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Support and Activity Groups

Support and Activity Groups

Organized groups of homeschoolers are often called “support groups,” because the original intent of most was to offer moral support in a time when homeschooling was generally unknown to the public, and homeschoolers were sometimes treated with hostility.

Today’s support groups may offer field trips and other activities for families and co-op learning opportunities for homeschooling kids, as well as suggestions and advice on homeschooling. Most still offer moral support to new homeschoolers.

Some groups are coalitions of smaller local or specialized groups. Some are regional, national, or international, some are aimed at families of kids in a particular age group, some have a focus on a particular aspect of homeschooling. Some support groups are highly organized, with officers and formal meetings; others may be informal gatherings of families that will disband after their children are old enough to travel on their own.

This is a partial list of support groups available for home educating families throughout NJ. If you know a support group that you’d like to see added, please email


 

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North Jersey Groups

The Learning Community of Bergen and Rockland (TLC)
Email list: TLC
Area covered: Bergen Count, NJ, Rockland County, NY, and the surrounding areas.
Comments: We are a large, very active group of a diverse group of homeschool families. We have museum trips, theater trips, park days, and many different types of classes and workshops offered in the Bergen County NJ, Rockland County NY and New York City. To join, please go to our Yahoo email list.

FREE – Families Reaching for an Eclectic Education
Email list:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/free_revisited/
Area Covered: NW NJ area – Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic.
Religious Affiliation/Special Interest: inclusive
Dues: No
Comments: We are a network of homeschooling families who gather together to share friendship and homeschooling opportunities.

North Jersey Home Schoolers Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 34, Hillsdale NJ 07642
Website: www.njhsa.net
Area Covered: Bergen, Passiac, Union, Essex Counties.
Religious Affiliation/Special Interest: Christian
Dues: Yes
Services: Picnic, Spelling Bee, Curriculum Night, Science Fair, 8th/12th Graduation
Comments: NJHSA is the parent organization of a number of smaller local support groups (“LSG”). Each has its own phone chain, newsletter, meetings, and events. Dues are paid to the LSG, which in turn pays the parent organization. NJHSA is run by a board of about 13 couples. Each LSG is represented on the board.
See our website for info about NJHSA and about homeschooling.

Sussex County Christian Home Schoolers, Inc.
Area Covered: Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic County Serving the Tri-State area NJ, NY, PA
Services: HSLDA Discount Group, interactive website, field trips, calendar events sign-up
Religious Affiliation/Special Interest: Christian; open support group
Dues: Yes
Website: http://tristatehomeschool.org
E-mail: tristatehomeschool@gmail.com
Comments: Sussex County Christian Home Schoolers, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 open support group. We are parents and guardians who are committed to educating our children in a Christian environment and meet regularly for our mutual support in this endeavor. While respecting the autonomy of each family school, our purpose is to share ideas, materials, experiences, information, to offer social and comprehensive learning opportunities for our children, and support member families. Collectively, we represent many denominations, but we intend that all of our activities and interactions be clearly consistent with Biblical principles. SCCHS sponsors Tri-State Classical Conversations of NJ www.tristateccnj.com

Teen, Tweens, & Company of Northern NJ
Email list: groups.yahoo.com/group/ttcofnnj/
Area Covered: NW NJ area – Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic.
Religious Affiliation/Special Interest: inclusive
Dues: No
Comments: We are a network of homeschooling families who are homeschooling teens & tweens that gather together to share friendship and homeschooling opportunities.

Greater Essex County Homeschoolers
E-mail list: gecho_nj
Area covered: Essex County
Comments: We are a diverse group of homeschooling families who live in or near Essex County New Jersey. Our aim is to provide a way for homeschoolers to connect with other local families; and to share resources, information and ideas specific to Northern New Jersey (and sometimes beyond).

Skylands New Jersey Homeschooling Community
Web site: http://shannonentin.com/SHC/
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SkyHomeschoolers/
Comments: Skylands Homeschooling Community (SHC) is a support and activity group for homeschooling families in the New Jersey Skylands area: Hunterdon, Warren, Morris and Sussex Counties. Our mission is to give our children and ourselves the opportunity to share ideas, friendships and educational activities. While we do not have a formal meeting time, members meet often for field trips, playgroups, park days, and educational activities.

