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 Tennessee.
Resources
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 Support Groups
Tipton HEART (Homeschoolers Encouraging One Another by Reaching and Teaching)
Tipton HEART is a non-denominational, inclusive homeschool support group offering homeschooling families in Tipton County the opportunity to connect and find support.
Bartlett Wolfchase Support Group
This Christian homeschool group is affiliated with the Memphis-area Home Education Association. They offer once-a-month meetings, information, encouragment, and an exchange of ideas and techniques. There are also scheduled field trips, holiday parties, and end of the year achievement testing.
Cumberland County Christian Homeschool Cooperative
This homeschool cooperative offers activities and classes, along with opportunities for sports and field trips.
Memphis Area Home Education Association (MAHE)
MHEA is a Christian organization dedicated to serving home educators by providing support, encouragement and assistance, advancing home schooling, and helping to safeguard and promote parental authority in education. They monitor legislation, lobby for the homeschool community, and act as a liaison between homeschoolers and public officials. They also sponsor a high school graduation, sports programs, cheerleading, honor society, field day, a science fair, and a senior high banquet.
Collegedale Area Homeschoolers (CAH)
CAH is a Christian organization that seeks to meet the needs of homeschoolers in Collegedale, Ooltewah, East Brainerd, and North Georgia.
North Alabama Trailblazers
North Alabama Trailblazers is a group of homeschooling families in Madison, Morgan, Limestone, AL, and Lincoln, TN, counties, meeting together for mutual socialization and companionship of children and parents alike. Offers field trips, seasonal and holiday parties, play days, and other activities.
amie network
The amie network is for Christian homeschooled teenage girls. Members of the amie network receive a monthly newsletter, have opportunities to meet and connect with other homeschooled teens, and receive support and encouragement.
Homeschoolers of Memphis Eclectic (HOMe)
Homeschoolers of Memphis eclectic’s mission is to connect homeschooling families through an inclusive local group that encourages members to share resources, learn together and build a diverse community. Homeschoolers of Memphis eclectic is inclusive. The network’s membership includes various ethnicities and cultures, divergent spiritual and religious worldviews, assorted political and social philosophies, and a broad range of educational approaches involving children from all levels of ability in families of different shapes and sizes. Homeschoolers of Memphis eclectic is member-led. All members are encouraged to plan activities they want for their own families and would like to share with the HOMe. The range of activities offered by each local group depends on the interests of the participating families and their willingness to plan HOMe events. Homeschoolers of Memphis eclectic maintains an online community for its members. The HOMe forum provides private message boards for planning activities and gatherings, as well as boards for sharing experiences and ideas with other HOMe members.
Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group (BSHG)
Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group is a Catholic homeschool support group that has members in the Memphis Metro area, including North Mississippi, Eastern Arkansas, and other parts of West Tennessee. The Blessed Sacrament Homeschool Group is dedicated to encourage and enhance children with a nurturing, helpful, supportive, and loving family environment, based on the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Catoosa Home Education Association (CHEA)
Catoosa Home Education Association, located in Northwest Georgia, is an Christian organization of almost 100 homeschool families. Membership includes families from Catoosa, Walker, Dade and Whitfield counties in Georgia as well as quite a number of families from Tennessee in the Chattanooga metro area. They offer group support to homeschool families in the geographic region through classes, field trips, family meetings, clubs, and friendships, and monitor Georgia and Tennessee legislation that affects homeschoolers.
Tennessee Home Education Association (THEA)
THEA is a volunteer organization of home schooling parents, who chose to accept no government funds and desire no government oversight of their teachers or curriculum. THEA Chapters make every effort to bring the educational services as close to each family's home as possible, including curriculum fairs, workshops, training sessions and speakers for support groups.
East Tennessee Secular Homeschoolers (ETSH)
This group is for parents in East Tennessee who wish to homeschool/unschool their children with a secular approach.
