Support Groups
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.
Local & State Groups
Support groups offer a way for those interested in homeschooling or new to home education to get information and support. They also offer opportunities for social activities, group learning, and networking. Find a support group near you in Arkansas.
National Groups
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Social Media
Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.
Co-Ops
A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in Arkansas.
Umbrella/Cover Schools
An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.
Resource Centers
Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.
Public School Programs
Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.
Group Management
Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.
What's Popular
Live and Learn Activity Mailing List
Live and Learn is an inclusive support group for Central Arkansas homeschoolers, regardless of race, religion, gender or educational philosophy. The group consists of approximately 80 families from the Central Arkansas area. This email list provides the Live and Learn Calendar, updates, and reminders of events and activities.
Homeschooling in Northwest Arkansas (NWAHomeschool)
This is an email group primarily for homeschoolers in Northwest Arkansas, but open to everyone for sharing of teaching ideas, tips, problems, accomplishments.
amie network
The amie network is for Christian homeschooled teenage girls. Members of the amie network receive a monthly newsletter, have opportunities to meet and connect with other homeschooled teens, and receive support and encouragement.
CM Families of the South
The purpose of this loop is to encourage homeschooling families living in the Southern states who are trying to incorporate the philosophy of Charlotte Mason in their homes in their efforts to raise their children with an enthusiasm for learning.
Arkansas Homeschool (arkansashomeschool)
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in Alabama, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
Hot Springs Home Schoolers
This group is for home schooling parents in the Hot Springs, AR, and surrounding areas.
Growing Minds in White County, AR
Growing Minds is a non-religious homeschooling group in White County, Arkansas. They offer activities for homeschoolers in the Searcy/White County area, including bowling, skating, park days, field trips, mom's days outs, and more.
NW Arkansas Homeschool Social Events
Northwest Arkansas Homeschool Social Events is a group of families who choose to educate their children at home in Northwest Arkansas. This group plans play days, field trips, and other educational activities regularly.
Ambleside Moms In Arkansas (AMIA)
Ambleside Moms In Arkansas (AMIA) is a statewide Charlotte Mason homeschool support group for mothers in Arkansas using (at least some parts of) Ambleside Online and/or House of Education Online. Members are encouraged to plan regional meetings, nature walks and field trips. Special discussion topics include Arkansas history, native flora and fauna, Hot Springs National Park, Murfreesboro Crater of Diamonds, Arkansas agriculture and industry, and ways to add these study topics to our children's ...
Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group (BSHG)
Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group is a Catholic homeschool support group that has members in the Memphis Metro area, including North Mississippi, Eastern Arkansas, and other parts of West Tennessee. The Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group is dedicated to encourage and enhance children with a nurturing, helpful, supportive, and loving family environment, based on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
ARkansas HOMe Educators (ARHOME)
ARkansas HOMe Educators (ARHOME) is for Arkansas homeschoolers to share information about homeschooling and about legislation in Arkansas that affects homeschooling.
K12 Arkansas
This group is for folks currently using, or thinking about using, Dr. William Bennett's K12 curriculum, either as a homeschooler or a member of a Virtual Charter School in Arkansas.
Tennessee Homeschool Umbrella Schools
According to the Tennessee education code, homeschoolers have three ways to follow Tennessee homeschool laws. The most popular of these options with homeschool families is to enroll their child in a church-related umbrella school. These schools are operated by denominational, parochial or other church organizations and are required to meet specific standards of accreditation. Umbrella schools in Tennessee are free to choose their own operational procedures. Each school will vary on curriculum op...
Unschoolers of the Ozarks
This group is for radical unschoolers (and people who want to be) who live in Northwest Arkansas.
Unschooling in the Midwest
This group is for unschoolers in the midwest to offer support to other life learning families and to organize activities.
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