Somerset Hills Homeschooling Group
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/somersethomeschoolers/
Comments: This is the place where the Somerset Hills homeschooling parents meet. This group was created by Alex F., a homeschooling parent, located in Bernardsville, NJ. The purpose of this group is to provide a central communication vehicle where homeschooling parents can find the answers to frequently asked questions and share homeschooling news and information with each other.

Homeschool Jersey City Hoboken
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomeschoolJerseyCityHoboken/
Comments: This is an active group that has formed in Jersey City and Hoboken for families who are homeschooling children ages 5-18. We are a supportive community. We have face to face activities together providing an opportunity for homeschooled children and parents to meet each. We form groups for classes or instruction or field trips or for extracurricular activities like team sports or scouts or just hanging out. We are continuing to build our abundant resource “library” full of information in our links and files section. This is a secular group.

Madison Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/madisonhomeschoolers/
Area served: Madison, Morris County
Comments: This is an all-inclusive group of homeschooling families based in or around Madison, NJ (Morris County). Our main focus now is to organize field trips and playgroups for our homeschoolers. All are welcome.

Tri-State Homeschoolers Depot
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tri-statehomeschoolersdepot/
Comments: We welcome homeschoolers and unschoolers. This is a Homeschool Support and Sharing Group, serving the tri-state area of Northeast Pa., Northern New Jersey and New York.

Tri-County Homeschool Association (TCHSA)
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TCHSA/
Comments: This group is open to homeschool parents throughout New Jersey, but concentrating on uniting homeschoolers in the North Jersey tri-county area; Bergen, Passaic & Essex counties. I would like to get in touch with other homeschooling parents in the area, my ultimate goal being to form a group where we can all meet and conduct co-op classes together, social activities, field trips, etc.

North New Jersey Jewish Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NNJJewishHomeschoolers/
Comments: This group provides opportunities for Jewish Homeschooling Families and children to get together. We live in northern New Jersey or the surrounding areas. We may meet for a Purim or Hanukah party or for no reason at all. This list is intended to be a venue for planning and announcing activities, providing information and for support.

New Jersey Homeschool 98201
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NJ_Homeschool_98201/
Comments: Isn’t that the zip code of Everett, Washington? Why yes, it is! It’s also a group of Northern New Jersey homeschooling families with kids born roughly from “1998 to 2001.” Open to all, including homeschool veterans, newbies, and lookers. Monthly meetings near Paramus, NJ, with more fun to follow!

New Jersey Inclusive Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NJIHS/
Areas served: Morris, Sussex and Warren counties
Comments: This is a place for homeschoolers to connect, give support, exchange ideas and news, and to join forces for projects that will help our communities – while promoting acceptance and support of homeschooling. It is a place to meet homeschoolers of ALL kinds. It is an open forum – for all homeschoolers who believe that homeschooling and religion can be separate issues – allowing us to work together to exemplify the diversity of the homeschool community. Everyone is welcome, though messages will focus on the North Jersey (Morris/Sussex/Warren County) area.

Hudson Valley Unschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hudson_valley_unschoolers/
Comments: This is an email networking/discussion list for a support group of families who live in the general Lower Hudson Valley region of the New York/Northern New Jersey area and are already fully committed to the idea of unschooling. We are committed to one another by dedicating the time to meet regularly, and the energy attendant on relating to one another and sharing ideas in order to inspire and improve our thinking about our intimate family life.

NJ Homeschool Hangout
Web site: http://www.meetup.com/NJHomeschoolHangout/
Dues: $30/year
Comments: This group is open to all Homeschoolers and those who are considering doing so in the future. . We are an eclectic group who embrace diversity! All people, regardless of religion, race, or beliefs are welcome to join. We are an all inclusive group and enjoy the diversity of ideas, events, and experiences for our children. We are committed to providing FUN, interesting, social, and informational opportunities for all home-schooling parents and their children in and around Northern New Jersey. Most of our events are in Morris, Passaic, and Bergen Counties although we do sometimes have events throughout NJ, NY, PA, and CT.

