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 Washington.
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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
CMers in Kitsap
This group is a networking resource for homeschoolers in the Kitsap County, WA area who are using the Charlotte Mason method.
Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO)
The Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO) is the state organization for homeschoolers, families operating under the Home-Based Instruction Law. Their mission is to serve the diverse interests of homeschoolers in Washington State. WHO is nonpartisan, nonsectarian and non discriminating in its views of homeschooling and participation in its activities. Its purpose is to disseminate information about homeschooling to those interested, and network homeschooling families with people and resources. In addition they play an advocacy role for homeschoolers with the state legislature and the public school system.
Washington Natural Learning Association (WNLA)
Washington Natural Learning Association works to ensure the right to home-educate our children without cumbersome regulation. They also help families with questions and problems that may occur when home-educating.
Yakima Homeschool Network
The Yakima Homeschool Network connects homeschooling families throughout the Yakima Valley.
Special Homeschoolers of WA (SpecialHSofWA)
Email support group for all families living in Washington state who are homeschooling special needs children or are considering it.
Western Region Unschoolers
The Western Region Unschoolers is a group for unschoolers who live in the Western U.S. covering: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. This is a forum to announce and organize conferences, travel, camping, and other places to get together.
Family Learning Organization
Family Learning Organization is intended to advocate for home-based education, to facilitate the encouragement of homeschooling families, to help preserve the freedom of parents to educate their children, and to serve as a means of communication and networking. Through the organization, homeschooling families can network with other more experienced parents. They also offer educational assessment and testing services.
Life Education Activity Resource Network (LEARN)
LEARN is an inclusive non-profit homeschool support group in the South Puget Sound region of Washington State. While most LEARN members live in Thurston County, they also have members in Pierce, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Lewis Counties. Its purpose is to offer member families quality opportunities to augment their own educational efforts on a cooperative basis. LEARN offers field trips, a newsletter, shared (co-op) activities, mom's meetings, used curriculum sales, and more.
Christian Homeschoolers of South Sound (CHoSS)
This is a group of families involved in home education who have come together to support and encourage one another according to Christian principles and biblical guidelines. They work together to plan and organize group activities and provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, resources, methods, and information relating to home based instruction.
WHO for Homeschooling
The Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO) is the state organization for homeschoolers, families operating under the Home-Based Instruction Law. The purpose of this list is to inform and alert. Members are kept abreast of developments, both in the legislature and in the public school system, that affect homeschooling in this state.
Teaching Parents Association
Teaching Parents Association is a nonprofit association of members who, regardless of race, religious beliefs, or teaching styles, join together to support homeschooling parents, children and community members. They offer parent support meetings, field trips, park days, and clubs for children.
Granite Falls Homeschoolers
This is an eclectic group that welcomes all homeschoolers. Offers support and activities for homeschoolers in the Granite Falls area of Washington.
Lower Columbia Connect
This group is primarily a homeschooling group for swing-shift/graveyard parents and children both sides of the Columbia River who home educate in the Lower Columbia Area. They welcome all homeschoolers for homeschooling chat and week discussions. This group is made up of eclectic and relaxed homeschoolers.
Christian Association of Parent Educators (CAPE)
The purpose of CAPE is to support and serve homeschooling families in the Yakima area. Their intent and direction are Christian-based; however, they welcome families with other beliefs. They offer monthly meetings, workshop, speakers, curriculum exhibits, field trips, P.E. classes, an annual project fair, a speech and drama festival, a newsletter, and more.
Washington Home Education Network
The purpose of this group is to help Washington State Homeschoolers (operating under the Home-based Instruction law) keep informed of what's happening around the state and the nation pertaining to homeschooling.
Turning Point Community Church Home School Cooperative
Turning Point Ministries Homeschool Co-op exists to partner with parents by providing an alternative atmosphere for Christ-centered growth. Emphasis is placed on developing excellence in character, academics, and relationships.
Home School Harmony
Home School Harmony is a group of home school families that have come together with all our talents, knowledge and resources to provide an environment of encouragement and support for one another. They are located in Washington State in Cowlitz county. The areas closest to them are Castle Rock, Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Toutle, Winlock and Lexington.
