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#1 of 6 Old 05-12-2012, 09:56 AM - Thread Starter
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My friend in Redmond just asked me about homeschooling - she is totally new
to the idea, but her son is asking her if he can do it. 


She would not be doing it for religious reasons. I looked at the
website of Washington Homeschool Organization convention coming up in
June and it looked like most of the sessions were religious and even the
science session said it was "creation-friendly" (as well as
"Darwin-friendly" apparently).


I was afraid that might scare her off and I was looking for another group that might help her in her exploration and decision-making about whether to take her son out of
school, as he is asking to be hs'ed and according to my observation
would probably be an apt candidate for unschooling.


However since he has been to school till now, I think a local support group would be helpful to them in making the transition, and possibly for the long term.


I would be grateful for any info that I could pass along to my friend.



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Definitely share with her this website:


It is full of support for homeschoolers who aren't necessarily homeschooling for religious reasons. There is also a group for Washington homeschoolers on the site and a list of local secular/inclusive support groups by state and region.  I hope it will be a help to her!!

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The WHO convention is next month, and it's great to go to to just get your hands on curriculum.  Yes, there is a lot of religious stuff, but there is also plenty of non-religious stuff. 


She might want to look into TPA .

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We live in Woodinville area and Home school our daughters Brynn 9 and Maya 6, we have been HS'ing since the beginning but have recently moved to WA, so I am still researching non-religious programs as well in the area. These are things we have found:


Wonderexcursions yahoo group  Great resource fro all the fun and free things to do and includes many on the eastside of town. Brandie the moderator also HS's for non religious reasons, and is a wonderful resource!


Labrynth co-op in Sammamish it is non religious co-op I visited, it is housed in a church, it is a big group and has Lots of classes for resonable prices. worth checking into.


Sky Valley Homeschool in Monroe- I don't know alot about this, and hope to visit next week. It is ran by the public school system, but teachers are some parents and some public school teachers, but they are used to working with Homeschoolers.  And it is free.


Who I think lists most of these.


Oh and Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall has a wonderful Homeschooling one day a week and once a month programs. My older daughter went to that this winter/spring and loved it.


Your friend is more than welcome to reach out to me. [email protected] I would be happy to connect via e-mail or in person, as we are just starting to meet people ourselves. :)



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Has she considered visiting the Family Learning Center?  It is a homeschool support network (that provides classes and "help").  We haven't been there for years (DD went to school starting in 2nd grade and is now in 8th) but have a few friends who enjoy them:


Especially for someone transitioning from public school to homeschooling it could be helpful stepping stone.



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Thanks for all the replies everyone .... I have been "gently forwarding" - she has been going through the mails - I am trying not to overwhelm her with too much info.  There was the Unschooling Summit last month too which was like an embarassment of riches at the time.  I am so thrilled for her, I just found out that she started her own homeschooling style - i just love the schedule!  1 hour for subject-work and then 1.5 hours for snack!!  And outings, etc.  She even has a website -


I am giggling with delight.

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