Homeschooling in Minnesota

SUPPORT GROUPS
Christian Home Educators of Woodbury
webmaster@chowmn.org
http://chowmn.org/
This is the beginning of a collection of items that might be of interest to Twin Cities' homeschoolers. It contains information specific to those participating in the CHOW homeschool group in the Woodbury, Minnesota area, as well as items of general interest to homeschoolers in the area.

Christian Homeschools of Stillwater
http://www.chofstillwater.org/
The purpose of Christian Homeschools of Stillwater (CHS), a non-profit incorporated association, is to support and / or inform its members in the following ways: Home Education, Biblical Worldview, Parenting.

Eclectic Community of Homeschooling Opportunities in Minnesota, ECHO
Email: echo-mn@earthlink.net
http://www.echo-mn.org/
ECHO is an outreach group designed to help families learn about homeschooling and support those families via quarterly meetings, Yahoo Group communication, and connecting families with homeschooling support groups.

Home Educators and Youth, H.E.Y.
http://www.homeschool-life.com/mn/hey/
HEY is a support group for home educating parents and their children. The purpose of our group is as follows: 1. To provide support and information (including legal) for parents who are educating their children at home. 2. To provide our children with an opportunity to meet and learn with home-schooled children. 3. To provide a place for people interested in home schooling to come for information.

Homeschool Adventures
http://www.hsadventures.org/
Homeschool Adventures, a secular homeschool support group based in the Twin Cities, offers group activities, support in organizing events,and information on local homeschool events.

Mankato Area Home Educators
Email: techw@hickorytech.net
http://www.hickorytech.net/~scdesign/photo.htm
The goal of the Mankato Area Home Educators is to provide families with opportunities to share activities, events, and ideas with others who homeschool. This group is for families that have wide varieties of educational philosophies and various motivations for choosing to homeschool.

Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators, MACHE
Email: info@mache.org
http://www.mache.org
MACHE leadership is comprised of home educating parents who have "been there and done that." We seek to provide help for parents who would like to take control of their children's education in their own homes.

Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance
Email: mha@homeschoolers.org
http://www.homeschoolers.org
Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance (MHA) is a statewide organization that provides information and support to homeschooling families.

Northland Communicating Opportunities & Resources for Home Educators, C.O.R.E.
Email: northlandcore@yahoo.com
http://www.northlandcore.org
Here’s where you’ll learn about upcoming events for homeschooling families in Duluth, Minn., and the surrounding area.

NW Metro Home Schoolers
http://www.nwmetrohomeschoolers.org/
We are a non-sectarian group welcoming people of all faiths and beliefs. We are a diverse group with many different approaches to homeschooling. We live and meet in the Sherburne County and surrounding areas. Our main goals are for friendship, playtime and supporting one another. NWMH meets several times a month for field trips and once a week for playtime at local parks. The ages range from newborn to teenage.

Owatonna Area Christian Home Educators, OACHE
Email: oache@oache.net
http://www.oache.net/
OACHE (pronounced "oh-SHAY") is a homeschooling support group and co-op for Christian families in the Owatonna, Minnesota area. We are a non-profit corporation registered in the state of Minnesota with a board of directors made of elected members of the group.

Rochester Area Association of Christian Home Educators
http://www.raache.org/
The purpose of this corporation is to provide educational support, training, help and encouragement for home educators and students based upon Biblical principles, to facilitate excellence in academics, character, and citizenship.

West Metro Homeschool Co-op
Email: contact.wmhc@yahoo.com
http://www.westmetrohomeschool.com/
West Metro (Christian) Homeschool co-op meets in Maple Plain, Minnesota. We meet weekly at the Maple Plain Community Church (www.mpcommunitychurch.org) as an informal gathering of approximately 20 homeschooling families.

Willmar Area Scholars at Home, WASHlines
http://www.washlines.org
We are a community of homeschooling families that live in the Willmar, MN area.

