One of the easiest and best ways for new homeschooling families to get plugged in to what’s happening in an area is to find a local support group. Support groups come in all shapes and sizes and most cities and towns have at least two – one secular or non-sectarian, and one Christian or religious based – and usually several more.
Support groups may be formed around particular homeschooling methods, curriculum being used, or general educational philosophies. Some focus on providing activities for a particular age group or on some hobby or subject that group members like to study together. Still others classify themselves as “all-inclusive”, meaning they welcome anyone to the group, as long as they’re homeschooling.
Asking friends and homeschooling contacts are great ways to find support groups. You can also search state and national online directories to find groups that meet in your area.
To help you get started, here are some links to national and state homeschooling group directories:
Finding the right support system is as easy as attending a couple of meetings and talking to some of its members. Sometimes it takes visiting several different groups before you find the one best fit. However you do it, the rewards of taking the time to find a great support group are worth the effort.