Where Can You Meet Other Homeschool Parents?

Instructor: Kristin Fromal

Kristin is a school counselor and has a Master's degree in Social Work.

Parents who are homeschooling their children may wish to get to know other homeschooling parents for both social and academic purposes. Read on to learn more about formal, informal, and virtual opportunities for homeschool parents to connect.

Formal Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Co-Ops

One way to meet other homeschooling parents is by taking part in a homeschool co-op. These are groups where homeschooling families come together to offer a range of educational opportunities for children. Depending on the type of co-op, these opportunities may include advanced or specialized academic programming, field trips, or religious fellowship. Co-ops frequently require parents to stay on site and volunteer their time, whether by teaching a course or performing administrative activities to help the co-op. These co-ops can be more than a way for children to socialize; they are an avenue for parents to join together to create a vital and engaging homeschool program.

Homeschool Support Groups

Parents can build relationships with other homeschooling parents through support group settings. These groups hold regular meetings where members can meet and discuss common topics of concern, such as choosing a homeschool curriculum. Targeted support groups can be especially beneficial for parents who are homeschooling students with special educational needs, whether the challenges be academic or behavioral. These groups can provide assistance to parents and encouragement as they pursue a homeschool journey.

YMCA/Athletic Leagues

Some local branches of the YMCA offer homeschool physical education classes for students. These courses can be a great option for meeting physical education class requirements. They can also provide opportunities for homeschool parents to get to know each other while engaging in their own workouts. Check into local branches, or other gyms that may be close to you, to see what types of programming are available.

For children who wish to play competitive sports, homeschool leagues are available in many areas of the country.

Informal Meeting Spots

Public Libraries

Public libraries can be a great resource for homeschool families. They provide the ability to access and borrow a range of materials, including books, educational manipulatives or games, and audiovisual equipment. Some libraries even have a lending program that allows parents to try out homeschool curricula before making a purchase. In addition to these advantages, the public library can provide a meeting place for homeschool parents to gather while children are engaged with the library's materials. Some libraries offer programs to attract children who are being homeschooled, such as art shows or science fairs.

Cultural Venues

Many cultural venues offer concerts, workshops, and exhibits that are geared towards homeschool families. At these types of events, you would be able to meet other homeschool parents while participating in an enriching, arts-based experience for the children. Some of these venues may provide materials that you can use after the experience to promote reflection and understanding.

Local Gathering Places

Rather than getting involved in formal homeschool programs, some parents meet others at informal locations. From parks to local restaurants, churches to coffee shops, these locations can provide a casual and fun socialization opportunity for both children and parents.

Virtual Homeschool Groups

Parents who don't wish to leave their home to meet other parents, perhaps for medical or other personal reasons, might consider joining a virtual homeschool group. These online groups might offer a range of courses or provide discussion forums to ask questions and gain advice from other homeschooling parents.

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