Getting Started Homeschooling Post 4- Where Do I Find Support?

If you are reading my "getting started" posts for the first time, in my first homeschooling post, I talked about the why of homeschooling. In post two, I discussed some popular homeschooling methods. In post three, I introduced some of the philosophies of education that may guide homeschoolers. In this post, I am going to talk about finding some support- locally and online.

Support for homeschooling

One of the first things you will want to do as you get started is to find out your state's laws about homeschooling. Each state has certain requirements you must meet as a homeschooler. The Homeschool Legal Defense Association is an organization that provides legal and practical support for homeschoolers. They have a page on their website that describes the homeschool laws for each state.

After you know the laws for your state, you will probably want to meet and talk with other homeschoolers. This is a great way to get more information and to find out about resources. There are several online sites that offer fellowship and support for homeschoolers. Here are a couple of my favorite:

The Homeschool Lounge
Christian Homeschool Fellowship on the Web (CHFWeb)

While it is great to find support online, you will want to find local support also. This is invaluable for having social outings for yourself and your children. Many local support groups offer co-ops- classes taught by the parents, homeschool conventions and workshops, and field trip opportunities. HSLDA has a page on their site that lists state and county homeschool groups and their contact information. Once you have found a group, you can visit it a few times to see if it meets your needs.

For our family, I am a member of our state homeschool organization because this gives us discounted admission to the homeschool convention which we have enjoyed the past two years. I am a member of our city's homeschool group because I like to stay posted about what is going on in our homeschool community- classes and field trips. And, this year for the first time, we are going to be a part of a co-op- Fun Friday Enrichment Day - where the children are going to study history and science with a group.

It is much easier to navigate the sometimes rough roads of homeschooling with support. My next post will be another practical matters post- How Can I Homeschool With All These Little People in the House?

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