Florida: Support Groups
Alachua Regional Catholic Home Schooler Support Group
Lori Lamb
threelillambs@aol.com
352-846-5848
386-454-3321
Geographic Area Serving: Alachua & surrounding counties, Florida
Description: We are a Catholic Home Schooling support group in the Alachua County area of Northern Florida. We bring Catholic home schooling families together to share our home schooling experiences and share fellowship, go on field trips, and pray the Mass and rosary together all for our God and to benefit our children. We meet every Friday morning at St. Madeleine Catholic Church in High Springs, Florida. We have about 15 families in the group with children ranging from infant to about 15 years of age. We plan different activities each Friday which include Blue Army Fatima Cadets, monthly birthdays, field trips, and other events.
Requirements: We ask only that you are raising your children Catholic.
Benefits: We ask all parents to get involved in the group to help with planning events.
Cost: None
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Alternative Homeschool Educators
alternativehomeschooleducators-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Mainly Broward County Florida, with some members in Miami and Palm Beach.
Description: We are an all inclusive homeschool group serving mainly Broward County with some members in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. Alternative Homeschool Educators of South Florida is a group of homeschoolers who believe in respect for all people regardless of homeschooling styles, race, age or religion. Alternative Homeschool Educators of South Florida offers an online discussion list that includes discussion on all styles of teaching (life learning, unschooling, school at home, eclectic...), useful links, homeschool support from experienced parents, park days, field trips, educational co-ops and much more. We enjoy getting together all over Broward County with some activities in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties. *Note: the majority of our members and meetings are in Broward county.
Requirements: Trial membership for one month, then register and a one time $20 member. We ask that members plan one field trip or event per year.
Benefits: Inclusive, discussions, & get-togethers
Cost: $20 one time fee
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ARCH Angels of South Florida
Geographic Area Serving: Miami-Dade and Broward Counties
Description: The ARCH-Angels of South Florida is an association of Catholic families throughout South Florida that are committed to their faith as a way of life and home school their children.
Requirements: ARCH Angels membership is open to families of all faiths interested in homeschooling, with the understanding that we are faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
Benefits: Support
Cost: $40 yearly (currently)
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Brandon Homeschool Cooperative
Katherine Abbey
plainjane2@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Brandon, Florida
Description: The Brandon Homeschool Cooperative (BHC) is a nonsectarian group of families that shares resources, ideas, and support for all methods of homeschooling in the Brandon area.
Requirements: CODE OF CONDUCT 1. Be there with your child. BHC is a participant led group. Absolutely no drop offs unless the activity has been specifically listed as such. 2. Should you or your child(ren) need a moment apart from the group to calm each other or for private discussion, please take that time to attend to each others needs. 3. Should a conflict arise between children that proves too difficult for the children to peaceably work out, please discuss it with the child's adult only. No adult should confront/discipline another's child. 4. As a group, BHC promotes gentle support and gentle learning. Please be respectful of this should a discipline situation arise with your child during a BHC function. 5. Be respectful of the many different ways to home school. There is no one right way.
Benefits: There are a growing number of activities that are available, including field trips, crafts, park days, a history project coop class, Book-It, and Scholastic book ordering.
Cost: $10
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Broward County Homeschool Parent Support Group
Kelly Fifelski
browardcountypsg@yahoo.com
Lorraine Mitchell
Geographic Area Serving: Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, Florida
Description: The largest and oldest homeschool support group in Broward County. Founded upon Christian values and Christian led - but all homeschoolers welcome! Meetings 2nd Tuesday of every month. Children welcome at meetings - separate room for Elementary kids, Middle Schooler and High Schoolers - where they make friends and have fun. "Chat Room" for adults to socialize. Homeschool speaker at every meeting.
Requirements: All homeschooler welcome.
Benefits: * Weekly e-letter * Monthly newsletter * Field trips * parties * Large active Teens' group * High School Prom * Graduation Ceremony * Awards and Promotions Night * Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Science Fair * Park groups * Annual year book * Standardized testing * Used Curriculum sale * Annual "New Homeschoolers" meeting * Annual Activities
Cost: $35 yearly
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Central Florida Pre Teen/Teen Homeschoolers
Edia
nyb1@excite.com
Geographic Area Serving: Orlando, Florida
Description: Central Florida's original and only teen homeschool group! This group is for (pre-teens and teens) homeschooling families age 11 and up living in Central Florida/Orlando mostly covering Seminole and Orange county but all are welcome. If you have younger children as well, you may join however, only your children that are 11 & up can participate. All activities, discussions, field trips, etc. will be geared toward this age group, middle to high school level. This is not a religious group, however all are welcome.
Requirements: Only membership requests by the parents or guardians of the homeschooling students will be considered/accepted, not by the student him/herself. The only requirement to join this group is that your child/children be at least 11 years old to participate. If you have younger homeschoolers as well & have issues with this policy, please do not join this group.
Benefits: Fieldtrips, activities, parties, classes, support
Cost: None
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Christian Family Co-op
Wendy Nagel
TheNagelNest@msn.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa Bay, Florida
Description: Christian Family Co-op is a support group and co-op. We currently have ~50 families in our group with children ranging from infants to highschoolers. Our support group meets monthly at various locations around the Tampa Bay area and our co-op meets in Temple Terrace on Fridays.
Requirements: All families that register for the co-op are expected to attend regularly and parents are expected to work on their assigned days.
Benefits: Our support group has monthly parent meetings, frequent field trips, and annual special events. Our co-op has weekly academic and enrichment classes for all ages.
Cost: $5-Support Group/$20 Co-op yearly
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Christian Home Educated Tampa Teens (CHETT)
Kim Harvey
toriandrachelsmom@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa, Florida
Description: Group activities are geared for tweens/teens ages 11 and up. Younger siblings are welcome if other arrangements cannot be made. Movie nights, game nights, laser tag, bowling, skating, picnics, area attractions, holiday parties, and educational field trips older kids will enjoy. All Christian denominations welcome. Meets twice a month, days and times will vary according to the event.
Requirements: Parental involvement is strongly suggested. Help planning and organizing activities and field trips.
Benefits: Sharing ideas, suggestions, and resources with other parents in the group. A wholesome environment for teens to hang out together, have fun, and talk about issues important to them.
Cost: None
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CMHomeschools
Cheri Hedden
heddenhome@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: NW Florida- Crestview and Niceville
Description: CMHomeschools is a local support group of Charlotte Mason Homeschoolers which meets in the NW FL area. We meet monthly, in either Niceville or Crestview FL, on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Our meetings include a study time in which a topic, related to Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education, is taught and discussed in the group. If you are interested in the Schedule for the group this year, please contact me for the current topics and meeting locations.
Requirements: A purely CM style of education is NOT required to attend our meetings. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about Charlotte Mason's philosophy of education!
Benefits: You will meet with other local homeschoolers, who have similar values and goals, and desire to learn more about the CM philosophy of education. CMHomeschool's educational meetings are filled with quality teaching, discussions, and best of all ... questions related to CM education are welcomed! You will be encouraged and equipped to continue in your daily efforts to provide a CM education in your homeschool!
