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 North Dakota.
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 North Dakota.
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
HEART
HEART is a homeschool support group serving the members of Fargo Baptist Church. They offer a Back to School Bash, field trips, talent night, a science fair, a year book, and an end of the year party. They also provide members with information about events, activities, legislative updates, and homeschooling issues.
Eclectic Home Educators
This is an online support group for families who are pursuing an eclectic style of homeschooling. Although many members of the group are religious-minded, the list itself is secular.
National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers (NASH)
The National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers (N.A.S.H.) was born out of the realization that secular homeschoolers, lack a strong, organized, and influential voice to advance the imperatives of the secular homeschooling movement while advocating for secular homeschoolers. N.A.S.H. is organized by secular homeschoolers, for secular homeschoolers. They are led by a team of volunteers, including a Board of Directors, all of whom are dedicated to the advancement of secular homeschooling.
Resources and Encouragement for Area Christian Homeschoolers (REACH)
REACH is a Christian homeschool support group serving families in the Fargo/Moorhead area (North Dakota and Minnesota).
Facebook kicking it with homeschoolers
A short discussion of Facebook's decision to offer a verification method for homeschool students without having to list a high school.
Classically Eclectic
This loop was created for homeschoolers interested in presenting school materials, real books, and/or purchased curriculum in a manner consistent with Classical Education philosophy. Specifically, Classical Education refers to educational models (such as the Trivium) described by Laura Berquist, the Bluedorns, Dorothy Sayers, Doug Wilson, Jessie Wise, Susan Wise Bauer, and others, in which material is presented to children according to their stage of development (i.e., Grammar, Logic, and Rhetor...
Alliance for Intellectual Freedom in Education
Alliance for Intellectual Freedom in Education is a network of individuals whose objective is to eliminate governmental interference in education, particularly home education, by raising awareness of the unalienable rights of conscience of all parents to raise and educate their children as they see fit.
North Dakota Division of Independent Study Distance Learning Program
The mission of the Division of Independent Study is to provide a delivery system of distance education curricula in a manner consistent with sound educational practices. They provide elementary, middle, and high school supervised distance education curricula free of time and place constraints; an alternative educational program of instruction for learners through comprehensive course materials, individualized teacher comments, computer-assisted instructino, and online courses; licensed teachers;...
Work and Homeschool
Do you have to (or have to return to) work or attend school but still want to educate your child(ren) at home? Have you been told that it's impossible to fit homeschooling your child(ren) into your life if you cannot make it your top priority due to your own work or school needs? Well, many of these list members are proving that work and homeschool can be done! This is a support group for working parents (or student parents) who have chosen to homeschool their children or are considering homesch...
Greater Grand Forks Home School Association (GGFHSA)
Greater Grand Forks Home School Association is a Christian support group comprised of over 60 families all acting together to provide growth opportunities for our children as well as encourage each other. The families live in the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks area and from the many rural areas surrounding these cities. This is an active group offering many opportunties for parents and children. They publish a monthly newsletter, offer field trips and yearly spelling and geography bees.
North Dakota Homeschool
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in North Dakota, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
Mater Amabilis Teacher Training Forum
Mater Amabilis is a free online homeschool curriculum, which takes the methods of Charlotte Mason and applies them for the 21st century Catholic family. Offering a detailed and flexible syllabus for each age level, Mater Amabilis can be used as a complete curriculum or simply as a springboard for learning. This online teacher training forum provides support in implementing the methods of Charlotte Mason and tips for adapting these methods to today's family.
Work at Home Moms (WAHM) Homeschool Forum
The WAHM message boards provide a forum where you can make announcements, promote your home business, find business services, and much more. The WAHM forum is also a great social network for work at home moms. Share your WAHM stories, find help, support and advice, and meet other WAHMs across the USA and around the world.
FM Secular Homeschoolers
This is a secular homeschool support group for the families of the Fargo/Moorhead areas. The group is intended to offer a forum for sharing ideas and meeting new people.
North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA)
North Dakota Home School Association (NDHSA) is a Christian support group. It exists to encourage and assist Christian families in the education of their children and to provide home educators and the general public information pertaining to the Biblical, academic, and legal aspects of home education.
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