Great Ways to Home Educate (GWHE) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting homeschooling families in Connecticut's Litchfield, New Haven, Fairfield, and Hartford counties.

2015 GWHE Annual Homeschool Picnic

Please come to our free summer picnic event.

Organizations/museums will join us from 10-12 with some fun, hands-on activities. They want to learn how to better serve and connect with the homeschool community.

Children are invited to present a favorite homeschool project, activity, lesson, etc. They may share anything they’d like about homeschool life. We have rented the pavilion. Kids can use a picnic table for their presentation.

  • Where: Veterans’ Memorial Park, Watertown, CT
  • Time: 10 AM
  • Date: Wednesday, May 27th

The park offers a number of other fun activities, including:

  • Playgrounds (a new “Where Angels Play” one dedicated to Dawn, Sandy Hook Principal, and her grandkids)
  • Biking/walking path (new & improved)
  • Baseball fields
  • Soccer fields
  • Basketball courts
  • Pond
  • Woods

We hope to see you there!

Please pack lunch for your family and come hang out with friends! The park is pack in-pack out.

Please email me to reserve a picnic table for your child(ren)’s display. RSVP to

Yoga for the Whole Family


This homeschool family offers kids’ classes at their studio, Sanctuary Power Yoga in Torrington, every Saturday, 10-11am, ages about 6-12 years (but it's flexible). The adult class happens at the same time in a different room, so the whole family can come! Please see their website for updates:

Heather Rems Korwin, Owner
Sanctuary Power Yoga
23 Franklin St, Torrington, CT

Homeschooling the College-Bound Student - Online

Hello Fellow Homeschoolers:

Last November, I launched the one-day workshop on how to homeschool high school and the college admissions process. Dozens of home-educators in CT, NY & NJ have completed it, and, to a person, they have communicated how helpful and thorough the workshop was. If you are considering homeschooling high school or are currently homeschooling a teen, and you have questions about creating a comprehensive plan for academics and the college admissions process, this workshop will help you. Use this link for more information or to read testimonials.

You'll walk away with tools that will save you hundreds of hours of work and help present your student in the best light -- including a soft-file with templates for all the most important documentation, useful websites, guidelines, and more.

Feel free to contact me with questions.

--Diane Speed


Homeschooling Our Special Kids in CT

Park Days
Weather permitting please join us on the following Friday afternoons, at 3:30/4:00 at the Field of Dreams in Prospect! The kids can bring a soccer ball or basketball or Frisbee! There is plenty of room to play an organized game of some sort if they wish. There are picnic tables in the shaded areas for the moms. Feel free to bring a friend! RSVP one week prior to each gathering.

  • When: May 1st ~ May 15th ~ May 29th ~ June 5th

Monthly Gatherings
We will meet the 2nd Friday evening at 6:30 of each month beginning in March. The location will depend on the response. We are considering some local coffee shops in the Cheshire/Waterbury area, or perhaps my home. Some months we will have a focus/topic, while others we will simply just gather to enjoy each other’s company. If you have any ideas for topics, please let me know.

  • When: Friday, May 8th, & June 12th 6:30-9:00
RSVP one week prior to each gathering.

Happy Almost First Day of Summer
The moms can walk and talk, while the kids can bike or roller blade, etc. Feel free to bring a friend or two! More information will be forthcoming. Let me know if you might be interested! Weather permitting please join us!

  • Where: Cheshire Walking Trail, North Brooksvale Drive
  • When: Friday, June 19th at 2:30/3:00
RSVP by June 12th

For more information about any of these events and/or to post your own event, please feel free to contact Terri via e-mail All activities are tentative based on weather and interest. if you are ever unsure whether or not an event has been canceled, please call Terri directly [(203) 758-6698 or (203) 525-1205)].

2015 Summer Intensive - Romeo & Juliet (online)

Mondays & Thursdays for 5 weeks online

July 6 – August 6, 2015

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST - See more at:

Here's what some of the students from across the US and Europe say:

I loved the way Mr. Speed taught us — he wasn't just lecturing us, as other teachers sometimes do, but he enjoyed every second, he was taken with the text, and he explained everything to us in a way we could understand and appreciate. It was a privilege to listen to him read and explain throughout the course.
Annotating is something I had heard about but never really did. It helped me so much because I could find certain parts quickly, and helped me remember the text as well as the meaning. I am kind of a slow reader in general, so I was very happy that your instruction to read slowly and really digest the material is a good way to read Shakespeare! I will be using annotations and careful reading in future studies.

Western Connecticut Homeschool Co-op New Milford, CT

We have classes for ages 6 -18, each within their age group. We also have a 3-5 yr. old group for younger siblings.

For the winter session, we have the following classes and many more: chess, Lord of the Rings book discussion, needle felting, CT stories, creative thinking, art journaling, deconstruction, current events, science fiction book club, poetry, modern classics book club, mock trials, improv, hiking, and more!

Contact Patricia Huegi, New Family Coordinator, to schedule a visit! You can then join us for our 10-week Spring Session (March-May).

Support Us

Great Ways to Home Educate is an all-volunteer, nonprofit that relies entirely upon donations to support the numerous activities we provide throughout the year. There are three easy ways to support us:

Direct Donation
A donation of any amount will help. With an annual donation of $10 or more you will be registered with us. Click here to find out how to donate and the benefits of registering.

Box Tops for Education
Clip box tops and send them to us. Click here to learn more.

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