Cost: None
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Community Christian Homeschoolers (CCH)
Julie Peine
cchmembership@gmail.com
Debra Tolar
debra@tolarfamily.net
Geographic Area Serving: Gainesville & surrounding areas
Description: Homeschool support group for Alachua and surrounding counties since 1986.
Requirements: Form & fee required
Benefits: Fellowship, support and encouragement for parents; park days, field trips and other activities for children
Cost: approximately $40 yearly
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Cornerstone Christian Home Educators
Debi Large
dlarge@strato.net
863-763-6282
Geographic Area Serving: Okeechobee, Florida
Description: We chose our name because we want Jesus Christ to be the cornerstone of our homeschooling, our homeschooling group and our lives. We have classes available for the students during the school year on Thursdays. We meet at the ROC, which is a entire gymnasium with weight room, racket ball and classrooms for classes such as Science, Manners, First Aid, Bible, etc. We have a monthly parent meeting that meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month at "The Gathering," a local church.
Requirements: All members must sign our statement of faith, fill out an application and a Waiver of Liability for each child in the family.
Benefits: We have monthly newsletters, classes for the students, monthly support groups, field trips, etc. With your membership you also become a member of the FPEA (Florida Parent Educators Association), which is our statewide Florida Association.
Cost: $30 yearly
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Discovery Days
Lee Vance
rapidreturns@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Pasco County Florida
Description: We are a coop that meets once a week on Thurs. We offer a variety of class for Pre-K to highschool. Art, Music, Dance, science, math, writing, spanish and other classes are available.
Requirements: There is a fee per family to help cover the cost of the building. We also ask parents to help us with clean up and set up so that it isn't all on one person.
Benefits: Learning and fellowship
Cost: Per Semester: 1 Child: $20; 2 or more Children: $35; Classes range from $3 to $6 weekly
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East County Homeschoolers
EastCountyHomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: East Lake Worth, Florida
Description: East County Homeschoolers, in Palm Beach County, Florida, is a homeschool group available to new and veteran homeschooling families of all ages. We are inclusive of all learning styles, teaching methods and beliefs. Our aim is to enrich the lives of our children by providing meaningful and educational opportunities. This list will be used to notify users of upcoming events including, field trips, classes, and meetings as well as a forum for discussing homeschool related topics. All members are encouraged to organize events as we appreciate any contributions you would like to share. The goal for our group is for all members to be active. Our website is for members only, access is given to members that have attended at least one monthly meeting. For information on our meetings, please send a brief introduction of your family and what you are looking for in a support group to EastCountyHomeschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com . Thank you for your interest in our group.
Requirements: Regular attendance to monthly meetings
Benefits: Newsletters, Planned Field Trips, organized classes, etc
Cost: None
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ENOCH
Pam Wagner
pwagner13@verizon.net
Geographic Area Serving: Charlotte & Sarasota Counties, Florida
Description: Educational Network of Christian Homeschoolers-ENOCH is a diverse group of families with equally diverse educational philosophies. Each family makes their own decisions regarding curriculum and compliance with county and state laws. ENOCH was formed with the conviction that the primary responsibility for the education of children rests with their parents/guardians. We are a inclusive homeschool support group, non-registered, not-for-profit association with a decidedly Christian emphasis serving Florida homeschool families in Charlotte and Sarasota counties.
Requirements: Registration Form and Membership Fee, Park days are free and open to all!
Benefits: ENOCH offers many activities and events throughout the school year for the whole family. Taking part in these special programs is a great opportunity for every member of the homeschool family to learn something new, fellowship with other homeschool families, and have a great time! Some of the activities and events offered include: Weekly Park Days, Weekly Phys. Ed. Day, Monthly Parent Education Meeting (PEM), Christmas Party, Awards Night, Field Trips, Fine and Performing Arts Night, Science Fair, Inventors Day, And many more! FPEA memberships available through the group. Please contact us to find out when and where our next Parent Enrichment Meeting will take place - visit the meeting and see what the benefits are for your family!
Cost: None
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First Coast Christian Homeschoolers (FCCH)
Lisa Hill
fcchs@hotmail.com
904-814-2908
Geographic Area Serving: St. Johns County/St. Augustine & surrounding areas, Florida
Description: We are a Christian homeschool support group of appx. 40 families. We have children of all ages with a growing number of middle and high school aged children. Our parent meetings are monthly (Aug-May) on the second Monday of the month.
Requirements: We have only a few requirements; complete our application and pay the annual dues, sign our Policies & Procedures forms and perform one service commitment (for our group) per year. As an all-volunteer group we need each member to contribute in some way.
Benefits: We have educational field trips, holiday parties, classes, and an annual field day and other group get-togethers. We also have a lending library for our members and a web site to keep them informed and up-to-date.
Cost: $30 yearly
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FIRST Robotics Group, Mission Impossible
Angela Arden
aarden@verizon.net
813-967-4796
Geographic Area Serving: Brandon, Seffner, Valrico Areas
Description: FIRST Robotics Mission Impossible group supports youth ages 13-18 in the field of robotics technology. Support includes STEM education, robot building, programming, fundraising, community outreach, fieldtrips, and more. Will provide support to other teams in local area.
Requirements: Must be between 13-18 years old.
Benefits: STEM education, robot building, programming, fundraising, community outreach, field trips, and more.
Cost: None
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FL Homeschoolers
Jacinta Sousa
FLHomeschoolers@Yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: FL Homeschoolers is an unique resource to the homeschooling community. We offer a full bulletin board system that allows homeschoolers to: Plan or join field trips; Meet other local homeschoolers; Discuss curriculum; Share educational links; Share craft ideas & recipes; Access calendar of local & state-wide events; Discuss homeschooling laws/news. We do offer monthly free events that are held in different regions for homeschoolers.
Requirements: Members are required to fill out a short form with their name, childrens' ages and city. Members are required to log in to the board at least once a month.
Benefits: This list offers support from seasoned homeschoolers, offers an opportunity to discuss the topics that matter, and to help find/promote activities in your area.
Cost: None
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Florida Homeschool Adventures
Lori Kirlin
lfkirlin1@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Statewide (based in Tampa), Florida
Description: This is a group for all Florida homeschoolers looking to participate in adventurous field trips with other homeschool families!!! All activities will be located throughout Florida to allow for homeschoolers all over the state to participate.
Requirements: You must be a family that is currently homeschooling a child or children in Kindergarten through the 12th grade to participate.
Benefits: Adventure field trips, camping trips, family outings....
Cost: None
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Florida Homeschool Evaluations
Chavivah
chavivah@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: This group is for discussing Florida homeschool (home education) evaluations, portfolio evaluations, and various related aspects of homeschooling in Florida.If you are looking for an evaluator, have questions about the evaluation process and what to expect, have questions about what is and is not required by law, are concerned about the portfolio and log that the law requires, or are a teacher interested in doing portfolio evaluations for homeschoolers, etc. welcome to our group. The group is open to those currently homeschooling and those contemplating homeschooling.There is no fee, no cost, to join this group. If you join our group, please take a look at our archives, files and links sections for more information. And feel free to post your questions or comments to the group as long as they are related (directly or indirectly) to homeschooling evaluations or homeschooling.
