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
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. 

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.
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.
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.
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.
Cumberland County Christian Homeschool Cooperative
This homeschool cooperative offers activities and classes, along with opportunities for sports and field trips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ebony Homeschoolers
Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Ebony Homeschoolers is a Christian homeschool support fellowship established to strengthen and encourage the African-American homeschooling family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
East Tennessee Secular Homeschoolers (ETSH)
This group is for parents in East Tennessee who wish to homeschool/unschool their children with a secular approach.
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.
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.
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.
Anderson County Christian Homeschool Association (ACCHA)
This support group serves homeschoolers in Anderson County. It has an email list to facilitate communication.
Local & State Online 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.
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.
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.
Tn-homeschooling
Email list for parents who homeschool their children in Tennessee.
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.
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.
Tennhomeschoolers Legislation
This forum gives homeschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to discuss and share information regarding proposed legislation affecting the current Tennesse homeschooling laws.
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.
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.
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.
Anderson County Christian Homeschool Association (ACCHA)
This support group serves homeschoolers in Anderson County. It has an email list to facilitate communication.
Tennessee Unschooling
Email group designed to facilitate conversations between unschoolers in Tennessee.
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.
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.
mthea-chat
E-mail list for the members of Middle Tennessee Home Education Association.
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.
National Forums
Unschooling Forum at vegsource.com
Unschoolers meet to talk and share ideas at this vegsource.com message board.
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.
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.
Religious Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A vegsource.com message forum for homeschoolers who have religious reasons to homeschool.
Homeschool Christian Working Homeschooling Parent Message Board
Whether you work part-time or full-time, this board is to support you! It's not easy being a breadwinner and a homeschooling parent. You can find the encouragement you need right here.
Unschooling.Info Forum
This message board is designed for unschooling parents to connect, ask questions, share information and ideas, and get support.
Homeschooling Humor Forum at vegsource.com
Got a funny story to share? Need a good chuckle? You'll find it here as homeschooling moms and dads share the joys and humor of homeschooling.
Secular Homeschooling Forum at vegsource.com
A message board at vegsource.com for those who homeschool for non-religious reasons.
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 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
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.
Crunchy Unschoolers
A list for unschoolers who are interested in moving towards a sustainable lifestyle. Topics for discussion may include how sustainability and unschooling complement each other, and how we resolve conflicting values.
Catholic Robinson Curriculum Homeschool
This is a homeschool email group for Catholic families which will revolve around the Robinson Curriculum.
Homeschool Helper
Homeschool Helper is an email group that focuses on specific curriculum questions, needs, and concerns.
Charlotte Mason Group for Fruity Catholics
Fruity Catholics are Catholics who are doing their best to practice the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, especially Charity. This group discusses the Charlotte Mason philosophy of homeschooling from a Catholic perspective.
Unschooling Discussion
Large traffic email list whose stated purpose is to move out of comfort zones and critically examine beliefs, ideas, and viewpoints about learning, and seek a deeper understanding of unschooling and more respectful relationships with one's children.
Homeschool Burnout
This is a Christian email group that can help you face those feelings of burnout.
CMSeries
This list is designed for anyone wishing to learn more about the Charlotte Mason method of education from reading her own books and engaging in discussions of a philosophical nature.
Classical Ed Books
This is a free email loop for those educating their children with classical materials. Anyone may post want to buy (WTB) or for sale (FS) ads on this list.
Onlies-HS
This list is dedicated to families homeschooling only-children. These families have unique socialization issues and must often be super-creative in their solutions. Join this list if you are homeschooling a wonderful Only.
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.
Mother of Divine Grace Families
This list is for families using the classical approach to education as outlined in Laura Berquist's independent study program, Mother of Divine Grace (MODG), and in her book Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum (DYOCC). The discussions on this loop primarily revolve around the implementation and use of resources which are recommended in the MODG syllabi and in DYOCC. Additionally, they always welcome conversations about the classical methodology of MODG/DYOCC.
Teach Art at Home
A monthly newsletter that delivers free art projects and lessons that are contained on www.teachartathome.com - the home of Masterpiece Art Instruction. Join the group and be the first to receive the new projects every month along with drawing lessons and fun ideas for using art to teach other subjects such as history and science.
Child-Led Christian Unschooling
This child-led learning group is for those unschoolers who are also Christians.