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Central Jersey Groups

Homeschoolers of Central New Jersey
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomeschoolersCentralNJ/
Comments: This group offers support to homeschooling families in Central NJ. It is only open to families who homeschool. We are not affilated with any religious denomination. We are open to all homeschoolers.

Homeschool Middletown Area
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomeschoolMiddletownAreaNJ/
Comments: This group is entirely devoted to Social Activities for Homeschoolers in Middletown NJ and the surrounding areas. If you want to form a club, plan an event or just meet other homeschoolers, this is a great place to meet up or just chat.

Shore Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ShoreHomeschoolers/
Comments: Our group is open to NJ homeschoolers/unschoolers in Monmouth and Ocean counties. We encourage networking and friendly discussions. We do not have to agree with each other, but we do insist that posts are respectful.

Green Valley Homeschooling Cooperative
Web site: http://greenvalleyhomeschoolers.com/
Yahoo group: green_scene
Comments: Green Valley is a welcoming, inclusive and cooperative community of families participating in home education via diverse philosophical, religious, or spiritual approaches. This includes support for homeschooling parents, socialization for children and adults, in a non-sectarian, cooperative structure that offers a variety of activities and a sense of community.

CNJ Muslim Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cnjhomeschoolers/
Comments: Assalamu Alaikum! This is a discussion group exclusively for Muslim women that homeschool or who are interested in homeschooling and reside in the Central New Jersey area. It is our hope that this group will serve as support,encouragement, and guidance for all of its members. We ask Allah (swt) to give us baraka in our endeavors and that our actions are always fi sabeel Illah- Ameen.

The Autumn Oak
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AutumnOak/
Comments: Waldorf Inspired Homeschooling in Central New Jersey.

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South Jersey Groups

New Egypt Homeschooler Support Group
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewEgyptHomeschoolers/
Area served: New Egypt and surrounding areas, such as Jackson, Toms River, Wrightstown, Hamilton, North Hanover, Columbus, Browns Mills, East Windsor, etc.
Comments: This is a secular group for all homeschool families in our area who are currently homeschooling or are interested in homeschooling. We discuss homeschooling issues and plan social and educational activities for our homeschooling children. All members are welcome to plan and post events for our group since this group is for all members. Posts of events from other groups are welcome.

Chaplet – Catholic Homeschool Association w/ Papal Loyalty Educating Together
Website: www.chaplet.org
Area Covered: Camden and Burlington counties
Contact: Diane Toler
Religious Affiliation/Special Interest: Roman Catholic
Dues: Yes
Services: Information meetings, social gatherings for parents, family activities, instruction /activities for kids, newsletter, conference, field trips.

Cornerstone Home Educator
Web site: http://www.cornerstone.southjersey.com/
Area served: Gloucester County, southern New Jersey
Comments: We are committed to nurturing our children and reflecting God’s unconditional love.We treat each other with love, patience and respect.We respect all biblical interpretations/perspectives/views of each member by upholding Christian Unity through Diversity.

Living Water Home Educators
Web site: www.LWHE.org
Area covered: Burlington County, surrounding counties
Dues: $35/year
Comments: Living Water Home Educators is a non profit NJ corporation. Our mission is to support member homeschool families (with children from K to 12th grade) in the Burlington County and other nearby counties in New Jersey by establishing a community of home educators who can share experiences and assist one another in home education. LWHE is a support group; it is not a school or a substitute for a homeschool.

West Jersey Homeschoolers
Discussion List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WestJerseyHomeschoolers
Area Covered: West New Jersey (Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties)
Statement: We are a diverse group, from different religious backgrounds, homeschool styles and education philosophies. We share a mutual respect for each other. All ideas and opinions are welcome and appreciated. Our common goal is having fun together, while facilitating our children’s education outside of the traditional classroom.

