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    Hastings Encouragers Dedicated to Godly Education (Hastings-HEDGE) - We are a support group for Christian homeschooling families in and around the Hastings, MN area. We join together monthly in fellowship and devotion to facilitate in educating our children in a Godly way. This group provides encouragement primarily to the Moms but strives to include the whole family.

    Meetings: August - May, we meet every month for fellowship, devotions and a topic of interest. Additionally some meetings include the children for a game day. We take turns organizing monthly field trips, yearly Science/History/Art/Music Fair, Holiday events, monthly family nights and summer park days.

    You are welcome to join if you live in the Hastings, MN and surrounding area and:

    • - you are wondering what homeschool is.
    • - you are wanting to get started with your own homeschool.
    • - you are currently homeschooling and need a boost of Godly encouragement.
    • - you have been at it for awhile (many days or many years) and are willing to offer your sage wisdom and prayers to newcomers and oldies alike!
    To Subscribe, visit Hastings-HEDGE.

    Heritage Home School Academy - Heritage Home School Academy, located north of Minneapolis Minnesota, is an academic coop made up of home schooling families. We meet on 1st and 3rd Thursday mornings providing large group class experiences for home educated students while promoting growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    We meet in Minneapolis, MN

    For more information, visit Heritage Home School Academy or email us at

    Homeschool Adventures (hsadventures) - provides a support structure for homeschoolers to organize group activities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area and strives to be the best single source of information of area offerings for homeschoolers.

    Our mission is ... to provide a forum for homeschoolers to organize group activities: field trips, classes, excursions, other events

    ... to be the best single source of information of area offerings for homeschoolers: weekday daytime classes, educational discounts for homeschoolers, local cooperative openings, unique learning opportunities.

    Homeschool Adventures is a secular, inclusive homeschool support organization committed to fulfilling our mission without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

    Homeschool Adventures is an all-volunteer homeschool support organization. There are no fees to join Homeschool Adventures. The cost of participation varies with the activity.

    Please visit our partner site, Eclectic Community of Homeschooling Opportunities in Minnesota. Your source for homeschooling discussion and support in Minnesota.

    To Subscribe, visit hsadventures.

    HOPE Families (HOPE_Families) - HOPE - Homeschoolers Offering Prayer and Encouragement

    We offer a monthly, parent-only, support group, as well as social and academic enrichment opprtunities for the children.

    We serve the East side of St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. Our Yahoo Group is a private loop for members of the real life group. If you are interested in checking out our real life group, please click the 'join this group' button and leave your contact info. One of the moderators would be happy to chat with you.

    To Subscribe, visit HOPE_Families.

    Kingdom Builders Co-op - Kingdom Builders Co-op is a Christian, family oriented home school co-op that meets in Bloomington, MN. Kingdom Builders hosts classes on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month and optional field trips on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays.

    Our classes range from K-8th grade under the direction of paid teachers and the classes are monitored by parents.

    Kingdom Builders also offers several educational opportunities such as a spelling bee, a science fair, track and field day, a geography bee, a talent show, holiday parties, and oral presentations.

    Parents benefit from support time during co-op, helping out in classrooms, and also help by serving on committees throughout the year.

    For more information, please email Chris or visit our website for more information: Kingdom Builders Co-op.

    Kinnickinnic Valley Home Educators (kinnicsgroup) - We are 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. We meet on a regular basis, throughout the year, in centrally located River Falls, Wisconsin.

    This e-group has been set up to advertise our group's existence to new homeschoolers and new-comers to our area, and also to bring together established homeschooling families who are seeking local support.

    To Subscribe, visit Kinnickinnic Valley Home Educators.

    Litchfield Area Homeschoolers (litchfieldareahomeschoolers) - Litchfield Area Homeschoolers is a group of homeschooling families that live in or near Litchfield, Minnesota. They meet together for playdates, educational field trips, discuss homeschooling ideas/crafts, and have the opportunity to meet other homeschooling families. It gives the parents an opportunity to form friendships with other homeschooling parents, and our children to learn, play and socialize with one another.

    We ask that you think before you reply, be kind to what others may feel from your post and PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL! We each have opinions and feelings that may differ from someone else's opinions. Thank you!

    To Subscribe, visit litchfieldareahomeschoolers.

    Mankato Area Home Educators (MAHE2003) - The Mankato Area Home Educators group is for families in the Mankato, MN area. The goal of the group is to provide opportunities for sharing activities, events and ideas with others who homeschool or are interested in starting. This group is for families who have wide varieties of educational philosophies and various motivations for choosing to homeschool.

