Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Yahoo Groups and Homeschooling

When I began homeschooling, I discovered Yahoo Groups, and these groups have been a
very helpful resource for me as a homeschooling mom.

Some of the Yahoo Groups that I am in, or have at one time been in, are...

*Apologia Science

*Apologia Biology

*Apologia Physical Science

*Elementary Apologia Science

*Homeschool Links (one of my favorites!)

* IEW Families

*Sonlight (there are also many subgroups within with Apologia mentioned above)

*Used Curriculum (general used curriculum, and specific used curriculum...Sonlight, etc.)

There is a Yahoo Group for just about anything that you can imagine,
and if you don't see exactly what you are looking for,
you can start a group of your own.

To join a group, you usually need to send the moderator some basic information about yourself.
After you are approved (which may take a day or two),
you will then have access to discussion forums, helpful files containing worksheets, study guides, quizzes, tests...whatever other members of the group may have created or found to help their children,
and then choose to share with the rest of us!

The "Homeschool Links" group that I mentioned above can connect you to helpful online resources.
This is how I found about, the free geography site that Christian now uses on a daily basis
It is also how I came across a very helpful Etymology resource that I added to Caylie's Apologia Biology last year.

You can customize how you would like to get updates within each group.
Some members choose to receive e-mails whenever there is an update within the group,
while others just check the site occasionally to see what is new

I started out receiving e-mail updates,
and for some groups, that brought too much into my mailbox,
and so I would then go in and change my options for that group.
You can choose exactly how you want to use each group that you join.

If you are beginning a new curriculum, or just want to have additional resources and support for the curriculum that you are already using, this is a
great, free source of learning and connecting.


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