Requirements: None
Benefits: An online group that discusses the annual evaluation and portfolio requirements for those who are homeschooling in Florida. We offer links to state laws and other sites of use to Florida homeschoolers, help in finding evaluators, answers to a variety of questions about homeschooling in Florida.
Cost: None
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Florida Pre Teen/Teen Homeschoolers
Edia
nyb1@excite.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Florida
Description: This group is for pre-teen and teen homeschooling families age 11 and up living in Central Florida/Orlando. If you have younger children as well, you may join however, only your children that are 11 & up can participate. All activities, discussions, field trips, etc. will be geared toward this age group.
Requirements: The only requirement is that your homeschooling child/ren must be at least 11 for the child & family to join & participate in group activities.
Benefits: We are a very busy group with many field trips, activities, classes, parties & events planned. We also provide many homeschooling resources, discussions & friendly, helpful advice.
Cost: None
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Florida-homeschool
Carol Wickwire
nonnawick@cfl.rr.com
321-216-6646
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: God's World is our classroom! This is a Christian homeschooling email-only support list for Floridians, where parents can discuss exciting and unique ways to homeschool their kids. Come meet other homeschoolers within the state of Florida, and share how you homeschool, ways to motivate kids to learn, what has worked for your family, and what has not! This is a place you can come to share great books, great ideas, and great moments. We have many small offshoot groups forming around the state. Whether you are interested in home schooling, relaxed home schooling, or unschooling, pop in and ask some questions! We all do things differently, but we have similar goals: kids who love learning. This List is geared towards Christians, but ALL are welcome! Pour a cup of coffee and join in our chat!
Requirements: This is a Christian group, and though we do not require members to adhere to a particular set of beliefs, we do expect all members to respect Christian beliefs and the members who subscribe to them.
Benefits: Florida-homeschool is a free, come-and-go as you like email support group. Please come join us and take advantage of the hundreds of years of homeschooling experience available through our membership! This is a great place to discover other homeschoolers in your area, exchange ideas, or hear about special book sales, homeschool fairs, and classes for homeschoolers.
Cost: None
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God's Colorful Creations Homeschool Group
Lisa
flhsmom@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Lake County (Clermont, Minneola, Groveland), W. Orange County (Winter Garden and nearby cities), Florida
Description: GCC has formed to connect Christian homeschooling families of color from various ethnic backgrounds, and Christian families raising children of color through adoption etc. We want to support and encourage one another in our homeschool journey and help to create a sense of self-awareness and pride in our children to be whom God created them to be. The range is from preschool to elementary aged children. We are a group of a social nature, and plan to meet so that the children can have play time/fellowship. Please bring any toys, i.e.: balls, etc. to share. In addition, we plan to incorporate throughout the yr. extra activities for the children. GCC is a Christian based group that supports families of color from different ethnic backgrounds as well as families that homeschool children of color. As well, GCC welcomes non-minority Christian families who desire to learn about our cultures.
Requirements: Each mom will share in planning one activity or event per yr. (i.e. a simple field trip, etc.). We are here to help each other and working well together is imperative.
Benefits: Christian fellowship, playtime for the kids, mom's (own time out), field trips, arts & crafts, and share time. We hope to include occasional guest speakers (role models) as well. Email for additional information regarding activities, place, time requirements, etc.
Cost: None
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H.O.P.E. (Homeschooling Okaloosa Parent Educators)
Taura
solascridhe@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Okaloosa County, Florida
Description: This is a group for homeschooling families of Okaloosa county, Florida. I'm starting this group to help people who are feeling as lost as I have felt when starting the homeschooling path. I will post information for contacts and groups and support lines for people who are interested in home education for their children. I welcome posts of info. - group meetings, updates on prior posts (changes of emails and numbers) Also support posts are welcomed! I welcome people of any faith, race, creed, etc. Diversity is beautiful!
Requirements: Open mind required :-D
Benefits: We plan playdates, story hours, support, craft ideas, information, educational links, networking, field trips, etc.
Cost: None
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HCECF-Homeschool Co-op Educating in Central Florida
Denny
hcecf.membership@gmail.com
407-884-7862
Geographic Area Serving: Apopka (home base), but group covers Orange, Seminole and Lake Counties, Florida
Description: Homeschool Cooperative Educating in Central Florida, HCECF, is an inclusive and eclectic group of home-educating families in the greater Orlando area (basically Orange county, Seminole county and Lake County) working together since 2001 for weekly co-ops, science and history classes, book clubs, fun educational fieldtrips, homeschool faires, BRICKschoolers LEGO® and robotics programs, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) - IT (internet technology) related programs, SECME teams, Science Olympiad team, Odyssey of the Mind team, PE and sports days including Presidential Fitness Testing, annual drum building campouts and H.E.A.R.T.S. homeschool community service volunteers program including administration of Volunteer Service Awards and many more educational and social opportunities! HCECF is a cooperative with all members contributing to the groups success. HCECF is truly inclusive and eclectic and as such welcome and value participation from people of different faiths, religions, lack of same, races, ethnicities, family composition, sexual orientation, diets, vaccination status, abilities or disabilities, curriculum choices, learning styles and home education styles. HCECF firmly believes everyone picks the right path for themselves and their family. Member of the International Inclusive Homeschool Directory.
Requirements: None
Benefits: HCECF offers discounted FPEA memberships, discounted student Edventures membership, yearbooks, membership cards, faires, campouts, a FULL calendar of homeschool activities and numerous other homeschooling and parenting resources which are available in our members only yahoo group discussion forum (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HCECF/) for a diverse age group while maintaining and supporting the individual valuable educational choices each family has made.
Cost: $24 yearly/family
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HEAR (Home Educators At Riverbend)
Deirdre Registrato
deirdrereg@netscape.com
386-274-4849
Geographic Area Serving: Ormond Beach, Florida
Description: HEAR exists to glorify God by edifying fellow believers, who have prayerfully chosen to home educate, with wholesome activities, biblical fellowship, and meaningful information - all within a Christ-centered environment with God’s Word as the authority.
Requirements: There is a complete belief statement and list of guidelines available that you can review before joining.
Benefits: Your membership includes: a membership card, monthly newsletters, full access to all HEAR events, exclusive access to our Online Group, discounted fee for our Annual Book & Curriculum Sale, automatic enrollment in Pizza Hut Book-It (for K-6th students enrolling in Aug/Sept), and free admission to our annual end of the year Recognition Celebration.
Cost: $25 yearly
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HOME - Homeschool of Miami Enrichment
Jannet
rushi2@hotmail.com
305-759-2257
Dee Dee
mdess@comcast.net
305-754-6719
Geographic Area Serving: Miami Shores, Florida
Description: We meet once weekly on Tuesdays from Sept to Nov and from January to March in the Miami Shores Area. We offer classes from 8:30 am ranging from math, literature, dancing, languages, piano, guitar, violin, and art.
Requirements: We require a $35 semester registration fee. We also require the parent to volunteer one hour weekly.
Benefits: We are a FPEA recognized support group. Members receive e-newsletters, FPEA membership (optional and extra).