Trestle Homeschool Association’s (THA)
THA is one of the oldest homeschool support groups in the area. It has been around since 1985 and exists to provide support to homeschoolers in the Everett, Washington area and its surrounding communities. Most of the members reside in the Snohomish County area.
Local & State Online Groups
Spokane Homeschoolers—Homeschoolers of the Inland Empire
Spokane Homeschoolers is an inclusive group of the parents of homeschooling families in the Eastern Washington/North Idaho area surrounding Spokane.
Washington Homeschool
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in the state of Washington, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
Yakima Homeschoolers
This group is for Yakima homeschoolers to instantly connect with eachother. This email forum is used to notify each other of community events, network with other families, plan last-minute field trips and social gatherings. Membership is open to homeschooling families who are living in the Yakima area.
Southwest Washington Homeschoolers
This group is for homeschoolers in Southwest Washington state. It is for all homeschooling families wanting to stay connected to events happening in the area. It is also for sharing ideas & support in homeschooling.
Whatcom Homeschool
Email list for homeschooling families of Whatcom County, State of Washington, to exchange ideas, answer questions, share resources and stay informed.
WALDSFE
This group is intended to support LDS homeschoolers in the state of Washington. This is a group of Latter-Day Saint family educators and offers support, sharing of ideas and learning together opportunities.
Lewis-ThurstonHSers
This list is for homeschooling families in Lewis and Thurston counties in Washington state. This is not specifically a Christian list.
Northwest Charlotte Mason Group
Discussion for parents and/or educators in the Pacific Northwest (and points beyond) interested in the educational methods and philosophies of Charlotte Mason, a British educator from the late 1800's. Most of the list members are in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, but there are others from across the USA, Canada and around the globe.
The Washington Home Education Network (WHEN)
Since the early to mid 1990s the Washington Home Education Network (WHEN)has been for those interested in homeschooling in Washington state, particularly legislative news and discussion. WHEN welcomes Home-based Instruction as well as Parent Partnered or other public school families. There is a wealth of resources families can share and benefit from as well as legislation and policies related to both choices. WHEN supports the laws which distinguishes between these programs and Home-based Instruction(homeschooling). This list is for sharing resources and networking with like (or unlike) families. We watch and DISCUSS legislative actions and/or policies of our state government, school boards and local municipalities as they relate to families who educate their children under the above laws.
Snohomish County - Charlotte Mason
This group is for families who are educating their children in the style of Charlotte Mason. This is a group based in Snohomish County, Washington.
Washington Natural Learning Association (WNLA)
WNLA promotes networking and political awareness for home-educators throughout Washington. Questions, political discussion, and all issues relevant to the home-education from a natural learning perspective are main topics of this list.
Open Minded Homeschoolers In Kitsap
This is a group for the open minded homeschooler in Kitsap County on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington. This list is for encouragement, support, and friendly chatter. It is open to anyone who is homeschooling or considering homeschooling. This group encourages those homeschooling independently, those using prepared curriculm, as well as those associated with or taking part with the school districts.
ClarkCountyHomeschoolers
Clark County Homeschoolers is an e-mail list to encourage networking and support for Homeschooling families in the Clark County, Washington area. All religions and spiritual paths are welcome. All homeschooling educational styles are welcome.
Washington Secular Home Schoolers
This is a list for Washington state secular home schoolers, parents who have decided to homeschool for non-religious reasons.
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.
CRU92 · Unschoolers, Tri-Cities, WA
CRU92's purpose is to provide a forum for unschoolers in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state to find and meet each other, and to share information, support and inspiration about unschooling. Ideas shared here will be discussed in order to help members gain a better understanding of unschooling.
CMers in Kitsap
This group is a networking resource for homeschoolers in the Kitsap County, WA area who are using the Charlotte Mason method.
Special Homeschoolers of WA (SpecialHSofWA)
Email support group for all families living in Washington state who are homeschooling special needs children or are considering it.
Western Region Unschoolers
The Western Region Unschoolers is a group for unschoolers who live in the Western U.S. covering: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California. This is a forum to announce and organize conferences, travel, camping, and other places to get together.
