Homeschooling Tools

Organizations

Attleboro Area Homeschoolers
Email: tracynatale@yahoo.com
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AttleboroAreaHomeschoolers/info
A group of families that welcomes all homeschoolers in many communities in southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island. The main purpose of the Attleboro Area Homeschoolers is to give homeschooling families in our area the support necessary to begin the homeschooling experience.

Eagles Wings Co-op
http://www.eagleswingscoop.org
A cooperative of Christian homeschool families in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island creating academic and enrichment classes for participating families by pooling teaching strengths and abilities.

ENRICHri
PO Box 1151
Coventry, Rhode Island 02816
Email: info@enrichri.org
http://www.enrichri.org
ENRICHri is a secular community which provides support and guidance in a welcoming environment for homeschooling families in Southern New England.  There is a full calendar of classes, field trips, play dates, and support meetings along with yearly major events like Homeschool 101, WinterFest, Annual Picnic, and the monthly newsletter.

Home Educators Network of Rhode Island
PO Box 63
Mapleville, Rhode Island 02839
Email: freedomringsnoschool@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HENRIhomeschool/
Networking homeschool families throughout the state of Rhode Island.

New England Jewish Homeschoolers
http://www.nejhs.org
Open to all who are interested in participating and helping to organize some of the many activities they pull together.  Activities are a variety of religious and secular events for children of all ages.

New England Muslim Educators Network
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/nemen/info
A private email list for Muslim teachers and administrators in public and private schools, Islamic schools and Muslim homeschools, day care, preschools, weekend schools and after/summer schooling. Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

New England Unschooling
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NewEnglandUnschooling/info
A networking group for unschoolers in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Any discussion or ideas presented on this list should be from an unschooling or radical unschooling point of view.

Rhode Island Christian Home Educators
245 Manton Street, Lot 81
Pawtucket, Rhode Island 02861
Email: richristianhomeeducators@gmail.com
http://www.richeshomeschool.org
A ministry of Christian homeschool families in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts who have joined together to encourage one another and to promote educational, cultural, athletic, and spiritual growth among families.

Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers (RIGHT)
PO Box 432
Coventry, Rhode Island 02816
401-996-5991
Email: info@rihomeschool.com
http://www.rihomeschool.com
The RI Guild of Home Teachers is a Christian-led support group for RI homeschoolers.  They coordinate state and local events and activities as well as offer advice and support.


Resources
Cumberland School District
Robert Mitchell, Assistant Superintendent
2602 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02864
401-658-1600 x304
Email: robert.mitchell@cumberlandschools.org
http://www.cumberlandschools.org
In Cumberland, homeschooling services within the district is coordinated through the Assistant Superintendent's Office.

Rhode Island Department of Education - Home Schooling
http://www.ride.ri.gov/studentsfamilies/educationprograms/homeschooling.aspx
An FAQ to help homeschoolers and those interested in homeschooling find the resources they need to successfully educate their children.

Rhode Island General Laws Relating to Homeschooling
http://a2zhomeschooling.com/laws/united_states/rhode_island_home_school_laws/
Look over the original text and summaries of the sections of state law that directly relate to homeschooling.

A2Z Home's Cool
http://a2zhomeschooling.com
A community website that helps you home educate your kids from preschool, kindergarten, up to and through high school with free online education, lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, top programs, books, materials, curriculum... and best of all... Homeschool Friends!

Classroom Direct
PO Box 830677
Birmingham, Alabama 35283-0677
800-599-3040
http://www.classroomdirect.com
An educational supply catalog of over 13,000 items for many different age levels.

Homeschool.com
http://www.homeschool.com
Homeschool.com supports each family's unique approach to preparing their children for success!  Explore Homeschool.com and let us help you ... from getting started homeschooling to helping your young adult go out into the world.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association
http://www.hslda.org
A nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms.

Homeschool Math
http://www.homeschoolmath.net
A comprehensive math resource site for homeschooling parents, parents, and teachers that includes free math worksheets, lessons, online math games, lists, ebooks, a curriculum guide, reviews, and more. The resources emphasize understanding of concepts instead of mechanical memorization of rules.

Homeschoolers Trading Zone
http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/usedcurriculum/a/tradingzone.htm
A forum allowing participants to buy and sell their used homeschooling books and supplies. Participants can post your own ads and ask and answer questions right in the forum.

Northeastern Unschooling Conference
http://northeastunschoolingconference.com
An annual gathering for unschooling families (and those interested in unschooling) to enjoy a community for learning and fun and to meet others for whom life is a joyful adventure. Hear amazing speakers, experience great entertainment, and enjoy all the wonderful unschooling kids, teens, and adults.

Leaping from the Box
http://www.leapingfromthebox.com
Homeschooling and unschooling resources and articles to assist home educators.  Materials for independent learners are collected and shared on this site.  These include tips for using textbooks (curriculum), community resources, and online information.

Montessori Homeschooling
http://www.montessori.edu/homeschooling.html
A nice FAQ that goes over how the Montessori Method can be used with a home educational environment.

Successful Homeschooling
http://www.successful-homeschooling.com
A site that pulls together resources and methods for homeschoolers to use.


Magazines & Blogs
Practical Homeschooling
http://www.home-school.com
Besides being the official website for the magazine, this site provide forums, event listings, a catalog of homeschooling resources, and contact information for national and international groups.

Home Education Magazine
http://homeedmag.com
For 30 years, this award-winning magazine has supported children, teens, and adults ... each in their own way as they journey the rich and empowered unschooled life.

Homeschooling Today
http://www.homeschooltoday.com
The magazine's focus is on providing information and tools for those who homeschool, shared from a Christian perspective. The magazine doesn’t just offer encouragement but also ready-to-use lessons and activities for anyone who wants to expand the educational experience of their children, while keeping the approach to learning natural.

Simple Homeschool
http://simplehomeschool.net
This daily blog is maintained by a team of homeschooling moms who want to share their ideas and experiences.


Places for Learning Experiences
Audobon Society of Rhode Island
www.asri.org/environmental-education-center/environmental-education-center.html
1401 Hope Street
Bristol, RI 02809
401-949-5454
Visit the Environmental Education Center or attend workshops offered by the Audubon Society at sites throughout the state.  Check the website for details.

Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland/Lincoln
1 James McKee Way
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864
401-333-4850
http://bgccl.org
The mission of the club is "to be a positive force in the growth and development of all youth of Cumberland-Lincoln, by providing leadership, guidance and support, with a wide range of educational and physical activities in an enjoyable and secure environment, where youth can develop character and the qualities of responsible citizenship. We constantly strive to provide a positive environment within our facility with programs and services that are integral to our communities."

East Side AfterZone
140 Broadway
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
401-490-9599
A campus of afterschool activities that take place in a variety of locations throughout the East Side of Providence. It is a network of program providers in one neighborhood who have made a commitment to provide quality opportunities for middle school students.  The AfterZone meets Monday - Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

Roger Williams Park Zoo
https://rwpzoo.org
Visit the zoo or make use of the many classes that are offered through their educational programs.

Save the Bay
http://www.savethebay.org
You can tour the various centers managed by Save the Bay as well as take homeschooled classes and other workshops that are offered throughout the year.
Save the Bay Center
100 Save The Bay Drive
Providence, RI 02905
401-272-3540

Exploration Center
175 Memorial Boulevard
Newport, RI 02840
401-324-6020

South Coast Center
8 Broad Street
Westerly, RI 02891
401-315-2709