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The Mislabeled Child
How Understanding Your Child’s Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success

by Brock Eide, Fernette Eide
Provides a comprehensive look at learning differences ranging from dyslexia to dysgraphia, to attention problems, to giftedness. The authors describe how a proper understanding of a child’s unique brain-based strengths can be used to overcome many different obstacles to learning.
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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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The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
A Creative And Stress-Free Approach to Homeschooling

by Dorothy Moore
If you are thinking about homeschooling, or are struggling with a educational homeschooling curriculum that is difficult to use, let Dr. Ray and Dorothy Moore show you how to make homeschooling an easy-to-live-with family adventure in learning. This low-stress, low-cost program shows you how to build a curriculum around your child's needs and interests - and around a realistic family schedule.

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.

Learning All The Time
by John Holt
This delightful book by the influential author of How Children Fail and How Children Learn shows how children learn to read, write, and count in their everyday life at home and how adults can respect and encourage this wonderful process.
The object of teaching a child is to enable the child to get along without the teacher. We need to educate our children for their future, not our past.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

    Northern Virginia
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    Arlington Homeschool Families (arlingtonhsfamilies) - This Group is used by Arlington HS'ing families for planning our regular meetings and field trips.

    To Subscribe, visit Arlington Homeschool Families.

    Ashburn Christian Home Educators (ACHE) - Ashburn Christian Home Educators (ACHE) is a 'Christ-focused' support group. ACHE is a group of about 170 homeschooling families in Ashburn and surrounding areas. The main elements of our group consist of monthly Mom's Meetings, occasional Dad's Meetings, a Yahoo! Group email loop, the Field Trip Co-op, and numerous smaller co-ops which are coordinated by different members of the group.

    For more information, visit Ashburn Christian Home Educators (ACHE).

    Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers (Ashburn-SterlingHomeschoolers) - An inclusive, relaxed homeschooling support group for those living and homeschooling in or near Ashburn or Sterling. We have parkdays, field trips, and whatever else members cook up!

    To Subscribe, visit Ashburn-Sterling Homeschoolers.

    Baltimore-Washington African American Homeschoolers (BWAAH) - For African American homeschoolers in and around the Baltimore/Washington DC/Northern VA area to connect with one another. This is a central place where members of various support groups and/or individual homeschoolers in the area can learn from and help each other.

    Please feel free to post events in the area, as well as curriculum ideas. This is an inclusive group, which means we welcome all homeschoolers regardless of method or religion.

    To Subscribe, visit Baltimore-Washington African American Homeschoolers.

    Baltimore-Washington Home Educators (BWHE) - An on-line community for open-minded homeschoolers in the region who are interested in participating in a community that represents a diverse range of religious, political and philosophical beliefs. Our community also represents a wide range of ethnic groups, education levels, and socio-economic classes. The one thing we have in common is an interest in trying to do what is best for our children and our family.

    While we welcome all homeschoolers, we request that you respect the diversity of this group. This means that posts designed to promote a particular religious or political agenda are prohibited. Our intent is to provide a community where members can feel free to share homeschooling ideas and resources, ask questions and find encouragement and positive attitudes! Please save political or religious messages for private e-mail exchanges or for other lists specifically created for debating such topics.

    All potential members must identify themselves before they can participate in this group. The information will not be made available to anyone other than the list moderator, and will not be used for any marketing purposes. We ask that you provide this information as a screening process so we can be assured that you are a person interested in homeschooling and not someone who wants to join the list just to advertise, stir up debates, promote a political agenda, or promote a religious agenda.

    You are eligible to join BWHE if:

    • You are homeschooling or considering homeschooling in Maryland or surrounding areas, and
    • You agree to abide by the guidelines of BWHE, which require respect and tolerance for other members and prohibit using the list for advertising or to promote a particular religious or political agenda.

    Please check BWHE FAQs before contacting the moderator with questions.

    To Subscribe, visit Baltimore-Washington Home Educators.

    Belvoir Home Educators (BHE) - Fort Belvoir and surrounding areas (northern Virginia)

    BHE is a group of military and DoD families dedicated to the home education of our children.

    We are committed to providing support and encouragement to one another and participating in activities that will enrich the lives of our children. We have members with children from infants through high school. We attempt to plan activities that will appeal to all ages.

    For more information, visit Belvoir Home Educators.

    Christian Homeschoolers of Caroline (chscc) - Caroline County has had its own homeschool group for about 7 years now. We need support without having to drive to Fredericksburg or Richmond more than we already need to. If you would like to be involved in something a little closer to home, come join Christian Homeschoolers of Caroline County!

