Rolling Out The Homeschool Helper

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As the counties across Maryland begin to roll out their plans for reopening schools, more and more parents are considering homeschooling.  Frederick families are among them.

The Tentacle has retooled the “Kid’s Corner” section to “Homeschool Helper” to assist parents and guardians navigate the world of homeschooling.

Families uneasy about sending their elementary and middle school children back to a classroom, are concerned about the psychological effects reopening might cause.  Some are worried about continuing the next year with “distance learning.” Others are anxious about participating in a “hybrid” style with some days in school and some days learning from home.  None of us knows what school for our disabled and challenged children will look like. Many are concerned about it all, so they are choosing to keep their children at home

Parents are understandably nervous about becoming their child’s only educator.  The Tentacle will do its best to centralize an abundance of family friendly resources as well as links to local and outside organizations. Check back frequently for updates.

We’re all uneasy about school in the fall of 2020.

I recommend you start here with this link to Homeschool On.  It has a lot of useful tools but if you scroll down a bit you will see “Not Sure Where to Start?”  There you will find a quiz to help you design your homeschool method. 

Browse the links below. Join the local homeschool communities.  If you have a resource to share please e-mail it to us at info@thetentacle.com or put it in the comments section.  Emailing is the best way to make certain someone on our staff sees it.

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Frederick (and Surrounding) Homeschool Co-ops – As published on Homeschooling in Frederick County, Maryland Facebook page.

List Created: 5/27/2015
List Updated: 10/17/2019

Please Note: This list is meant to help homeschoolers in Frederick County, MD. These co-ops are not listed in any particular order, and contact information may or may not be up to date.

Monocacy Home Educators Co-op Utica, MD (Secular)
Website: www.homeschool-life.com/md/mhec

White Oak Christian Academy Walkersville, MD (Christian)
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/white-oak-christian-academy

Homeschooling By Grace Co-op (Christian)
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/hbgfrederick/

CornerStone Homeschool Co-op Woodbine, MD (Christian)
Website: Cornerstonehsc.org

Blue Ridge Homeschool Co-op
Website: https://groups.io/g/blueridgehscoop

Sugarloaf Homeschoolers (Secular)

Website: https://www.meetup.com/Sugarloaf-Homeschoolers/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/909527712477960

Frederick East Classical (Christian)
Website: http://frederickeastclassical.weebly.com/

Classical Conversations Frederick, MD (Christian)
Website: https://www.classicalconversations.com/community-search-details/?city=Frederick&state_abbreviation=MD&zipcode=21703

Horizons Homeschool Co-op Gaithersburg, MD
Website: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HorizonsCo-op/info

H.O.P.E. Homeschool Families Walkersville, MD (Christian)
Website: https://www.hopehomeschoolfamilies.com/

Signature Co-op Walkersville, MD
Contact: Polly Burgoon at https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/polly.burgoon

Christiana Homeschool Academy Westminster, MD (Christian)
Website: http://www.classicalchristianahomeschool.com/

Frederick Homeschool Social Co-op
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1469653949765939/

Potomac Valley Co-op Knoxville, MD (Christian)
Contact Director Shyra Hockman at https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/shyra.hockman or shyrahock@yahoo.com for details and information.

There is a Catholic homeschool group that meets at St. Peter’s in Libertytown, MD that is affiliated with Maryland ARCH (website: http://www.marylandarch.com/). Unfortunately, contact information or website is unknown.

Catholic Schoolhouse Hagerstown, MD
For more Information Contact: https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/barbara.hicks.77582

Fellowship of Individuals Schooling at Home Hagerstown, MD
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hagerstowncoop

Emmaus Catholic Homeschool Organization – Emmitsburg, MD (Catholic) Meetings at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, MD

For Free Homeschool Curriculum click here.

For a comprehensive list of local resources click here.

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Seaton Home Study School – “Seton Home Study School is a nationally accredited, faithfully Catholic private PreK-12 distance school located in the state of Virginia. We serve an enrollment of approximately 12,000 homeschooled students, and several thousand more families through book sales and by furnishing materials to small Catholic schools.”

K12 – “We are K12, empowering high-quality, personalized learning. We make the most of technology to support inspired teaching and interactive curriculum, so students can learn in the ways that work for them. Over one million students have chosen K12-powered schools. Will you be ONE, too?”

Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool – “We exist to help families homeschool. We enable families to homeschool who thought they couldn’t because of a lack of finances, a lack of time, or a lack of know-how. Others join EP just because it’s easy and fun and they’re confident of the quality of education. EP seeks to free families from the burden of pursuing the “perfect” and encourages them to let it be “enough.” Each family and each child is different and we seek to provide the resources to enable your family to be who you were created to be.”

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Liberty Nation GenZ – K-12 (and beyond) Social studies, articles and resources for Constitution minded educators.

CFACT – “In 1985, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) was founded to promote a much-needed, positive alternative voice on issues of environment and development. Its co-founders, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker, strongly believed the power of the market combined with the applications of safe technologies could offer humanity practical solutions to many of the world’s most pressing concerns. A number of leading scientists, academics, and policy leaders soon joined them, along with thousands of citizens from around the U.S. and around the world.”

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Companion article on homeschooling here

July 24, 2020 Update: Maryland Homeschool Association – “… an inclusive, grassroots statewide advocacy and support organization for families who educate their children at home.”

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Cindy A. Rose began writing for the Tentacle in 2011 trying to raise awareness over things happening within Frederick County Public Schools. She began keeping a close watch on FCPS when she learned there were not enough air conditioned buses for special needs children during the hot Maryland summers. The Tentacle offered her a place to share her concerns with her community when local newspapers didn’t always. Cindy had the opportunity to buy the Tentacle from creator/owner John W. Ashbury in 2019, so she did. She believed then, as she believes now, our communities, friends and neighbors have important things to say that needs to be shared with those living around them. Large corporate news companies don’t always share in those passions and concerns. The Tentacle is a local news, commentary and community website run by citizens, for citizens. Its success depends on your participation.