Cost: None
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Home Education Resources & Information, Inc
Hillary Berry
herijax@yahoo.com
904-783-8197
Geographic Area Serving: Duval and surrounding counties, NE Florida
Description: H.E.R.I.'s purpose: *Strengthen homeschooling families by providing resources and networks for success. *Promote unity and support in the local homeschool community. *Promote unity in homeschooling at the state and national levels. *Promote homeschool to as an equally viable alternative to education. *Promote homeschool accomplishments before business, colleges, and the general public. We are volunteer organization that operates under Christian Principles and reserve the right to pray before, during, and after any and all activities, meetings, in the name of Jesus Christ the Only Unique Son of Jehovah, God.
Requirements: We encourage our members to participate in any of the volunteer opportunities that we host throughout the year at a minimum of 2 hr/year.
Benefits: H.E.R.I. membership includes FPEA membership and a monthly newsletter. We organize group testing for our members, a used book sale, a curriculum convention, presentation night, and graduation. We also have a library.
Cost: $40 yearly
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Home Educators Network of Central Florida
Radonda Dobbins
homeschoolmomma@earthlink.net
407-234-6672
Geographic Area Serving: Central Florida (Orlando area)
Description: Our goal is to provide a safe, friendly environment for homeschoolers of all ages to learn and grow. We respect all homeschooling styles and methods. We are an inclusive group, open to everyone regardless of faith, race, religion or homeschooling beliefs. We encourage our members to actively participate and share their ideas with us. We are both a support group and a place to network with other homeschoolers. We are truly a member-led group and have activities on most every day of the week. We currently have over 50 families in our group.
Requirements: Our only requirements are that you have an open mind, open heart and a love of learning!!
Benefits: With over 200 links in our links section we are bound to be your one stop resource. We also provide mentors to new homeschoolers. We hold classes and co-ops including art, book club, history, science, environmental studies and foreign language. We also meet for social interaction, planned field trips, playdates and fun! We have a strong community network including Misty Forest Academy, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Young Chef's Academy and Orlando Ballet. We offer discounts to many local cultural events.
Cost: None
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Homeschool Alternatives Of Pinellas
Deb Carter
homeschoolalt-owner@yahoogroups.com
727-381-4259
Geographic Area Serving: Pinellas County, Florida
Description: We are an inclusive homeschool support group serving all of Pinellas County, FL (and parts of western Hillsborough and southern Pasco Counties).Our group is currently at 260+ member families as of October, 2006. All age groups are represented, from tiny ones to high school ages. We operate mainly through our e-list on YahooGroups, to get information out about our meetings, park days, co-ops, field trips, homeschooling questions, classes, homeschool laws and general support. Membership is free. To join, send a blank email to: homeschoolalt-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolalt/
Requirements: OUR MISSION STATEMENT: "We are an ever-growing group of families who come together for socialization, ideas and support. We offer opportunities for homeschooling families, regardless of political, religious or educational beliefs. Our common goal is our children's educational future."
Benefits: We offer a Homeschool Alternatives membership ID card for use at area businesses that offer discounts to homeschoolers, as well as for identification purposes for children that are homeschooled. We are a member group of LIFE, a statewide inclusive homeschool support group.
Cost: None
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Homeschool Educator
Gina Ann
mommy25onlytg@aol.com
727-484-2073
Geographic Area Serving: Holiday, Pasco county, Pinellas County
Description: We are a group of Home school parents and students who love to homeschool, although we are serious about education. Group leader and founder is a certified teacher. We take field trips, meet once a month at least, and more if needed or for activities. We attend the FEA conference.
Requirements: Small fee for group and seperate fee for FPEA membership/Homeschool Legal Defense Association
Benefits: Meet others interested in Homeschool and learning at home, activities, classes, sports, arts, support.
Cost: $10 membership: $35-$70 Evaluation
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Homeschool Happenings In Florida
Rebecca Miller
millerhomeschool@msn.com
727-992-6625
Geographic Area Serving: All of Florida
Description: This group is open to all homeschooling families in Florida to share activitites, events, co-ops, associations, organizations and support groups with other homeschoolers. We're a member-led group that depends on the participation of members to share information. This is not a "chat" group, but a calendar/bulletin board group.
Requirements: Our requirement is that the activities/events posted are to be (family) homeschooling related opportunities. Members can be homeschoolers or those thinking of homeschooling: those thinking of homeschooling in Florida, those moving to Florida (and already homeschooling), and those already living in Florida.
Benefits: We have members that own businesses that provide services to the homeschooling community (such as cooking classes, art classes, etc.) at discounted rates for groups; support groups leaders; and members that are shariing activities/events from their own local support groups or co-ops. Members may be looking for local support groups to join. When joining this group, members receive a lot of email at their joining that provides information on homeschooling laws, where to buy curriculum, testing information, suggested support groups to join, suggested homeschool reading, etc.
Cost: None
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Homeschooling Is Solid (H.I.S.)
Kimberly Harvey
toriandrachelsmom@yahoo.com
813-977-2592
Geographic Area Serving: Tampa, Florida
Description: Christian support group. Not a pricey co-op. Meets once a month on Fridays from 10am-1pm at leader's home near Busch Gardens/USF area. Newly formed group. Currently 6 moms and 12 kids ranging in ages from 3 to 13. Boys and girls.
Requirements: Must sign statement of faith upon membership. No cost to join, but very little costs may occur such as field trips and craft supplies. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to help plan activities and field trips
Benefits: We provide support, encouragement, and friendship. Monthly newsletter, yahoo group site to stay informed of group's events. Park days, games, crafts, local, inexpensive or free field trips, discounted membership to FPEA, Mom's night out, and end of the year curriculum swap/sale. All ages welcome!
Cost: None
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HOP - Homeschoolers of Pinellas
Kim Sichterman
lilpearls@verizon.net
727-249-3168
Geographic Area Serving: Dunedin/Pinellas County, Florida
Description: Non-religious homeschooling support group offering co-op classes, field trips, parties, curriculum sales and support for the whole family. Over 250 families in the group.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Too many to list!
Cost: None
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HOPE - Homeeducation Organization Providing Encouragement
Nancy Robbins
hopeforfamilies@bellsouth.net
954-753-5058
Geographic Area Serving: Coconut Creek, Florida
Description: We are a Christian group of homeschooling parents coming together to support one another in this journey. If you would like to join our group and become a part of this wonderful community we would love to have you attend our meeting and get to know us!
Requirements: At this time we are not implementing any requirements other than that parents whom decide to join are to be home schoolers or offering their services to the homeschooling community.
Benefits: We are a fully functioning support group with some incredibly talented people offering their expertise! We offer a yearbook, a monthly newsletter, email support system, website, field trips, and a host of opportunities that each individual members offers to the membership at large.
Cost: None
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Jacksonville Homeschool Kids
Geographic Area Serving: Eastern Jacksonville and Surrounding areas; This group is based in Jacksonville, Florida and is mostly focused in the Beaches/ICW/Arlington/Southside/area, but all areas are welcome to join!
Description: All grade levels are welcome! (Prek-12th) We are an open minded, member run group, who would love to have you join us! This is a year round secular group for homeschool families, so we have a variety of opinions, religions, race, and ideas that need to be respected. We all work at our own pace, but help one another along the way. This makes our experiences more varied and opens up new learning opportunities. We have Field Trips, Get Together(s), Clubs, Social Activities, PE, Special events, Academic Classes and lots more! This is a member run group, so please feel free to add anything, or make a suggestion! We hope to be able to collaborate with other home school groups in town to schedule activities together. We, in no shape or form, are exclusive, for we all home school and we all are a great asset to each other. The more support you can get, the better! :) So please join us today, and help make this a great resource for everyone!
