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    EclecticHS - We're here to provide a place to discuss homeschooling from an eclectic approach. This email list is an adjunct of the Eclectic Homeschool Online. We expect the discussions on this list to run the gamut of home education topics. The Eclectic Homeschool is published from a Christian perspective, but we do not limit the resources we use to purely Christian ones. If you're looking for information about secular or Christian materials, the Eclectic Homeschool is for you. We ask that all members of the list treat each other with respect. We won't tolerate personal attacks, obscene or foul language, or any talk which is not appropriate for families.

    If you'd like to find out what eclectic homeschooling means to the Eclectic Homeschool publisher, visit Eclectic Homeschooling.

    For more information, visit EHO Lite.

    To Subscribe, visit EclecticHS.

    freethinking_unschoolers (Freethinking Unschoolers) - Freethinking. Freethinker \Free"think`er\, n. One who has rejected authority and dogma in favor of rational inquiry and speculation; especially, in the sphere of religion, one who forms opinions independently of the authority of revelation or of the church.

    "All I am saying in this book can be summed up in two words: Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted." -John Holt, in "How Children Learn"

    This is a place for people who are living life both without school AND without religion to talk openly in an uncensored forum. Any unschooler who is an open-minded, non-dogmatic "freethinker" (as defined above) is welcome to join, even if you happen to believe in something supernatural; BUT, bear in mind that people here are free to talk negatively about any and all beliefs, possibly yours, so if you are sensitive about this sort of thing you should probably stay away. Also, please don't join this list just to repeatedly spam us with commercial messages, religious proselytizing, NEA propaganda, and/or abusive/threatening posts. Diversity of opinion is welcome and encouraged, but doing nothing but spamming or trolling is not.

    WARNING: Freethinkers are often very opinionated and passionate people, and don't mind openly saying what they think and feel, even if it's not always nice. As such, this group is not for the easily offended!! Take what you want and leave the rest.

    To Subscribe, visit Freethinking Unschoolers.

    GiftedUsingWTM - This group is for those using the Classical Method with children who are gifted. This includes The Well Trained Mind, Teaching the Trivium, Latin Centered Curriculum and others. Keywords include Susan Wise Bauer, Jesse Wise, Bluedorns, Bluedorn, Classical Education, TTT, LCC, and accelerated learning.

    To Subscribe, visit Gifted Using WTM.

    HEM-Unschooling - This list is for the broad-ranging discussion of unschooling. Please respect the differences of opinions and experiences which will be found among the list members.

    Birds fly, fish swim, man thinks and learns. Therefore, we do not need to motivate children into learning by wheedling, bribing or bullying. We do not need to keep picking away at their minds to make sure they are learning. What we need to do, and all we need to do, is bring as much of the world as we can into the school and classroom (in our case, into their lives); give children as much help and guidance as they ask for; listen respectfully when they feel like talking; and then get out of the way. We can trust them to do the rest. ~John Holt, How Children Learn

    For more information about unschooling visit the website.

    This discussion list is monitored and will be moderated for spam and incivility. If needed, you can learn about e-mail etiquette. Go ahead and click on the link; it's pretty interesting reading! [Thanks to Shay Seaborne and the VaEclectic list for the link!]

    Occasionally, posts from this forum and discussion list will be edited and printed in the 'Letters and Discussions' feature in Home Education Magazine.

    For information about Home Education Magazine, to subscribe to our free newsletters, to read selected articles and columns online, to research support group listings, state laws and regulations, or just to browse one of the largest homeschooling sites on the Internet, please visit our award-winning website: Home Education Magazine

    To Subscribe, visit HEM-Unschooling.

    Homeschooler's Notebook - Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families (Unit Study Helps) - a free weekly e-mail newsletter for homeschoolers. A part of my newsletter is available at my site at Unit Study Helps.

    To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to

    homeschool_helper (Homeschool Helper) - Welcome to Homeschool Helper! Our motto: "The Name of the Game is Learn!"

    The focus of this group is to help homeschoolers apply Montessori techniques and materials to their students who are at the middle-school, Jr. High, or High School level. Activities at this level should include making learning games for use in teaching the younger members of the family or group.

    For those of you who are familiar with Montessori, the 3-part card sets (labeled picture, unlabeled picture, and label) are suitable for beginning readers. In an elementary classroom, a description card is added so that the student can make booklets. For the older students, making these sets of cards and definitions along with related activities provides great learning experiences. It also allows students of all ages to study the same topic at different levels.

    The moderators of the group serve as consultants to Catholic Coops in Texas, Arkansas, and Georgia. These coops serve a variety of families; member's input and feedback are always helpful! Leaders of other support groups, coops and their members are welcome to join us.

    During the next month files and links that are of particular relevance to these groups will be added. Activities in the Files section are usually accompanied by instructions.

    For more information, visit Senari Software.

    To Subscribe, visit Homeschool Helper.

    HomeschoolSupport - This list is for those needing support, help, and advice about homeschooling, unschooling, eclectic schooling or other alternative educational programs including homeschooling special needs and gifted students. The Homeschool Support Network is a non-profit service organization helping the homeschool community since 1986. Visit our website for free information, free magazine and more.

    For more information, visit

    To Subscribe, visit Homeschool Support.

    pre-unschooling - We are all learning together as we move toward school age. Please ask questions and talk about anything related to homeschooling/unschooling. This group is for family with children 0 to 6. Feel free adding links, polls or mentioning what will help the group.

    To Subscribe, visit pre-unschooling.

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