Connect with Homeschoolers
In the last ten years, here are many opportunities to connect with other homeschool families. These include meet-up groups, organized co-ops, extra-curricular opportunities for students and many more.
There are a lot of ways to connect with other homeschooling families.
Below are some tips to finding them.
Facebook: Many homeschooling groups use Facebook as a way to connect. You may want to search for homeschool groups in your area this way. Some key terms include: Homeschool meetup, Homeschool activities, Homeschool co-op, or even just Homeschool
Church: Some churches have homeschool groups and even co-ops where kids can take classes. You may want to call around to churches in your area to see if they have any homeschool resources.
Museums and Zoos: Many museums, zoos, aquariums, and other places where kids can get some hands-on learning experience have homeschool programs or certain days where they cater to the homeschoolers. You can often find this information on their website under the education tab.
Homeschool Co-ops: Homeschool co-ops are great to give kids a more robust experience in their learning. Parents often teach and/or pay a fee for their kids to take classes in many different subjects. There are both secular and religious co-ops across the country. A good place to find co-ops in your area is by contacting your state or local homeschool organization.
Organized homeschool activities: In some areas, particularly more urban or suburban areas, there are organized activities for homeschool students. These include activities students in public and private schools would have available, such as: band, orchestra, theater, art, and different sports.
Use your Public School System: Most school districts have policies where homeschool students may opt-in to one or two classes. This is probably more common for high school students but there are likely district policies you can find about gong part-time, often for enrichment such as art or band. In high school, most community colleges have a dual enrollment program where junior and senior year students can enroll in their program and earn both high school and college credit.