Homeschool Groups: MISSOURI
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Local & State homeschool groups or organizations in MISSOURI
MISSOURI PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY
Christian Home Educators Fellowship (CHEF)
St. Louis, Missouri
Contact: Jon & Candy Summers
Phone: (314) 521-8487
Over 40 support groups statewide. No membership fee. Annual conference and curriculum fair, high school / college / accelerated distance learning conference, prayer and praise rally, used book sale, 12th grade graduation, spelling bee, science fair, math olympics, art festival, family craft fair, Christmas ball, mother/daughter tea, father/son campout, and more!Homeschooling attorney and legislative liasons.
Families for Home Education (FHE)
P.O. Box 742, Grandview, MO 64030
Phone: 816) 767-9825
Families for Home Education is Missouri's original and oldest statewide organization, founded in 1983. FHE maintains a full-time lobbyist in Jefferson City to ensure home school freedoms remain intact in Missouri. Regional Directors are available for information about home education throughout the state. Special events are held in each region.
Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes (MATCH)
2203 Rhonda Dr, West Plains, MO 65775-1615
Phone/Fax: (815) 550-8641
MATCH is organized for the purpose of providing service and support to home educators and support groups within Missouri. Services include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Providing assistance in the formation of local support groups throughout Missouri.
2. Informing members of the national and state laws and keeping them up-to-date on proposed changes to these laws.
3. Implementing strategies or activities necessary to protect the future freedoms of home educators in Missouri and in our nation.
4. Promoting the advantages of home education over alternative forms of education outside the home.
5. Helping to promote sound, high-quality home education programs for home educators for the purpose of developing Christ-like character, which will satisfy the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional growth needs of their children.
6. Reviewing and disseminating home education materials and information considered vital to home educators.
7. Publishing newsletters.
8. Planning and conducting periodic state home education conventions and other educational opportunities designed to provide information and training that will help parents and others involved with or interested in home education research and its publication.
9. Supporting accurate home education research and its publication.
Christian Home Educators Support System (CHESS)
Clay-Platte Home Educators (CPHE)
411 Sellers Place, Lathrop, MO 64465
Contact: Altona Duston
Phone: (888) 216-5823
A Christian-run group that exists to provide information, training and support to local home schooling parents. Monthly meetings, new homeschoolorientations, cooperatives, field trips, workshops and more are offered year round.
Description: We have a variety of activities along with monthly support meetings. The activities include (but not limited to) roller skating, field trips, P.E. at a rec Center, writing clubs, chess clubs
Requirements: CHESSHomeschool groups only requirements of joining are as follows. You need
to be a Christian and must be homeschooling your children/grandchildren
Benefits: We send out newsletters via email of upcoming events, curriculum for sale and
wanted. We also have a website that includes events, field trips, classifieds, extracurricular activities etc.
1304 East Republic PMB 179
Springfield, MO 65804
Contact: Pamela Cooper
Description: FIELD TRIPS!!! caters to all home education families by arranging small group interaction FIELD TRIPS!!! Established in 2001, approximately 300 trips have been arranged serving about 450 families. No minimum obligations. We provide service and support to you, the home educator through pooling together our resources and the businesscommunity.We have hosted several bus trips, a home school mock election, and a scavenger hunt.In August, we host EduFaires throughout southwest Missouri. Edufaires consist of interactive booths for family friendly businesses and a free resource exchange (curriculum, books, teaching resources, movies, posters, games). For more information, keep posted at our website.
Requirements: Parents/adults are required to attend with kids on all FIELD TRIPS!!! We are a family-friendly 501(c)3 tax-deductible nonprofit corporation. A completed, signed registration liability waiver is required. This form is available at your first FIELD TRIP!!! Feel free to give us your suggestions using our webform. We strive to dive into interesting places where hands-on learning is encouraged and critical thinking is sparked! Your suggestions are the backbone of FIELD TRIPS!!! Where will we go next??????????
Benefits: Teaching resources available for your use atwww.fieldtripsonline.orgAlso, FIELD TRIPS!!! has a Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FIELDTRIPSONLINE/
which sends out reminders of upcoming FIELD TRIPS!!! and lesson ideas, files, links, and other resources as they become available. We also offer a snail mail newsletter that is occasionally published throughout the year.
Cost: We solely operate on a donation basis. Donations are encouraged, not required. Please give what you can, when you can, on a free-will basis.
Hannibal Area Home Educators
247 CR 228
Palmyra, MO 63461
Contact: Pam Martin
Description: HAHE is a group that exists for the benefit and the good of home school families. Its services and activities center on the needs of home school families. Classes offered vary depending on volunteers. HAHE has a membership of approximately 60 families.
