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Homeschooling - Maine Resources

Maine Home Education Association (MHEA)
Home page of "the only nonprofit, non-sectarian, statewide home educator's association in Maine." Their mission is "to support the right of Maine families to freely engage in home-based education as an alternative to traditional schooling. We believe that the best support of our right to homeschool is a large, diverse and well-informed community of homeschoolers." Site offers articles, resources lists, list of Maine support groups, certified teachers list, legal info, more.

ARTICLE: "Welcome to Home Education In Maine" (Earl Stevens; MHEA)
Many of the suggestions in this article could be applied to any homeschoolers but some are Maine-specific. Some topics: Support groups, Tolerance, Daily Life, The Homeschooling Day, Dealing with the System, Academics, Products, Conferences, Experts.

Notes from Rural Maine: Homeschooling Your Little One (Betsy Duncombe, Get Crafty.Com)
Well-written, interesting June 2000 article by a yoga instructor who lives in rural Maine, about making the decision to homeschool and how they did it. [She used Oak Meadow, based on Waldorf].

Field Trips in Maine (Mary L. Watts, New Hampshire Homeschooling Resources)
Extensive list, many with on-line as well as physical contact info. Also some links to related Maine resources.

MAINE LEGAL INFORMATION

Maine Dept. of Education Home Instruction Information (Maine State Government)
Applications (opens in Adobe Acrobat or Word Pad), application checklist (opens in Word Pad), assessment options, courses of study for primary and secondary school, homeschool access law, records required.

Options for Homeschooling in Maine (Karen's Country Farmhouse - Maine)
Short discussion of pros and cons of (1) Applying to the state for permission, or, (2) Becoming a "non-approved private-school."

Living with Maine's Chapter 130 (MHEA)
Lengthy article written by Earl Stevens, Sept. 1998.

MAINE HOMESCHOOLERS' HOME PAGES

The Caron Family's Homeschool Homepage
Sections on this family's story and their reasons for homeschooling, FAQ, Homeschool Resources on the Web (800+ links), Finding Homeschool Materials on the Web (lots of links to vendors), Homeschooling and Television, High School and Beyond, Homeschool Bookshelf, their daughters' pages, Maine Homeschooling Resources, Maine Homeschooling Requirements, Maine Homeschool Associations.

MAINE HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT

Central Maine Self Learners Home School Group
Site has Newsletter, Membership Info, Schedule of (local member) Events, Maine Homeschool Resources, Children's Page, contact info. This group is not affiliated with any religious organization. Members generally live within 30 miles of Augusta. Also lists Maine homeschooling support groups, with contact info (some have Web sites), by region of the state; about 70 listed (as of 01/02).

Maine Homeschooling Discussion List
Join the discussion by sending in your e-mail apress. List if "for discussing anything applicable to homeschooling and homeschooling in Maine."

E-Groups: Maine Homeschooling
Maine homeschooling discussion group. Began in Aug. 2000. The list is for "people who live in Maine and have decided to homeschool their children." About 55 members.

Homeschoolers of Maine (Camden, ME)
A Christian-based organization. Offers newsletter (by subscription), publications, article on getting started, support groups, links. Also list of local support homeschooling groups in Maine, section on High School and Beyond.

Maine Home Education Association Support Groups List
Lists Maine homeschooling support groups in alpha order by town, with off-line contact info (a few have e-mail). Listed over 73 as of 9/01. Some groups provide descriptions.

Maine Homeschool Organizations
Names, phone numbers, apresses for 10 Maine homeschool associations. A few have webpages or e-mail.

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Notes
Resources are ranked within each topic; the first listed is the most useful and the last the least useful, in my opinion. This is based on depth and breadth of content, quality of links, ease of use, organisational structure, and general appearance.

A resource ranked last may be a great resource for a limited audience, or it may be an OK resource that's meant for a large audience. I have not listed resources I found to be anything but great or good, except for national organisations. Suggestions are always welcomed.
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