WHO for Homeschooling
The Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO) is the state organization for homeschoolers, families operating under the Home-Based Instruction Law. The purpose of this list is to inform and alert. Members are kept abreast of developments, both in the legislature and in the public school system, that affect homeschooling in this state.
Granite Falls Homeschoolers
This is an eclectic group that welcomes all homeschoolers. Offers support and activities for homeschoolers in the Granite Falls area of Washington.
Lower Columbia Connect
This group is primarily a homeschooling group for swing-shift/graveyard parents and children both sides of the Columbia River who home educate in the Lower Columbia Area. They welcome all homeschoolers for homeschooling chat and week discussions. This group is made up of eclectic and relaxed homeschoolers.
National Forums
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.
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.
Work at Home Moms (WAHM) Homeschool Forum
The WAHM message boards provide a forum where you can make announcements, promote your home business, find business services, and much more. The WAHM forum is also a great social network for work at home moms. Share your WAHM stories, find help, support and advice, and meet other WAHMs across the USA and around the world.
Single Parent Homeschoolers Forum at vegsource.com
This is a message forum at vegsource.com especially for single parents who are home educating their children.
Secular Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A message board at vegsource.com for those who homeschool for non-religious reasons.
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.
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.
Adoptive Homeschooling Parents Forum at vegsource.com
This forum at vegsource.com focuses on parents with adopted children who choose to home educate.
Special Needs Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A message board for parents who are homeschooling special needs children.
National Online Groups
HEM-Unschooling
This list is for the broad-ranging discussion of unschooling. It is sponsored by Home Education Magazine.
Radical Unschoolers List
This is the "Radical Unschoolers List". It is for all families, regardless of religious affiliation, choosing to unschool. Unschooling is learning as a part of life. It allows the child to learn naturally, without adult-imposed "lessons", schedules, or timelines. This list is to offer support, information, perspective, and enlightenment to anyone already unschooling or interested in unschooling.
Chevra
Chevra was formed in September 1998 as an online support community for Jewish homeschoolers of all varieties. It tends to be a very chatty place where they discuss Jewish observance, homeschooling, family life, outside interests, and (the favorite topic) why the laundry never seems to get done. If you are looking for a group that discusses only homeschooling and Judaic resources, you may very well be disappointed in Chevra's free-wheeling discussions of everything under the sun, but there is lots of great information here.
Waldorf at Home
This email list is open to all homeschoolers working with Waldorf education (also known as Steiner education, after its founder Rudolf Steiner), as well as those exploring the possibility. Others, such as teachers or parents with children at Waldorf or public schools, who are interested in an open approach to Waldorf in the home, are also welcome.
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.
Sonlight Curriculum-Charlotte Mason
This is a list for homeschooling moms using Sonlight curriculum, whether just parts of it or the full curriculum, and incorporating the educational methods and ideas of Charlotte Mason into their homes.
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.
HEM-Networking
This list is sponsored by Home Education Magazine (HEM) for networking and communication within the online homeschooling community.
BVI-Education
The BVI-Education mailing list is a list for the discussion of all aspects related to the education of blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind students, as well as visually impaired students with multiple disabilities.
Catholic CM/TWTM Swap Group
A curriculum buy, sell, and swap group for those using a Catholic Charlotte Mason/Living Books/Classical method of home education.
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.
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.
Unschooling Families
This list is a friendly place for all to chat about anything you wish to explore. Parenting issues, schooling issues, political issues . . . as unschoolers, we know that nothing is off topic.
Blind Alternative Parenting
This group is primarily for blind parents who are interested in alternative parenting styles and issues. This includes atachment parenting, family bed, baby-wearing, gentle disipline, loving guidance, breastfeeding, healthy eating and living, health prevention, nonviolence, nonspanking, unschooling or homeschooling, spirituality, and more.
EclecticHS
This email list is an adjunct of the Eclectic Homeschool Online. Discusses information and resources helpful to eclectic homeschoolers.
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.
Expatriots Homeschool Email Group (expat-homeschool)
This list is for expatriates who homeschool their child or children.
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.
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.
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.
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