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.

Mohawk Mondays

It's time to think snow! Mohawk Ski Resort is located in Cornwall, CT and is offering a terrific group rate to our home-school community. This is wonderful way to make skiing an affordable sport for home schooling families.

Anyone interested in joining this group will need to have paper work completed and payment made by November 26th. You can pick and choose the Mondays that you’d like to ski and you do not have to participate in the rental or group lesson programs, but they are available. The following is some information to get you started.

Lift Ticket - $17.00
Lessons - $18.00 (lesson time is tentatively 10:45 AM)
Rentals (board or ski) - $23.40

Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb 1, 8, 15
Feb 2

Contact: Please email Patricia Huegi at for more information.

Learn Electronics by Doing

Theory is pretty thin stuff until it's mixed with experience...

Hands-On Electronic Kits and Curriculum
Don't Just Build Something... Learn Something!

The best way to truly learn something requires that you make use of what you have just studied by actively using it. Therefore, the best way to learn electronics is to build something. This kit is intended to provide a high interest project that will teach the basic operation and functions of an oscilloscope by building it one functional module at a time.

A source of test signals will be needed to demonstrate and study the scope as it is being built , so the Signal-Generator Practice board is the first part of the project. This provides a non-critical place to learn soldering and unsoldering skills, how to identify and test components, how to read schematics, use a Digital Multi Meter (DMM), and apply some basic math to analyze these test circuits.

Because a standard Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) oscilloscope uses very high voltages to drive the display, this kit replaces the CRT with an array of low voltage LEDs. Though this complicates the design, it provides two additional advantages: 1) there are more examples of how to use digital logic, and 2) the display can be reused in part-3 to teach microprocessor programming to create graphic displays.

Independent College Counseling Services

PARENTS: Navigating the college process can be overwhelming, bewildering, confusing, time consuming and incredibly frustrating. If you find your teen in tears, overly anxious, stressed out or exasperated with what to do, when to do it, where to go, and with whom to speak, I'm here to help.

STUDENTS: Together we will:

  • prioritize your college admission's TO-DO list and keep you accountable for it
  • focus your search parameters based on a number of criteria
  • determine what standardized tests to take, when and how often
  • develop an academic resume
  • discuss who best to write letters of recommendation
  • complete and submit the Common App including the dreaded essays
  • review application supplemental materials (required by some schools)
  • research Financial Aid, Scholarship and Grant opportunities
  • plan and prep for college tours, interviews, overnights, etc.
  • set realistic expectations based on your interests, abilities, achievements, experiences & finances
  • celebrate your acceptances

Contact: Francesca Morrissey

Francesca has a B.A. from Loyola University (Maryland) and an M.A. in English Literature from Iona College and has worked in various industries over the past 25 years including software, education, the not-for-profit sector, fitness, and hotel management.

Homeschool Soccer

Just about every Saturday morning during the spring, summer, and fall, you will find a group of us homeschoolers playing soccer at Veterans' Memorial Park, and having a blast. We keep it very informal, and emphasize having fun, learning the basics of the game (dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, throw-ins, etc), and working together as a team.

There is no requirement to be there every Saturday, we just make up the teams each week from whoever is there.

Date: Saturday Mornings
Time: From 10:30 AM to noon (and sometimes longer than that!)
Where: Usually Field 1 - Veterans' Memorial Park in Watertown (but sometimes on another field)
Who: All children ages 8 to 80

We highly recommend wearing a good pair of cleats, but shin guards are a must. Bring a soccer ball if you have one, but it's not required. Please contact to be added to our email list for this activity.

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

Live Workshops for Homeschooling Parents

Homeschooling Fundamentals
Getting started with a structured approach
The decision to homeschool is daunting. Parents ask themselves: Am I qualified to be my child's teacher? — They worry about missing essential topics or even entire subjects that are critical to a thorough academic plan. What's more, newcomers to homeschooling are seldom aware of the wide range of options now available — options that make it feasible for homeschooling parents to provide to their kids a world-class education.

Homeschooling the College-Bound Student
This program addresses the principal concerns parents have about homeschooling through high school:
The High School Curriculum
All about credits, assigning grades, AP tests and scores, college courses, online courses, and courses just done at home.
Applying to College
Transcripts & record keeping, testing, the common app, admissions and homeschooling; also college visits, interviews, what to consider when choosing a school, merit aid vs. need-blind, early action vs early decision, and more.

Homeschooling Our Special Kids in CT

Upcoming Events/Activities for Fall 2015

Monthly Coffee Clutch for Moms!
A couple of years ago, several of you had asked if we could get together informally to hang out and enjoy one another’s company. Some months we might even want to discuss specific topics or have a focus. Our location could change based on need and desire as well. Due to my schedule and circumstances last school year however, I was never able to get this gathering off the ground. Let me know if there is still an interest for this school year and/or if you would like to organize this event.

Park Days
Weather permitting; please join us at the Field of Dreams in Prospect on Friday afternoons in October at 3:30! Grab a Frisbee or a soccer ball and come join us! Feel free to bring a friend! RSVP, if you plan on attending, so I can contact you if plans change. I may only be able to attend a few of these, but please feel free to meet up without me.

Christmas Gathering
Bring a snack to share and come hang out with old friends!
When: Friday, December 11th or 18th, 1:00-4:00
RSVP by December 5th
Where: Prospect Meeting Place, Center Street, Prospect

For more information about any of these events and/or to post your own event, please feel free to contact Terri via e-mail at or by telephone (203) 758-6698.

Special Upcoming Events

A Special Meeting & Discussion: “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop”
In this 70 minute video, Richard Lavoie demonstrates the “frustration, anger, and tension that the learning disabled children typically experience… The purpose of this video is to sensitize parents, teachers… and to educate them towards different modes of interaction with the students.” This meeting will be facilitated by our very own, Jill Bishop!
When: TBD
Where: 17 Horizon View, Prospect

Other Meetings & Discussion Topics

Help for the Struggling Learner
How to Plan an Effective School Program for the Challenging Learner
Veteran homeschooling moms will bring their best ideas. A period for questions and answers will follow! These evenings should prove to be both eye opening and encouraging!
When: TBD
Where: 17 Horizon View, Prospect

College-Bound Intensives — Online Classes

Bringing Shakespeare to Life

These online sessions provide an in-depth study of Shakespeare's plays as well as the historical, cultural, and literary background needed to bring the plays to life. Students emerge with a clear sense of Shakespeare as a writer — his tastes, his interests, his concerns, and the astonishing abilities that distinguish him from other writers.

In these courses, students fall in love with Shakespeare's language, are moved by his poetry, and roar with laughter at his jokes. By the end of the series, they will be able to read Shakespeare's works on their own and understand what they're reading.

Instructor: Roy Speed

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. We meet one day a week, on Tuesdays, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

For the fall session, we have the following classes: chess, logic games, Fall Favorites Cooking Class, video production, MIT Scratch, Rube Goldberg Machines, art class, GREGG shorthand, science fiction book club, teen improv, flag football, digital photography, and more!

2015/2016 calendar:

  • Session 1 (12 weeks, off Thanksgiving week)
    September 15 – December 8, 2015
  • Session 2 (10 weeks)
    January 5 - March 8, 2016
  • Session 3 (10 weeks)
    March 22 – May 24, 2016

Contact Vanessa Byrne, New Families Coordinator, to schedule a visit. You can then join us for our 10-week Winter Session (January-March).

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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