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 Texas.
Local & State Support Groups
Mesquite Christian Home School Association (MCHSA)
MCHSA offers information about homeschooling, a wide variety of activities and field trips, and a forum for parents to discuss the challenges and rewards of home schooling and an opportunity to get help in subjects where they may need it.
San Antonio's Home Education Resources and Opportunities (H.E.R.O.)
H.E.R.O. is a non-profit organization committed to providing access to opportunities and resources for home educators of all races, religions, philosophies, and education styles for expanding and improving their home education experience. H.E.R.O. is dedicated to fostering a supportive atmosphere for home educators by raising the awareness of alternative education choices and increasing positive interactions within the San Antonio metro area community.
Garden Oaks HS Support Group
Garden Oaks HS Support Group is a Christian home school support group for the greater Houston community. They offer group activites, a newlsetter, information, and support.
Dallas Christian Home Educators
Dallas Christian Home Educators serves home schoolers in Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Desoto and the surrounding areas (Dallas County and northern Ellis County). This is a support group consisting of approximately 200 families who are currently home schooling children, who are supportive of home schooling, or who are curious about home schooling. They seek to provide helpful information and various opportunities that relate to the education of children and the support of home schooling families, especially in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. They offer monthly support group meetings, field trips, a graduation ceremony, sports programs, and a scholastic cooperative.
North Texas Natural Learners (NTNL)
North Texas Natural Learners (NTNL) is an inclusive, secular support and activity group for unschoolers and other homeschoolers. Their base is Denton, though their membership extends to all of north Texas.
Homeschoolers EXCEL
Homeschoolers EXCEL is an inclusive support group for homeschoolers seeking cooperative, non-sectarian, non-partisan educational and social opportunities. They have members from all parts of the Dallas, Texas metroplex who get together for field trips, co-op classes, parties and park days, and lots of fun. Members receive a monthly newsletter with information on EXCEL events and other activities of interest to homeschoolers.
Alternative Educators' Alliance (AEA)
AEA welcomes all home educators, regardless of race, creed, religion or educational philosophy. Its primary purpose is to be a source of information and support to home educators and to those interested in information about home education. They also offer networking opportunities for homeschoolers. This group meets in Brazos County.
Home School Texas (HOST)
Home School Texas (HOST) is a statewide ministry to the Christian home schoolers of Texas and other regions of the United States. Though they are willing to serve any homeschooling family, all of their activities and publications are designed to be consistent with the teachings of Biblical Christianity.
Southeast Area Home Education Network
SAHEN is a home school support group/co-op formed to serve the southeast area of San Antonio along with surrounding areas. Offers monthly park days, field trips, co-op classes, and more.
Metrocrest Home School Support Group
The Metrocrest Home School Support Group is a community of Christian homeschooling families. Its purpose is to provide the best educational tools, activities and support possible to help parents train their children to become godly men and women in modern society.
Tarrant Home Education Association (THEA)
THEA is a support group for Tarrant county and the surrounding area for families who educate their children at home.
L_A_U_G_H: Lubbock Area Unschoolers Growing at Home
L_A_U_G_H: Lubbock Area Unschoolers Growing at Home is a support group for Lubbock-area families homeschooling for the joy of it.
Dallas Unschoolers Circle
Dallas Unschoolers Circle is made up of families from Dallas and the surrounding areas who follow a self-directed or child-led approach to learning. They meet bi-monthly at local parks giving the kids the opportunity to engage in unstructured play and the parents the opportunity to socialize and support each other on their journey.
Crossroads Home Educated Children (CHEC)
Crossroads Home Educated Children (CHEC) is a local non-profit Christian based support group serving families in the Crossroads area (Victoria, Texas and surrounding areas) who have made the decision to homeschool their children. CHEC accepts all applicants regardless of age, race, religion or lack of religion. CHEC seeks to be inclusive, reaching out to any and all who need support and encouragement in the area of homeschooling.