Bradley County Home Educators
Bradley County Home Educators is a Christian-based homeschool support group that exists to provide encouragement and support, fellowship, and spiritual leadership to those who are seeking to teach their children at home.
Homeschool Hideout
This local e-mail support lists serves homeschoolers in Tipton County and the surrounding areas. Members plan and post field trips, swap resources, share prayer requests, ideas, questions, and encouragment.
TriCities Family Unschooling Network
TriCities Family Unschooling Network welcomes unschoolers, unschool-learning, and unschool-curious in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Eclectic Homeschoolers of Middle Tennessee
This is an inclusive group of homeschoolers offering support, information, meetings, park days, and more.
Chattanooga Southeast Tennesse Home Education Association (CSTHEA)
CSTHEA (Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association) is the local chapter of the state homeschooling association THEA (Tennessee Home Education Association). CSTHEA serves families in the southeastern corner of Tennessee, the northernwestern part of Georgia and the northeastern part of Alabama. CSTHEA serves the following southeast Tennessee counties: Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren, and Warren as well as Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. They are a Christian organization seeking to serve homeschooling families by providing support, encouragement, and assistance; advance the cause of home education in the state of Tennessee; and safeguard and promote the general right of parental authority in education.
East Tennessee LDS Homeschoolers
This is an eclectic group of homeschoolers who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and live in Greater Knoxville/East Tennessee Area.
Bedford County Homeschoolers Support Group
The mission of Bedford County Homeschool Support group is to serve local homeschooling families by providing support services and activities, information, guidance, motivation, and encouragement. Located in Shelbyville, Tennessee, they serve Bedford County and any other surrounding County that would need support in and with their homeschooling adventure.
Collierville Homeschool Support Group
A support group serving homeschooling families in the Collierville area. They offer teen and tween activities, field trips, fellowship, and support.
Chattanooga Catholic Home Schoolers
Chattanooga Catholic Home Schoolers is dedicated to authentic Catholic education in the home environment. CCHS serves as a support group to encourage and enhance the ability of families to home school their children in the Catholic Faith. Offers service projects, family events, girls' and boys' clubs, activities, and more.
Georgia Homeschool Network

This Facebook group offers a place where homeschool families can come together and stay up-to-day on what's going on in the homeschool world in Georgia. 

Nashville-Area Parent-Led Education Network (NAPLEN)
NAPLEN is a network of parents, in Nashville and its surrounding areas, who have accepted the primary responsibility for the schooling of their children and who are dedicated to pursuing the best educational practices to foster each child's individual learning potential. They offer monthly meetings, regular field trips, group collaborative learning days, and more.
First Baptist Church Joelton (FBCJ) Home Educator's Association
First Baptist Church Joelton (FBCJ) Home Educator's Association provides educational support through field trips, theme-based educational study days, use of library facilities, opportunities for children to showcase their work, and shared experiences of the families in the group. There is also social support to children through recreational activities, field trips, holiday celebrations, drama, graduation celebration, and a variety of group activities that members volunteer to plan and direct. We also provide support to mothers through "mom's time out" activities.
Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA)
The Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA) is a Christian led, non-profit service organization with membership open to all. They seek to promote home education by providing information and vital resources to all area home schoolers.
Blount Home Education Association (BHEA)
BHEA is an association of independent home schooling families formed to encourage successful home education in Blount County. They provide support, information and encouragement to home schooling families and have more than 400 student members. BHEA sponsors many activities throughout the school year to enhance the educational program that each participating family provides at home.
Anderson County Christian Homeschool Association (ACCHA)
This support group serves homeschoolers in Anderson County. It has an email list to facilitate communication.
Association of Greater Appalachian Parent Educators (AGAPE) of Johnson City/Washington County
AGAPE is the acronym for Association of Greater Appalachian Parent Educators. It is commonly referred to as AGAPE of JC because it began and is presently centered in Johnson City, Tennessee. Agape is the oldest homeschooling support group in the TriCities and is a Christian homeschool support group. They offer field trips, family activities, Enrichment Days, lending library, Mom’s Night Out, and classes.