    Membership and posting rules:

    1. 1.Posts must be respectful of members. MAHE is an inclusive group open to homeschool families with various motivations for and styles of homeschooling.
    2. 2.Posts must be related to homeschooling. This definition is different for everyone. Moderator will determine relevancy.
    3. 3.Members who post must sign each post with at least their first name.
    4. 4.If a member has an issue with a post, either with the relevancy, appropriateness, or another issue, that member must contact the moderator directly off-group.
    5. 5.If a member believes a post needs to be moved to MAHEMORE, that member must contact the moderator directly off-group with questions.
    6. 6.Members who fail to meet guidelines 1-5 will be given one warning the first time. If it happens again, that member will be put on moderated posts where each post is screened before it appears to the group. Further violations of rules 1-5 will mean that the member is removed from the list.
    7. 7.Members who RSVP to an event, whether it requires financial admission or not, must meet their obligation or make arrangements with the member who coordinated the activity. Failing to do so puts the homeschooling community in a poor light.
    8. 8.Members who fail to meet their RSVP obligations should be reported to the moderator. One warning will be given. If the member who did not meet the obligation repeats the offense, he or she will not be allowed to remain on the group. In fairness to those who take the time and energy to coordinate and to the organizations that host our group members, this is necessary.

    For more information, visit MAHE.

    To Subscribe, visit MAHE2003.

    MHA Special Needs (MHASpecialNeeds) - This is a list for Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance members who are parents of children with special needs. Membership to MHA is necessary.

    Whether your child has a learning disability (LD), dyslexia, emotional or neurological disorder, bipolar, deafness, autism, aspergers, blindness, any type of emotional or physical handicap, etc, then this group is for you.

    We recognize and honor that each family unit has its’ own unique perspectives and experiences that shape their lives and decisions. We believe in the adage that "parents know their children best" and "there are as many ways to homeschool as there are families homeschooling".

    People of all religious faiths and personal philosophies are welcome. We hope to provide support, guidance, and information. If you are a parent who is thinking about homeschooling children with Special needs, please telephone or email MHA and a volunteer will be happy to assist you.

    For more information, visit Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance.

    To Subscribe, visit MHASpecialNeeds.

    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.

    Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance Teens (MHAteenElist) - The Minnesota Homeschooling Teens (MHT) is a social organization for teens 12 years and older throughout the state. MHT works in partnership with the Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance to serve the needs of MN homeschooling teens. The elist was created to assist MHA MHTeens to communicate among themselves.

    There is a one time only fee of $1 to join MHA's MHTeen Group. A membership form will be available at the monthly meeting and in the files section online.

    MHT is an inclusive, diverse group. Members value and respect different educational philosophies, political affiliations and religious views.

    MHT's Infrastructure:

    • Four Teen Coordinators,
    • an MHTeen Coordinator for the MHA Conference,
    • a Treasurer,
    • a Calendar Mom,
    • a Parent Advisory Board
    • and a large active group of teens.

    MHT holds monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of every month to plan weekly activities, which are held at various locations. Join the elist to start the process of becoming a member and attending events!

    For more information, visit Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance.

    To Subscribe, visit MHAteenElist.

    Minneapolis North Side Homeschooling Families (mpls-ns-hs) - Minneapolis North Side Homeschooling Families is an opportunity for people who live on the North Side of Minneapolis, MN, or in nearby communities, and that homeschool to meet, play and socialize. Friends and people who are interested in homeschooling and want to learn more are also welcome.

    We hold play dates/social hours on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 2-4 PM. During the 'regular' school year, these are held at Creekview Neighborhood Center in North Minneapolis (5001 Irving Ave N, just off the Humboldt Greenway) and at North Mississippi Regional Park during the summer months of June, July and August.

    Even if you can't join us for play and socializing, feel free to join this list. We will be announcing events and opportunities via our calendar and you may want to go to some of these and meet us or other metro area homeschoolers. Welcome!

    To Subscribe, visit mpls-ns-hs.

    Minnesota Home Schoolers (mnhomeschool) - MNHS is an open forum for the discussion of issues related to home schooling/ unschooling in Minnesota. The topics discussed will range widely, but can include any considered and considerate discussion of any of the following, with an emphasis on building a supportive homeschooling community spirit in MN:
    • Local Real-Life (RL) support groups, activities, events etc.
    • Reasons for homeschooling/unschooling.
    • Legal/legislative climate for HS in MN.
    • How to help a child learn skills or subjects.
    • Philosophical discussions about learning.
    • Pros and cons of various learning materials, unit studies, etc.
    • How to design your own, or choose among homeschool curriculums, unit studies, etc.
    • Practical discussions about family projects, hobbies, and outings.

