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Top Resources For Homeschool Families In Las Vegas

January 18, 2013 5:00 AM

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Homeschooling is growing by leaps and bounds in Las Vegas. Perhaps it’s disappointment with the Clark County School District and school performance reports, but more often it’s the fundamental need for parents to have control over what their children are learning, the quality of their education and how they are being taught. With the large percentage of children in Nevada being homeschooled, there are a wealth of resources and support groups to help parents prepare their children for the future by giving them the best possible learning experience.

Nevada Homeschool Network
www.nevadahomeschoolnetwork.comNevada Homeschool Network acts as a liason and advocate for families who choose to homeschool their children. This organization keep parents informed about issues concerning them such as legislation, legal aspects and parent’s rights. This organization also offers conferences in Nevada to assist parents in becoming the best parent-teachers they can possibly be. The wealth of information makes them an invaluable source for families who are considering this method of educating their children.

Time4Learning.com
www.time4learning.comTime4Learning is one mom’s attempt to answer common legal, educational and community questions about homeschooling in Nevada. Christine has put together a site which lists Las Vegas businesses, from a roller rink to museum, which cater to homeschooled children. She also has a support page with invaluable resources and curriculum ideas to help folks just starting out on this educational path. If you are looking to join a support group of like-minded individuals or participate in group homeschool-based outings, chances are good that Christine will feature that on her site.

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Las Vegas & Henderson Homeschoolers

www.lasvegashomeschoolers.comSometimes, when you are teaching your child using nonconventional methods such as homeschooling, you need other parents with whom you can talk and share experiences. They help you learn and grow as an educator and create resources in their repertoire to assist you with teaching your children at home. Everyone has a different philosophy about teaching approaches, as well as methods and curriculum. This group helps you find like-minded parents with whom you and your kids can connect to get together for visits to the park, field trips, sporting events, playdates, book clubs and more. Using Yahoo Groups, they provide a list of quality groups from which parents can select those with the same ideals and perhaps even within their own community, so children have the chance to interact and learn together.

Las Vegas Valley Homeschool Network
www.lasvegasvalleyhomeschoolnetwork.comLVVHN touts itself as being “your gateway to finding the awesome homeschool groups and educational resources” parents need to help homeschool their children. On this site, you’ll find a plethora of articles about every aspect of homeschooling children, featuring past and upcoming events, get-togethers and occasions. Those looking to connect with other home teachers may find this site of benefit, especially when reaching out to others in the homeschool community.

The Las Vegas Natural History Museum
900 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 384-3466
www.lvnhm.orgThe Las Vegas Natural History Museum is one of the best resources available to homeschoolers in Las Vegas. With its curriculum-based classes on history – past, present and future – as well as science and nature, you can find something of interest for pretty much any age of student. The museum’s field trip programs are carefully designed by grade level and meet State Education Standards. Please contact the museum for homeschool or group rates. Special events enhance the experience throughout the year.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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