The Homeschool Glossary
A Directory of Homeschool Terminology
for the Totally Confused
Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
A handwriting curriculum that uses multi-sensory techniques and
consistent habits to help students learn pencil grip, posture,
letter formation and handwriting from Pre-K through cursive.
Hegener, Mark & Helen
Homeschool pioneers and the editors/publishers of Home Education Magazine
Holt was a teacher turned education reformer who coined the word
"unschooling" and helped pioneer the modern homeschool and
unschool movement. He founded the Growing Without Schooling
organization, published Growing Without Schooling magazine, and authored a
number of books including the homeschool classic
Teach Your Own.
Refers to Home Education Magazine published by homeschool pioneers Mark and
Helen Hegener. This secular, bimonthly publication contains many articles by
homeschool parents that include tips for learning every subject with a focus
on interest-initiated learning and a preference for independent homeschooling
(without the use of government programs).
Home Based Learning
A term used to describe home education that is most often used in
Australia and Canada.
(also called Homeschooling, Home School, Home Based Learning, Home Education,
Home Learning, and Home Study) — An alternative method of education in
which parents help their children learn at home rather than sending them to public
or private school. There are many different methods or styles. Homeschooling is
legal in all 50 states. It is estimated that there are about 2.5 million homeschoolers
in the U.S. with a projected increase of 7-15% per year. It is the fastest growing
educational alternative in the U.S. For more information read:
Homeschool Buyer's Co-Op
The nation's largest purchasing cooperative for homeschooling families.
Membership is free and enables homeschool families to purchase curriculum
and educational materials at significant discounts.
Homeschool Support Group
Refers to a group of homeschooling families who come together to share
information, resources, encouragement, and to provide cooperative educational
and social activities for the children. Most groups offer a "park day"
once-a-week where families gather; parents chat and kids play. Some groups have
a more organizational style with rules and membership dues, while others are
extremely casual without any formal structure at all.
Support groups vary widely — some are distinctly religious, some follow a
particular homeschooling method or style, and some are all-inclusive. There
are also virtual homeschool support groups that meet online via Internet
forums or chat groups.
Definition: N. An alternative time frame which causes those under its influence
to arrive anywhere between 5 minutes and 5 hours late for a homeschool related event.
HomeSchool Association of California —
A non-profit, all-inclusive, California homeschool advocacy organization. Provides
information, resources, legal/legislative watch, social activities, newsletter,
online support, and annual homeschool conference.
Home School Legal Defense Association —
A non-profit, conservative, Christian fundamentalist, homeschool advocacy organization
"established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct
the education of their children and to protect family freedoms."
Handwriting Without Tears (See "Handwriting Without Tears.")
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