Requirements: The requirements for membership are very simple: *You have an open mind *Are willing to contribute to the success of the group *You try your best to be an ACTIVE member (participate in activities) *We do require a $25 annual fee per family (refundable within 30 days)
Benefits: *Support and Friendship for yourself and your children *Park Days, PE, Science Club, Art Days, Zoo Days, Theater shows, Drama Club, Music classes, and much more! *Never worry about socialization *Guidance through every step-from just starting to being a homeschool family for years!
Cost: $25 yearly/family
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LEGO - Homeschool Florida
Denny
hcecf.lego@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: This list was started because we often get folks from out of our area looking for homeschool Lego teams. It's also nice to know which other teams at various competitions are made up of homeschoolers! This is a networking group for Florida Home Educators to learn about the various Lego programs available and how to use them in a homeschooling environment. LEGO - Homeschool Florida is also a place for teams searching for members and members searching for teams to meet up with to connect with each other. Be sure to include your location or homeschool group in your posts! "LEGO-Homeschool Florida" is a virtual group only! It's a service to share information and allow folks to find people in their area! This group does not have face to face meetings. Please keep this list ON-TOPIC! This is not a general homeschool list. Some appropriate topics would include: Using Legos in your homeschooling curriculum Forming/Joining a team Junior FIRST LEGO League FIRST LEGO League EARLY Robotics BOT Ball Related subjects that are considered ON-Topic VEX Robotics, FIRST Robotics
Requirements: Homeschooling in Florida and interested in lego and robotics competitions
Benefits: Networking of other homeschoolers with similar interests
Cost: None
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LIFE of Florida
Terri
willinghamster@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: State of Florida
Description: LIFE of Florida is a statewide homeschool support and networking group. LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) welcomes everyone of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning and life styles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Ability to connect with other home educators around the state and to find a wealth of great resources to maximize your home learning efforts
Cost: None
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Lower Keys Unschoolers
Nicola
nicofinn@yahoo.com
305-745-3759
Geographic Area Serving: Lower Florida Keys, Monroe County, Florida
Description: Lower Keys unschoolers is a list for homeschoolers in the Lower Florida Keys to chat, find support, meet others and for those looking for information about homeschooling.The group is also a contact source for dates, events, field trips and meetings. This is an inclusive list and is made up for unschoolers, eclectic and relaxed homeschoolers.I want everyone to feel welcome on this list and to have fun, find friends and support. This is not a debate board on how to homeschool or unschool, so please be respectful.
Requirements: See above.
Benefits: See above.
Cost: None
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M.O.M's Homeschool Group
Angie Carter
angiecarter@tds.net
850-544-1467
momshomeschoolgroup@tds.net
Geographic Area Serving: Quincy, Florida
Description: We meet the third Thursday night of every other month. We have park days, choir, student council/government, 4-H, speech, and whole lot more. We are new group so we are small but growing. We currently have 12-15 families and our ages range from birth to 15 years old.
Requirements: We do require that you attend 4 of the 6 meetings.
Benefits: We have field trips each month, park days once a month, and we support each other.
Cost: $15 yearly
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Miami-Dade County Homeschool Support Group
Grace C. Rodriguez
MDCHomeschoolSupportGroup@gmail.com
305-525-5525
Geographic Area Serving: Entire Miami Dade County Area
Description: We make it FUN for both Parents and Students. Offering: FUN Adventures for kids (( ALL AGES )) Park Days Field Trips ( Kids & Adults ) Discounts on Group Admitions
Requirements: None
Benefits: LOTS OF FUN ACTIVITIES FOR: ADULTS & CHILDREN Testing and Workshops available
Cost: $20 Membership
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Mid-Florida Homeschoolers (MFH)
Anita
AnitaW@cfl.rr.com
Kenya
kenyar@cfl.rr.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Florida
Description: Founded in 2001, MFH is a support group for families of homeschooled children in the Central Florida area. MFH is an inclusive group with over 150 members. Most of our activities are targeted to children ages 4-13, but all are welcome.
Requirements: MFH accepts all residents who currently homeschool, or are considering homeschooling, regardless of religious persuasion or beliefs.
Benefits: MFH offers discounted FPEA memberships, discounted Enchanted Learning memberships, discounted music and theater classes, yearbooks, membership cards, geography and science fairs, a large variety of co-ops offered, weekly park dates, field trips and a yahoo group discussion list.
Cost: None
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NearHim Home Educators
Geographic Area Serving: Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida
Description: We are a group of about 75 families which is based in Longwood, FL. However, our members come from Seminole, Orange and Lake Counties. Monthly parent meetings are held once a month. Activities are organized for all ages.
Requirements: Our group does have a basic Statement of Faith which all members are expected to agree with. It can be found on our website.
Benefits: Our support group offers field trips, events like History and Science Fairs, classes, Parent Meetings, Bible Study and other activities.
Cost: $50 yearly (includes $18 FPEA fee)
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New Port Richey Homeschool (NPR Homeschool)
Valerie Drake-Altman
nprhomeschool@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: New Port Richey - West Pasco County, Florida
Description: We are an all-inclusive, multi-age homeschool group working to create a diverse and vibrant homeschool community. We support all homeschoolers and homeschooling styles.
Requirements: You should be an active homeschooler. Our kids range in age from 5-18.
Benefits: We provide support, information, resources, planned activities, group learning, and special teen outings. We create opportunities for all homeschoolers in the community and work towards helping our children grow and learn while forming peer groups and friendships.
Cost: None
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North Florida Homeschool Support Group
homeschoolingfl@gmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Union, Bradford, Gilchrist, Alachua, and Levy Counties of Florida
Description: North Florida Homeschool, a new group of homeschooling parents in North Central, Florida, offers friendship; support and encouragement; announcements of events and opportunities of interest to homeschoolers; and buying and selling of curricula.
Requirements: We welcome all homeschoolers from our geographic area regardless of other affiliations.
Benefits: Friendship, support, and encouragement
Cost: None
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Orlando Area Unschoolers
Jan Zeiger
jan@janzeiger.com
Geographic Area Serving: Central Florida
Description: Are you unschooling in the Orlando area?? If so, then this is the group for you!! :) I started this group because I was hoping to connect with other unschooling families in our area. I'd like for my children to have opportunities to meet other unschooled kids their age.
Requirements: Each parent is asked to plan one event a year. Not all events need to be major. An event could be as simple as meeting at a local park or a planned group trip to Kennedy Space Center. The goal is just to keep the group active without having one person be in charge of updating the calendar.
