Talk - Mailing Lists
||Broad lists for homeschooling parents|
||Political, philosophical, or geographic niches|
||Lists for homeschooled kids|
||Other homeschooling mailing lists|
There have gotten to be a lot of homeschooling mailing lists -
these are some of the largest and oldest:
The broadest list, with lots of often rather tangential traffic.
(Don't get me wrong - it's a great list - but don't join it if
you already have too much email! A digest version is available, which trims out
all the tangents.) Subscribe by sending
subscribe to Homefirstname.lastname@example.org.
aka "ca-ca", a Canadian spin off from home-ed. Home-based learners of all
stripes, a lot of unschoolers. Mostly Canadians
with a few ex-pats and wannabes - "generally pretty
intelligent discussion - almost always polite".
A list for those with highschool aged homeschoolers. To subscribe, send
subscribe highschool-home-ed Your Name to email@example.com.
"A family of mail lists designed to be a relaxed, informative, and all-around
pleasant forum for discussing the practical aspects of Christian home schooling. No theological debates, no political debates."
(Homeschooling Unitarian Universalists, Humanists, and those on
other roads less travelled) - lifelong learning, the development of personal
theologies, and support for homeschooling members of minority religions and/or
marginalized groups (minority sexual orientations, people of color,
people with disabilities, single parents, etc.)
To subscribe, send
subscribe HUUH-L your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many Paths Homeschoolers loop is an email loop for all homeschoolers. Folks are
welcome regardless of race, religion (or lack of it), lifestyle, homeschool style,
sexual orientation or family makeup. Bring your sense of humor, an open mind and
a willingness to learn about others! The one thing we all have in common is that we
want the best for our children. This loop was started by a Christian mom and a
Pagan mom who met online and decided to build bridges of understanding
between homeschoolers of every persuasion.
RU - Radical Unschooling
A list for those who are already unschooling to share experiences,
opinions, and resources. People who "lean towards unschooling", who use
a curriculum "in a relaxed way" or who want to argue about unschooling
are not welcome. To subscribe, send
subscribe ru to email@example.com.
A spin-off of RU, which "was getting quite 'controversial'," RUL offers
"support, information, perspective, and enlightenment to
anyone already unschooling or interested in unschooling.".
A relatively low-volume spinoff from the overly chatty Unschooling List
"for anyone with an interest in home education with unschooling leanings."
A very high-volume, friendly and inclusive list for everyone interested in
child-led learning, whether 'true' unschoolers or those just beginning to wean
themselves from curricula. More of a support group or coffee klatch than a
discussion forum; be prepared for an awful lot of fluff and gossip.
Subscribe by sending
subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A UK based mailing list with the aim of providing support and encouragement for
families who home educate children with special educational needs.
Strong anti-government sentiments primarily from the "Christian"
conservative / libertarian / anarchist end of the spectrum. Subscribe
a message to email@example.com.
A low-traffic list for homeschoolers who use the ACE curriculum from School Of
This mailing list is a bit different from the others, in that it's basically an
weekly newsletter, not a discussion forum. It's "devoted to the KONOS unit study
curriculum" and "is published by Lynn Hogan, well-known
in KONOS circles." To subscribe, send
join konos-korner to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taffie [Texas Advocates For Freedom In Education] is a mailing list for
home schoolers in Texas.
This is not strictly a home-schooling mailing list. It is sponsored by Sarah
Lawrence of the eponymous British magazine, Taking Children
Seriously and features serious discussion of what it means to raise
children non-coercively, as human beings in their own right. (It can feel a bit
like a cult at times, but some of the TCS ideas are very good indeed.)
Subscribe by sending
subscribe tcs first-name last-name (for example, "subscribe tcs John Galt")
|Lists for homeschooled kids|
"A place for teenage homeschool/unschoolers to share their writing,
and discuss things. It comes out every two weeks, and to get on the
mailing list, e-mail
"This is a list for home-educated children of all ages to discuss ideas,
thoughts and pretty much everything with other similar kids. It's open to any
kids who are homeschoolers and interested in various discussions based around the topic."
A list for unschooled and homeschooled kids of all ages and backgrounds.
To subscribe, send
subscribe hskids to email@example.com.
|Other homeschooling mailing lists|
Karen Gibson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
maintains a large list of mailing lists.
Yahoo Groups offers free mailing lists
to anyone who's willing to put up with an ad on each message. This has made it
a home to many small, regional and/or sectarian lists. Some of these are listed
on the appropriate parts of my support
groups list, but others are not.
Since these lists can come and go rather quickly, I would rather supply this
to a Yahoo search page than make any effort to list them all.
I do an automatic linkcheck periodically, but list
subscription info has to be checked by hand. The last time I checked
these lists exist and that all the subscription links still work
was 1999 or so. Please
let me know about any changes.