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California Homeschool Organizations
There are three statewide organizations: California Homeschool Network (CHN), Christian Home Educators of California (CHEA), and Homeschool Association of California (HSC). CHN and HSC are inclusive organizations serving all homeschoolers regardless of faith, and CHEA is a Christian organization.
Websites and Groups
A to Z Home's Cool. A to Z Home's Cool has lots of general homeschooling information no matter which state you live in, and it is one of the biggest and busiest homeschooling websites. It is owned by homeschooler Ann Zeise.
Cedar Life Academy Homeschool News on Facebook. Karen Taylor provides homeschooling information and mentoring on Facebook for Cedar Life Academy families and other homeschoolers.
Driver Training. I am sometimes asked which Drivers Ed program I recommend. There are many online programs you might consider or you can also sign up for a local class for your teen. The one I selected for my teen was DriversEd.com
FlyLady. If you're overwhelmed with homeschooling and housekeeping, check out Fly Lady Mentors, and easily get your house organized the way you always dreamed it could be! This isn't just for homeschoolers, but a lot homeschoolers like her information!
Homeschool Buyers Co-op. Membership is free, and members receive group discounts on curriculum.
Homeschool Classifieds Sell and purchase curriculum.
Support Groups. Here are three sites that maintain lists of support groups in California:
Universal Preschool. The universe is our preschool! If you have a preschooler, learn about homeschooling preschool.
Marie Kondo's books. "The life-changing magic of tidying up" and "Spark Joy" are very popular. A supporting Facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/konmarimethod/ It's not a homeschooling group, but many on it do homeschool.
ID Cards. Want an ID card? Print one for free or order one at Homeschool Buyers Co-op.
Informative Homeschooling Essays
"15 Common Characteristics of Successful Homeschools: The Magic Is In The Child." By Diane Flynn Keith, Editor of Homefires, Author of Carschooling.
"Living and Learning with Teens." By Michelle Barone, M.A., M.F.T.
"Reading - The Easiest and Best Homeschool Curriculum." By Diane Flynn Keith.
"Save Money with Educator Discounts!" By Diane Flynn Keith.
"Teaching Math: How early can I start?" By Linda C. Burks.
"Teaching Math: Where Do I Begin?" By Linda C. Burks.
"Watching For "Holes" in Your Child's Education." By Diane Flynn Keith.
"How to join a new homeschool group." By Kathleen McKernan.
CLA's Blog covers topics from general homeschooling, new homeschooling, unschooling, gifted issues, high school and college, preschool, and more
Free catalogs are a great resource for homeschoolers, and here are a few to get you started. I think you'll find the descriptions of the items they sell to be very helpful, and as you read catalogs, you will start to get a feel for the kind of education you want to give your child. Many of the items they sell can be purchased used, or borrowed from the library. Don't buy a lot, especially when you are just starting. You will soon know what you need to purchase and what you will really use.
Are you a secular homeschooler? Please note: most homeschooling companies are Christian, but they will be helpful for you, and they usually clearly indicate what items have religious content.
A science catalog may or may not be necessary for you as you start, since the above catalogs offer science items. But, if you think you want a specialized science catalog, there are many companies to consider:
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