Places Where Homeschool Parents Can Meet
While parents of homeschoolers have likely put effort into making sure their children have opportunities to socialize by meeting other homeschool students, they may be less familiar with ways in which they can meet other homeschool parents. Below, a few places where these parents can meet are highlighted, as well as some resources that homeschool parents may find helpful.
Local public libraries often sponsor a variety of different educational groups and social programs, including those that are targeted specifically at the homeschool community. Parents may be interested in participating in these groups, both for the sake of their children as well as in order to meet other parents of homeschoolers. These programs may vary in content and purpose. Some may be more educational in nature and focus on teaching skills that may otherwise have been learned in a public-school setting, like how to use the resources of a library or classes that are focused on literature. Other programs may provide the homeschool community, including parents, with opportunities to socialize with one another and get to know other homeschool families in their areas.
Parents may be able to get even more involved beyond participating, as some programs may be run by the homeschool parents themselves and sponsored by the library. For example, homeschool parents may volunteer to teach a course for a group of homeschool students in an area that they are knowledgeable. This would provide parents with an opportunity to get to know more students and their parents.
Local Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
Depending on the area, there may also be local homeschool groups that parents can join in order to be a part of the homeschool community in their city or region. These groups may organize social events for students and parents to attend, similar to fields trips that students may take if they were enrolled in a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Additionally, the groups may provide parents with information regarding homeschool regulations in their state, as states may have different requirements from one another, as well as educational resources.
Some areas may not have formally organized groups, in which case parents may also seek out homeschool co-ops or choose to start their own if such a group does not yet exist. A co-op is essentially when several homeschool families decide to coordinate in order to provide a better homeschool experience for their children by pooling their resources. For example, a co-op may decide to set up regular meetings at alternating family houses where students from all the participating families could work on lessons together and attend classes taught by different parents. Because co-ops require a high level of parental involvement, they also offer parents the opportunity to get to know each other better.
Virtual Support Groups
There are also many different online groups that are focused on providing parents and homeschool students with a platform on which to chat with each other, share tips and resources, and go to for support. Homeschool parents who live in remote areas may appreciate these groups if they are unable to participate in face-to-face groups because they don't exist where they live. On the online group or forum, they can virtually meet other parents and may even be able to set up in-person meetings for their children and each other if possible.
Online Resources for Homeschool Parents
Study.com provides parents and students with many resources if they are interested in homeschooling. Our homeschooling courses are available for students from elementary school to high school, and they cover a wide range of subjects, such as biology, psychology, geography, French, and mathematics, among many others.
Additionally, parents who are interested in taking an active role in designing their child's curriculum may be interested in Study.com's lesson plan directory, as it offers additional resources that parents can use to create robust lesson plans.
Parents who are teaching elementary students might also be interested in the following course areas that are geared specifically toward younger students:
The lessons in all of Study.com's courses have been designed by subject-matter experts and may help prepare students for successful high school and college careers, depending on the age of the homeschool student. Our courses also include quizzes to help gauge student understanding as well as practice tests.