HOMESCHOOLING TOGETHER

Recommended Resources

Some of the local and not-so-local public resources that have been recommended in our newsletter over the past few years.  For ongoing ideas and referrals, subscribe to the Homeschooling Together newsletter.

I much appreciate your help in keeping these links up-to-date.  Please let me know if you come across a broken one.  You can also contact me if you are a local homeschooler with a listing to add, but I will NOT be adding advertisers, so don't bother writing if you're trying to sell something.

Please forgive the somewhat arbitrary categorizing that follows.  I felt that I needed to break up the list somehow.

  • ARTS & CRAFTS
  • BOOKS, MAGAZINES & OTHER SUPPLIES
  • CAMPS & OUTDOORS
  • COMMUNITY & OTHER COLLEGES, CLASSES
  • DRAMA
  • FIELD TRIP IDEAS
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  • GAMES & SPORTS
  • LITERATURE, WRITING
  • MATH & SCIENCE
  • MUSIC & DANCE
  • SOCIAL STUDIES
  • STUFF WE DO TOGETHER
  • ARTS & CRAFTS

    Arlington Center for the Arts, designer programs as well as programs already in place
    Art and Soul
    ArtBeat, Mass Ave., Arlington
    Awakening Arts
    Barn Studio, High St., West Medford (pottery)
    Bead Affaire, Watertown
    DeCordova Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
    Fine Art Instruction, Susan Axe-Bronk, AXEBRONK@aol.com
    Harrisville Designs, Inc., Center Village, PO Box 806, Harrisville, NH 03450 (weaving supplies)
    Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (aka Newton JCC)
    Mudflat Studios, 149 Broadway, Somerville
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    The New Art Center, Newton
    Observational drawing classes - Erica Beade, 617-924-1941, e.beade@verizon.net
    Silk painting instruction, Elena Neva, lenasu@msn.com
    Worcester Art Museum

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    BOOKS, MAGAZINES & OTHER SUPPLIES

    Boomerang
    Boy's Quest
    Cobblestone Publishing Company (Cobblestone, Calliope, Cricket, Ladybug, Muse, Spider)
    Chinaberry
    Feature Films for Families
    Genius Tribe
    Growing Without Schooling
    Growler Tapes
    Home Education Magazine
    Hopscotch
    Kids Discover Magazine
    Minuteman Public Libraries
    Time for Kids
    Weekly Reader
    World Book Encyclopedia

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    CAMPS & OUTDOORS

    Boston Hiking Guide
    Charles River Canoe & Kayak
    Community Boating
    Courageous Sailing
    Grace Llewellyn’s Not-Back-To-School Camp
    Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont 617-489-5050
    Heifer Project International’s Homeschool Camp, contact ne@heifer.org
    Horizons for Youth Outdoor Education Center
    Hulbert Outdoor Center, Aloha Foundation
    Maine Conservation School
    MDC Skating Rinks
    Middlesex School Summer Arts Program
    New England Orienteering Club

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    COMMUNITY & OTHER COLLEGES, CLASSES

    Bunker Hill Community College
    Harvard Extension School
    Middlesex Community College
    Mystic River Learning Center
    North Star, Self-directed Learning for Teens
    Online "Distance Learning"

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    DRAMA

    Adventure Game Theatre
    American Repertory Theatre
    Arlington Children's Theatre
    Arlington Friends of the Drama
    Middlesex School Summer Arts Program
    North Cambridge Family Opera Company
    Open Air Circus
    Puddlejump Players
    Puppet Showplace Theatre
    Revels, Inc.
    Talespinners
    Theatre productions at Harvard and MIT
    Underground Railway Theatre
    The Watertown Children's Theatre
    Wheelock Family Theatre

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    FIELD TRIP IDEAS

    Addison Gallery of American Art
    America’s Stonehenge
    Animal Rescue League
    Apple picking
        Bolton Spring Farms
        Carlson Orchards
        Nashoba Valley Winery
    Armenian Library & Museum of America
    Beekeeper -- Birgit deWeerd
    Big Apple Circus
    Black Heritage Trail in Boston
    Bunker Hill Pavilion & Monument
    Cape Cod
    Charles River Herring Run
    Charles River Museum of Industry
    Children's Museum
    Circus Smirkus
    City of Boston's Archaeology Lab, Educ. & Curation Center, 152 North St., North End
    Concord Museum
    Family Fun Magazine
    Federal Reserve Bank, Boston
    Franklin Park Zoo
    Fruitlands Museums
    Gore Place
    Great Brook State Park
    Great Harvest Bread Co., 316 Walnut St., Newton
    Gregorian Oriental Rugs, Newton Lower Falls
    Halibut Point State Park
    Hammond Castle
    Higgins Armory Museum
    Jackson Homestead
    Jason Russell House, Jason St., Arlington
    John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Education office 617-929-4555
    Land's Sake Organic Farm -- Corner Newton & Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 508-893-1162
    Longfellow House
    Louisa May Alcott House--Orchard House
    Lowell Natl. Historical Park
    Mashantucket Pequod Museum
    MIT Museum
    Mass. Center for Native American Awareness--Pow wows 884-4227
    Massachusetts State House
    Museum of Science
    Museum of Transportation
    National Heritage Museum
    National Plastics Center & Museum, 210 Lancaster St., Leominster
    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    New England Aquarium
    New England Science Center, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA, 508-791-9211
    Newport, RI
    Nutcracker Ballet at the Emerson Majestic Theatre
    Old Schwamb Mill, Arlington
    Old State House Museum
    Omni Theatre at the Museum of Science
    Perkins School for the Blind
    Plimoth Plantation
    Portland, ME Children's Museum
    Roger Williams Park Zoo
    A day in Salem, MA
    Science Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton, 978-264-4200
    Siraco Knife Sharpeners, Medford Street, Somerville
    Stone Zoo
    Sturbridge Village
    United States Post Office
    USS Constitution
    Whale watches
    Whalom Park
    Wolf Hollow
    York ME

