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 Alabama.
Resources
Not Back to School Camp

Not Back to School Camp is a non-denominational, non-religious homeschool camp. The camp offers workshops, spontaneous events, and special evening gatherings, bringing together campers who are excited about life and willing to be themselves and to reach out and connect with the others. 

Local & State Support Groups
East-Central AL Charlotte Mason Study Group
A Charlotte Mason Study Group for East-Central Alabama, whose members encourage and learn from each other during study of writings about the Charlotte Mason method.
North Alabama Trailblazers
North Alabama Trailblazers is a group of homeschooling families in Madison, Morgan, Limestone, AL, and Lincoln, TN, counties, meeting together for mutual socialization and companionship of children and parents alike. Offers field trips, seasonal and holiday parties, play days, and other activities.
HS4RKids Social Group
HS4RKids Social Group is a group for home schooling families who would like a place to post social activities for home schoolers that they have planned or others have planned for home schoolers in the North Alabama area. Offers play dates, field trips, fun days, and seasonal/holiday parties.
Mobile Home Educators
Mobile Area Home Educators' Network is a homeschool support group based in Mobile, Alabama. Offers field trips, play groups, and other activities.
Gulf Coast Homeschool Support Group
The purpose of this homeschool support group is to provide a source of information and encouragement to all homeschool families in the gulf coast area of Alabama. This group accepts any homeschooling family regardless of religious preference. Offers information, support, email list, field trips, and activities.
Homeschool - AL -Pinson, Trussville, and Center Point
Support group for homeschoolers and potential homeschoolers in the Pinson, Trussville, Center Point and surrounding areas in Alabama. Offers area park days, field trips, book swaps, clubs, information, support, and more.
SouthEast Alabama Homeschoolers (SEAL Homeschoolers)
Support and information group for homeschoolers in southeastern Alabama. (Coffee, Dale, Houston, Pike, Geneva area). Offers events, activities, curriculum swaps, information, and support.
Georgia Homeschool Network

This Facebook group offers a place where homeschool families can come together and stay up-to-day on what's going on in the homeschool world in Georgia. 

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.
Christian Home Education Fellowship of Alabama (CHEF)
CHEF of Alabama was founded to serve all home educators in Alabama by providing information, services, and resources from a Christian perspective to anyone who needs help in the area of home schooling.
Christian Educators at Home in Anniston
The CHEAHA support group exists for the purpose of encouraging and unifying Christian home educating families through coordinating activities, communicating information and networking the home education coverings in and around the Anniston area.
Southwest Alabama Home Educators (SAHE)
Southwest Alabama Home Educators (SAHE) is a volunteer Christian support group uniting families who home educate their children in the Mobile and Baldwin County areas. Offers email support group, information on state laws, information, support, and more.
Alabama Independent Church Schools
Alabama Independent Church Schools, or The Alabama Independent Church School Association, is an association of home educators intended to disseminate accurate, and complete information to the homeschooling community, through the website, email list, message board, seminars, workshops, and discussions at activities. AICHA also provides support and assistance to new, small and other church schools, including information on getting started and administration, and helps to network church schools and individual homeschooling families for support and encouragement.
Elmore County Homeschool Organization (ECHO)
The Elmore County Homeschool Organization (ECHO) is a support group for homeschooling families in the tri-county area (Elmore, Autauga, Montgomery) of Alabama. Offers meetings, practical support for parents, activities and playtime for children, monthly field trips, and more.
North Alabama Home Educators (NAHE)
This is a not-for-profit support group for anyone in the North Alabama area interested in home education.
Home Educators of Alabama Round Table (HEART)
HEART offers email support list, information on homeschooling laws, online newsletter, listing of church (cover) schools, and much more.
Creative Play Workshop: Gentle Parenting at Play
This is an Attachment Parenting oriented group of parents who gather together with their children in the Birmingham area weekly. Workshops are fun, casual, parent-child interactive, and currently designed for toddlers through preschoolers, with younger siblings welcomed and arrangements that can be made to help older siblings feel at home, too.
Local & State Online Groups
K12 Alabama
This group is for current or prospective users of Dr William Bennett's K12 curriculum in Alabama.
Homeschool-Alabama
This list is for the discussion of topics related to homeschooling in Alabama. All Alabama homeschool parents (or those planning to homeschool in Alabama) are welcome regardless of reasons for home schooling, religion, etc. Posting of events, organizations and homeschool websites is welcome.
