1. Join in weekly to livestreamed homeschool chapel
From The Wilds of New England:
If you are homeschooled and craving a healthy dose of God's Word in the middle of your school day, then join us for our livestreamed HOMESCHOOL CHAPELS. Each Wednesday from October through April (with the exception of a Christmas break) we will take approximately 30 minutes to dig into a passage of the Bible together. We are excited to share the Truth of God with the love of God, so that your lives can be changed to the glory of God.
2. Storrowton Village Museum
Homeschoolers can schedule field trips to the
STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM
, which sits on the grounds of the Big E in West Springfield. The offerings include quite a few-hands on (candle-making, etc.) and dress-up programs. Use
to register. Contact Jane Dugan, Youth Education Coordinator for the Big E, with questions or concerns. Email:
, office: (413)205-5052, cell: (413)654-7652.
for the 2022-23 School Year (and e
vidently they are filling fast)
: November 2-4, November 8-10, November 15-18, February 1-3, February 7-10, February 14-17, February 28-March 3, March 7-10, March 14-17, March 21-24, March 28-31, April 4-7, April 11-14, April 26 & 28, May 2-5, May 9-12, May 19, May 26, May 31 & June 2, June 6-9
3. Homeschool programs at New England Aquarium
New England Aquarium has begun hosting homeschool events.
4. Animal Adventures Zoo Academy
Join Animal Science and Zoology classes every Wednesday during the school year from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn all about zoo management, conservation, animal behavior, and agriculture. Available for a wide range of ages from K-12th grade. Add some Adventure to your homeschooler’s week!
At Animal Adventures Academy in Bolton, our mission is to educate about the animal world through hands-on, interactive programs. Our school will follow the same mission, as your child learns the skills to help them along their path towards independence or a potential career in a fun, safe, engaging environment. Led by our trained staff and the zoo’s founder, Dr. Edward Laquidara, your child can get a unique education unlike any other in New England. Register
Also Introducing Zoo Church Christian School in Hubbardston. This will start as a half day extracurricular activity for grades 6-12 and hopefully go fulltime with hybrid learning early in 2023. Zoo Academy Hubbardston will still have animal learning but we will also be integrating more nature and outdoors courses in this location. We will be teaching your student more about nature, not just animals, for a broader approach. Identifying bugs and insects, tracking wildlife in the wilderness with direct access to 300 miles of conservation land in the beautiful north central Massachusetts area. Winter will be even more fun with tracking in the snow, building enclosures, and more. Life and survival skills will also be on the menu. More info
5. Political “bootcamp” in Hingham on Saturday
What: Activist Training Camp
When: Saturday, September 17, 2022, 1 PM to 4 PM
Where: Hingham, Massachusetts
You have probably heard about the shocking attacks on Christian crisis pregnancy centers, especially after the latest Supreme Court decision. For this purpose, Renew Massachusetts Coalition will be running an “activist training camp” this Saturday. Bill Gillmeister, Executive Director, writes, “
Somerville has already passed ordinances restricting pregnancy resource centers. Amherst and Easthampton have considered passing similar ordinances. Other Massachusetts towns may follow suit. Are you ready to defend them in your town?” The training will address how best to respond to the many points of attack on culture and biblical morality by radical leftist groups.
Again, Mr. Gillmeister writes,
“In this 3-hour training you will learn strategies and tactics founded on the principle that if elected officials don't do what we ask them to do, we remove them from office. This is a great sound bite and sounds simple, but if you do not have the tactics and tools to carry this out, then you'll fail every time without making any progress.
That's why we are offering this Activist Training Camp. First, you'll learn the true nature of politics and what that means for points of attack and success in battle. You will learn what political pain is and how to cause it. Most importantly we'll show you how to enlist new people and to make and prepare a successful battle plan.
If you're interested in joining us,
please send an email to Steve Fruzzetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He will provide you with further details on how to register.
Space is limited, so don't delay.”
6. There’s good news, and there’s bad news
“At the same time, what a parent
plays as essential a role in their child's spiritual outcomes as what they say."
, John Stonestreet weighs in on the results of a
study published by the Institute for Family Studies
. It shows that religiously conservative parents do a better job at passing on their faith than do others. “However, the study is no cause for celebration. Conservative parents may have an edge over more religiously liberal parents in passing faith to their children, but they’re still only “winning” at a game everyone is
7. Christian ballet school in Marlborough
A Christian ballet school for girls in Marlborough, Massachusetts is open for registration for the 2022-2023 season. Classes are offered for girls ages 1.5-18 years old. A few spots are still available for the fall. For more information, please visit
or contact director Amber Pollard at
8. End-of-summer field trip ideas
The weather is
warm, and school is going back in session, so crowds are thinning out. What better time to take a beach day, or go on a national park trip? or visit ones of the venues below?