Jersey Shore Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jerseyshorehomeschoolers/
Comments: Jersey Shore Homeschoolers will serve as an open group available to all who are currently homeschooling or interested in potentially doing so in the future. Our group’s purpose is to share information about available activities in the Jersey Shore area and to discuss any and all issues related to homeschooling. We’re here to help one another take full advantage of all the wonders of schooling our children at home, no matter the style of learning or reason for doing so. This is a secular group, therefore any practice of discrimination is unacceptable on this board. Homeschoolers are such a divergent and wonderful group of people, let’s have fun and get to know one another. In the process, hopefully we can make an even better life for our children as we share the joy that is homeschooling!

Atlantic Learning Network
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AtlanticLearningNetwork/
Comments: Our network is a homeschooling group (not based upon any one religion) with hopes of gathering parents and children from ALL walks of life for friendships and support in the Atlantic County area of NJ.

Woolwich Area Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WoolwichAreaHomeSchoolers/
Comments: Our group aims to connect homeschoolers in Gloucester and Salem Counties. Our goal is to offer support, latest news and local homeschooler events in the area.

Homeschoolers of Ocean County
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolersofOC/
Comments: This list is being created so those of us in the Ocean County area (especially in the Northern parts of the County in or near Toms River area where it seems the hs population is less due to lack of hs groups) can find one another and learn from each other. We would like to be able to get together a hs group in or around TR area through this list. If this is of interest to you or you would just like to chat with others in your area, you are welcome to join us!
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DE Preschool to Homeschool
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DEpreschooltohomeschool/
Comments: We are an all-inclusive home educators support group for families thinking about homeschooling their preschool or younger children in the Wilmington-Elkton-Philadelphia area; and extending out to N Delaware, NE Maryland, SW New Jersey, and SE Pennsylvania area. As a group we meet year-round to chat, discuss goals and educational resources, and to support each other. Our on-line discussions center around local events, arranging local get-togethers and field trips, and homeschooling. As a local preschool-homeschooling group this affords us the opportunity to get to know each other in person too. This group is open to families who are thinking about home educating their children. This forum is a means for us to exchange homeschooling information and ideas, upcoming local events and opportunities, and resources in support of our common effort to provide a homeschool education for our children.

Statewide Groups

ENOCH of NJ
Web site: http://www.enochnj.org/
Comments: Education Network of Christian Homeschoolers (ENOCH) of New Jersey is a organization which consists of like-minded Christians dedicated to observe the Biblical commands of Deuteronomy 6:4-10, Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4. We promote home education as the scriptural design for education, whereas institutional education is the alternative to the home. We believe that every family has the God-given, legal and constitutional right to home education in the state of New Jersey, regardless of their philosophy of education or religious affiliation.

NJLoop
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NJLoop/
Comments: The NJLoop is open to all homeschoolers in NJ for discussing homeschooling, sharing homeschooling experiences, and posting announcements of events and activities for homeschoolers. We are a diverse group, but at the highest level our reasons for homeschooling are all the same – our children’s education is very important to us, and we think that teaching them at home is the best education we are able to give them at this time in their lives. A recent, nationwide study of adults who had been homeschooled as children, showed that on average they were significantly happier, and also more satisfied with their jobs, than those adults who had not been.

NJ Homeschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NJ_Homeschoolers/
Comments: Open to all New Jersey homeschoolers, we are an eclectic group who embrace diversity. All people, regardless of religion, race or creed, are welcome to join. This is an unmoderated list and debate will not be censored. We ask that all members be sensitive to the diversity of the group when considering whether a topic is appropriate for posting.

New Jersey Unschoolers
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NJ-Unschoolers/
Comments: We are all believers in gentle and respectful parenting and attempt to live by those ideals even if we sometimes fall short (we’ve all had one of those days!). Other than that we’re all pretty different. Please don’t assume we’re all on the same page regarding religion, politics, vaccination, breastfeeding, diet or anything else. If you are someone for whom veganism/the NT diet/Christianity/atheism/TCM/LOA or heck – ANYTHING – is so important that you have trouble getting through a single post without bringing it up, then you probably won’t fit in here. It’s not that we can’t discuss these things, or mention them, but sometimes people who are really passionate about something don’t realize when they have crossed the line into eye rollingly annoying. Please, just try and not go there, k?

