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    IDEA-2 - The Relaxed, Eclectic Unschoolers (Iowans Dedicated to Educational Alternatives) - IDEA-The Relaxed, Eclectic Unschoolers (Iowans Dedicated to Educational Alternatives)

    This is a relaxed Unschool homeschool support group for families in Iowa and neighboring states.

    Anyone needing unschool or general homeschool information, support or information about complying with the Iowa Homeschool Laws is welcome.

    "IDEA" is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to providing information, support and encouragement to pursue life-long learning outside the school environment. This group recognizes that Learning is an internal process that thrives when people are free to explore life on their own terms, this philosophy is often called unschooling. Realizing that families come for support from various backgrounds and levels of homeschooling, IDEA has no official politicalor religious orientation and does not endorse any one resource.

    For more information, visit Relaxed, Eclectic Unschoolers.

    To Subscribe, visit IDEA-2.

    Iowa City Secular Homeschool Group (iowacitysecularhomeschoolgroup) - This secular homeschool association welcomes all Iowa City and surrounding area families who are interested in creating community with homeschooling families of all backgrounds and lifestyles.

    Members are encouraged to plan and participate in events that will provide non-religious educational and social opportunities for our children.

    All members who join this group must be aware that people of many different backgrounds participate in this group. Respect of these differences is important to the creation of a supportive community.

    In order to maintain a safe place to plan local events, we have established a privacy policy for the Iowa City Secular Homeschool listserv. The policy states that in order to join prospective members should:

    1. Live in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area or be moving here shortly.

    2. Attend at least one event so that we have met you personally or be referred by someone in the group who knows you personally.

    We hope you will understand that this policy has been put in place to protect the children in the group. We frequently discuss personal information including our children's names, ages and whereabouts on the list. Some of our members just aren't comfortable discussing this information on an open listserv.

    There are two ways for prospective participants to learn about group activities. We have a blog: Iowa City Secular Homeschool Group Blog and a public calendar -- Iowa City Secular Homeschool Group Calendar.

    To Subscribe, visit iowacitysecularhomeschoolgroup.

    Iowa City Homeschoolers (Iowa-City-Homeschoolers) - upport and information to get started and connect with other Iowa City area homeschoolers.

    To Subscribe, visit Iowa-City-Homeschoolers.

    Iowa Home Educators (Homeschooling in Iowa) - Welcome to the Ia Home Educators website! A website for the general homeschooler in Iowa.

    Here you will find general information on homeschooling in Iowa. An open and welcoming online Community Forum where everyone can share homeschool questions and experience. (Please note that registration is required to post. Registration is free and easy!). And listings of Iowa Homeschool support groups, activities and classes and much more!

    Visit Iowa Home Educators.

    Iowans Caring about Homeschooling Internet Support (ic-his) - This list is happy to have Christians of all denominations, and anyone wanting to learn more about homeschooling in IA.

    To Subscribe, visit ic-his.

    Midwest Christian Moms of Many (Midwest-CMOM) - I am a Christian mom who just move to Fort Wayne, IN on June 2 2006. For the previous 7 years our family lived in SE Iowa. We have 6 children ages 3-14 years old. Having a large family is a blessing. Yet in this day and age it is challenging. Any mom in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Northern Missouri with 4 or more children living at home is welcome here. We will discuss household organization, homeschooling ideas, frugal living tips, child training, Christian living, modesty, and general encouragement. I want this to be a list where friendships are made and encouragement and prayer for one another is priority.

    For more information, visit

    To Subscribe, visit Midwest-CMOM.

    Muscatine Area Home Educators (MuscatineAreaHomeEducators) - A group for Muscatine area home educators to discuss and plan.

    To Subscribe, visit MuscatineAreaHomeEducators.

    Nebraska Secular Home Educators (NESHE) - Our secular homeschooling families share the workload of making our group an awesome experience for everyone. We have regular field trips for all age ranges, regular "moms only" events, a very active online discussion board & much more! Our message forum includes a public discussion area for everyone, where discussions about the logistics of homeschooling in Nebraska as well as area homeschool resources are available for anyone to participate in. Our private NESHE forum hosts "members only" discussions focusing on secular (non-religious) homeschooling & families, event planning, & many other topics. This area is accessible once your application to join NESHE is approved. Please contact us with any questions or if you would like more information, we look forward to getting to know your family! ~Happy Homeschooling!

    Areas Served: Douglas County (NE), Sarpy County (NE), Pottawattamie County (IA), Omaha (NE), Bellevue (NE), Offutt Air Force Base (NE), Council Bluffs (IA) Elkhorn (NE), Plattsmouth (NE) and all surrounding rural and Metro of the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

    For more information, visit NESHE or email

    Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) - The official site of the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators - with information and resources for families homeschooling in Iowa

    NICHE has a variety of resources to assist home school support groups and those who are seeking support groups in Iowa.

