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.

Western CT

Western Connecticut Homeschool Co-op (WCHC) is a secular organization with the mission to offer academic, enrichment and social activities for our homeschooled children. Our group is inclusive and non-sectarian, and as a community of teachers and learners we strive to create an environment that encourages kindness and respect.

Where: New Milford, CT
When: Tuesdays, mid-September - early June
Time: 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Daily Schedule: Four class periods and lunch
Ages: 6 to 18

The WCHC strives to offer a healthy balance of academic, arts-oriented, and social opportunities for kids from elementary through high school age. Past classes have included everything from Astronomy to Yoga. The WCHC also organizes outside activities such as field trips related to course material as well as social time for kids and teens.

If you would like more information, please contact Tonya Mankowski or visit

Sewing Class

Learn a Life Skill:

Where: Bethlehem, CT
When: August 25 – 29, 2014
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Cost: Twenty hours of class for $120 ($6.00 / hour)
Ages: 12 and up or approval by the instructor
Class Size: Minimum 3 students; Maximum 6 students
Instructor: Rebekah Miller

From no knowledge, to how to choose fabric and accessories, use a sewing machine, variety of stitches, read and use a pattern.

Sew a tote bag AND either shorts, pants, or skirt with pockets.

Taught by Fashion Design Senior who was homeschooled. Bring your own sewing machine or one can be provided.

Contact for more information or to register for the class.

Applied Inspirations

New Milford
Education without Walls in New Milford, CT is offering the following classes starting in September:

These classes will be held on Tuesdays in Southbury with a tentative start date of Sept. 2.

These classes will be held on Tuesdays in Goshen.

All classes will be taught by Peter T. Miller, the Founder and CEO of Applied Inspirations, LLC – Learn by Doing Kits.

For more information, email Karen S. Miller or visit

Education without Walls

The following classes will be offered for the 2014-2015 academic year in New Milford, CT. All classes run Labor Day to Memorial Day, unless otherwise noted. Students are welcome to take only one class or several, as interest and scheduling dictates. Most classes have a maximum of 6 -8 students.

Class availability: All classes have at least one space available, except the Psychology class, which now has a waiting list.

There are many more classes offered. For complete class list and descriptions, email Education without Walls or call 860-318-6464.

Thank you!

Romeo and Juliet

An intensive honors-level, 10 session, high school online course for the college-bound student.

Where: Online
When: Thursdays, September 18 - November 20
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Cost: Fifteen hours of class for $220 (<$15 / hour)
Ages: Middle school; High school
Web Site:

The online classes now offered present honors-level high school content and are in-depth studies that provide learning of the content of the work but also serve as a platform for developing essential skills for college work such as how to:

  • tackle sophisticated material across the spectrum of the college curriculum
  • dissect difficult passages included in standardized tests

These online sessions provide an in-depth study of this play as well as the historical, cultural, and literary background needed to bring the play to life.

Space is limited. Your registration reserves your space. Please feel free to call Diane Speed at 203-744-2321, or email at, with any questions you may have.

Homeschool Soccer

Where: Field 2 - Veterans' Memorial Park in Watertown
When: Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM to noon
Who: Children ages 8 and up

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.

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.

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
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