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Support
Often the key to whether a family can successfully homeschool is the type of support they receive. Unfortunately, we don't always receive encouragement from our family or community. Connecting with other homeschoolers is the best way to make new friends, and to get information, ideas, and support. We've compiled support group resources and offer simple ways to connect with other homeschoolers through email groups, website forums, and in your community. You'll also find information on local and state events, cultural and educational institutions, field trip ideas, tutors, bookstores, and much, much more.

 
Support Groups
  Homeschoolers have created networks of support to provide a way to make friends, get ideas and information, and to offer positive socialization opportunties to their children. You can join in! There are many groups to choose from, many with specific affiliations, like Christian groups or unschoolers' groups. Some are eclectic, inclusive, and open to anyone. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find other like-minded parents. And if you don't find what you are looking for, we've put together tips for starting your own group.

Local and State Events
  You'll find everything from homeschooling conventions to used book sales to camps for homeschoolers. Read about local and state events and submit your event for posting.

Local & State Resources
  Homeschoolers learn as much outside the home as in it. Here you'll find listings of cultural and educational institutions, government resources, libraries, and bookstores. If you need a tutor, this is the best place for you to find one near you.

Publications
  Want to learn more about homeschooling? Need a monthly or weekly boost of enthusiasm and ideas? You may be interested in a subscription of a homeschool publication. Whether you are looking for a hard copy magazine or an e-newsletter, we've got the best listed here.

Homeschooling Humor
  We all could use a little chuckle every once in a while--especially on those days when things seem a bit bleak and challenging. Enjoy some humor from the home front.


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Circle Christian School
4644 Adanson Street
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-740-8877

Circle Christian School is a homeschooling organization located in Central Florida. Circle provides resources and tools to parents so that they can make significant investments of character training and academic excellence in the lives of their children. Offers field trips, support for families educating children with special needs, a curriculum bookstore, parent training workshops, support group meetings, and more.
Ybor City Museum State Park
Tampa, Florida
Don Vicente Martinez Ybor came to the frontier near Tampa and built a city that became the "Cigar Capital of the World." From the opening of the first cigar factory in 1886 until the 1930s, Ybor City flourished. This urban park is dedicated to the preservation of Ybor City's unique cultural heritage. The museum, housed in the historic Ferlita Bakery, traces the rich cultural history of Ybor City and the cigar making industry. The museum has self-guided exhibits, with written and audio information, and a video presentation. La Casita, a restored cigar worker's house, is open for viewing and guided tours are available.
Homeschooling Options in Florida
Florida statutes provide three options for families who wish to educate their children at home. Each will meet the state's compulsory attendance laws. Families may enroll in a non-campus-based private school, establish a home education program, or establish a private tutoring program. While any of the above choices will provide compliance with Florida's compulsory attendance laws, each has different implications for you. Some of these differences go to issues of recordkeeping and methods, but the heart of the distinction is whether you want to be accountable to the state or to a private entity.
Christian Home Educated Children (CHEC)
Volusia County, Florida
CHEC serves as a support group throughout Volusia County. Members homeschool under the home school Law or enroll with private schools affiliated with home education. They offer special activities for children in grades K-12. Some of the activities include high school labs and classes, activity afternoons, field trips, science/art/history fairs, opportunities for testing and evaluation, and support for parents of special needs children.
Gillespie Museum at Stetson University
Deland, Florida
The Museum exists to promote the study, appreciation, and understanding of the natural sciences through school and community outreach programs. The Gillespie Museum is home to one of the largest gem and mineral collections in the southeast. In addition to educational programs, the museum also offers many exciting exhibits and collections. Visit the Gillespie Museum and learn how the Earth influences our daily lives. Gain a greater awareness of our natural environment, our home planet Earth. Take a walk on the museum grounds amidst the abundant shrubs and trees native to Florida and enjoy this beautiful Earth science museum in a natural setting.


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