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.
- Branson Academy – We are a private homeschool satellite program that serves all counties in California. High school, special needs, or brand new to homeschooling? We’ve got you covered. Enjoy experienced support through our K-12 program. We take care of school transfers, maintain your child’s academic reports and transcripts, and help you homeschool successfully. Easy, affordable, flexible. Call Cynthia Simunovich at 831.726.3235 for personal guidance in exploring your home-based educational options.
- Homeschoolers in Marin [HIM] – We are a diverse community of homeschooling families in Marin County with a Christian worldview. Please visit our website for more info and to request to join our MeetUp group. Contact information: Email HIM.
- Marin Homeschool Families – Includes families from all walks of life who educate their children outside of school and come together for socialization, support, and homeschool resources. Field trips, park days, other events; share ideas, curriculum, and friendship. The single value we all share is the commitment to our children. Contact information: Email to Join Yahoo Group.
- Marin Homeschoolers – If you are homeschooling in Marin, or considering it, this is a way to connect with other families for information, support, and field trip opportunities. Members have many resources available to them- a current family roster, valuable links, an in-depth message board with forums regarding several topics, and a calendar of field trips, classes, and other events. We are a diverse group and welcoming of all families, regardless of homeschooling style or philosophies.
BRANSON ACADEMY PSP Private School Satellite Program
What is a “Homeschool Satellite Program?”
Back in the day, it was called an “Umbrella Program” or Independent Study Program. But because they didn’t actually provide any books, or curriculum, it was sometimes confused with the public school independent study programs. State homeschool groups started calling the service we offer a PSP (Private School Satellite Program)… which sounds a little like an Internet provider, right? So, now we just call ourselves a Homeschool Satellite Program.
When you enroll in a PSP (or HSP) you are “under the umbrella” of the private school.
Why is that important? Well, it protects you from harassment — from anti-homeschool neighbors, or family, or school district employees, or anyone who is aghast that you are “What? Teaching your OWN kids!”
AND, you still get to home school your way. Cool, huh? AND, we take care of all your records — attendance, grades, transcripts, diplomas. Important stuff that schools usually handle. Visit Branson Academy www.bransonacademy.com today and see all they have to offer.
Mill Valley Chickens – Full Service Poultry Sales in the Bay Area
415- 389 – 8216
Offering a full range of services for urban and suburban back yard farmers, Mill Valley Chickens based in Marin County is a valuable gem. Mill Valley Chickens hand raises their heritage chickens; custom designs and builds backyard chicken coops and runs; offers entry level classes on raising backyard chickens; and also has a complete line of chicken feed, supplies and products, such as heaters, feeders, water dishes and more, that are specifically designed for backyard chicken enthusiasts.
Mill Valley Chickens is also available for private on site consultations, coop cleanings and offers home visits and deliveries to their service area – Marin, San Francisco, East Bay, Sonoma, the Peninsula and Santa Clara counties.
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.