Requirements: HAHE does have a membership agreement.
Benefits: HAHE provides to its members a monthly newsletter, social events, field trips, art classes, music & choir classes. A project fair, spelling bee and graduation ceremony are also planned.
Cost: $25 yearly
Homeschool Information & Resource Share
Contact: Tamera Staggs
Description: This Yahoo group is for any Christian homeschool families. You are encouraged to exchange ideas, support each other, give updates on activities you are leading or know of as they approach, communicate information or opportunities that might benefit other families, and just generally share with each other anything that relates to a Christianhomeschool family - God, church, parenting, home keeping, curriculum, etc.
Requirements: None, but please refer to the Yahoo group home page for what items are and are not allowed to be posted.
Benefits: You will receive information in regards to homeschooling and have the ability to share some as well. Enjoy and share, in Christ.
Homeschool Youth Building Relationships Interests and Discipleship (HYBRID)
Serving Lincoln County and surrounding areas
Contact: Tamera Staggs
HYBRID is a group open to any 13-19 year old homeschool youth interested in serving others as well as getting together for fun and fellowship monthly. Service projects change monthly and therefore the meeting location varies; although it will generally be held in Lincoln County.
HomeSchooler's Network (HSN)
4311 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 626-1292
We are a Christian Coop that meets weekly during the school year offering a variety of classes for pre-k to high school. We also offer field trips, science and art fairs, yearbook class, orchestra, sign language, drama, and many more extracurricular activities. We also have opportunities for fellowship like our support group meetings, Mom's Night Out, and much more.
Description: HSN is a coop support group that meets every Tuesday for 12 weeks during the semester (Fall-Spring). We offer a variety of classes that vary every semester for pre-k to 12th grades. The classes are picked by the parents of the coop. We also offer a wide variety of
extracurricular activities which include: Jr.&Sr. Banquety, Valentine's Day party, picnics, Home School skating Day, Science Fair, Book Fair, Art Fair, Mom's night out, and too many more to mention. You are not required to attend classes or pay a fee to attend support group meetings or field trips and activities. We try to be flexible knowing that we are all home schooling and want to do what's best for each individual child/family. We are a Christian Coop, but do not teach any religious or theological theories; we have a variety of denominations and feel that is best left to
Requirements: We have not requirements and offer scholarships to those in need. If you do sign you child up for classes we do require you are present at the school site.
Benefits: Weekly newsletter with information to group, field trips, etc.Several field trips each month, curriculum fair, library on site, yearbook and school newspaper. We have bi-monthly support meetings open to allhomeschoolers and have started Home School Skate Day open to all HSers.
Cost: $25 yearly
Home Schoolin' Teen-Agers
(A Virtual Community for Teen-Agers)
HCR # 1 Box 94
Middlebrook, Mo. 63656
Contact: BeeJay Perkins
Description: This is a group where teen-agers, whom are home-schooled can share music, thoughts and ideas.It is a virtual ( on computer ) Teen Community
Requirements: No rude or vile language.
Benefits: An enriching environment for Home-Schooling Teens to find many lasting friend-ships.
Highly educated Tudor available, group guiding in choices & issues teens face, through self-discovery.
Jefferson City Home Educators (JCHE)
Serving Jefferson City, MO and surrounding area
Contact: Joy Bennett
A Christian group operating by Christian principles, JCHE is composed of families who have chosen to home educate their children. Our purpose is to provide homeschool information and activities for social and educational development.
Lebanon Area Homeschoolers
Based in Lebanon, MO 65536
Contact: Renee Inman or Margie White
Phone: (417) 588-3537
We are a Christian homeschool co-op offering a variety of activities for students and parents choosing to home educate.
Description: The Lebanon Area Homeschoolers organization consists of several sub-groups: Fine Arts, Shared Learning, Athletics dept., Journalism dept, H.O.P.E. (Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators) and Field Trips/Activities. Fine Arts and Shared Learning is available the second and fourth Thursdays of the months of Sept., Oct., Feb., March, and April and the second Thursday in Nov. and Dec.
We have approx. 50 + families participating with around 200 children in attendance.
Visit our website for more informationwww.lebanonarehomeschoolers.com or see our newspaper, atwww.adifferentvoice.net
Requirements: It is required that the parents volunteer to help organize and staff the various activities that their children choose to get involved in. We are a Christian, 501-C3 organization with a board of elected directors overseeing the direction of the group.
