfried Engelmann et al
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons is a complete, step-by-step program that shows patents simply and clearly how to teach their children to read. This book will bring you and your child closer together, while giving your child the reading skills needed now, for a better chance at tomorrow.

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