Large Family Moms
This list is for moms only that are part of a large family consisting of four or more children. Large families are wonderful, exciting, and very challenging. Here you will find time and money saving tips, advice and support.
HEM-Unschooling
This list is for the broad-ranging discussion of unschooling. It is sponsored by Home Education Magazine.
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.
CM Curricula
This list is for the buying and selling of resources (biographies,poetry and art books, teacher resources, etc.) that are in conformity with the Charlotte Mason "twaddle-free" philosophy. This is strictly a buying and selling list.
Catholic Charlotte Mason
Online support group for Catholics interested in the Charlotte Mason method.
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.
Homeschooling while Single Parenting
This is a board for homeschooling single parents of all religous and secular beliefs. Members are free to discuss topics related to homeschooling and single parenting.
K12 Large Families
This group is for large families using the K-12 curriculum created by Dr. William Bennett. Both homeschooling families and Virtual School families are welcome. It is particularly intended for families with more than 3 children in K-12 as well as additional teens, toddlers and babies. Discussions include both the curriculum and the challenges of implementing it in a large family.
CM for One
CM for One (CMfor1) is a message board for families home educating an only child and using the Charlotte Mason Method.
CM4primaryyears
To discuss the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling elementary age children, and to share the joys and concerns of everyday life.
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. 
Catholic CM/TWTM Swap Group
A curriculum buy, sell, and swap group for those using a Catholic Charlotte Mason/Living Books/Classical method of home education.
CharlotteMasonKindergarten
A group for Charlotte Mason Mom's using the curriculum outline suggested in Karen Andreola's summer of 93 Parent's Review titled, "A Formidable List of Attainments for a Child of Six", and also trying to complete the Kindergarten Skills list as described in Catherine Levison's book, A Literary Education.
Organize-to-Homeschool
Homeschoolers face tremendous demands on their organizational skills. Frequently creative, hardworking, and goal oriented, they must manage the home, other children, teaching, and the many other demands of a stay-at-home parent. This board is designed to offer support, find solutions, and discuss troublesome situations. Although there are many aspects to homeschooling, the focus, the only focus, of this board is solving organizational problems related to home schooling. This group is a part of the Messies Anonymous website.
Work and Homeschool
Do you have to (or have to return to) work or attend school but still want to educate your child(ren) at home? Have you been told that it's impossible to fit homeschooling your child(ren) into your life if you cannot make it your top priority due to your own work or school needs? Well, many of these list members are proving that work and homeschool can be done! This is a support group for working parents (or student parents) who have chosen to homeschool their children or are considering homeschooling, as well as for homeschooling parents who are thinking of returning to work. Whether you are working/attending school or thinking of doing so, whether inside or outside your home, and whether you are homeschooling or thinking of doing so, this list is for you.
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 Homeschoolers
This group is for African American parents (or parents of African American children) who are homeschooling their children. It is also for parents looking to supplement their children's education with home study.
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.
Eclectic Home Educators
This is an online support group for families who are pursuing an eclectic style of homeschooling. Although many members of the group are religious-minded, the list itself is secular.
Always Unschooled
This is a list dedicated to achieving a deeper understanding of a Radical Unschooling lifestyle with young children. It is geared towards thoughtful discussion and exploration of what Radical Unschooling looks like in the early years, from toddlerhood to around age 8 or so. Experienced and new Unschoolers can discuss how they made the transition from peaceful parenting to Unschooling in daily practice, when that transition occurred and what benefits children gain by Unschooling from the beginning.
Unschooling.com Email List
This discussion list is the companion communications forum for the Unschooling.com website.
New Rising Homeschool Network
Are you working fulltime and feeling as though you and your children have been left out of the homeschool loop? Are you a single parent concerned you might not be able to meet the demands of homeschooling? Does your child have special needs? Dell's Place has established a network for working moms, single parents, and the rest of us who struggle to pull it all together. The purpose of this network is for support and encouragement, but it's also to offer real solutions from other parents who struggle with the same issues.
Tons of Kids
This mailing list is set up for parents of large families. Large for this list is defined as having five or more kids. They welcome everybody who has at least that many of any religion, or even no religion.
African American Homeschooler
This is a Yahoo group email list for African American parent(s) who homeschool their children.
CM While Working
For parents trying to utilize Charlotte Mason's (CM) methods while working.
Living Book Reviews
Living Book Reviews offers reviews of books considered "living" books for children which are useful for acquiring a love of learning.
Featured Resources

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