DFW Blackboard
The DFW Blackboard group focuses on enhancing the un/homeschool experience for children of African descent by accomplishing 4 goals: by providing an environment for communicating helpful info and loving support online, by organizing cultural field trips that help create a sense of pride and self awareness (as well as an awareness of other people of color), to assist in the recognition of a "world community" through community service activities, and to foster a sense of "extended family" through playdates/healthy-potlucks/etc. While the focus is on Black homeschoolers in the DFW area, any parent choosing to learn more about homeschooling their Black child or enhancing a "regular school" education on weekends and after school are welcome to participate.
Christian Home Educators of The Colony (CHEC)
The vision and purpose of the CHEC Homeschool Support Group is to strengthen the family and ensure the success of home education through academic and spiritual support. The members of this support group strive to provide opportunities for families to share ideas, encourage one another, and participate in various types of activities.
Texas Home School Coalition
The Texas Home School Coalition is dedicated to serving the home-school community of Texas and promoting a greater knowledge, understanding and acceptance of home education in our state.
Holy Family Homeschoolers
Holy Family Homeschoolers is an organization of Catholic homeschooling families in the greater Austin area. They work together to provide educational field trips and social activities for their homeschooling children. They share Catholic traditions, while offering moral support for homeschooling. Members come from parishes all over Austin and the surrounding area, utilize a variety of curriculum materials, and subscribe to many different educational philosophies.
Austin Well Trained Mind
All Austin, Texas Area homeschool families who have been inspired by "The Well-Trained Mind" by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer are welcome to discuss issues involving homeschooling our children in the classical method. Discussions involving the use of Charlotte Mason methods and other classical interpreters are also encouraged. All ages from infants to veteran homeschoolers in the midst of the grammar, logic or rhetoric stages are encouraged to join us, as are all faiths.
Texas Unschoolers on Facebook
A Texas-wide unschooling support group. Find links, support and conversation about unschooling in general and specifics for Texas.
North Texas Home Educators’ Network (NTHEN)
The North Texas Home Educators’ Network (NTHEN) provides services and support to homeschool families and homeschool support groups in north and northeast Texas. Their goal is to ensure homeschool leaders and parents have the proper tools and resources to create an enriching education experience for every homeschool student. NTHEN is the largest regional homeschool organization in Texas, serving local support group leaders in more than 80 counties and from more than 160 support groups throughout north and northeast Texas.
Northwest Houston Homeschoolers
Northwest Houston Homeschoolers is an inclusive group of home educators who meet to support each other in their adventures with homeschooling.
Texas Unschoolers Facebook Page
This Facebook page is a Texas-wide unschooling support page. Find links and information about unschooling in general and specifics for Texas.
Sugar Creek Christian Home Educators (SCCHE)
Sugar Creek Christian Home Educators is a cooperative of Christian families committed to supporting and encouraging each another to teach their children at home. SCCHE serves the southwest Houston, Texas area. Although members primarily reside in Houston, Missouri City, Richmond and Sugar Land, many members live in neighboring communities.
Texas Advocates for Freedom in Education (TAFFIE)
Texas Advocates for Freedom in Education (TAFFIE) provides Texas homeschooling resources for new and veteran homeschoolers.
Links and Items
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 Online Groups
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.
Smoothing the Way-South East Houston
Smoothing The Way is a southeast SE Houston (Clear Lake, Friendswood, League City, Seabrook, Dickinson, Pearland, etc.)support group for first year homeschoolers. STW offers monthly classes taught by veteran homeschool parents.
Math Magicians
Math Magicians is a group of Austin homeschooling moms who get their kids together weekly to play math related games including Pentathlon.
Homeschool-N-Texas
Christian email list to support homeschoolers in Texas.
Longview Area Relaxed Home Educators (LARHE)
LARHE (Longview Area Relaxed Home Educators) is an email support list for homeschoolers in the Longview area. They have a weekly Park Day, monthly Mom's Nights Out (MNOs), group field trips, information about local events, sharing of interesting websites, friendship (for themselves as well as for their kids) and general chitchat about life as homeschoolers. LARHE is an inclusive group; all faiths and beliefs are welcome as well as all methods and experience with homeschooling.
