The following is a compilation of resources for parents who have decided to homeschool their children. Many of the events offered by local museums involve a fee (listed if we have it) but there is often a discount for those who hold memberships. If you know of a resource we have not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to add it here.
Be sure to check out our Homeschooling Resources in Huntsville list, as well as our Homeschooling in Huntsville article series.
Alabama Homeschool Expo
The Homeschool Expo is a two-day event with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of products where parents can review and purchase the latest curriculum, hear great speakers who give practical encouragement, and receive personalized help and answers to any question. The workshops emphasize the practical aspects of working with children in ways that will promote their educational, social and emotional growth. The expo typically takes place in late June and tickets run $20-$25 with advanced registration.
These classes from Burritt on the Mountain are offered from 12:00 to 1:30 three times each month and are designed for children from kindergarten through 8th grade. The first Tuesday and second Wednesday of the month are geared toward lower elementary students. The first Wednesday is for upper elementary and middle school students. Exceptions to these age designations may be made so that siblings may attend together. Students must be registered for classes in advance to ensure that ample supplies are available. Reservations are required at least one week in advance and enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you have a group of 10 or more students, you may book a private class session for your group. Custom-made field trips for 10 or more may also be arranged. Our programs can easily align with The Prairie Primer curriculum and lessons may be customized for your group’s interests. To reserve your child’s spot or arrange a private class, please contact email@example.com.
Homeschool History Academy
The Homeschool History Academy is a selection of programs at the EarlyWorks Museum Complex created just for homeschool students. Each 2 hour session (10am – 12 noon) includes a variety of history-related activities with an emphasis on hands-on fun, drama and interaction. We hope to provide an enrichment experience for your regular studies. Call 256.564.8124 to register for Homeschool Academy classes.
Home School Science with Sci-Quest
This program is designed specifically with the homeschooler’s needs in mind. On the first and third Wednesday of each month*, Sci-Quest educators will lead participants through a number of exciting topics and hands-on activities. Each program is different with age-specific activities that are designed to challenge students at every level. Sci-Quest also provides a parent take-home sheet with information and review questions that will extend the learning at home!
*Some dates differ due to holidays and other Sci-Quest events.
Home School Series @ U.S. Space & Rocket Center
This six week program begins October 13 and runs Thursdays from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Aimed at 9-14 year-old students this interactive 6-week program will explore many aspects of aviation and will be held onsite at the center’s Aviation Challenge facility.
Home School Program @ Botanical Gardens
These programs use the Garden’s 120 acres of developed and natural areas as a teaching classroom, while connecting to National Education Standards and the Alabama Course of Study.
Each month, a special class is offered focusing on nature and biology. Classes are divided into 3 sections – K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th and take place in the education classrooms and will include inside and outside experiences. The cost for each class is $10/attendee. Garden members receive a 20% discount!(Includes all materials & supplies). Registration and payment for classes may be made online at www.hsvbg.org or by calling the education department (256)837-4344.
Huntsville Homeschool Extension for Alabama Teens
HHEAT was founded in June 2005 out of a need for an open and welcoming group for any and all homeschooling families in the Huntsville area to meet and discuss regardless of ethnicity, faith, lifestyle or home-schooling style. The primary focus of the group is to provide social opportunities for teens and their families. The on-line goal is to have an open forum to discuss any subject pertinent to home-schooling with tolerance, dignity and respect. The off-line goal is to be able to gather and meet the social needs of our children through fieldtrips, activities, parties, and seasonal gatherings.
Six Flags Read to Succeed Program
Usually in early Fall, homeschool teachers can register for that school year’s Read to Succeed program and earned tickets to Six Flags are mailed in early May. Every homeschool teacher must register as an individual family, even if you participated in the program previously as a homeschool co-op, organization or group. All homeschool teachers must register in order to participate in the program. Even when the program is closed, homeschool teachers can continue to use the many resources provided by Read to Succeed including lesson plans, activities and more.
STUDY HALL is an outgrowth of Mathnasium of Huntsville. Their home school classes are provided to 6th through 12th graders and most clasess require attendance two days a week. Traditionally, homeschooled students attend the class or classes for which they are enrolled then leave the center to return home and complete their classes and assignments with their parents. They also provide a full-day schedule to students who come from a 2-income household with a part-time working parent. A full-day schedule starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 2:30 Monday through Thursday each week. During the time that the full-day student is not actively participating in class, they are working on completion of their assignments and are able to ask questions and receive assistance from qualified instructors.
Tennesee Valley Homeschoolers
An all inclusive group of homeschooling families in the Tennessee Valley providing an avenue for homeschoolers give and receive support and information. Currently, the group offers a Mom’s Night once a month for both the North Alabama area as well as Southern Middle Tennessee, holiday parties, field trips, and any other activity proposed and planned by any of our members. All ideas are welcomed and all members are encouraged to plan as well as participate.