Do I have to be an “inclusive” homeschooler to participate?

Not at all! You are welcome to use our resources and attend our activities, even if you have decided to exclude some ideas and influences from your children’s education. We only ask that you treat all people you encounter in our group with respect – both in person and on-line.

Does my group have to be inclusive to be listed with you?

Nope! Any group for homeschoolers in the Salem area can be listed with us. Your group description must be honest about who is welcome without referring to any other groups of people. Differentiate yourself by what you offer rather than by what you are not!

Why is the Facebook group open and the Google Calendar public?

Our Facebook group and Google Calendars are open and public to make us easy to find. This is what differentiates Salem Inclusive Homeschoolers from other local groups! This is a place to coordinate events and help build like-minded membership for more focused groups. It is not a place to share private information.

When you post on our Facebook group, your friends may see what you shared come through their newsfeed. This actually helps more people find out about our group. Our events are also publicly viewable. So if you decide to host an event at your home, please do not list your address as the location! Instead, provide a way for people to RSVP so that you can send them your address privately.

When we share other groups’ activities on our Google Calendar we will never share private information. Instead, we will share the title and description with a link back to your group. This way people who think your activity is a good fit for them can find you, and you can screen them before allowing them to participate. The Google Calendar is not currently being maintained. If you’d like to help with that, please let Joy know!

What are the rules for participation?

We have one basic rule: Show respect for others. If you have a concern about someone’s behavior, please bring it to our attention immediately and we will work to resolve the situation.

All Facebook group members are encouraged to:

  • Add friends to the Facebook group.
  • Share Facebook group events and posts with other groups or friends.
  • Post information about events, activities, groups, blogs, and other resources for homeschoolers in our area. (Political and/or religious events are allowed if they are both local and for homeschoolers. See below for more on this!)
  • Suggest events on our Facebook page (e.g. park day or homeschool meet-up at a public event). After reviewed, these events will be created on the Facebook group and also be included in our Member Hosted Activities Google Calendar.
  • Promote their local business’s or church’s offerings for the homeschool community.
  • Let others know about items they have for sale.
  • Request referrals for services or items they’d like to buy or trade for.
  • Keep discussion focused on connecting people with the resources and other groups that will be a good fit for them.
  • Keep moderators informed if there are changes to events you planned on hosting.

All Facebook members should be careful not to:

  • Say anything on the group that they wouldn’t want their parents/children/boss/worst enemy/entire world to read!
  • Spam the group with repeated advertisements or off-topic posts.
  • Post political or religious articles unless they are directly related to an event. (Please do so on that event’s page rather than the main wall.)
  • Abuse another member in any way, including banning them from other groups based on their participation in this one.

Special Note Regarding Discussions
Discussion may involve the merits and pitfalls of various homeschooling approaches and members’ experiences with them. But they should not be focused on promoting or bashing a philosophy, political agenda, group, individual, or religion. If an event is political or religious in nature, debate on those topics should be held to the event itself.

If a local business which we support as a homeschool community has taken a public position on a contentious political or religious issue, it is ok to inform the community so that members may make their own choices about whether to continue to (or start to) support that business as a result.

There must be no call to action in the discussion, including any articles shared about it. The appropriate way to phrase the post is:

“This post follows the template from the SIH FAQ: Our homeschool community has been supporting ____ business in ____ way. I recently learned that their stated position on ____ issue is ____. If this issue matters to you, it may impact your personal support of this business. Please keep discussion of the issue itself to your personal pages and other groups.”


If you believe someone is violating these guidelines, please do not engage in the discussion other than to tag a moderator and post a link to this FAQ.

You may also contact us directly via PM or email. If the situation is serious and you are unable to reach us that way, you may text and/or call Joy at 503-913-0923.

As a policy, we do not delete threads except in cases of obvious spam. Users who persist in violating the guidelines will be blocked after a public warning. Threads that violate our policies will receive comments from moderators explaining why they violate our policies, and may be removed in extreme circumstances.