Ebony Homeschoolers
Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Ebony Homeschoolers is a Christian homeschool support fellowship established to strengthen and encourage the African-American homeschooling family.
Local & State Online Groups
Tennessee Unschooling
Email group designed to facilitate conversations between unschoolers in Tennessee.
Tn-homeschooling
Email list for parents who homeschool their children in Tennessee.
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.
CM Families of the South
The purpose of this loop is to encourage homeschooling families living in the Southern states who are trying to incorporate the philosophy of Charlotte Mason in their homes in their efforts to raise their children with an enthusiasm for learning.
CMmom
This email list is for the further communication of ladies in the Charlotte Mason-Mom's Study & Discussion group which meets in the Blount/Knox County, TN area.
mthea-chat
E-mail list for the members of Middle Tennessee Home Education Association.
Tennhomeschoolers Legislation
This forum gives homeschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to discuss and share information regarding proposed legislation affecting the current Tennesse homeschooling laws.
Memphis Homeschool Internet Support (MHIS)
This is a Christian email group serving families in the Memphis/Shelby County area. Here you'll find field trip ideas, help with teaching, the opportunity to buy and sell curriculum, fellowship, support, and more.
Three Rivers Homeschool Network
The Three Rivers Homeschool list functions to connect homeschooling families and their support groups in western Kentucky, southern Illinois, and northwest Tennessee. Its purpose is to keep families aware of the opportunities for support and enrichment available within a roughly 60 mile radius of Paducah, KY.
HOPE@Home (Helping Other Parents Educate at Home): Clarksville Area Homeschoolers
This is a homeschool support group for home educating families in the Clarksville, Tennessee area.
North Alabama Trailblazers
North Alabama Trailblazers is a group of homeschooling families in Madison, Morgan, Limestone, AL, and Lincoln, TN, counties, meeting together for mutual socialization and companionship of children and parents alike. Offers field trips, seasonal and holiday parties, play days, and other activities.
East Tennessee Secular Homeschoolers (ETSH)
This group is for parents in East Tennessee who wish to homeschool/unschool their children with a secular approach.
Homeschool Hideout
This local e-mail support lists serves homeschoolers in Tipton County and the surrounding areas. Members plan and post field trips, swap resources, share prayer requests, ideas, questions, and encouragment.
TriCities Family Unschooling Network
TriCities Family Unschooling Network welcomes unschoolers, unschool-learning, and unschool-curious in the Tri-Cities area of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
East Tennessee LDS Homeschoolers
This is an eclectic group of homeschoolers who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and live in Greater Knoxville/East Tennessee Area.
Anderson County Christian Homeschool Association (ACCHA)
This support group serves homeschoolers in Anderson County. It has an email list to facilitate communication.
National Forums
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.
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.
Religious Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A vegsource.com message forum for homeschoolers who have religious reasons to homeschool.
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.
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.
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.
Encouragement Forum at vegsource.com
If you are feeling burned out or need encouragement, this forum is for you. Share your struggles and get help, ideas, and support from those who have walked in your shoes.
Adoptive Homeschooling Parents Forum at vegsource.com
This forum at vegsource.com focuses on parents with adopted children who choose to home educate.
Special Needs Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A message board for parents who are homeschooling special needs children.
Single Christian Homeschool Parent Message Board
Single Christian Homeschool Parent Message Board offers discussion with other parents, widowed, divorced, or legally separated, who are homeschooling solo.
National Online Groups
Sonlight Unschoolers
This email group is for those who use Sonlight curricula but also like the unschooling approach (and other compatable methods). Working out how to mix the two, curricula exchange/sales, and connecting with other eclectic Christian unschoolers is the object.