Christian Homeschoolers in Austin
This group was created to provide a Christian environment to announce and discuss topics related to a Christian Homeschooling in Austin, TX and surrounding areas.
Austin Well Trained Mind
All Austin, Texas Area homeschool families who have been inspired by "The Well-Trained Mind" by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer are welcome to discuss issues involving homeschooling our children in the classical method. Discussions involving the use of Charlotte Mason methods and other classical interpreters are also encouraged. All ages from infants to veteran homeschoolers in the midst of the grammar, logic or rhetoric stages are encouraged to join us, as are all faiths.
North Texas Homeschoolers of 1
If you live in the North Texas area and homeschool just one child, this is the group for you. Discuss all that makes this a great situation and exchange information.
Homeschool Support-Tyler, TX
An email support list for homeschooling families in the Tyler and surrounding areas of east Texas, offering support, curriculum advice, used curriculum, notice of sales and events in the Tyler area, etc.
Minority Homeschoolers of Texas (MHOT)
A Christian discussion list for Minority Homeschoolers of Texas to promote homeschooling among minorities, including Asians, African-Americans, Hispanics, Jews, Native Americans, Anglos with adopted minority children, and others.
Ft. Bend County Texas Homeschoolers
This group is for homeschoolers in the Fort Bend County, TX area. This is a non-denominational group whose focus is finding resources, support, and fun for homeschooling families in Fort Bend County, TX.
Holy Family Homeschoolers
Holy Family Homeschoolers is an organization of Catholic homeschooling families in the greater Austin area. They work together to provide educational field trips and social activities for their homeschooling children. They share Catholic traditions, while offering moral support for homeschooling. Members come from parishes all over Austin and the surrounding area, utilize a variety of curriculum materials, and subscribe to many different educational philosophies.
Dallas Unschoolers Circle
Dallas Unschoolers Circle is made up of families from Dallas and the surrounding areas who follow a self-directed or child-led approach to learning. They meet bi-monthly at local parks giving the kids the opportunity to engage in unstructured play and the parents the opportunity to socialize and support each other on their journey.
West Houston Unschoolers
This email list is a group of Unschooling families in the Houston area.
Texas Home Educators
Texas Home Educators is a list to serve home educators of Texas in discussions of homeschool styles, philosophy, books, curriculum, events, and laws in a Christian atmosphere.
Unschooling Community of Austin
This group is for unschooling families in and around Austin, Texas. This is a secular community where members can gather to discuss their unschooling journeys, ask questions, and offer support. They have periodic park days, field trips, and other special events so that children are able to meet and develop long lasting relationships.
DFW School Free Education Zone
The DFW School Free Education Zone is a support group for parents/guardians of home-learners. These are unschoolers, believing that child-led learning is preferable to curriculum use.
North East Texas Homeschooling
This is a group for people in North East Texas that are homeschooling or considering homeschooling. This includes, but is not limited to the following counties: Shelby, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Panola.
Fun Homeschool
Fun Homeschool is a Christian online homeschool group. It is a place for parents to share fun ideas to keep their children interested in learning and to share information on field trips and curriculums. This group is based in Brazos County, Texas.
aah-discuss
A discussion group for those interested in homeschooling in the Austin, Texas area.
DFW Blackboard
The DFW Blackboard group focuses on enhancing the un/homeschool experience for children of African descent by accomplishing 4 goals: by providing an environment for communicating helpful info and loving support online, by organizing cultural field trips that help create a sense of pride and self awareness (as well as an awareness of other people of color), to assist in the recognition of a "world community" through community service activities, and to foster a sense of "extended family" through playdates/healthy-potlucks/etc. While the focus is on Black homeschoolers in the DFW area, any parent choosing to learn more about homeschooling their Black child or enhancing a "regular school" education on weekends and after school are welcome to participate.
DFW Homeschoolers
YahooGroup supporting homeschoolers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the surrounding area.
L_A_U_G_H: Lubbock Area Unschoolers Growing at Home
L_A_U_G_H: Lubbock Area Unschoolers Growing at Home is a support group for Lubbock-area families homeschooling for the joy of it.