    In order to keep our costs to a minimum and to keep track of members, the only individuals that will be listed as members of CHSCC are those that have joined this yahoo group. This email loop is how information will be shared and events will be planned. But you are more than welcome to pass these activities on to your friends who may not have joined. Or goal is to share the love of Jesus and support other homeschoolers in Caroline County!

    Memberships must be approved and are considered "pending." At that time you will receive an email application and a copy of the common courtesy policy. Do not let this scare you away! This is done to maintain a meaningful Christian environment.

    To Subscribe, visit Christian Homeschoolers of Caroline.

    Culpeper Eclectic Homeschoolers (culpeperhomeschoolgroup) - An inclusive homeschooling group for Culpeper, Madison, Rappahannock, Orange, Fauquier, Warrenton and the surrounding areas in Virginia. There is no membership required and our group is open to anyone. Our goal is to share, find, or create opportunities for socialization and cooperative education. We are interested in creating support systems (for parents and kids) and making new friends. Our current activities include game club, park days, and field trips. This list is open to anyone homeschooling or interested in learning more about homeschooling. Since we do not support any one faith or homeschooling philosophy we ask you to be respectful of the efforts, opinions, and beliefs of others.

    To Subscribe, visit Culpeper Eclectic Homeschoolers.

    Culture at Home (cultureathome) - An African American homeschool support group in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area with an emphasis on the older homeschooled student and for families concerned with the healthy well-being and academic guidance of their African-American child. African American Homeschoolers often make great sacrifices in order to provide their children with the best education and relevant academic exposure . We are doing this with very little support from society and sometimes without the approval and understanding of our own families.The purpose of this group is to provide an educational outreach support program and to supplement the curriculum of homeschoolers with children ages 10-18 (grades 5-12).

    Rising Words, Rising Images is an important "Culture at Home" monthly book discussion group for young people ages 13-18. It is a creative introduction to the great diversity that exists in our nation, which will help children view the world more openly. Through classics and world literature, this discussion group is dedicated to teaching children to value diversity and to grow into productive, caring citizens of a global society seeking to advance the dignity of young people around the world teaching the importance of diversity, tolerance and promoting mutual respect among all. We offer a monthly children's internet bookclub for ages 6-18 and we encourage participation in the Annual African American Read-In. We offer World Literature Class for grades 9-12, Creative Writing Workshops, college fairs, seminars and tutorial information. Our vision is that both the parent/teacher and the child/student are lifelong learners. We are not a chat group.

    To Subscribe, visit Culture at Home.

    DELMARVA Homeschoolers (DELMARVAHomeschoolers) - Home schoolers from the region known as DELMARVA, (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia), can network via email announcements of family and home school events in their area. Religious and political discussions are prohibited.

    To Subscribe, visit DELMARVA Homeschoolers.

    Delmarva Unschoolers (DelmarvaUnschoolers) - Unschoolers on Marylands Eastern Shore. This is a secular discussion list and a list for posting activities and get togethers. We are unschooler's, but not exclusively so. Unschooling is what brings us together because with it comes attachment parenting, open mindedness and a desire to be with our children, living and learning. We are interested in communicating and getting together with other unschoolers on Delmarva for socialization, support, and information.

    To Subscribe, visit Delmarva Unschoolers.

    De Novo Homeschool Network - Alexandria - De Novo Homeschool Network & Skye Chase Academy is a catholic homeschool community with the purpose to encourage parents as the primary educators of their children. We seek to form friendships, share resources, and learn from one another as we grow together in our families and in our faith.

    De Novo Homeschool Network & Skye Chase Academy are ministries at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Our homeschool community started in 1999 to support and encourage families who have chosen home education for their children in northern Virginia. We have a thriving community that welcome families from many faiths and backgrounds.

    Membership in De Novo Homeschool Network provides a wide variety of social gatherings, Kennedy Center performances, park days, family potlucks, and monthly field trips. Our community also supports an all day Friday co-op, Skye Chase Academy (SCA), with a wide variety of elective classes offered by parents and volunteers.

    For more information, visit De Novo Homeschool Network - Alexandria.

    Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference EPHSC Facebook Page - Encouragement for homeschoolers in the "four-state area" (MD, PA, VA, WV)

    The mission of the EPHSC is to support and encourage high quality Christian home education in the Eastern Panhandle (WV) and surrounding areas (MD, PA, VA) by providing educational and informational sessions and an opportunity to review and discuss resources and materials developed for the purpose of home education and strengthening families.