Only One Child Homeschooling
Are you homeschooling an only child? Or perhaps your other children are grown (or infants) and there's just one whom you homeschool? Or are your other children in public or private school and there's just one at home during the day? Is there such a large age gap between your children that each child feels like an only? Then this group is for you. All homeschoolers are welcome: new, old, school-at-homers, and unschoolers.
Homeschoolers Teaching Kindergarten
This discussion list is for homeschoolers teaching preschool and kindergarten. Topics include curriculum selection (whether necessary or not), teaching tips, creative learning ideas, time management, unit studies, homeschooling books, neat craft ideas, cooking tips for all occasions, support those who have homeschool burn out, or those who are just starting to homeschool.
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.
Homeschooling Boys
Boys... whether you have one, two, three or more---this is the spot to discuss their special needs. This is a group of mostly homeschool Moms who are devoted to their sons and are on a constant search for resources and wisdom for raising young men with character, integrity, preparing them for life.
Living Book Reviews
Living Book Reviews offers reviews of books considered "living" books for children which are useful for acquiring a love of learning.
Mater Amabilis Teacher Training Forum
Mater Amabilis is a free online homeschool curriculum, which takes the methods of Charlotte Mason and applies them for the 21st century Catholic family. Offering a detailed and flexible syllabus for each age level, Mater Amabilis can be used as a complete curriculum or simply as a springboard for learning. This online teacher training forum provides support in implementing the methods of Charlotte Mason and tips for adapting these methods to today's family.
HEM-Unschooling
This list is for the broad-ranging discussion of unschooling. It is sponsored by Home Education Magazine.
Angelicum Academy/Great Books Academy Book Swap and Chat
This group was started for homeschoolers using the curriculum of Angelicum Academy and its sister school Great Books Academy. This is a place to resell/swap school books and materials, and to discuss general homeschooling topics pertaining to the Angelicum/GBA curriculum.
Waldorf at Home
This email list is open to all homeschoolers working with Waldorf education (also known as Steiner education, after its founder Rudolf Steiner), as well as those exploring the possibility. Others, such as teachers or parents with children at Waldorf or public schools, who are interested in an open approach to Waldorf in the home, are also welcome.
Pregnant Again
Are you pregnant? Do you have a large family? Do people look at you like you're crazy? This is a list for all of you out there who are pregnant again for the third or more time. This is a supportive list wehre people believe that large families are wonderful.
CM for Moms of Many
An email group for homeschooling moms using Charlotte Mason's methods. Focuses on homeschooling larger families.
Expatriots Homeschool Email Group (expat-homeschool)
This list is for expatriates who homeschool their child or children.
Homeschooling Catholic Montessori
Here is a place for home schoolers, using Montessori Method in their home education, to share and learn.
Homeschooling on a Budget Email Group
Raising a family on a single income is tough. When you're a homeschooling family, it may seem like another added cost. But that doesn't have to be the case. This list is for homeschoolers to get together and discuss ways to cut the cost of homeschooling without cutting on the educational and learning experience for our children. This is the place to share all kinds of ideas and tips on budgeting homeschooling costs.
Catholic Charlotte Mason
Online support group for Catholics interested in the Charlotte Mason method.
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.
Large Family Logistics
The purpose of Large Family Logistics is to help Christian homeschooling mothers with the daily tasks of home management.
Blind Homeschoolers
This email group is for families who are homeschooling/parenting a blind child. Teachers of the Visually Impaired who would like to share tips and suggestions are also welcome.
African-American Single Parent Homeschoolers
African-American Single Parent Homeschoolers is a discussion group designed to lend support and resources to parents who are home schooling alone.
CM for One
CM for One (CMfor1) is a message board for families home educating an only child and using the Charlotte Mason Method.
1 Parent HS
This group is for support, advice, friendship and educational helps for single parents who are homeschooling.
CM4earlyyears
Email list designed to discuss the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling for children, ages birth through 6 years. While this list is not primarily religious in nature, there are often discussions of Christian topics.
