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 Connecticut Homeschool Co-op

Western Connecticut Homeschool Co-op (WCHSC) 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 we strive to create an environment that encourages kindness and respect. We have classes for ages 5 -18, each within their age group. We meet one day a week, on Tuesdays, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm as a community of teachers and learners. The daily schedule includes four class periods and lunch/recess. The year's calendar is divided into three separate sessions: fall, winter, and spring.

If you would like more information, please contact our New Families Coordinator at, or visit our website

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 in Watertown, 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 AM to noon (and sometimes longer than that!)
Where: Usually Soccer Field 2 - Veterans' Memorial Park in Watertown (but sometimes on another field)
Who: All children ages 8 to 80

We highly recommend wearing shin guards and sneakers or soccer cleats. 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.

Homeschooling Our Special Kids in CT

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 at (203) 758-6698.

Informational Session: Curriculum Sharing
with Kristen Touma, Veteran Homeschool Mom Extraordinaire
Where: TBD
When: Postponed

You are invited for an afternoon of curriculum sharing!

Have you ever asked yourself, "What is a good program for teaching my dyslexic son to read?" "What can I do with my daughter who just won't sit still?" "How can I keep up with my son who devours every book he sees?"

On Saturday, April 1st, join veteran homeschool mom and self-proclaimed "curriculum junkie," Kristen Touma, as she shares some of the best finds on the curriculum market. Learn about all the different styles of homeschooling, from traditional textbooks to delight-directed learning and everything in between. There are as many ways to homeschool as there are families!

Come be inspired, encouraged, and learn the most important thing to keep in mind no matter what program you choose.

Refreshments will be served! :)

Learn Electronics by Doing

We will be teaching hands-on soldering and some basic electronics right at our booth. Below is our 2017 schedule to date. Be sure to come see us and learn.

  • March 25: LEAH, Long Island, NY
  • April 20 – 22: Great Homeschool Convention, Cincinnati, OH
  • April 27 – 29: MassHOPE, Worcester, MA
  • June 2 – 3: CHAP, Lancaster, PA
  • June 10 – 11: Young Innovators Fair, Philadelphia Region, PA
  • July 7 – 10: ConnectiCon, Hartford, CT
  • Sept. 15 -17: Mother Earth, Seven Springs, PA
  • Sept./Oct TBA: Maker Faire, Queens, NY

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.

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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