Benefits: There are more activities to get involved with than you can do.Wehave a jr. high boys, varsity boys, jr. high girls, and varsity girls basketball teams, cheerleader squad, track teams, girls volleyball and possibly this year, a boys football team. We have a monthly field trip in the months of Sept, Oct., Nov., Feb., March, April. We offer a graduation ceremony for 8th grade and seniors.
They have a Monday Night Thing every Monday night throughout the year in a gym in the winter months and in a local park in the summer months. The kids, parents, and older grads get together to play volleyball, basketball, or just hang out with their friends.
We have Reel Dances 3-4 times a year. These are country group dances like the Virginia Reel.
We publish a yearbook, newspaper and have weekly e-notes on what's going on.
H.O.P.E. is the parent support group geared mainly to encourage newhomeschooling families and to educate them about the law, etc.
We encourage Christian Homeschooling in our local community with our Drama Troupe providing both fall and spring productions at our local Civic Center and by giving a free community concert in January produced by the several family bands in our group.
Lee's Summit Home Educators (LSHE)
705 B SE Melody Lane, #106, Lee's Summit, MO 64063
As a Christian-based support group, LSHE goal is to promote educational excellence and help new home-educators get started. Member meetings and orientation classes are the 2nd Mondays of each month, September-May. Our volunteers organize a number of field trips and social & educational activities for pre-K through high school. Teens Getting Into Fellowship (TGIF) is our teen group specifically for junior high and high school students.
Midwest Parent Educators
P.O. Box 14391
Lenexa, KS 66285
Contact: Mei Upsdell
Description: Midwest Parent Educators, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources, support and encouragement to home schooling families in the Kansas City and surrounding areas. As of August 2005, MPE had over 1200 member families. In an attempt to restore the warmth and friendliness of a small group, the formation of cluster groups was initiated in the fall of 1990. These groups are, in essence, small support groups within the larger structure of MPE. Cluster group members plan field trips and other group activities; these activities provide opportunities for both parents and children to build relationships.
Requirements: No requirements apart from an interest in or currentlyhomeschooling
Benefits: Membership in MPE includes a subscription to the newsletter, The Parent Educator, and access to events, functions, and cluster groups.
Other benefits include:-Informational support group meetings,-$20 discount on HSLDA membership, -Free access to MPE Resource Library, Free admission to annual MPE Conference, High school graduation ceremony (must meet certain criteria - call MPE office) Access to college scholarship file, Annual used curriculum sale.
Cost: $35 yearly
Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes, Inc. (MATCH)
2203 Rhonda Dr
West Plains, MO 65775
Contact: Michael/Orilla Crider
Description: MATCH is organized for the purpose of providing service and support to home educators and support groups within Missouri. Services include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Providing assistance in the formation of local support groups throughout Missouri.
2. Informing members of the national and state laws and keeping them up-to-date on proposed changes to these laws. 3. Implementing strategies or activities necessary to protect the future freedoms of home educators in Missouri and in our nation. 4. Promoting the advantages of home education over alternative forms of education outside the home. 5. Helping to promote sound, high-quality home education programs for home educators for the purpose of developing Christ-like character, which will satisfy the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional growth needs of their children. 6. Reviewing and disseminating home education materials and information considered vital to home educators. 7. Publishing newsletters. 8. Planning and conducting periodic state home education conventions and other educational opportunities designed to provide information and training that will help parents and others involved with or interested in home education research and its publication. 9. Supporting accurate home education research and its publication.
Benefits: In state members receive: * 24 hr. Emergency Phone Line * CAT achievement test for $20 * Informational pamphlets * Support for home schooled graduates * A chance to be recognized in The National Society of High School Scholars and a chance to receive scholarships from the ClaesNobel Academic Scholarships * Receive a discount of 17% on HSLDA yearly membership fee * FULL access to ONLINE Convention * Fireside Helps (MATCH online newsletter) * Teen Go Between newsletter (teen MATCH online newsletter) * Members Only website * Teacher ID (for extra discounts) * Receive a LARGE discount (starting March 1, 2005 - April 30, 2005) for the Aerospace Educational Excellence Program * Click here to see the amount of the discount and how to apply. Receive 50% off a year's subscription to Educational Freedom Press magazine (Must subscribe through the Members Only website.) * Receive specials through newsletters and membership websites for puppet patterns from Puppets for Ministry. * Receive Home School Enrichment for only $14.95/yr (worth it!) * Receive $4 off Homeschooling Today Magazine subscription (must use special code) * Receive 30 FREE helpful forms from Master Planner (must get them on the members website from the handbook area) * Discount for KIDSCA$H (The coupons will be sent out in the next newsletter and then we will send the coupon in each first time membership members packet.) * FREE Annual School Calendar (updated with extra information on members site, in color) * E-mail alert updates about pertinent legislative action and other important information * FREE ONLINE Missouri Homeschool Handbook ($10 hardcopy) * FREE online preparation material for the ACT test (worth $1,000/student) * FREE online access for GED preparation * $2 off coupons for Silver Dollar City tickets * Discounted membership for Support Leaders * Free ONLINE Support Leader Handbook (to MATCH Support Leaders ONLY) * Support Leader website * More... To find out what benefits pertain to out of state members go to our website.