Classically Eclectic
This loop was created for homeschoolers interested in presenting school materials, real books, and/or purchased curriculum in a manner consistent with Classical Education philosophy. Specifically, Classical Education refers to educational models (such as the Trivium) described by Laura Berquist, the Bluedorns, Dorothy Sayers, Doug Wilson, Jessie Wise, Susan Wise Bauer, and others, in which material is presented to children according to their stage of development (i.e., Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages). The purpose of this loop is practical in nature: to share resource suggestions, reviews, schedules, ideas, and encouragement, in order to help one another provide Classical Education within the homeschool environment.
Charlotte Mason Cottage
You are invited to spend a year in the home of a homeschooling mother who uses the Charlotte Mason method of education, combining this "gentle art of learning" with Montessori centers, living literature studies, and observation of the Roman Catholic liturgical year within the framework of real life learning. This list will serves only as a journal in the life of a family who uses the CM method. It is not a discussion medium.
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.
Radical Christian Unschoolers
Feeling like you must be the only radical unschooler in the Christian faith? Tired of hearing those who claim to be Christian unschoolers discuss curriculum or how to make their kids do chores? Tired of hearing secular unschoolers say that you couldn't possibly exist? Look no farther! On this list there will be no talk of curriculum, spanking, chore charts, coercive limitations, forced respect, or anything else that doesn't jive with radical unschooling. This list is for discussing radical unschooling by people who already "get it" and want to connect with other radically unschooling Christian families.
Support4HomeSchool
This is an email group of Christian homeschoolers who teach their children using living literature.
Catholic Robinson Curriculum Homeschool
This is a homeschool email group for Catholic families which will revolve around the Robinson Curriculum.
Blind Alternative Parenting
This group is primarily for blind parents who are interested in alternative parenting styles and issues. This includes atachment parenting, family bed, baby-wearing, gentle disipline, loving guidance, breastfeeding, healthy eating and living, health prevention, nonviolence, nonspanking, unschooling or homeschooling, spirituality, and more.
Basically Beechick
Ruth Beechick Style Homeschooling is an Eclectic approach which focuses on natural learning through Real Books and Real Life. Basically Beechick is a Christian homeschool support group to discuss the methods and ideas of Dr. Ruth Beechick. Other authors whose ideas mesh well with Beechick's are discussed as well. These authors include (but are not limited to) Susan C. Anthony, Rebecca Rupp, Jean Soyke, E.D. Hirsch, Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, Laura Berquist, Robin Scarlata, Jane Claire Lambert, Valerie Bendt, Clay and Sally Clarkson, Cindy Rushton, Mary Hood, Marilyn Howshall, and Charlotte Mason.
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.
African-American Unschool Teens
African-American Teens who unschool/homeschool: Come hear how others live exciting, creative lives outside of traditional schooling. This is a free and comfortable space for teens to call their own. 
Big Families Recipes
A recipe group list with recipes that big families can enjoy. Discuss recipe successes and failures. Feel free to upload your own recipes or download others.
Afrocentric Homeschoolers Association (AHA) Yahoo Group
A discussion group for pro-Black African and/or African Diasporan, Black homeschoolers, unschoolers, deschoolers, home-based educators everywhere. It is also open to non-homeschoolers and non-Blacks who are trying to teach their children about Blacks.
Catholic Homemaking and Homeschooling
This discussion group/email list is focused on the rich Catholic heritage and how to incorporate the Liturgical year into your daily life as a homeschooling family.
Single Parent Homeschoolers
This is a list for single parents homeschooling their children. The purpose of this list is to support single parents.
Unschooling.com Email List
This discussion list is the companion communications forum for the Unschooling.com website.
cmason
This list is for persons who are using or are interested in using the Charlotte Mason Philosophy for education (including homeschooling), or to enrich their own lives. Thislist espouses a Christian philosophy and is also a prayer list. It is also a very active discussion list, often 100 posts per day.
CM While Working
For parents trying to utilize Charlotte Mason's (CM) methods while working.
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