    Issues not directly related to homeshooling, but of interest might include:

    • Parenting issues.
    • Non-religious and non-political philosophical discussions
    • Social banter.
    • Pure fluff.
    To Subscribe, visit mnhomeschool.

    Minnesota South Metro Homeschoolers (SouthMetroHomeschoolers) - We are an informal low-structure group for families who are homeschooling children or who are interested in homeschooling, in the Minneapolis South Metro/South of the River area. Many of our members live in the areas near Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Shakopee, Savage and Lakeville. We dont have formal meetings. If you want to connect with other families for friendship or playdates or field trips-that is what we are all about. The focus of the group is arranging playdates and get-togethers, and facilitating new friendships among homeschooling families. All members can initiate group activities, simply by inviting the other group members. Some type of participation by email or in person every 3 or 4 months is requested of members. Potential members must meet with a Southmetro member prior to being allowed access to the info. on the email loop, or the website. We are inclusive and we welcome all homeschooling families. We have families who are politically and religiously diverse.

    To Subscribe, visit SouthMetroHomeschoolers.

    MNHS - This is a list dedicated to homeschooling in Minnesota. Everyone who home-schools is welcome, not just Minnesotans. This is also a place where homeschoolers can trade/sell/buy homeschool materials or just get rid of old materials that they no longer use.

    To Subscribe, visit MNHS.

    MN-Liberal-HS (mnlhs) - This is a homeschool group for liberally-minded parents in Minnesota (and surrounding areas). This is a social group as well as homeschooling group, so there may be topics that are not directly related to homeschooling at times (but socializing is a part of life and life is our "school"). I hope we all know what 'liberally-minded' means, but in case it's not clear...

    Liberal \Lib"er*al\, n. One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems.

    Liberal adj 1: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; 2: having political or social views favoring reform and progress 3: tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition [antonym: conservative] n 1: a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties [synonym: progressive] [antonym: conservative]

    Liberal adj. Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government.

    No advertising (without permission of group owner), flaming or spamming will be tolerated. Please be respectful. Minnesota Liberal Homeschool Group

    To Subscribe, visit mnlhs.

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Homeschooling The Challenging Child
by Christine M. Fields
”How about you? Are you thinking of homeschooling? Are you burned out from homeschooling? Got teens? Thinking about adoption? Worried that you kids don't have practical life skills? Do you have a special needs child that you desire to homeschool? These are some of the topics I address in my books. Writing from a Christian perspective, I hope to give my readers ideas as well as inspiration, some education and some encouragement.”

A History of US
11-Volume Set

Joy Hakim
Master storyteller Joy Hakim has excited millions of young minds with the great drama of American history in her award-winning series A History of US.

Deschooling Gently
by Tammy Takahashi
Deschooling Gently will help you whether you are new to homeschooling, or if you are experienced, but are in need of new approaches. Discover the best way to educate your children at home, not through rote process, but by learning how to find the answer within yourself.

Homeschooling More Than One Child
A Practical Guide for Families

by Carren W. Joye
Here’s a book that addresses the special challenges of homeschooling two or more children for parents just starting to homeschool and veterans desiring fresh ideas. This sensible guide offers practical ideas on balancing the needs of different ages and abilities, juggling multiple commitments, choosing or designing a curriculum to fit each child, finding socialization opportunities that appeal to all ages, and more!

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

by Linda Dobson
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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.

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.

Home Learning Year by Year
How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

by Rebecca Rupp
A structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure.

Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities to Turn Travel Time into Learning Time
by Diane Flynn Keith
"You'll be staggered by the ingenuity and imagination captured in these pages. What a brainbath!" —JOHN TAYLOR GATTO, author of Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education

The Well-Trained Mind
A Guide to Classical Education at Home

by Susan Wise Bauer
An excellent resource for any family with a desire to incorporate a classical education in their home.

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.

Catholic Homeschool Companion
by Maureen Whitmann, Rachel Mackson
CHC gives its readers a variety of homeschooling methods along with a great wealth of resources, information, inspiration, and support.

Homeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning Styles
by Gena Suarez
For new and veteran homeschool families alike, this extensive new release from the editors of The Old Schoolhouse TM Magazine serves as "a homeschool convention in a book." It details today’s most viable education models, helping parents formulate an educational game plan and choose teaching methodologies. There are more than twenty contributors including Christine Field, Jessica Hulcy, Dr. Raymond Moore, and Dr. Ruth Beechick.

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.

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