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The Homeschool Glossary
Section H

A Directory of Homeschool Terminology
for the Totally Confused

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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, John
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.

Homeschool Time
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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