The most important thing for homeschool success is to mingle and socialize with other homeschooling families. Being a member of a support group allows you to share resources and information with them as well as to remind you that you are not alone in your home-teaching journey. Your county support groups can offer you families with common goals and interests to yours.
IMPORTANT:Note: Our information includes both Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups and Private School Satellite Programs (PSPs) formerly known as Independent Study Programs (ISPs).
What’s the difference?
The difference is that typically, the Parent-led Homeschool Support Groups are created by families for families to get together for social activities, such as park days, P.E. activities, organized classes, field trips and other “group” types of endeavors. Some require a general membership fee, but most do not. You can usually show up at a park day and meet the parents and children to see how you like the group.
PSPs or ISPs are private schools, usually small in enrollment, but schools nonetheless. Homeschooling families may enroll and pay tuition, in order to receive the administrative support of a school. This includes record-keeping of attendance, grades, testing and transcripts preparation.
To separate them, we have placed the letters PSP or ISP in the title of such schools.
- Bakersfield Home Learners – An inclusive group with park days, theme days, field trips and co-op days. Contact information: Email for Information, or Email to Join Group.
- Home Educators’ Resource Center – Bakersfield. Offer Academic Classes, high school information, graduation ceremony, library and curriculum center, academic advising, transcripts, seminars, preschool information and much more! Contact information: Email Peggy Turner or call (661) 327-9884.
- Tehachapi Homeschool Co-Op – This all-inclusive group offers park days, co-op activities, clubs, workshops, field trips, and outings. Contact information: Email Debra Tangren, or Email to Join Group.
OAK KNOLL VIRTUAL ACADEMY online & local
K-12: 100 percent online curriculum plus credentialed teachers for one-on-one instruction and parent support. Students who attend locally can also particpate in the Covina School District sports, choirs and musical instruction.
Oak Knoll Virtual Academy is free of charge and is located in Glendora, California. It accepts students from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Kern counties.
For further information call 626-914-3961 or go to http://www.cousd.net/Domain/15. E.R.
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom – Free K-12 Teaching Resources
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom provides free K-12 teaching resources available for free downloading at LearnAboutAg.org (lesson plans, fact sheets, student newspapers and more). California educators can request print copies, shipped at no expense.
The Plant Science lesson plans (http://learnaboutag.org/resources/learn_plant.cfm) help students discover what plants need to grow through hands-on lessons and activities: Fun with the Plant Nutrient Team (K-3), What Do Plants Need to Grow? (2-4), Too Much? Too Little? (5-8), and Chemistry, Fertilizer, and the Environment (8-12). All resources are aligned to current California Standards. The organization also provides an annual teacher conference (July 14-15, 2017) and the Imagine this… Story Writing Contest for grades 3-8 (November 1 annual deadline). Learn more and request free resources at LearnAboutAg.org.
Excellence In Education (EIE) based in Monrovia, serves all of California as the largest homeschool book/game store & resource center in the state, offering an extensive array of products, services and guidance based on many years of experience. www.excellenceineducation.com/ Ph: (626) 821-0025