Support Groups
Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.
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 West Virginia.
National Groups
Tap into the national homeschool movement by connecting with these national homeschool groups and support organizations.
Social Media
Connect with other homeschooling using social networking tools. You can share tips and ideas, get support, collaborate on lesson plans, upload photos, and much more.
Co-Ops
A co-op offers a way to share teaching duties with others who are excited and knowledgeable about a subject. It also offers an opportunity for your children to learn in a group and to make friends. Browse through this list of co-ops in West Virginia.
Umbrella/Cover Schools
An umbrella or cover school provides an alternative way for parents to fulfill governmental educational guidelines and requirements. Most offer a variety of services, which can include curricula, social activities, field trips, standardized testing, portfolio reviews, evaluations, and graduation materials, including diplomas. While umbrella schools do tend to the needs of homeschoolers, they are considered a type of private school in most states.
Resource Centers
Homeschool resource centers offer classes, materials, field trips, and other activities for parents and children alike. They are great ways to get new information, engage in group activities, and network with other homeschoolers.
Public School Programs
Public schools are increasing offering programs to appeal to homeschooling families, from classes to educational materials to computer and distance learning. In most cases, students enrolled in these programs are considered public school students rather than homeschoolers. Learn more about these programs and decide if these are right for your family.
Group Management
Learn how to start and manage a homeschool support group, including how to stay organized, how to handle conflict, and ideas for your support group.
What's Popular
West Virginia Home Educators Association (WVHEA)
The West Virginia Home Educators Association is open to everyone, regardless of religion, personal beliefs, or educational philosophy. It is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers – homeschooling parents who fit their work for WVHEA around the needs of their families. Offers an information line, newsletter, standardized testing services, Homeschoolers Day at the Legislature, and more.
Southern West Virginia Homeschoolers (SWVH)
Support group for homeschooling families in Southern West Virginia. Membership is limited to those who live in Southern West Virginia close enough to participate in activities that center around Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Kanawha Counties. This is an inclusive group.
Fairmont Area Homeschoolers Together (FAHST)
Christian homeschool support group for families in the Marion County/Fairmont area. Offers a co-op, science fair, speaking group, field trips, holiday events, and more.
West Virginia Home Schoolers (WVAHS)
Online support group for homeschoolers in the West Virginia area and beyond.
Ritchie County Home Educators (RCHE)
Christian homeschool support group for families in the Ritchie County area. Offers children's activities, field trips, park days, and more.
WV Unschooling Family Connection
This is a support group for unschoolers for the Eastern Panhandle Area.
Monongalia Homeschoolers Association
Monongalia Homeschoolers Association is a secular organization of homeschooling families in Monongalia County, West Virginia, and surrounding areas. Offers newsletters, field trips, monthly meetings, playgroups, special events and activities, annual testing, and more.
The Perks of an Umbrella School vs. Remaining Independent
At one time or another, many homeschool families examine the possibility of enrolling in an umbrella or cyber school. An umbrella school is a homeschool program operated by public charter schools or directly by regular public schools. 
Appalachian Regional Cooperative
Appalachian Regional Cooperative is an inclusive group of homeschoolers in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
wvirginiahomeschool
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in West Virginia, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
CM Families of the South
The purpose of this loop is to encourage homeschooling families living in the Southern states who are trying to incorporate the philosophy of Charlotte Mason in their homes in their efforts to raise their children with an enthusiasm for learning.
Live Free Learn Free Email Group
This group is an announcement list for the print magazine Live Free Learn Free, a forum for unschoolers and relaxed homeschoolers in which to share ideas and experiences.
Unschooling Basics
A list designed for those new to the philosophy of unschooling. Ask experienced unschoolers all those niggling questions, and find out how unschooling works in real families. If you're familiar with John Holt's work, but unsure of how to begin or what an unschooling day really looks like, this is a place for you to discuss, question, ponder, and become deeply familiar with natural learning and how it affects our entire lives. From parenting issues to learning from the whole wide world and beyond...
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.
Christian Home Educators of West Virginia (CHEWV)
Christian home school support group offering conferences, a newsletter, testing and assessment services, legislative monitoring, and more.
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