There is free admission to the Commonwealth Museum in Boston, with interesting displays of important historical items related to Massachusetts. For information, go
Battleship Cove in Fall River, Mass. has the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels open to the public. Children aged 4-12, normally $15, are FREE on their birthday. (Must have copy of birth certificate or passport.) Accompanying adult $25. Closes for season September 12. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Check hours and admission
Great Falls Discovery Center in Turne
rs Falls, Mass: (For young kids) – Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the view from the park overlooking the Connecticut River. At the right time of year you may see a bald eagle or two. Near the bridge over the dam is the Discovery Center (free). Young children will love the displays of wildlife found in the Connecticut River Valley. Walk the bike trail to see the flow from the bottom of the dam. If you are a fisherman, bring your pole. Check the Discovery Center hours
Minuteman National Historical Park (FREE). Visit the sites in Lexington and Concord as well as those along the Battle Road where it all began in 1775. Even if you have been to the Old North Bridge and Lexington Green, be sure to see the multimedia presentation at the National Park Service visitor center on route 2A for a good understanding of the events of April 19,1775. Be sure to check
for hours. The center may close early because of hot weather.
Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield (FREE). Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most historic towns in our state. Learn about the famous and devastating Indian raid on the town in 1704. Admission is free this year for the 150th anniversary of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. For complete info, click
Free admission to the nation's oldest public aquarium: Woods Hole Science Aquarium, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Be sure to check
for details, including hours.
9. For your encouragement: Groundbreaking study on abuse and neglect
National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) has announced that its groundbreaking study on abuse and neglect was published last week in
the peer-reviewed journal
Journal of School Choice
. This study dispels the “conventionally held” view that homeschoolers are more likely than their peers to suffer neglect and abuse. NHERI is confident that this information will help you to give tangible evidence to lawmakers and policymakers that there is no need to regulate/control homeschoolers more, and to talk with journalists and potential homeschooling families with confidence when they bring up the topic of child abuse and neglect.
for a summary or
for the whole article.
10. Convention recordings available
Recordings are available from our recent convention. If there was a particular session you'd like to hear again or share with others, or if there is a subject you wish you had been there to hear, go to
to find the recordings. Under "Featured Conferences" to the right on the homepage, click on MA-2022 to get a listing of speakers and sessions. Next to each session title, "Show More" will give a session description
11. MassHOPE Facebook groups
Did you know that MassHOPE has two private Facebook groups in addition to its main Facebook page? If you would like to join the MassHOPE Massachusetts Homeschool Discussion and Support Group (described in Item #13, below) or the MassHOPE Massachusetts Homeschool Marketplace and UCS group, or if you invite anyone to join these groups, please note that there are questions you will need to answer in order to be approved. If you don't get approved soon after your request to join, perhaps you didn't answer the required questions.
12. MassHOPE advertising opportunities
MassHOPE has a variety of advertising options available at reasonable rates in several media paths – MassHOPE website, dedicated email, Facebook, MassHOPE Messenger. If interested, please send an email to
. All ads are subject to availability and space. MassHOPE reserves the right to accept or reject ads as we must apportion limited space and evaluate relevance to our audience.
13. MassHOPE Facebook discussion group
Connect with us on Facebook at MassHOPE’s Massachusetts Homeschool Discussion and Support Group. This group provides support and encouragement for homeschoolers pursuing privately-funded, parent-led home education. Its
purpose is to encourage and equip homeschool parents to disciple and educate their children for the Lord, and to connect families within our state to give them opportunities to gather together for educational and recreational experiences.
14. The MassHOPE Educator ID Card
Educator IDs are available for benefits such as potential discounts at retailers. Order them from our website
15. Your news items wanted
Do you know of an event or activity in or near Massachusetts that would edify or interest the homeschool community? Email Anne Smith at
and we will review it for possible inclusion in the MassHOPE Messenger.
16. Remember to "Like" MassHOPE on Facebook
"Like" MassHOPE's Facebook page:
. You'll be encouraged in your homeschooling journey and will receive all updates for upcoming events.
