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.
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.
Field Trip Zoom – Live Streaming Brings the Field Trips To You
- Flexible schedule
• 300+ events
- Very affordable
- 2-program FREE trial
- Far-reaching topics and venues
All students love field trips. Nothing compares with real-world experience that is also educational.
Field Trip Zoom allows your family or support group to take a wide variety of field trips right in your home! They offer over 300 events throughout the academic year and with a season pass you have access to all events for one incredibly low price! The event providers include Museums of Art, Science, History and more — from all over the U.S., and the topics include American History, Anthropology, Arts, Botany, Chemistry, Coding, Environment, Geography, Government and many, many more!
Imagine, taking a trip to Spaceport America, President Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science or the New York Museum of Science, right in your home for only $49.95 for a 12-month pass!
Field Trip Zoom schedules their offerings around various educational observances and all are accessible via desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. If you miss one, you needn’t worry, most events can be streamed at a later time!
How does it work?
Using FieldTrip Zoom is simple to use and you can probably begin accessing the programs right away. All you need is a computer (compatible with Mac, PC, or iPad), an Internet connection, webcam and projector that will allow your child or support group to see the program at once.
FieldTripZoom offers a simple three-step setup process that is quick and easy, to ensure that every presentation you receive functions smoothly and accurately. They provide connection and quality checks at the time you sign up, as well as before each program you access, making sure that every student receives the information as intended. Field Trip Zoom also offers “workshop” packages that aid parents in using the services.
Field Trip Zoom offers a no risk, two-program free trial to everyone interested in finding out more about the services they offer. This means that you and your students can participate in two full-length educational presentations with no obligations attached, and then decide if you want to be a part of this fascinating experience. With this very unique and important service, and the no risk, two-program free trial, there is no reason why you shouldn’t give Field Trip Zoom a chance to demonstrate to you and your students the added value it can provide as a supplement to your curriculum. MjL