Benefits: Group outings, family potlucks, camping (eventually), Mom's Nights Out
Cost: None
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Orlando Home Educators
Paula Collins
pcollins002@cfl.rr.com
407-687-0510
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Orlando Area, Florida
Description: Orlando Home Educators meets & plans group activities in the Greater Orlando area. Although older siblings are always welcome, most of our children are elementary age & younger, and thus so is the focus of our activities. We look forward to these children growing up together, a stable group of friends who can share their memories of youth. OHEd offers educational opportunities such as bi-monthly fieldtrips, a monthly book club, Lego Club and other co-ops; as well as social opportunities that include park days, beach nights, theme park visits and holiday parties. We also enjoy cultural events such as theatre productions, concerts,and museum visits. Other annual events include: Field Day/family picnic, Project Fair and Geography Fair. We capture our experiences and accomplishments (both shared and individual) in an annual yearbook, and celebrate with a year-end, yearbook-signing party.
Requirements: Plan one to two events per year.
Benefits: Discounted memberships to FPEA are available through OHEd, but are not required for membership. Take advantage of group discounts to many places/events through OHEd.
Cost: $10 yearly
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Orlando Home Educators
Carmen Schulting
carmen@cfl.rr.com
407-859-9518
Geographic Area Serving:
Greater Orlando Area
Description: OHED is an active Christian, family oriented group whose desire is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, while teaching our children at home. Also, we believe that our children are gifts from God. As parents, we are fully responsible for their education, instilling Godly character and training our children to love God with all their heart. We offer various activities for students of all ages, such as field trips, a published yearbook, 4H membership, FPEA membership, holiday celebrations, Christmas celebration, end of the school year celebration, Geography Fair, Science Fair, community service events and more. We are pleased that members see OHED as their extended homeschooling community, desire to develop friendships with other families and support each other in the process of home schooling. The events and activities that you, as members, choose to organize, facilitate, and assist in are what enrich the overall home education experience for our families. Many hands make light work and we pray this format will accomplish our goals for this group. We hope that you will consider joining us! May God guide and bless your home schooling endeavors.
Requirements:
Our membership requirements are as follows: • Must come to two group events before commit to the group • Must complete an application • ALL members must volunteer to lead at least one activity per school year. (i.e. set-up one field trip, coordinate one holiday event, lead a craft at holiday event, lead a game at event etc.) • Members must be active participants. We encourage members to support other hosts by committing to scheduled events and attending events that suit their homeschooling needs. • Members must treat other members (adults and children) with the utmost respect at all times
Benefits: Discounted memberships to FPEA are available through OHEd, but are not required for membership. Take advantage of group discounts to many places/events through OHEd.
Cost: None
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Orlando Liberal Homeschoolers
Nina
ndoyle@cfl.rr.com
407-297-0668
Heather
code7r@gmail.com
407-230-3415
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Orlando Area, Florida
Description: This is a secular homeschool support group for families with liberal political values; we believe in equality for all, regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. If you have had difficulty finding a homeschool support group that would accept you the way you are because you can't honestly comply with their "statement of faith" requirements, we can offer your children the opportunities to fulfill their social needs in a diverse group that accepts them as they are.
Requirements: An open mind and an accepting, friendly attitude
Benefits: We currently offer park playdates, field trips and share our individual knowledge to help resolve any educational difficulties our families may encounter. Additional activities may develop, depending on the participation level of group members. We are an evolving group.
Cost: None
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PACE
Leah Brooks
dittob@gmail.com
386-473-2638
Geographic Area Serving: Central FL
Description: Resource center for christian homeschoolers in the central Florida area. Lists of local field trips, evaluators, schools, etc.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support
Cost: None
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PACT - Pre-Adolescents Connecting Together
Karen Folino
Karen@pacthomeschool.com
1-561-316-PACT
Geographic Area Serving: Palm Beach County
Description: PACT, Pre-Adolescents Connecting Together is a new generation of homeschool support. Has your child outgrown many of the typical activities like park day or arts and crafts? Are you struggling to find age-appropriate activities and like-minded children for friendships? We understand! PACT will help you build friendships, encourage volunteerism and have fun during our many educational activities. You are more than a number to PACT; you are a valuable participant. PACT encourages field trips, mom’s night out, volunteer opportunities, encouragement, used book sales, socialization, and never ending activity opportunities for our members. If you have Judeo Christian beliefs and a child 9yrs and up, please join us as “Many Hands Make Light Work.”
Requirements: To be a member of PACT you must plan at least one field trip a year and pay a small membership fee, you may join PACT for only 12.00 a year, if you want to included an FPEA membership (20.00) it will be $32.00 per year, for our membership you receive a fantastic field trips, many activities and incredible fellowship.
Benefits: We plan an incredible amount of field trips including meeting an astronaut, behind the scene tours of the Sheriffs canine unit training, special discounts. We have a yearbook, special events from field day to curriculum sales, moms day or nights out, special speakers, and the fellowship of like-minded homeschoolers who want more than a typical arts and craft day or boring group meeting. PACT is a very active support group! Hope to see you there.
Cost: $12 W/FPEA; $32.00 yearly
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Palm Beach County Homeschoolers Co-op
Cheryl
chavivah@yahoo.com
561-798-3842
Geographic Area Serving:
Palm Beach County
Description: Palm Beach County Homeschoolers Co-op is an inclusive volunteer-run homeschool support group open to local Palm Beach County, Florida homeschoolers regardless of beliefs, ethnicity, or homeschooling style. Our focus is on homeschooling with an aim to provide friendly support with social and educational opportunities for all.
Requirements:
To join, potential members must attend one of our twice-monthly park dates and fill out a form and pay a minimal membership fee (currently $5 per school year).
Benefits:
In addition to our regular park dates, we host a variety of clubs and activities for homeschooled kids of all ages. We regularly host events such as Science Day, World Day, field day, end of the school year celebration, Moms Night Out, and more. We have a variety of social and academic opportunities for the children, and networking and infomration for parents. Members get membership cards for discounts at some local stores. We are affiliated with FPEA, so members can receive discounted membership in that statewide group if they want.
Cost: $5 per school year
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Parents ETC (Educating on the Treasure Coast)
parentsetc@gmail.com
772-336-5761
Geographic Area Serving: Treasure Coast area of FL, from Ft. Pierce to Palm City
Description: Parents ETC is a non-sectarian homeschool support group. We offer parent support group meetings, academic events, co-op classes for all ages, field trips, park days, and more!
Requirements: We are not a religiously-based group. To participate in Parents ETC events, you must become a member and pay yearly dues. Information about becoming a member can be found on our website.
Benefits: Parents ETC believes that homeschooling is a journey. Walking this journey together provides support and encouragement, and furthers our children academically.
Cost: $30 yearly
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Pasco_Florida_Homeschoolers_Fun_in_the_Sun
Rebecca Miller
millerhomeschool@msn.com
727-992-6625
Geographic Area Serving: Pasco County, Florida - See Yahoogroup for all locations
Description: Our friendly online community is here to help you with your homeschooling journey. Homeschooling can be fun and successful with your online buddies cheering you on and supporting your best effort to educate your children in whatever manner you feel suits your needs. Ask questions and share ideas. Connect with other Pasco, Florida, homeschoolers. Take part in fun and lively discussions while making new friends with diverse people from all philosophies and levels of homeschooling experience. We welcome anyone with an interest in homeschooling. Our discussion list is an all-inclusive online community, which means we respect your choice of religion or none at all, and was established to discuss all issues of homeschooling. This group also has meet-up activities.
Requirements: Homeschooling family (or inquiring about homeschooling) in Pasco County, Florida.