Willow Pond Farm
http://www.wpfarm.org/
We are an intentional community dedicated to supporting families in education. We offer part-time courses in the sciences and the liberal arts. Small class size and an informal atmosphere enhance the learning experiences. Our mission is to create a homeschool cooperative and a learning center which provide enriching educational opportunities, resources, and space for families committed to direct involvement in their children's education.


EMAIL LISTS
Central Homeschoolers of Minnesota Play! - CHOMP
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ECMNCHOMP/
CHOMP (Central Homeschoolers of Minnesota Play) is a secular social group for homeschoolers and their families in East/Central Minnesota. We meet weekly for loosely structured activities and all out fun, currently basing out of the Cambridge area.

CHARISM
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/charism/
We are a group of primarily Catholic families in Southwest Minnesota joined together to promote and support Catholic homeschooling.

Christian Minnesota Homeschooler
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChristianMNHSchooler
This is a list that is for Christian Homeschoolers. You do not have to be from Minnesota to join. We meet and share about every aspect of homeschooling as well as many other Chrisitan issues. We can chat about our homes, our children, our curriculum, our spouses, our field trips, our beliefs, and everything in between. Some of us are new at homeschooling, some of us are veterans.

CMNHS, Christian Minnesota Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CMNHS
CMNHS is a group for Christian homeschoolers in Minnesota. Topics may vary widely, but can include any considerate discussion with an emphasis on building up one another in our homeschooling adventure in this wonderful state.

Early Childhood Homeschooling Opportunities, ECHO - West
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ECHO-West
Early Childhood Homeschooling Opportunities. Support group, activities, playdates and field trips. Supporting parents of the western suburbs of Minneapolis.

East Central Minnesota Homeschool Open Gym
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ECMH-OpenGym/
Open Gym was started by homeschoolers for homeschoolers in Pine City Minnesota. Welcome and thank you for your interest! We have many wonderful families in our group that are from nearby towns like Askov,Brook Park, Finlayson,Henriette,Hinckley,Rock Creek,Sandstone,and Rush City and more. We offer a way for homeschool families to meet new people and foster new and old friendships while doing fitness based activities.

East Metro Eclectic Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EMEH/
East Metro Eclectics meet every Wednesday for play/social together time for our children and ourselves! Members live in or around the North and East suburbs of St. Paul (Ramsey and Washington counties) MN.

Eclectic Community of Homeschooling Opportunities in Minnesota, ECHO-MN
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ECHO-MN
ECHO is an inclusive homeschool organization designed for families who wish to learn more about homeschooling as an alternative form of education.

Families for Home Education - Twin Cities
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FHE_Twin_Cities/
FHE membership is open to current homeschoolers as well as those who are thinking about homeschooling in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The intent of this site is for homeschoolers in the Twin Cities to share ideas, resources, opportunities, etc.

Fargo-Moorehead Secular Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FMSecularHomeschoolers/
This group is designed for sharing ideas and as a way to meet people. Secular homeschooling can be a lonely business and the internet can be am excellent way to meet like-minded individuals.

Hastings Encouragers Dedicated to Godly Education, HEDGE
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

Homeschool Adventures
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hsadventures/
Homeschool Adventures 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.

HOPE Families
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HOPE_Families/
HOPE - Homeschoolers Offering Prayer and Encouragementl. We offer a monthly, parent-only support group, as well as social and academic enrichment opportunities for the children. We serve the East side of St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs.

Kinnickinnic Valley Home Educators
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

Lakes Area Homeschool Resource Network
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lakesareahsresourcenetwork/
This group is for homeschooling families in the Brainerd lakes area of MN, including but not limited to Baxter, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pine River, Crosslake and Crosby. This is a place to come to find out what is going on in the area, what other hs groups are doing, post events that you know about, connect with other families, ask questions, get advice and so much more!

Learning Without Limits - Minnesota, LWL-MN
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LWOL/
We primarily consist of individuals in the North Metro Twin Cities area and exist to support each other's homeschooling/alternative schooling efforts, philosophies, and parenting styles.

