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Classes, Curricula & Other Resources

Boston Children's Museum Beyond the Chalkboard

http://www.beyondthechalkboard.com/

Bright Hub Education

http://www.brighthubeducation.com/
Useful, relevant expert-driven educational guidance you can count on – that’s Bright Hub Education. From creative lesson plans and classroom management tips, to detailed study guides that help students understand diverse topics, to homeschool curriculum reviews and parenting tips, you will find educational articles that will help you be a better teacher, student or parent.

CK-12

http://www.ck12.org/about/
Free easy to use tools for you, your teachers and your schools so that you can get your learning done.

ECHO: Education through Cultural & Historical Organizations

http://www.echospace.org/index.html

http://www.fun-books.com/

Hoagie's Page

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/investigations.htm
Includes links to individual lesson plans and lesson plan collections, as well as links to free online high school courses.

Homeschool Buyers' Co-op
http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/

Homeschool Freethinkers

http://www.hsfreethinkers.com/
Secular homeschool resources.

Homeschool Reviews

http://homeschoolreviews.com/
A site where homeschoolers can read reviews and discuss curriculum and other issues that relate to homeschooling.

Khan Academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/
Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.

Living and Learning with Your Little Ones http://www.besthomeschooling.org/gateway/inted16.html
Preschool and Kindergarten learning activities.

PBS LearningMedia

http://mass.pbslearningmedia.org/

PBS News Hour Extra

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lesson-plan/

Peabody Essex Museum's Classroom Resources

http://pem.org/learn/teacher_learning_resources/classroom_resources

Peer Unschooling Network

https://peerunschooling.net/

Rise Out
http://rise-out.com/blog/
Rise Out offers support and resources to Boston-area teens who want to leave high school and take charge of their own education.

Secretary of the Commonwealth's Kid Zone

https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/ciskid/kididx.htm
Stories, puzzles and games about Massachusetts.

Splash: List of Learning UnlimitedPrograms for Middle and High School Students

https://www.learningu.org/current-programs

Stanford Online
http://online.stanford.edu/

Teach with Movies
http://teachwithmovies.org/home-school-index.html

Unschool Adventures

http://www.unschooladventures.com/
Unschool Adventures leads international trips and U.S.-based educational programs for self-directed young adults, ages 14-21. Each of our trips builds the skills, experience, and self-confidence that a young person needs to transition into independent adulthood.

Vector64 Home Education OpenCourseWare Page

http://www.vector64.com/HomeEd/video.html
Contains links to sites that provide free, online video lectures for academic courses and other Open CourseWare materials.

Voyagers, Inc.

http://www.voyagersinc.org
530 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
978-263-8425
directorvoyagers@gmail.com

General Homeschooling Information

Holt - GWS
http://www.johnholtgws.com/
GWS magazine, the books, essays, speaking, and advocacy work of John Holt and his associates over the years are archived here to celebrate and support the fact that people are good at learning and you don't have to go to school to grow as a person.

http://www.midnightbeach.com/hs/index.html
A source of neutral, non-commercial homeschooling information.

http://learninfreedom.org/
This site is about learning in freedom, taking responsibility for your own learning. It shows you how to use your own initiative in learning, so you can use schools and teachers just when they are helpful to you, and voluntarily chosen by you.

Life Learning Magazine

http://www.lifelearningmagazine.com/index.htm
Let Life Learning Magazine help you discover how to employ self-directed, life-based learning in your own life and/or that of your child.

Homeschoolers' Websites

http://www.brycekroll.com/

Claire Dickson

http://clairedickson.bandzoogle.com/fr_home.cfm

http://www.eligerzon.com/index.php

 http://www.grownwithoutschooling.com/

Orfeo Duo

http://www.orfeoduo.com/

http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/content/about-sarabeth

Legal and Accounting Help

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AHSA-USA/
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. A referral list of attorneys and legal experts may be maintained…

http://www.homeschoolcpa.com/
Helping homeschool organizations obtain non-profit status.

Massachusetts

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolingspecialneedsMA/
A support group for parents homeschooling their children with special needs. We are an inclusive group, supporting one another in decisions regarding traditional and alternative homeschooling and other therapies helpful to our children. Our children are as unique as the ways we homeschool them!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MAhomeschoolers/
An inclusive list for homeschooling families in Massachusetts.

http://mhla.org/index.htm
MHLA is an advocacy and education organization, which endorses home learning as an alternative to public or private schooling.

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/MIAAHandbook1719.pdf
Bluebook pages with rules pertinent to homeschooling

http://www.malegislature.gov/
Massachusetts laws, bills, legislators

Find Your Elected Officials

Find election information for all levels of government by entering your address: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx.

You will probably be able to find names of elected officials on a town's home page. Of special interest are school committee members, as well as information about when the school committee meets, and if it is possible to receive advance notice of their agenda in case the topic of homeschooling comes up.

If you can't find your town's website, try calling your city or town clerk for the information. You will find the phone number here  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cistel/telidx.htm.

https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/ciskid/kididx.htm
Stories, puzzles and games about Massachusetts.

Networking

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MAhomeschoolers/
An inclusive list for homeschooling families in Massachusetts.

Research, Studies and Overviews

The Fraser Institute: Home Schooling Improves Academic Performance and Reduces Impact of Socio-Economic Factors

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/fraser-institute-home-schooling-improves-academic-performance-reduces-impact-socio-economic-777310.htm

Freedom to Learn

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn
Peter Gray's Psychology Today blog about the roles of play and curiosity as foundations for learning.

http://educationnext.org/home-schooling-goes-mainstream/

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009030.pdf

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/2006042.pdf

Special Needs

http://home.earthlink.net/~tammyglaser798/authome.html

http://fcsn.org/index.php
The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.

Home Schooling Special Needs in Massachusetts

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschoolingspecialneedsMA/
A support group for parents homeschooling their children with special needs. We are an inclusive group, supporting one another in decisions regarding traditional and alternative homeschooling and other therapies helpful to our children. Our children are as unique as the ways we homeschool them!

Sports

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/MIAAHandbook1719.pdf
Bluebook pages with rules pertinent to homeschooling