Benefits: Meet other homeschooling families in the county and find activities and homeschooling support.
Cost: None
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PATH Salvadore Park Group
Cybele
cybelebotran@hotmail.com
Geographic Area Serving: Miami-Dade County, Coral Gables, Florida
Description: We are an inclusive support group in the South Miami/Coral Gables Area. P.A.T.H. currently offers 2 park groups, one in Coral Gables and one in Pinecrest. We are located in Coral Gables and meet every Thursday from 2-4 pm at Salvadore Park. Please come visit. There is NO FEE to come hang out and visit with us! We welcome ALL homeschool families.
Requirements: The Parents' Association for Teaching at Home is a support group for families who have decided to educate their children at home in south Miami-Dade County, Florida. The main functions of P.A.T.H. are the promotion of homeschooling and the support of our member families in matters related to homeschooling. Our goal is to inform, encourage and motivate one another in our endeavor to homeschool. P.A.T.H. is a not-for-profit organization that is run by volunteers. Member families are encouraged to bring their own beliefs and unique qualities to P.A.T.H. We come together in P.A.T.H. in an atmosphere of respect, kindness and the pursuit of a common goal - the education of our children at home. All homeschoolers are welcome to join P.A.T.H. All homeschoolers in Miami-Dade County are welcome to join P.A.T.H., regardless of creed, curriculum, or grade level. If your family is in need of homeschool support or if you are concerned with your child's socialization; we invite you to visit our Membership Page to get to know more about our group and the different opportunities we offer to the homeschool community in Miami-Dade County.
Benefits: Family based support system for your Homeschooling program Group organized activities, Weekly park group meetings, FPEA membership, Notification of Homeschool based activities in our area, Year round FUN for your family.
Cost: None for Park Group/$50 yearly for P.A.T.H.
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Pensacola LIFE Homeschool Support Group
Rose Jansen
PensacolaLIFEHomeschool-owner@yahoogroups.com
850-473-0920
850-393-7149
Geographic Area Serving: Pensacola, Florida
Description: Pensacola L.I.F.E. (Learning in Freedom Everyday) is an all-inclusive homeschool support group dedicated to providing support for all homeschoolers in Pensacola and the surrounding areas whatever your homeschooling style, reasons or religious beliefs are. We believe that learning is accomplished by all through an atmosphere of love and respect. Our group consists primarily of relaxed homeschoolers and unschoolers. We get together monthly for a play day and we sometimes plan a group activity for all those interested in participating. We also take turns planning field trips.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Support for homeschoolers and unschoolers. We have a library of "How To" homeschool and unschool.
Cost: None
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Pensacola Unschoolers
Rose Jansen
pensacolaunschoolers-owner@yahoogroups.com
850-473-0920
850-393-7149
Geographic Area Serving: Pensacola, Florida
Description: Pensacola Unschoolers is an alternative education support group in Pensacola, Fl. Some of us are radical unschoolers, some just lean that way and some are more of the school at home variety. We're an all inclusive, eclectic group aimed at supporting the unschooling family. All are welcome regardless of religious beliefs, family design or homeschool style, but keep in mind that the culture of this group is relaxed/eclectic or unschooling in nature. We also support gentle parenting techniques. We get together every Wednesday for Park Day at the Bayview Community Center. Please call for more information.
Requirements: There are no requirements for this group. It is very relaxed.
Benefits: The main benefit for this group is that all people are welcome! You are NOT required to sign a statement of any kind. Join us for support in whatever way you choose to homeschool your child. We have a small library of unschooling materials available to check out.
Cost: $15 yearly
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ROOTS: Clermont Homeschool Co-op ( 4 and 5 yr olds)
Melinda Ojeda
Designingflorals@yahoo.com
407-285-1609
Geographic Area Serving: CLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND (SouthLake County)
Description: Christian homeschool group. Education and values with a purpose. Co-op meets every Wednesday, from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Co-op Class includes: themed lessons (writing, numbers, sound, memory, reading) hands on crafts, circle time, game/recreation, and healthy snack time.Email me to receive our handbook and application.
Requirements: Parents share lesson plans on a rotation basis. Child must be age 4 by April 2012 or age 5 by April 2013.
Benefits: Support, Fellowship, field trips, parties, shared resources and more
Cost: $45 yearly
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Sarasota Area Homeschoolers
Robin Hagan
robin@SarasotaAreaHomeschoolers.com
941-927-1830
Geographic Area Serving: Sarasota, Florida
Description: Sarasota Area Homeschoolers is an all inclusive group of homeschoolers in the Sarasota, Florida area. We have families from Port Charlotte to Bradenton.
Requirements: There is no fee to join, and membership is open to everybody. The only requirement is that you maintain a fair level of activity.
Benefits: We offer co-ops, field trips, parties, support meetings, and much more.
Cost: None
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Seminole Learning Community
SLC Leader
Seminole-Learning-Community-owner@yahoogroups.com
Geographic Area Serving: Seminole and Volusia Counties, Florida
Description: This is a group for homeschooling families IN or NEAR Seminole County, Florida. Group interests include weekly co-ops, group events and activities such as park days, craft days and field trips.This group is open to families from all faiths and walks of life. All styles of homeschooling are welcome. All ages are welcome. This group is run by its members with some guidance from moderators so be prepared to jump right in!
Requirements: We ask that members actively participate in the group.
Benefits: We currently offer weekly co-ops, field trips, and park days.
Cost: None
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SHARE Homeschool Support Group
Debbie Dykes
sharebradenton@cs.com
941-751-4501 after 3
Geographic Area Serving: Bradenton, Sarasota, Florida
Description: S.H.A.R.E. [Support Homeschool Activities Reaching Everyone] An organization for support educational fieldtrips and socialization of homeschool students and their families. We uphold Christian morals and values. We are open to ALL homeschool families regardless of covering, reason for homeschooling, and religious or political affiliations. Emphasis is on group activities with respect, compassion, and tolerance toward others.Over 550 families involved in Manatee, Sarasota and adjacent counties.
Requirements: SHARE focuses on field trips, excursions, activities ... We do not have "parent" meetings.
Benefits: We have many field trips, plus monthly roller skating for very inexpensive family rate. SHARE also announces various classes, including tennis, art, p.e., sports, etc.
Cost: None
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South Broward Homeschool Support Group
sbhomeschoolgroup@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: Broward County, Florida
Description: SBHG is an all inclusive, eclectic mix of homeschoolers in the area who provide friendly, diverse and informal support during the course of the year. We are committed to providing our children with friends on a regular basis for fun and activities along with friendly support for all other family members.
Requirements: A onetime membership fee and regular participation which is attending at least one function every 3 months.
Benefits: We have weekly park days at various parks in the county, parties and field trips during the year. We offer an online discussion group. We also offer all homeschoolers, regardless of any family orientation, the opportunity to socialize with others in the area in a relaxed, honest setting.
Cost: $10 one time
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South Lake Home Educators
South Lake Home Educators Leader
SLHEinfo@aol.com
Geographic Area Serving: Clermont/Groveland/Four Corners, Florida
Description: We are primarily a support group that provides social experiences for you and your child. We have activities for Pre-K-12th grade. Our group has over 80 families and is growing larger every year.