Austin Area Homeschoolers Announcement List
Announcement group for those interested in homeschooling in the Austin, Texas area. This is an inclusive group composed of individuals who are willing to share their homeschooling experiences.
Family Unschooling Network (FUN)
This group is for Texas families who are educating their children through life via unschooling. Unschooling is such a broad term; everyone will have different experiences. But one thing we are all committed to is helping our children to learn how to learn, and helping them enjoy learning for life.
Austin Christian Homeschoolers
This group is designed to meet the needs of Christian Homeschoolers in South Austin, TX. They announce and discuss any topic related to homeschooling, parenting, and Christianity. They offer annual fellowship meetings and related field trips, along with other opportunities for homeschooling families to get together.
North Texas Natural Learners (NTNL)
North Texas Natural Learners (NTNL) is an inclusive, secular support and activity group for unschoolers and other homeschoolers. Their base is Denton, though their membership extends to all of north Texas.
COFFEE History Co-Op
COFFEE History Co-Op is a member-led history co-op of homeschool parents. COFFEE History Co-op is a part of Your COFFEE House a non-profit corporation located in the Williamson County area and serving, Round Rock, Georgetown, Leander, Cedar Park, Hutto, Taylor and the North Austin Texas area.
Open North Texas Homeschoolers
Open North Texas Homeschoolers is a secular support group for homeschoolers in Denton County, Wise County Cooke County, and surrounding areas, including Denton, Krum, Ponder, Justin, Sanger, Bolivar, Slidell, and more.
Texashomeschool
This is a mailing list for people who home school or are thinking of homeschooling in Alabama, kids and parents alike. Here you can exchange ideas, support each other, and share resources and information.
HUG Underground
This is the list for members of the Houston Unschoolers Group Underground, a radical unschooling group.
Plano Family Unschoolers Network
This is a group for unschoolers, unschool-learning, and unschool-curious in the Plano/DFW, Texas area.
EastTexasCMason
This is an email list for members of a Charlotte Mason Support group that meets monthly in Lufkin, Texas.
Homeschooling Musicians-Greater Houston
This group is for the parents of musicians who are in a homeschooling environment. Welcomes musicians of all genre (rock, Christian, country, classical, metal, jazz, inspirational, virtually all styles). Offers connections with like-minded musicians for the purposes of creating a band, filling a need within an existing band, or maybe organizing a jam session with other musicians. The group also discusses information about lessons, instructors, tutors, classes, websites, events, performances, openings or needs within local community or church bands/choirs and just about anything else that would be of interest to us for musically-inclined children.
Flower Mound Family Unschoolers Network
An email group for families in the Flower Mound/DFW area who have chosen to unschool.
Texas Rural Unschoolers
Texas Rural Unschoolers is a support group for unschoolers (and those wanting to unschool) who live in rural areas or small communities (urban dwellers are welcome, too).
Unschooling in West Texas
This group was started with the intent of finding other unschooling families in West Texas.
Used Homeschooling Stuff
Email list to help facilitate the buying, selling, and swapping of used homeschooling curriculum for the Austin, Texas area.
National Online Groups
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.
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, come explore the issues that unschooling families have dealt with in the past and how to get beyond "school-think" to a joyful unschooling lifestyle.!
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.
Homeschooling Catholic Montessori
Here is a place for home schoolers, using Montessori Method in their home education, to share and learn.
Magnum Opus
Raising a large, Catholic, homeschooling family is a great work (Magnum Opus) and a great deal of work! Hopefully this email discussion group will be a place for parents of four or more to help each other with the nitty-gritty details of raising and educating a large, Catholic family.
K12 Large Families
This group is for large families using the K-12 curriculum created by Dr. William Bennett. Both homeschooling families and Virtual School families are welcome. It is particularly intended for families with more than 3 children in K-12 as well as additional teens, toddlers and babies. Discussions include both the curriculum and the challenges of implementing it in a large family.
CM Audiobooks
CM Audiobooks was created to allow homeschooling parents the ability to share MP3 files of personal book readings. These audiobooks are of Twaddle-free books per the Charlotte Mason method and specifically created for those using the Ambleside Online curriculum. Anyone using the Charlotte Mason method is welcome to join and participate by reading books.