    For more information, visit NICHE.

    Quad City Area Secular Homeschoolers (QCA_Secular_Homeschoolers) - QCA Secular Homeschoolers is primarily geared toward families who are homeschooling for reasons other than religion and who are looking for an alternative to religious homeschool groups.***

    Welcome to the email group created to facilitate networking, event planning, and friendships between Quad City area homeschooling families. Those of all faiths are encouraged to join and enjoy getting to know other local homeschoolers.

    Activity announcements, homeschooling related questions/stories/advice, event planning and supportive emails are all appropriate for the group. The QCA Secular Homeschoolers group is not limited to any one form/method of homeschooling.

    After an introduction all members should feel free to use the list to plan outings or invite other members to local events. This is a laid back group, not a structured club or society ***but religious topics should be avoided on list***

    Posts from new members are temporarily monitored to prevent spamming.

    To Subscribe, visit QCA_Secular_Homeschoolers.

    Sioux Falls Homeschool Group (SiouxFallsHomeschoolGroup) - Home Schoolers of the Sioux Falls Area, Sioux Empire, come chat with us about everything related to homeschooling. Meet other homeschoolers in your area, learn more about laws and activities in South Dakota and surrounding areas, and chat about everything else under the sun related to homeschoolers. This group is for everyone who homeschools in the Sioux Falls area but anyone across the state as well as those in Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska who could benifit from activities in this area. Also open to homeschoolers who don't live in the area but find our conversations riviting none the less.

    Everyone mind your manners, say your sorry if you blow it, uses kind words and no inappropriate language. I am not resposible, legally or otherewise for anything that happens here.

    To Subscribe, visit SiouxFallsHomeschoolGroup.

    Storm Lake Area Learning Adventures - Storm Lake Area Learning Adventures, Bringing Northwest Iowa Homeschool Families Together.

    SLALA is a non-profit, free to join, collaborative group of parents and children that does not emphasize any particular faith or political affiliation � all faiths, backgrounds and learning approaches are welcome to join. By exposing our children to a wide variety of families, they gain a broadened view of the place in which we live and develop skills necessary to interact with many different types of people. This is a vital skill for success in our world today.

    For more information, visit Storm Lake Area Learning Adventures.

    Wisconsin TAG Homeschooling Forum (wi-TAGhomeschooling) - This group was formed to support Wisconsin parents who are currently homeschooling their "talented and gifted" (TAG) children, or considering the option of gifted homeschooling. We also welcome parents from neighboring Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois who have interest in gifted homeschool options.

    This is a support group for parents who want to share the joys and challenges of homeschooling gifted children. No matter what homeschool approach you favor, this is a place where you can ask questions, seek advice, share resources, and connect with other gifted families who share similar situations.

    Because neither our state gifted organization nor our state homeschool organizations provide a forum for TAG homeschoolers, it is hoped that this group can function as the beginnings of a cohesive Wisconsin TAG homeschooling community, and also as a clearinghouse for information on local, state and regional TAG homeschooling events and resources.

    We are a very diverse group, and, as such, we encourage an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for the opinions and beliefs of all our members.

    To Subscribe, visit Wisconsin TAG Homeschooling Forum.

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The Unschooling Handbook
How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
by Mary Griffith
Unschooling, a homeschooling method based on the belief that kids learn best when allowed to pursue their natural curiosities and interests, is practiced by 10 to 15 percent of the estimated 1.5 million homeschoolers in the United States.

The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start
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 Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12

by Linda Dobson
"This book is much more than a well-organized list of creative things to do on a rainy day! It's a complete resource - the kind of information you'd find in the best 'how-to' homeschool manual." - Jane Boswell, Home Educator's Family Times.

Homeschooling: The Teen Years
Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old
by Cafi Cohen
The teen years are when many homeschooling parents start to question or abandon their efforts. It's a precarious time, with challenging academics, pressing social issues, and the prospect of college looming. Parents can now breathe easy: this guide calms the teen-time jitters and even offers hope to those just turning to homeschooling now that their child is about to enter high school.

100 Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum
Choosing The Right Curriculum And Approach For Your Child’s Learning

by Cathy Duffy
The key to successful home education, homeschool veterans will tell you, is determining your educational philosophy and marrying it to your child’s learning style. Then you can make an informed decision in choosing the right educational curriculum for the child. This is the formula for success. In 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, homeschool guru Cathy Duffy can help you accomplish these critical tasks. Cathy will give you her top choices from every subject area, approaching everything through a Christian worldview perspective.

A Charlotte Mason Companion
Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning

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!!!

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.

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