Cost: 25/yr for in state & $20 for out of state group
Network Of Alternative Homeschoolers NOAH
17 East O'Fallon Dr.
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Contact: Karen Boyer
Description: N.O.A.H. is a Christian support group open to allhomeschoolers. The definition of alternative means choice. We believe N.O.A.H. is a network of homeschoolers with a choice, but your final decision is between you and God. The Ark was filled with a variety of animals, just as N.O.A.H. is made up of many different homeschool families with a different viewpoint. The purpose of N.O.A.H. is to network with other homeschoolingfamilies by sharing our homeschooling experiences and resources. A couple of ways of sharing is through our newsletter and activities. Our mission is to serve homeschoolers looking at the common bond between us beinghomeschoolers and to build lasting friendships.
Requirements: In order for you to check out materials from the lending library you must subscribe to NOAH NEWS our support group newsletter.
Benefits: We offer a support group newsletter, membership card (free with paid newsletter subscription), e-mail updates, family directory, field trips, testing, reading programs, co-op, parties, lending library and playgroup.
North County Homeschoolers
Contact: Beth Pettibone
Description: We are a secular group of North Saint Louis CountyHomeschoolers, right now there are 14 families, and we are hoping to grow larger. The children range in ages from 1 to 14 years old. We have a preschool/kindergarden co-op that rotates between the homes of the 6 families involved in this program. One of our parents is an ice skating teacher and teaches the kids ice skating for just the open skate price at the local rink. In the spring, summer & fall we usually are at the park 2-3 days a week. We felt the need to start this group because the Metro Saint Louis area is so large and sometimes the events planned by other boards were very far away from us. We have all different types of homeschoolers and we really enjoy meeting other homeschoolers.
Requirements: We are pretty loose on requirements, we ask that you live in North Saint
Louis County and that you homeschool. We don't expect everyone to show up to every event or post every day, but just popping in to the board and letting us know you are still around would be great! Benefits: We have done field trips such as going to the Columbia Bottom Conservation
area, the Science Center, the Zoo, cultural nights at the Library, different kids programs at the Mills and lots of other places. We are open to any suggestions for field trips, we are very much a group and no one family is more important than the whole group. We also try to celebrate major holidays with a small party & crafts.
Northland Families Learning Together
Based in the Northland of Kansas City, MO
Contact: Suzanne Gray
We are an eclectic, secular / inclusive homeschool support group offering encouragement and support, along with fun and sometimes educational activities, for homeschooling parents.
O'Fallon Christian Home Educators
Description: O'Fallon (MO) Christian Home Educators (OFCHE) is a new home school support group formed by Nova Davidson. The monthly meetings will be held the second Tuesday of every month from 10:30 am to noon and children are encouraged to attend. The places vary based on the weather. They will use local O'Fallon parks during nice weather and the First Assembly of God Church in O'Fallon during cold/rainy weather. They have monthly field trips, a 10 and up Youth Group that have a monthly fun activity and a communityinvolvment activity, holiday parties and much more!
Requirements: We have a set of By-Laws, a Waiver of Liability and Enrollment forms to be filled out by each family.
Benefits: Planned Activities
Monthly Field Trips to local businesses, Teen Club for ages 10 and up (parent supervised),Book Clubs for age appropriate groups, Track and Field Day, Science fair, Thanksgiving Potluck, Christmas Party, Christmas caroling, Valentine s Party, Recognition Night and Talent Show,
We also offer:
Monthly Field Trips to local businesses, A monthly parent newsletter,, A monthly student newsletter, Phone prayer, chain (optional), A membership directory, Incentives for the children and fundraisers, Scholastic Book and Software clubs, And much more!