    The EPHSC will bridge the gap that Christian home educators in this area have by providing the sessions and resources in a location convenient to this region.

    For more information, visit Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference EPHSC Facebook Page.

    Fairfax County, Virginia Homeschoolers (fxcovahomeschoolers) - For homeschoolers in Fairfax County and northern VA to share their ideas, concerns, events, used curricula, achievements, support, encouragement and resources.

    To Subscribe, visit Fairfax County, Virginia Homeschoolers.

    Families in Support of Home Education (FISHE) - Washington D.C. area - A network of home schooling families that serves the needs of home schooling families around the Washington, D.C. area. Our group is distinctive in that it is not a church-based network. We draw from many different churches, primarily smaller churches that do not have a home school support group of their own. We do not have any paid positions. Therefore, it is essential that all members volunteer their time to ensure that we can continue with our programs.

    For more information, visit Families in Support of Home Education (FISHE) - Washington D.C. area.

    FAMILIESnews - Homeschooling on Delmarva - This is a large group of homeschool families who want to encourage each other and share information, events, curriculum, fieldtrip ideas and to be in service to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Anyone is welcome to join, (although most of us are from the Delaware,Maryland, and Virginia area) (Delmarva). Come and participate as we pray for one another and help each other on our homeschooling journey. Please contact: Barbi for more info.

    To Subscribe, visit FAMILIESnews - Homeschooling on Delmarva.

    Fredericksburg Area Homeschoolers Association (FAHA) - FAHA families get together frequently and regularly for projects, activities, field trips, and park days. We share the values of parenting respectfully and living naturally. We are eclectic homeschoolers and unschoolers, both moms and dads, with children ranging from babies to teens.

    For more information, visit Fredericksburg Area Homeschoolers Association (FAHA).

    Grace Church Homeschool Coop - Fredericksburg - GHC meets on Mondays between August and May, from 12-4pm. Our program is entering its seventh year serving our church members and the local homeschool community in Fredericksburg, Virginia. You’ll find much of what you need here on the site as well as contact information for further help. Whether you are a homeschool veteran looking for High School science labs or someone just beginning the journey looking for enrichment classes, we’re glad to help!

    For more information, visit Grace Church Homeschool Coop - Fredericksburg.

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Homeschooling For Dummies
by Jennifer Kaufeld
If, like many parents, you’re wondering whether homeschooling can be the solution you’re looking for, then you’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes.
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Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner
by Kathy Kuhl
Whether you already homeschool, are considering it, or just want to help your child after school, Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner helps you teach your child at home. "Anyone who lives or works with a struggling learner will find many a valuable nugget to aid in their work with these children." Barbara D. Ingersoll, Ph.D.

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens
by Debra Bell
Debra Bell has helped numerous homeschooled students, including four of her own, gain college admission and win substantial scholarships to the schools of their choice.

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.
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Homeschool Your Child For Free
More than 1,200 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Home Education on the Internet and Beyond

by LauraMaery Goldz
and Joan M. Zielinski
For Families Who Want to Splurge on Education but Scrimp on Spending. This invaluable guide to all the best in free educational material—from reading-readiness activities for preschoolers to science projects for teens—categorizes, reviews, and rates more than 1,200 of the most useful educational resources on the Internet and beyond.
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For The Children’s Sake
Foundations of Education for Home and School

by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
A book about what education can be--for your child, in your home, and in your school. It is based first on a Christian understanding of what it means to be human--to be a child, a parent, a teacher--and on the Christian meaning of life. At the same time it is deeply practical.

Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum
A Guide to Catholic Home Education

by Laura M. Berquist
Home educator Laura Berquist presents a modern curriculum based on the time-tested philosophy of the classical Trivium—grammar, logic and rhetoric. She has given homeschoolers a valuable tool for putting together a "liberal arts" curriculum that feeds the soul, as well as the intellect.
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The Unschooling Handbook
How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom
by Mary Griffith
The unschooling movement is founded on the principle that children learn best when they pursue their own natural curiosities and interests. Learning is a natural, inborn impulse, and the world is rich with lessons to be learned and puzzles to be solved.
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The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child
Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right Start
by Linda Dobson
This comprehensive guide will help you determine the appropriate first steps, build your own educational philosophy, and discover the best ways to cater to your child's specific learning style
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The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12

by Linda Dobson
Inside this innovative helper, you'll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family's homeschooling needs.
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