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    FOREIGN LANGUAGE

    Artes Latinae
    BBC Language Courses for Children (Muzzy)
    Calliope Books; Route 3, Box 3395; Sayolorsburg, PA 18353, Phone/FAX (610) 381-2587
    Destinos Videos
    Esperanto Society of New England, PO Box 655, Concord, MA 01742
    French in Action
    IES Language Program
    The Learnables
    LEX America/Hippo Family Club, 68 Leonard Street, Belmont 617-489-5800
    Power-Glide
    Russian language teacher,
        Elena Neva, Medford, lenasu@msn.com

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    GAMES & SPORTS

    Academy of Fencing
    Aristoplay
    Arlington Center
    Colonial Figure Skating Club
    Community Boating on the Charles River
    Cross country skiing at Windblown in New Ipswich, NH
    Gymnastics Academy of Boston, Cambridge
    Gymnastics and More, Woburn 781-938-3669
    Gymnastics Training Center, Framingham, 508-620-2979
    Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (aka Newton JCC)
    Metropolitan District Commission skating rinks
    New England Small Circle Academy, Woburn
    Karate and Cardio-Kickboxing:  One On One Training Center, 750 Main Street, Winchester (contact Charlie Eaton 781-721-5553)
    Skating Club of Boston
    Sports Etc. in Arlington for used skates
    T & P Karate, 100 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-641-0262
    Ultimate Frisbee
    Zwickers, 379 North Rd., Bedford, 781-275-0900 for used skates

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    LITERATURE & WRITING

    Boston Globe Fun Pages
    Cambridge Public Library monthly resource meetings
    grub street writers, inc.
    Kid published newspaper
    Literature discussion groups
    Local writing groups and workshops

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    MATH & SCIENCE

    4-H
    Algebra Times
    Architectural Design Workshops
    Boston University School of Medicine's CityLab
    Cuisenaire rods
    CyberSurfari
    Destination Imagination
    Emagination Computer Camps
    Franklin Park Zoo
    Girls' Angle: A Math Club for Girls
    Harvard Museum of Natural History/Peabody Museum
    Home Training Tools
    Hug-A-Tree and Survival Program/Rescue Dog
    Learning Things, Inc.
    Local math groups and workshops
    Massachusetts Audubon Society (MAS)
        MAS Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary
        MAS Drumlin Farm
        MAS Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Nature classes
        MAS: Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
    Massachusetts Water Resources Authority presentation
    Math Circle
    Math Counts
    Middlesex Community College, special classes for homeschoolers, ages 10 and up
    Museum of Science--classes specifically for homeschoolers are in their regular course catalog as well as in the Field Trip Guide; library borrowing privileges are extended to homeschoolers.
    New England Aquarium (Library/Teacher Resource Center borrowing privileges are extended to homeschoolers)
    NOFA Summer Conference
    Odyssey of the Mind
    Organic farms
    Paul Rezendez Photography and Nature Programs, So. Royalston, MA
    Science fairs
    Stone Zoo
    Waltham Fields Community Farm
    Worm composting

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    MUSIC & DANCE

    Arlington Ballet Academy, Mrs. Kotelly, instructor, 781-641-4477
    Banbury Cross Morris Dance Team
    Boston Dance Co., 617-491-8615
    Classical School of Ballet, Dance Complex, Central Square, Cambridge
    Contra dances
    Dance Complex, Central Square, Cambridge
    Dance Friday
    Deborah Abel dance classes, 978-369-4530
    Duncan Dance, Dance Complex, Central Square, Cambridge, Dicki Johnson instructor
    Family Folk Chorale
    Fresh Pond Ballet http://www.freshpondballet.com/index.html
    Íma Jonsdottir http://www.learningviolin.com/
    Invermark College of Piping, Castleton, VT (Bagpipe and Drumming School) http://www.invermark.org/
    Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, in Harvard Square, Cambridge
    Melody Makers
    Piano teachers
        Elena Neva, Medford, lenasu@msn.com
    ... Ben Schwendener, http://www.benschwendener.com/
    Sacred Harp singing
    Margaux Skalecki
    Village Harmony

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    SOCIAL STUDIES

    Camp Fire USA
    Curiosity Kits
    Growing Without Schooling Audiotapes
    Highlights - Top Secret Adventures
    Massachusetts Historical Commission (Archaeology Week)
    Museum Kits from the Children's Museum
    National Geographic 800-584-5487
    Plimoth Plantation (internships available)
    Sturbridge Village (internships available)
    VolunteerMatch

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    STUFF WE DO TOGETHER

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    Annual Camping Trip
    Annual May Day Celebration
    Annual Not-Back-to-School Picnic
    Annual History/Geography Fair
    Annual Valentine Exchange
    Book, game & puzzle swaps
    Capture the Flag
    Crane’s Beach in the summer
    Family Folk Chorale
    Field & Track Days
    Homelearners’ Craft Fair
    Indoor Gym play in the winter
    Playground hopping
    Potluck suppers
    Presentation Night
    Puddlejump
    Science Fairs
    Skate swaps
    Support meetings (monthly)
    Talent shows
    Ultimate Frisbee
    Various field trips
    Walden Pond

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    Last revised July 2008