17. Are you on our mailing lists?
To those who have been recently added to our email list through our website: if you
would also like to be added to our “snail mail” list to receive information (such as our print newsletter) via the U.S. Postal Service, please send your full name and complete mailing address to
18. Support MassHOPE through AmazonSmile
Do you shop at Amazon? If you shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to MassHOPE! If you're not already signed up, you can do so more easily than ever. To
start supporting our organization, simply click this link, which is unique to MassHOPE:
That's all! From then on,
when – and only when - you enter the Amazon website through amazonsmile.com,
Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to MassHOPE.
Thank you for supporting the work of your Christian state homeschool organization!
19. How to homeschool legally in Massachusetts
This video features Michael Donnelly, HSLDA's designated counsel for Massachusetts:
The link referenced for further Massachusetts-specific articles is
20. Videos and webinars from HSLDA
Could Homeschooling Fit My Family?—Q&A
, with Rochelle Matthews-Somerville, HSLDA Special Needs and High School Consultant, and Tj Schmidt, HSLDA Staff Attorney.
Single-Parent Homeschooling: Success Strategies—Q&A
, with Kim Sorgius, Not Consumed community founder, and Erin Eskew, Have Soldier: Will Travel blog.
Helping Your Child Love Learning—Q&A
with Ainsley Arment, Wild + Free founder, and Natalie Mack, HSLDA High School Consultant.
Homeschooling Through Major Life Changes—Q&A
with Faith Berens, HSLDA Special Needs Consultant, Tracy Klicka, HSLDA Director of Development, and Sunny Coté, state department spouse
9 Tips for Homeschooling in the Military—Q&A
with Natalie Mack, HSLDA High School Consultant and U.S. Navy Chaplain’s wife, and Sabrina Riley, Army National Guard, active duty spouse.
11 Ways to Homeschool More Efficiently—Q&A
, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. ET, with Vicki Bentley, HSLDA PreK–8 Educational Consultant (and homeschooling mom to eight biological kids plus nine foster kids through the years), and Tiffany Jefferson, writer, speaker, homeschool coach (and homeschooling mom to 10).
Ask Any Question About Homeschooling (Except Legal Advice!)—Q&A
Nov. 18, 7 p.m. ET, with Rochelle Matthews-Somerville, HSLDA Special Needs and High School Consultant (and homeschooling mom to six), and Darren Jones, HSLDA Senior Counsel and Director of Group Services (and homeschool grad and dad to four).
Homeschooling through the Holidays? (or taking a month off? or flexing with hands-on learning and unit studies? or . . . ?)
with Vicki Bentley, HSLDA PreK-8 Educational Consultant and homeschooling mom to eight biological kids plus nine foster kids through the years), and Chelsea Moore, HSLDA blogger (and homeschooling mom to two).
hree-part video series on getting started:
Helpful overview of how to start homeschooling:
You Can Homeschool Through High School:
How to Start Homeschooling with Special Needs:
And many, many more:
21. MassHOPE: homeschooling in Massachusetts
Check out this MassHOPE site for
22. A bevy of materials, offers, and helps
My Father’s World materials. Includes offer of two free activity packs.
Notgrass History web-based curriculum. Free trial.
Free language arts lessons from IEW.
The importance of Christian homeschool organizations for homeschool freedom.
YouTube with Dr. Kathy Koch: Having Conversations about Today's Tough Stuff
Remember Adventures in Odyssey? Free 28-day trial.
Family activities from the Billy Graham Library.
23. Variety of interesting sites suggested by the Heritage Foundation
Science, engineering, and building projects and lessons from
The League of Young Inventors
from Hillsdale College in
literature, politics, history, and economics.
From Joy Hakim:
on topics such as the human body, Magellan’s travels, the story of Elizabeth Jennings Graham, and plagues from previous eras.
Students can explore the remains of Athens’ ancient
, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus, and more in these virtual tours.
Free online l
anguage learning materials in English, Spanish, French and German
More free language learning from
, with 23 languages.
offers a vast array of resources. Their Language Arts, History and Geography, and Science curricula are available for free.
offers free downloads of
24. Browsing corner for vets and newbies
How To (and How Not To) Homeschool During COVID-19 by John Stonestreet
by John Stonestreet
'Most Rewarding Thing You Can Do': Homeschool Experts Offer Hope to Parents in COVID-19 School Shutdowns
by Kayla Root
Home-school family feels the impact of social distancing, offers advice to other families
by Tiffany Kafer
5 Tips From Homeschool Veterans For Parents New To Learning At Home
by Laura Isensee