“Where can I find other homeschoolers? “Where do all the homeschooled kids hang out?”
Has anyone ever asked you where to find the homeschoolers in your area? Even with homeschooling on the rise, I hear it all the time.
When families move to an area or first begin homeschooling themselves, often they look for people like them. Adults enjoy meeting like-minded parents and understand the value of information that only seasoned area veterans can provide. Students look for friends, study-partners, playmates, and other kids to be around during activities and on social outings.
Searching for resources, looking to fit in with a community of homeschoolers, and finding ways for children to connect are all great reasons to look for homeschoolers in an area. I highly recommend all families find at least one homeschool contact in their city or town.
How? I suggest:
- Notice families who are out in public during the day. When other children are in school, often the only families out and about will be homeschoolers.
- Visit the places homeschoolers might go. Make it a point to go to a library, museum or exhibit during the morning hours. Attend a program at a community center or a class offered during the morning or early afternoon hours.
- Have lunch in the park. Homeschoolers often plan park days where many families gather to spend time together.
- Browse community calendars and attend ‘fun-ducational’ events. Many homeschool families enjoy taking advantage of free and low-cost offerings for fun and learning.
- Ask someone who most likely interacts with area homeschool families. A children’s librarian, for instance, often knows where homeschoolers meet. Remember to ask professionals like medical doctors, alternative practitioners, heads of community groups such as 4-H or Scouts, too.
In additional to finding where the homeschoolers hang out, this type of networking is sure to yield options for homeschool activities for those families, as well. Make sure to keep a notebook handy to jot down all of the information you receive, plus the names of the contacts you make in the community, too!