Home-Schooling the Only Child
Homeschooling an only child can be quite challenging at times. This group is open to anyone for support, enrouragement and ideas for those who choose the home-schooling road for you and your child. Although they are based in NC, anyone can join for support. They have a database that you can access to see who is in your state to get together with.
East-Central AL Charlotte Mason Study Group
A Charlotte Mason Study Group for East-Central Alabama, whose members encourage and learn from each other during study of writings about the Charlotte Mason method.
North Alabama Trailblazers
North Alabama Trailblazers is a group of homeschooling families in Madison, Morgan, Limestone, AL, and Lincoln, TN, counties, meeting together for mutual socialization and companionship of children and parents alike. Offers field trips, seasonal and holiday parties, play days, and other activities.
Alabama Homeschool
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.
AL Independent Homeschoolers
This email list is for those in Alabama whose home/family church sponsors the church school through which they home educate their children. This is often referred to as "being your own covering."
AL Christian Homeschool
This email group is provided for Christian homeschoolers in Alabama.
Alabama Unschoolers
AU is an open, unmoderated, inclusive list for anyone in, near or moving to Alabama with an interest in homeschooling with unschooling leanings. Since unschooling encompasses everything in your life, nothing is considered off-topic.
HS4RKids Social Group
HS4RKids Social Group is a group for home schooling families who would like a place to post social activities for home schoolers that they have planned or others have planned for home schoolers in the North Alabama area. Offers play dates, field trips, fun days, and seasonal/holiday parties.
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.
Calvary School
This email group provides a means of communication and support for homeschoolers from Calvary School in Huntsville, Alabama.
Mobile Home Educators
Mobile Area Home Educators' Network is a homeschool support group based in Mobile, Alabama. Offers field trips, play groups, and other activities.
Gulf Coast Homeschool Support Group
The purpose of this homeschool support group is to provide a source of information and encouragement to all homeschool families in the gulf coast area of Alabama. This group accepts any homeschooling family regardless of religious preference. Offers information, support, email list, field trips, and activities.
Brook Hills Heart & Home Educators
Brook Hills Heart & Home Educators promotes unity and community among Brook Hills' home-based educators by providing encouragement, resources, and support.
Central Alabama Independent Homeschools
This group is open to anyone homeschooling, or interested in homeschooling, in or near Central Alabama. This group is primarily for those who have chosen to homeschool under their own umbrella, without the use of a cover school. This group is intended to be a tool to meet parents in similar circumstances to discuss issues, curriculums, challenges etc.
Homeschool - AL -Pinson, Trussville, and Center Point
Support group for homeschoolers and potential homeschoolers in the Pinson, Trussville, Center Point and surrounding areas in Alabama. Offers area park days, field trips, book swaps, clubs, information, support, and more.
Alabama Homeschooling
A YahooGroup serving homeschoolers in Alabama.
Alabama Christian Homeschoolers
This lists is for homeschoooling families in the state of Alabama who wish to discuss Christian related issues regarding home-education with others who believe in Christianity
Pike Homeschoolers
This email support group is designed to help homeschoolers in Pike county Alabama to be able to stay in touch with and encourage each other.
Wiregrass Area Unschoolers
Email group for unschoolers in the Wiregrass area, including Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike counties.
SouthEast Alabama Homeschoolers (SEAL Homeschoolers)
Support and information group for homeschoolers in southeastern Alabama. (Coffee, Dale, Houston, Pike, Geneva area). Offers events, activities, curriculum swaps, information, and support.
Pathways Academy
A list to provide encouragement, ideas and support to faculty of Pathways Academy, an Alabama church school.
National Forums
Community Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
This is a general message forum at vegsource.com designed to discuss all general homeschooling topics.
Charlotte Mason Forum at vegsource.com
Discuss Charlotte Mason's ideas and find new way to implement those ideas at the forum sponsored by vegsource.com.
Black Homeschoolers' Network
Black Homeschoolers' Network is intended to facilitate a network among African American homeschoolers across the country. Here you will also find a message board for general communication as well as an email pal listing for homeschooled kids.
Religious Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A vegsource.com message forum for homeschoolers who have religious reasons to homeschool.
Unschooling Forum at vegsource.com
Unschoolers meet to talk and share ideas at this vegsource.com message board.
Special Needs Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A message board for parents who are homeschooling special needs children.
Homeschooling Humor Forum at vegsource.com
Got a funny story to share? Need a good chuckle? You'll find it here as homeschooling moms and dads share the joys and humor of homeschooling.