Requirements: All members are required to sign a Code of Conduct and plan one event per year.
Benefits: We provide a monthly newsletter, an average of 2 field trips per month, park days, planned activities, bowling, International day, end of the year Awards Night, and a yearbook.
Cost: $45 yearly
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Southwest Florida Homeschoolers Having Fun!
Geographic Area Serving: Lee County, FL
Description: This is a group geared towards families with preK and elementary-age homeschoolers. The goal is to have a group of moms and kids to meet up with regularly for some fun activities and play time. Some activities may include: parks, home playdates, Imaginarium, Nature Center, pools, library, nature walks, and anything else that seems fun.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Activities
Cost: None
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Southwest Florida Homeschooling Families
Lynda
hslynda1@yahoo.com
Geographic Area Serving: A volunteer-based homeschooling support group serving the area of Southwest Florida, including Collier and Lee Counties.
Description: We welcome all homeschooling families, regardless of religious beliefs, educational philosophy, or curriculum method. We have founded this group in the hopes that homeschooling families in SW Florida will feel welcome and encouraged by our support. We are not a leadership-based group run by rigid bylaws. We are all volunteers. We believe this system will enable members to concentrate more fully on their families and give attention to the important matters of homeschooling rather than the politics of a group. We will meet for field trips and association to help support and encourage one another and our children.
Requirements: Our membership policy requires that a prospective member be known by someone who is already a member OR the prospective member attend a function OR the prospective member speaks with the membership coordinator by phone or in a face-to-face meeting.
Benefits: We also offer discounted FPEA membership to our members for $20. This makes us an FPEA-recognized support group. Membership in FPEA is not required to be a member of SWFL-HSF. To see the benefits of being an FPEA member, go to www.fpea.com
Cost: $7 yearly/family
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The Examined Life
Toni Deveson
toni@theexaminedlife.org
Geographic Area Serving: Miami, Florida
Description: We are a secular home school support group in Miami, Florida. Our roots are liberal and we teach evolution and rigorous scientific inquiry. We welcome families of all races, lifestyles, sexual orientations and philosophies. We meet once a week.
Requirements: Our only requirement is that you teach a science-based curriculum.
Benefits: We have a wonderful enrichment co-op, we go on field-trips, meet regularly at park and enjoy a monthly Girl's Night Out for the moms. We also have a chess club, an astronomy club and a vegetable gardening club.
Cost: None
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The H.E.L.P. House (Home Educated with Learning Potentials, Inc.)
Lisa Ward
heavenlyhugsandkisses@gmail.com
904-269-1030
Geographic Area Serving: Jacksonville/Orange Park, Florida
Description: We are a homeschool support group of special needs children and their families in the Jacksonville/Orange Park, Florida areas. It is an all inclusive and diverse group of parents providing enrichment, socialization, and support for the entire homeschool family. Our members provide advice and friendship to each other through monthly parent information and support meetings. We warmly welcome any homeschool family of a child with learning and/or medical special needs, regardless of homeschooling styles and philosophies.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Many!! Different for each family.
Cost: None
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The Homeschool Connection Co-op
Jenny Bilbrey
mrs_bilbrey@mchsi.com
850-232-1125
Melissa Mason
winsomsouls@aol.com
806-367-3012
Geographic Area Serving: Pensacola Area
Description: Homeschool Co-op meeting weekly for academic, social, and spiritual support. The families in the co-op utilize Tapestry of Grace as their core curriculum and Apologia for Science.
Requirements: Parental Participation is required at all times.
Benefits: Academic, social and spiritual support
Cost: Varies based on family size and need
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Titus 2 Homeschoolers
Mike and Juli Stewart
mandjstewart@cox.net
352-377-8111
Geographic Area Serving: Alachua and surrounding counties
Description: Support group of Christian families with a weekly e-mail newsletter of area events, meetings, and opportunities surrounding Alachua County. Members are encouraged to coordinate with other homeschoolers in the posted activities (field trips, park days (meetings), and other various social fellowships and service projects) and to contribute to listing activities in the newsletter. You may join F.P.E.A. through us.
Requirements: None
Benefits: Connecting homeschooling families
Cost: Free weekly e-mail newsletter to any homeschooling family. F.P.E.A membership is currently $20.
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Treasures Homeschool Group
Gayle Atwood
atwoodhomes@yahoo.com
850-638-3655
Geographic Area Serving:
Description: We are a Christian based group with prayers and devotionals at every meeting. We meet once per month, during which we discuss upcoming field trips or events, fellowship with one another while our children socialize with one another. We usually have at least one field trip or event each month during the regular school year. We also have a 4-h club which meets before the homeschool meeting. The 4-H club also has field trips and events, and hosts an educational fair during the school year on a previously chosen subject. The students who enter this fair do projects that correspond to that subject and are judged and can receive trophies. Our students, (when possible) also participate in the spelling bees with the public school and take part in the Tropicana Speech Competiton each year.
Requirements: Our only requirement is to behave in a Christian manner at our functions, and to be kind to all who are present at these functions.
Benefits: The benefits of being a part of this group are many, such as meeting new people, finding wonderful friends for yourself and your students. You always have someone you can call, email, or talk face to face with when you have a problem or question.
Cost: None
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Welcome 2 HOME
Leslie Rookey
LLRookey@aol.com
352-518-0577
Geographic Area Serving: Dade City, Florida
Description: Our Group meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month from 1-3 at the American Legion Hall on Church Ave. We have Enrichment classes for all ages. Mentorship classes for the adults. Field Trips once a month. Bowling each Wednesday, Park day each Friday. And so much more.
Requirements: Our only request is that members help each month with clean up, set up and activities.
Benefits: We have an on line e-loop letter, a group library and book sales.We plan many low cost field trips for all ages.
Cost: $12 yearly
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West Orange Social Club of Homeschoolers (WOSCH)
Nina Doyle
ndoyle@cfl.rr.com
407-297-0668
Christine Shewfelt
cshewfelt@cfl.rr.com
407-880-3311
Geographic Area Serving: Greater Orlando Area, Florida
Description: This is a secular group of homeschoolers who will meet for social gatherings in the west orange county area (off the 429 in Winter Garden). This area is convienent to Winter Garden, Ocoee, West Orlando, South Apopka, Windermere, Metrowest, Clermont, Gotha, and the Oakland areas. All Ages are Welcome! This group is structured to basically allow our families to spend time together, and form bonds and friendships to last throughout our lifetimes. We meet twice per month at a park (indoor activities are planned over the summer months instead), normally on Mondays; occasionally we may do some 'fieldtrip' type get togethers in addition to our park days (chocolate parties, pottery painting, movie dates, christmas caroling,etc) We also hold seasonal and/or holiday parties for the children throughout the year, and we are beginning to hold a monthly "Moms Coffee Break" for the moms to meet on a weekend to have some social time of their own. We hope that one (or maybe all!) of our activities will spark your interest and that we will get to make your acquaintance soon!
Requirements: Our requirements are that you currently homeschool at least one child, and that you are able to make our events on a somewhat regular basis.
Benefits: Fieldtrips, park dates, once a year Lego-engineering opportunities, social/recreational opportunities for both kids and parents, and beginning in 2008 our childrens' yearbook/scrapbook meetings
Cost: None
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