Large Families Home School
This list is to encourage and support those who homeschool many children. How many? To some 3 is a lot! If you have a large family (whether natural, adopted, foster or blended) and homeschool, you know that there are a lot of unique challenges ranging from orchestrating family harmony, dealing with multiple ages, trying to homeschool in a sometimes chaotic environment, keeping up with the never-ending laundry, transportation, cooking, chores, and more. This is a Christian list.
Crunchy Unschoolers
A list for unschoolers who are interested in moving towards a sustainable lifestyle. Topics for discussion may include how sustainability and unschooling complement each other, and how we resolve conflicting values.
Always Learning
Discussion for homeschooling fans of John Holt, whose books Learning All the Time, Never Too Late, and Teach your Own have made unschooling an option for thousands of families.
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.
Work and Homeschool
Do you have to (or have to return to) work or attend school but still want to educate your child(ren) at home? Have you been told that it's impossible to fit homeschooling your child(ren) into your life if you cannot make it your top priority due to your own work or school needs? Well, many of these list members are proving that work and homeschool can be done! This is a support group for working parents (or student parents) who have chosen to homeschool their children or are considering homeschooling, as well as for homeschooling parents who are thinking of returning to work. Whether you are working/attending school or thinking of doing so, whether inside or outside your home, and whether you are homeschooling or thinking of doing so, this list is for you.
CM While Working
For parents trying to utilize Charlotte Mason's (CM) methods while working.
Charlotte Mason Group for Fruity Catholics
Fruity Catholics are Catholics who are doing their best to practice the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, especially Charity. This group discusses the Charlotte Mason philosophy of homeschooling from a Catholic perspective.
Organize-to-Homeschool
Homeschoolers face tremendous demands on their organizational skills. Frequently creative, hardworking, and goal oriented, they must manage the home, other children, teaching, and the many other demands of a stay-at-home parent. This board is designed to offer support, find solutions, and discuss troublesome situations. Although there are many aspects to homeschooling, the focus, the only focus, of this board is solving organizational problems related to home schooling. This group is a part of the Messies Anonymous website.
New Rising Homeschool Network
Are you working fulltime and feeling as though you and your children have been left out of the homeschool loop? Are you a single parent concerned you might not be able to meet the demands of homeschooling? Does your child have special needs? Dell's Place has established a network for working moms, single parents, and the rest of us who struggle to pull it all together. The purpose of this network is for support and encouragement, but it's also to offer real solutions from other parents who struggle with the same issues.
Literature Alive
Literature Alive! is an email group list for the literary website of the same name. This list seeks to encourage and support parents who have a love for literature and a desire to share good wholesome books with their children. Its purpose is to develop the art and excitment of using great living literature in a learning lifestyle. This group will share information on how to turn a living book into a cherished book within the home. Different literature study methods enhanced by Charlotte Mason's writing will be discussed: lapbooks, notebooks, journals, book clubs, reading settings, etc.
CM for Moms of Many
An email group for homeschooling moms using Charlotte Mason's methods. Focuses on homeschooling larger families.
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.
AmblesideOnline
Ambleside Online is an email support group for families using the Ambleside Online Curriculum, which is based on the philosophies of Charlotte Mason.
National Forums
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.
Unschooling Forum at vegsource.com
Unschoolers meet to talk and share ideas at this vegsource.com message board.
Adoptive Homeschooling Parents Forum at vegsource.com
This forum at vegsource.com focuses on parents with adopted children who choose to home educate.
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.
Homeschooling Humor Forum at vegsource.com
Got a funny story to share? Need a good chuckle? You'll find it here as homeschooling moms and dads share the joys and humor of homeschooling.
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.
Special Needs Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A message board for parents who are homeschooling special needs children.
North Texas Homeschoolers of 1
If you live in the North Texas area and homeschool just one child, this is the group for you. Discuss all that makes this a great situation and exchange information.
Military Homeschoolers Forum at vegsource.com
Connect with other military homeschooling families at this vegsource.com message board.
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.
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.
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