Why did you start Salem Inclusive Homeschoolers?

We got to talking at the first Teen Game Day. We were both long-time homeschoolers with teen boys, but realized we’d only met once before – a year ago! Because our social circles don’t overlap and most of the other homeschool groups in Salem are closed, we just hadn’t connected.

We’d also both had the experience of offering activities but just not being able to get enough people consistently involved to keep them going. When you can only spread the word to the people you already know, it’s tough!

The flip side of that is when events are only advertised in closed groups, people new to the area or new to homeschooling can’t find them. Even long-time homeschoolers like to make new friends and discover new interests. How do you do that when you only have access to the closed groups you already know about?

We both wished there was an open, public place where homeschoolers of all kinds could exchange information, post activities, and get to know each other. Suddenly it dawned on us – we could create it ourselves!

Who runs the website and Facebook group?

Joy maintains the website and both Joy and Kaylyn moderate the facebook group. If you would like to become a part of our team, let us know!


This bio is from 3 years ago! Kaylyn is no longer actively moderating the group, but she is one of our founders and you’ll see her post wonderful opportunities from time to time.

Your moderator - Kaylyn
Your moderator – Kaylyn
My family has lived in Salem for 10 years now though it seems like just yesterday we were trying to make connections and find homeschool friends and support after our move from Springville, Utah. I have 4 children, all homeschooled by various methods and means depending on their learning styles. You name the curriculum and we’ve probably tried it at one point or another. Three of them have graduated and moved on to their own independent lives.

We turned to homeschooling initially because the inner-city school district we lived in was too dangerous for me to feel comfortable sending my kindergartner. That same year I read the book “A Charlotte Mason Companion” by Karen Andreola and was hooked. For twenty years we’ve homeschooled and even with the ups and downs of homeschooling teenagers, loved it. My last child is involved in the “Trails Across Time” program (Estacada Web Academy) so our school days are split between online computer courses and historical crafts/trades like blacksmithing, weaving, farming, carpentry, and so forth. It’s the perfect match for his kinesthetic learning style.

My “career” as a homeschool mom has led to many opportunities that I believe would not have come without the life experience and connections I’ve formed through homeschooling. I have been a Girl Scout leader, 4H leader, church camp director, teacher at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, TIP (teen interpreter) coordinator at Willamette Heritage Center, and STEP (Short Term Educational Programming) coordinator with Polk County 4H. I also write and deliver STEM programming to local libraries, the events of which you will see turn up on our community calendar.


Joy is no longer actively creating events or updating the website, but she checks in to make sure posts are appropriate and the community is humming along. This bio is from 3 years ago – her daughter has now moved out and her son is starting his second year at Chemeketa Community College – all paid for through Baker All-Prep Early College!

Your Moderator - Joy Ceilidh Dunlap
Your Moderator – Joy Ceilidh Dunlap
I grew up in Portland and lived there until just last year, when we moved to Salem for my wife’s job. She is now starting her third year as a science teacher at McKay High School. I also have an old blog, The Liberated Kitchen, where I’ve shared a lot about how being gluten-free and on the GAPS diet has helped our family. Mostly, I’m focused on keeping our home-life running.

When I was 18 I discovered Grace Llewellyn’s Teenage Liberation Handbook and felt she was saying everything I’d been trying to tell my parents. I decided then that if I ever had kids I’d try homeschooling them! Our family has been through major life changes including divorce, single parenthood, remarriage, and job changes. Somehow we managed to homeschool through it all!

We started off with a radical unschooling approach and became more eclectic over the years – including activities like Camp Fire, Village Home classes, and many, many park days! Our daughter homeschooled until 8th grade, when she decided to try out a small charter school. She moved on to a huge high school and enjoyed freshman and part of sophomore year there. Now she just goes for a couple classes and does SK Online at home. Our son is 14. This year he’s trying on-line learning through Connections Academy for the first time.