Cost: $20 yearly
Ozark LORE Society
HC 73 Box 160, Drury, MO 65638
Phone: (417) 679-3391
Parliamentary Debate and Speech Association of Logical Thinkers (PSALT)
Based in the Greater Kansas City area
Contact: Kristina Light
An organization committed to teaching Parliamentary Debate and Speech tohomeschool students ages 12-18 in the Greater Kansas City Area (including Missouri and Kansas). Founded by a homeschool graduate.
Raymore Home Educators (RHE)
Based in Raymore, MO
Contact: Jennifer Nichols
Phone: (816) 322-3201
Raymore Home Educators formed in September 2001 and has been growing strong ever since. Monthly meetings are held to discuss such topics as record keeping, scheduling, homeschooling and the holidays, and RHE offers field trips throughout the school year.
Rolla Secular Homeschoolers
St. Louis Homeschooling Activities, Resources & Encouragement (SHARE)
Contact: Cathy Mullins
Phone: 314-353-8727 or 314-961-6447
Description: SHARE is an independent support group organized and operated by moms and dads who are homeschooling their children in the south area of St. Louis. The majority of us are Christians and we do start our activities with prayer, but our major focus is always on educational activities and helping families to stay informed of what is available to them that will enhance their homeschool. We hold monthly meetings at Grace United Church of Christ, 5700 Leona, on the second Tuesday evening of each month. A 50+ newsletter is published monthly and e-mails go out on an almost daily basis. Our motto is "Honor God, Help Homeschoolers" and our goal is to help every family be the kind of homeschooling family that God wants them to be!
Benefits: Newsletter, Field trips, Parties, PE and Swim classes, Nursing HomeMinsitry, Standardized Testing, concerts and theater performances, Project Fair, Talent Show, some academic classes, graduation ceremonies (K, 8th & 12th), New Homeschooler Seminars, Mom's Night Out, monitoring of legislation, reading incentive programs, Drama group, band, and whatever else anyone want to do!
Cost: Subscribe to newsletter either $5 for online version or $25 for snail-mailed version, yearly
Southwest Home Education Ministry (SHEM)
Serving Southwest Missouri
Contact: Charles & Bambi Whitaker
Phone: (417) 743-2125
Description: T he purpose of SHEM is to minister to homeschooling families in SW Missouri by sponsoring various activities including a Convention, Used Curriculum sales, Track and Field Day, Hearing and Vision screening, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, History Fair and Graduation. In addition we sponsor a new homeschoolers' orientation meeting every month at the Library Center. Visit our web site for all the details.
Requirements: T here are no requirements in order to participate in our events.
Benefits: Track & Field Day, History Fair, Hearing & Vision screening, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, Convention, Graduation, Used Curriculum sales, NewHomeschoolers' orientation
Springfield Home Educators: Learning for a Lifetime (SHELL)
P.O. Box 1412, Springfield, MO 65802
An inclusive group of active homeschoolers in and around the Springfield area, managed and operated by member volunteers. We meet regularly with the emphasis on providing social, fun experiences in a positive environment.Description: We are an inclusive group of active homeschoolers in and around the Springfield, Missouri area. Our emphasis is on homeschooling.
We welcome homeschoolers of all ages, genders, races, and beliefs. We meet regularly with the emphasis on providing social, fun experiences in a positive environment. Our group is managed and operated entirely by member volunteers.
Requirements: Must be an active homeschooling family.
Benefits: Group meets regularly for social events such as park days and group activities.
Springfield Secular Home Educators
Based in Springfield, MO
Phone: (417) 933-2236
A group for home educators in and around the Springfield, MO area. This is a very active group doing different classes and park days.
Description: Welcome to Springfield Secular Home Educators! We are a group of homeschooling families who homeschool for our own personal reasons, wants and needs. This is not a group based on politics or religion. We invite all to join us and want all to participate in activities. We will get together for regular park days, craft/game days and field trips. We offer book club, Spanish club and Science club. This group is for all children and, although we may have certain activities that are age specific, we focus on inclusion not exclusion. If this sounds like what you are looking for, come join us for a lot of fun.
Requirements: You must either be homeschooling or wanting to homeschoolto join. Please do not try to join just to advertise your business.
Benefits: Lots of interaction between children and parents. We are always there to help each other out.
St. Louis Homeschool Activities, Resources, and Encouragement (SHARE)
3675a Montana, St. Louis, MO 63116
Contact: Cathy Mullins
Phone: (314) 353-8727
We meet in the south area, but draw homeschoolers from Webster, Kirkwood, Crestwood, all of Jefferson County and from the Illinois area. Monthly support group meetings, field trips, and newsletter; co-op classes; special parties for various celebrations; reading incentive programs; many other activities to choose from.
West County Christian Home Educators