Homeschool Christian Solo Homeschooling Parents Message Board
This message board is designed for single homeschooling parents to support each other and get ideas and information on homeschooling as a solo parent.
Unschooling.Info Forum
This message board is designed for unschooling parents to connect, ask questions, share information and ideas, and get support.
Homeschool Christian Working Homeschooling Parent Message Board
Whether you work part-time or full-time, this board is to support you! It's not easy being a breadwinner and a homeschooling parent. You can find the encouragement you need right here.
National Online Groups
CM for Moms of Many
An email group for homeschooling moms using Charlotte Mason's methods. Focuses on homeschooling larger families.
Expatriots Homeschool Email Group (expat-homeschool)
This list is for expatriates who homeschool their child or children.
Shining Children with Radical Unschooling
This list is a forum for those either radically unschooling or learning how to radically unschool to discuss our "shining" children (Highly Sensitive, Out of Sync, Asperger’s traits, Explosive) and all the issues that accompany life with them--how we grow and learn ourselves thanks to our non-typical children and how unschooling frees their spirits and allows them to truly "shine."
Live Free Learn Free Email Group
This group is an announcement list for the print magazine Live Free Learn Free, a forum for unschoolers and relaxed homeschoolers in which to share ideas and experiences.
African-American Single Parent Homeschoolers
African-American Single Parent Homeschoolers is a discussion group designed to lend support and resources to parents who are home schooling alone.
ABC Books by Ann
This group consists of two things: 1) a bi-weekly newsletter with articles about living books, book collecting, taking care of and organizing your home school library, using living books in your homeschool, notebooking, book and author reviews, and more; and 2.) a bi-weekly catalog of living books for sale on eBay, plus and some unit studies.
Mother of Divine Grace Families
This list is for families using the classical approach to education as outlined in Laura Berquist's independent study program, Mother of Divine Grace (MODG), and in her book Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum (DYOCC). The discussions on this loop primarily revolve around the implementation and use of resources which are recommended in the MODG syllabi and in DYOCC. Additionally, they always welcome conversations about the classical methodology of MODG/DYOCC.
CMSeries
This list is designed for anyone wishing to learn more about the Charlotte Mason method of education from reading her own books and engaging in discussions of a philosophical nature.
Sonlight Unschoolers
This email group is for those who use Sonlight curricula but also like the unschooling approach (and other compatable methods). Working out how to mix the two, curricula exchange/sales, and connecting with other eclectic Christian unschoolers is the object.
CM Curricula
This list is for the buying and selling of resources (biographies,poetry and art books, teacher resources, etc.) that are in conformity with the Charlotte Mason "twaddle-free" philosophy. This is strictly a buying and selling list.
Large Family Moms
This list is for moms only that are part of a large family consisting of four or more children. Large families are wonderful, exciting, and very challenging. Here you will find time and money saving tips, advice and support.
Magnum Opus
Raising a large, Catholic, homeschooling family is a great work (Magnum Opus) and a great deal of work! Hopefully this email discussion group will be a place for parents of four or more to help each other with the nitty-gritty details of raising and educating a large, Catholic family.
Unschooling Dads
This list is a place for unschooling dads. Whether you're an advocate, long-time unschooler, novice, or somewhere in the middle, you're welcome here. This list is for dads only.
Christian Classical Charlotte Mason
This is a loop for Christians who are combining classical education methods with Charlotte Mason ideas in their homeschools.
Always Unschooled
This is a list dedicated to achieving a deeper understanding of a Radical Unschooling lifestyle with young children. It is geared towards thoughtful discussion and exploration of what Radical Unschooling looks like in the early years, from toddlerhood to around age 8 or so. Experienced and new Unschoolers can discuss how they made the transition from peaceful parenting to Unschooling in daily practice, when that transition occurred and what benefits children gain by Unschooling from the beginning.
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 Rhetoric stages). The purpose of this loop is practical in nature: to share resource suggestions, reviews, schedules, ideas, and encouragement, in order to help one another provide Classical Education within the homeschool environment.
Support4HomeSchool
This is an email group of Christian homeschoolers who teach their children using living literature.
CM-Waldorf
This list is designed for those interested in the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling with a Waldorf twist. Topics for discussion will be geared towards combining these two approaches successfully, and any other related issues.
Single Parent Homeschoolers
This is a list for single parents homeschooling their children. The purpose of this list is to support single parents.
CM4earlyyears
Email list designed to discuss the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling for children, ages birth through 6 years. While this list is not primarily religious in nature, there are often discussions of Christian topics.