Lincoln Park Homeschool Co-op
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LincolnParkHomeschoolCoop/
Homeschooling families meet monthly at Lincoln Park. The Co-op will focus on a different academic topic monthly as directed by a volunteer lead parent. This co-op is organized by the participating families.

Litchfield Area Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

Mankato Area Home Educators, MAHE
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

Metro Area Attachment Parenting
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/metroap/
Meet other parents who prefer the nurturing techniques of Attachment parenting. Whether supporters of Breastfeeding, Child Led Weaning, Cloth diapering, Homeschooling, Babywearing, Co-sleeping, the whole foods family or "no-cry" methods, all are welcome here.

Minneapolis North Side Homeschooling Families
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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. We hold play dates/social hours on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 2-4 PM.

Minnesota Homeschool
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Minnesotahomeschool/
This is a mailing list for people who homeschool or are thinking of homeschooling in the state of Minnesota. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, give links for school stuff, just talk including, scripture, God, church, parents, kids, home cleaning, lessons and curriculum, on-line courses, and web sites.

Minnesota Home Schoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MinnesotaHomeschoolersAlliance/
Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance (MHA) is a statewide organization that provides information and support to homeschooling families.

Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance Teens
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

Minnesota Homeschoolers' Alliance Special Needs
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MHASpecialNeeds/
This is a list for Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance parents who homeschool, or who are thinking about homeschooling children with Special needs.

Minnesota Liberal Homeschool Group, MNLHS
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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").

MNHS
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.

North West Metro Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nwmh/
North West Metro Homeschoolers supports one another in a positive environment on their home school journey. We are a group of 35 plus homeschooling families in the Big Lake, Elk River, Monticello, St. Michael, Otsego, Princeton, Rogers, Zimmerman, and surrounding areas.

ONE - Twin Cities
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ONE-TC/
ONE is homeschool support group for parents of one child who live in and around the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota).

Planet Homeschool - Twin Cities
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PlanetHomeschool_TwinCities/
Planet Homeschool (PH) is a parent-led secular homeschooling co-op based in Minneapolis-St. Paul for grades 4-12.

Rochester Area Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RochesterAreaHomeschoolers/
Rochester Area Homeschoolers is a home school support group formed to bring families of Rochester, Minnesota and the surrounding communities together regularly to make friends, to learn, and to play.

Secular Homeschoolers of Minnesota
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Secular_HS_Minnesota/
This list is for homeschooling parents in Minnesota and surrounding states who are homeschooling for non-religious reasons.

South Metro Homeschoolers
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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 don't 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.

South Minneapolis Metro Home/Unschool Gatherings, SMpls-HUG
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SMpls-HUG/
We are unschoolers and relaxed homeschoolers of *all ages* willing to bike/walk/bus/drive to the S. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area. This is a secular, intergenerational gathering supportive of all types of homeschooling styles and parenting approaches.

Unschooling Minnesota
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unschoolingmn
This list is a place for Minnesota unschoolers to get together and discuss unschooling ideas.

Watertown Area Christiaon Homeschoolers, WATCH
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WATCHHomeschoolGroup/
This group is for members of W.A.T.C.H. (Watertown Area Christian Homeschoolers). We are a Christian group of home schooling families meeting together for encouragement, support and friendships serving Watertown, Minnesota and surrounding communities.

Wild River Home Educators
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WildRiverHomeEducators/
Our members come from several communities located along the St. Croix River in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Due to its central location, the group meets in Osceola, Wisconsin. Social opportunities for both children and parents are offered on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. We also gather for monthly field trips, regular parent outings, resource sharing and service projects.

Wisconsin TAG Homeschooling Forum
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/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.


Minnesota Association of Charter Schools, MACS
351 E. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone (Toll-free): 888-789-3090
Phone: 651-789-3090
Fax: 651-789-3098
Email: info@mncharterschools.org
http://www.mncharterschools.org
The mission of MACS is to enhance the capacity, assure the quality and promote the choice of public charter schools in Minnesota.


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