Catholic Homeschoolers of NJ
Web site: http://www.chnj.org
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CHNJ/
Comments: Owned and operated by Catholic Homeschoolers of New Jersey, the CHNJ Yahoo! list is a networking, support & discussion list open to ALL practicing Catholic homeschoolers anywhere in NJ, whether homeschooling independently or as members of local and/or national groups. This is for Practicing Catholics who are also homeschooling or may homeschool in the future. For more information on Catholic Homeschoolers of New Jersey, visit our web site at www.chnj.org.

Special Needs and Gifted Groups

Also see our page Special Needs Email Groups.
AS You Like It
Yahoo group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/asyoulikeit/
Comments: AS You Like It is a secular list for parents who homeschool, or who are thinking about homeschooling, children with Aspergers Syndrome, HFA, or PDD. Friends and relatives of these children are encouraged to join AS You Like It. People of all religious faiths and personal philosophies are welcome. We are an open-minded, forward-thinking, mutually respectful group of individuals, with diverse belief systems, who share the challenges and successes of parenting and homeschooling children on the autism spectrum. We share available educational and medical information, and reference materials. Our guidelines are simple–no religious references or signatures, and no soliciting in any form. Welcome all!

Homeschool Special Needs Kidz
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Homeschool_SpecialNeedsKidz/
Comments: THERE IS HOPE! This is a support group for those who live mainly in the USA who are homeschooling a “special needs” child, ages preschool to 19. Whether your child has ADHD, a learning disability (LD), dyslexia, emotional or neurological disorder, bipolar, Tourette’s syndrome,deafness,autism,anxiety disorder, oppositonal defiance disorder, blindness,any type of emotional or physical handicap,etc, then this group is for you.

Special Needs Homeschool
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/special-needs-homeschool/
Comments: Welcome to the HSSN, the Homeschooling Email List for Special Needs and/or Medically Fragile Children. Our focus is homeschooling families with at least one special needs child. We know that there are many labels out there: disability, special needs, physical or developmental challenges and more. Many of our members have medically fragile children dealing with trials in speech, motor development and learning disabilities. We homeschool full time or part of the time or we are considering homeschooling. Topics include: curricula, speech, feeding issues, OT, PT, survival strategies for “other” siblings, staying “sane”(whatever that is??) and a host of other issues.

Homeschooling and Down Syndrome
Yahoo group: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolinganddownsyndrome/
Comments: I hope to find more and more families who are homeschooling or want to homeschool their child with Down Syndrome. Come help be a part of our learning experiences!! Share what you have found or learn something new…Help others know that this IS an alternative!! And it may be one of the best things we can do for our kids!

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
Web site: www.giftedhomeschoolers.org/
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GiftedHF/
Comments: While schools serve a critical role in our society, not every school is a good match for every child. Homeschooling can be an ideal academic alternative for gifted children, because it provides an education tailored to individual intellectual, social and emotional needs.

Homeschooling Mensans
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolingmensans/
Comments: Welcome to Homeschooling Mensans! This group is a SIG (special interest group) affiliated with American Mensa, the high IQ society. It is open to Mensans who homeschool their own gifted children, or anyone interested in homeschooling gifted children. This list is the discussion group. We advocate no particular method, and promote no religious viewpoint. All are welcome. We expect all members to be respectful and tolerant of those whose opinions differ from their own. If you want a list where everyone agrees with you all the time, please look elsewhere. If you expect to seek converts to your point of view, please look elsewhere. If you want stimulating discussion, you’ve come to the right place. Please be aware that we moderate new members to prevent spamming. After your initial post (proving you are a real person, not a spammer)you will(at OUR discretion) be placed on unmoderated status. Opinions expressed are not those of American Mensa, which has no opinions.

Homeschooling Talented and Gifted Children
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HSGifted/
Comments: Come join a safe haven for Christian parents to talk about the joys and challenges of raising gifted and talented children.

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