K12 Large Families
This group is for large families using the K-12 curriculum created by Dr. William Bennett. Both homeschooling families and Virtual School families are welcome. It is particularly intended for families with more than 3 children in K-12 as well as additional teens, toddlers and babies. Discussions include both the curriculum and the challenges of implementing it in a large family.
Unschooling Basics
A list designed for those new to the philosophy of unschooling. Ask experienced unschoolers all those niggling questions, and find out how unschooling works in real families. If you're familiar with John Holt's work, but unsure of how to begin or what an unschooling day really looks like, this is a place for you to discuss, question, ponder, and become deeply familiar with natural learning and how it affects our entire lives. From parenting issues to learning from the whole wide world and beyond, come explore the issues that unschooling families have dealt with in the past and how to get beyond "school-think" to a joyful unschooling lifestyle.!
LDS Classical Education
A list for LDS homeschoolers seeking a classical education.
Only One Child Homeschooling
Are you homeschooling an only child? Or perhaps your other children are grown (or infants) and there's just one whom you homeschool? Or are your other children in public or private school and there's just one at home during the day? Is there such a large age gap between your children that each child feels like an only? Then this group is for you. All homeschoolers are welcome: new, old, school-at-homers, and unschoolers.
Catholic Homemaking and Homeschooling
This discussion group/email list is focused on the rich Catholic heritage and how to incorporate the Liturgical year into your daily life as a homeschooling family.
Big Families Recipes
A recipe group list with recipes that big families can enjoy. Discuss recipe successes and failures. Feel free to upload your own recipes or download others.
Single Parents and Homeschooling
A single mom started this email group to provide a means of sharing the unique problems and solutions a single, working parent faces in their homeschooling pursuits.
Unschooling.com Email List
This discussion list is the companion communications forum for the Unschooling.com website.
Christian Solo - Parent Homeschools
A place for Christian single-parent homeschoolers to find encouragement and support.
CM Audiobooks
CM Audiobooks was created to allow homeschooling parents the ability to share MP3 files of personal book readings. These audiobooks are of Twaddle-free books per the Charlotte Mason method and specifically created for those using the Ambleside Online curriculum. Anyone using the Charlotte Mason method is welcome to join and participate by reading books.
Living Math Forum
This is an on-topic list dedicated to the discussion of "living math" - mathematics education using living books and materials, as opposed to traditional curricula as the primary learning tool. Discussion applies to mathematics learning from birth to adult self education, with the understanding that arithmetic is only one feature of mathematics as a whole. Math history topics will apply as well. Educators using Charlotte Mason, Thomas Jefferson Ed (relaxed classical), Montessori, Waldorf and unschooling methods may benefit from the exchange of ideas.
CM for One
CM for One (CMfor1) is a message board for families home educating an only child and using the Charlotte Mason Method.
Living Book Reviews
Living Book Reviews offers reviews of books considered "living" books for children which are useful for acquiring a love of learning.
cmason
This list is for persons who are using or are interested in using the Charlotte Mason Philosophy for education (including homeschooling), or to enrich their own lives. Thislist espouses a Christian philosophy and is also a prayer list. It is also a very active discussion list, often 100 posts per day.
CM While Working
For parents trying to utilize Charlotte Mason's (CM) methods while working.
AHSA-USA Email List
This list is an opportunity for homeschoolers to contact homeschooling attorneys and experts about homeschooling legal and litigation issues. It is an informal network of attorneys and legal experts that are concerned with litigation pending and threatened against homeschoolers. Its primary purpose is to exchange legal information within the profession, and to educate and support attorneys and experts involved in homeschool litigation.
Angelicum Academy/Great Books Academy Book Swap and Chat
This group was started for homeschoolers using the curriculum of Angelicum Academy and its sister school Great Books Academy. This is a place to resell/swap school books and materials, and to discuss general homeschooling topics pertaining to the Angelicum/GBA curriculum.
HS1Mom
This is a list for single moms who homeschool their children. This is open to all single moms, no matter what type of curriculum they choose to use. It is predominantly a Christian list -- though others are welcome, also.
Catholic Charlotte Mason
Online support group for Catholics interested in the Charlotte Mason method.
Pregnant Again
This is a list for all who are pregnant for the third or more time and are having a large family by choice. Discussions include the difficulties of having several at home when dealing with sickness and fatigue, homeschooling, and more. This is a supportive list where people believe that large families are wonderful.
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