Maine Home Education Week

May 2 - May 8, 2021 is the 34th Annual Celebration!


In recognition of the value and importance of home education, Maine Governors have traditionally designated one week each spring as Maine Home Education Week. Since 1987, Maine homeschoolers have gathered during this special week in a variety of ways to celebrate and thank God for the freedoms we enjoy.   


While there may be no homeschool proclamations issued by the current Governor, 2020 will be no exception to our coming together! During the week of May 3rd - 9th, 2020, homeschoolers will celebrate the 33rd Annual Maine Home Education Week! To mark the occasion, homeschoolers will gather at Washburn Norlands Living History Center on Thursday, May 7 (rescheduled to September 10) for a day of learning and fun!   


Please join us in Livermore as we Journey into the past and experience life on a Maine farm in the 1800s. The Norlands is a multifaceted living history museum and working farm where costumed interpreters portray real people who lived in the Norlands’ neighborhood in the 1800s.  





New Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Time: 10am - 2pm 

Location: Washburn Norlands Living History Center, 209 Norlands Rd., Livermore, ME

Ages: Recommended grade range is 2nd grade through adult

Lunch: There will be a break for lunch, please bring your own.

Cost: $8 per person (including adults). Please use the mail-in or online registration form below.  You may make your payment using the Donate button in the margin to the right.

Schedule of Events: We will be participating in two programs: Journey 1 - A Country School, 1853 and Journey IV - A Visit to the Farm Kitchen. 


Journey I—A Country School, 1853

Scholars go back to the basics of reading, writing and 'rithmetic in the District #7 one-room schoolhouse. Experience education of the era by role-playing scholars and using materials of the time, including slates, quill pens and early readers.   


Journey IV—A Visit to the Farm Kitchen

Discover how life was lived in 1870 rural Maine with a visit to the farm kitchen. Compare and   contrast modern life with that of a farm child 150 years ago. Learn about where things come from – farm or store. An interactive matching game with everyday artifacts teaches about the frugal country lifestyle.   




Look for the Maine Home Education Week booth during the Annual HOME Convention, March 19 - 21, 2020 to pick up more information about the event. 


Registration Form
Please fill out this form and submit it to the HOME Office with your payment by April 23, 2020. Space is limited!
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* Event Refund Policy - Registration fees may be refunded up to the registration deadline for this event. No refunds will be made after the registration deadline. In the event that you must cancel, please consider making your fee a donation to HOME rather than requesting a refund! If an event must be canceled or rescheduled for any reason, HOME will notify participants. Refunds will then be considered on a case by case basis, depending on whether or not the event is rescheduled.





Celebrate Maine Home Education Week every year in your own community, too. Find ways to celebrate and be visible throughout the designated week. The following is just a sampling of activities that could be planned especially for Home Education Week within individual support groups and families:


  • Wear a homeschool t-shirt, sticker or button wherever you go during Home Education Week.
  • Have a potluck meal of thanksgiving with other homeschooling families.
  • Bake a celebration cake!
  • Plan a local field trip with a few families or your support group.
  • Arrange for a homeschooling display at your local library.
  • Visit a nursing home.
  • Bring a new homeschooler to visit the HOME Office and The Heart of Home Bookstore.
  • Find ways to volunteer in your community.
  • Plan a fundraiser to raise money for your support group or for HOME.
  • Buy a copy of Homeschool Heroes and read it to your family! Copies are available at the HOME Office. 

No matter how you choose to celebrate during Maine Home Education Week, please take time to give thanks and glory to God for the very precious freedoms we have to teach our children at home. Without continued prayer, vigilance and a strong homeschool presence within each Maine community, our blessings of freedom could be easily taken away. Take pride in what you do, and enjoy your well-deserved week of recognition!


View Governor LePage's Proclamation!

Home Education Week Proclamation 2018
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** If you would like information on helping to sponsor this or other HOME Events, please contact Mary Collier at or (207)475-6388