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brande30260
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 7:56 pm    Post subject: How To Form A Local Support Group Reply with quote

I am home schooling and would very much like to start a local support group. We have a few in the area, but none of them are up to date or seem to not have any involvement what so ever.

Can someone please suggest to me the best way to get some started.

I am very active in the community and know that this could be a wonderful thing for our community.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brande30260,
This website (linked below) may be able to help you out. It has several links to different articles regarding starting up a home-school support group.

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/supportStart.htm


Good luck to you. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some additional information about Starting a Homeschool Support Group.

I think the most important thing is to decide what type of group you want. Stuctured vs. Unstructured. Religions vs. Non Religious. How often do you want to meet? What type of activities you want to do? and so on. It is really important for all of the members to be on the same page in order to reduce potential conflict.

The next most important thing is getting members, but since you're active in the community, you'll be great at that. You can start by talking to all your homeschool friends and posting flyers at the library and other places where moms hang out.

Set a date, time and location for your first meeting, and spend time at that meeting talking about what the interested parties want the group to be like and who will take responsibility for what. I would advise starting small with just 1 or 2 activities and expand as the group grows.

My friend and I started a community book club that is still going 6 years later. It is funny how a little idea can just take off. Have fun!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree with most of this but not all. If everyone has an open mind, and you are focused on the homeschool part of the group. Just meet, set a time, set a place, and work from there. See what people need. We started with a Friday play group. The children play, and moms and sometimes dads talk. This group is as diverse as MA, and if you live here you will understand. Smile

We have "religious", and "secular", we have lesbian families, and we have nuclear families. We all homeschool and the children have learned to be compassionate and understanding to all types of people. Where we live it is hard to find those of a different race, but sometimes that happens as well, and it isn't a problem because we don't make it one. I'm not sure that this something that everyone can handle but it is the best thing for us. We work together, we don't offend one another and if we do, we forgive. What better role models could we be.

For those of you that homeschool to take your children away from the "secular" world, understand that they will have to know how to interact with it eventually. Started them when they are young enough to still listen to you is a good thing Wink Even if we don't agree with one another, we respect the views as different and move on. If someone joins our group and doesn't like that then our group isn't for them

Sorry for the long post, my point is. Just find some homeschoolers, and don't discriminate based on beliefs. You would be surprised how well a group can work if it is as diverse as the world truly is.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where do I sign up??? Sounds like a great group, momo.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started a group in my area because there just weren't any we could find and I just jumped in head first. I started a yahoo group to keep everyone up to date and just started with myself and a couple of other people I knew. We meet about once a month and keep in contact with each other through the group. We also use the group to schedule field trips let each other know of happenings around the state that could be of interest. I started it last school year so it has been less than a year and we have around 30 members. Although most of the members are religious are religious we don't claim to have any religious affiliations so anyone is welcome and we have found that that was a smart way to set it up. I just simply asked that everyone respect each other and that no on uses fowl language. So far no one has had any complaints and we have people who are and are not religious in the group. Good luck with your group. Just jump right in you'll be fine!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

momo3boys wrote:
I would agree with most of this post but not all. If everyone has an open mind, and you are focused on the homeschool part of the group. Just meet, set a time, set a place, and work from there. See what people need. We started with a Friday play group. The children play, and moms and sometimes dads talk. This group is as diverse as MA, and if you live here you will understand. Smile

We have "religious", and "secular", we have lesbian families, and we have nuclear families. We all homeschool and the children have learned to be compassionate and understanding to all types of people. Where we live it is hard to find those of a different race, but sometimes that happens as well, and it isn't a problem because we don't make it one. I'm not sure that this something that everyone can handle but it is the best thing for us. We work together, we don't offend one another and if we do, we forgive. What better role models could we be.

For those of you that homeschool to take your children away from the "secular" world, understand that they will have to know how to interact with it eventually. Started them when they are young enough to still listen to you is a good thing Wink Even if we don't agree with one another, we respect the views as different and move on. If someone joins our group and doesn't like that then our group isn't for them

Sorry for the long post, my point is. Just find some homeschoolers, and don't discriminate based on beliefs. You would be surprised how well a group can work if it is as diverse as the world truly is.


Momo, I mostly agree with you as well. Notice the statement I bolded. The type of group you are a part of is great, but is not for everyone.

Some people may be the only believers out of their friends and family, and may specifically want Christian encouragement. Some people may feel everything but unschooling is unhealthy and may not feel supported around people who think there's nothing better than Abeka. Smile

Some people want a group that has committees and officers and structured meetings. Others just want to meet at the park once a week. (I think that's a great place for any group to start.)

I think all inclusive groups are great, if that is what a family desires, but like you said, they are not for everyone. That's why I think it's important to really think about what type of support you're looking for before joining or forming a support group.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People like to interact with others like themselves. Maybe it's a matter of religion, or having a different culture, or using a different homeschool style, or preferring a certain type of group leadership, but you can't jam absolutely everyone into one group, it just causes too much friction. Certainly, religious and secular often don't mix well, which is why groups are often marked as one or the other.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jazzy, I didn't mean to say that what you were saying was wrong. I just wanted to mention that we shouldn't forget that sometimes just being homeschoolers is enough. You are absolutely right in that some people are looking for something specific and that is fine. I just didn't want people to feel they HAD to choose a type or culture of Homeschool group when they were starting.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I agree with you. I hope I didn't come across as being offended by your post because I wasn't at all.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

don't worry we're good, Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:23 am    Post subject: support groups Reply with quote

i am very interested in being in a group, but i am unsure of whether i want to start a group.. i live in rural pennsylvania, so not much available.i feel like a follower not a leader. do you think you have to have the contacts, money, resources, to start one?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

absolutely! you don't need much, just a few people that want to get together with you that have something in common like homeschooling. You don't need resources, the only contact I had was a key to the town hall that we use in the winter and on rainy days. We also started a public yahoo group (very easy) so others would know what we were doing. You don't have to be a leader, I hardly even go any more due to scheduling on my part and others have taken it over. Just try, it can't hurt.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. You can get a free web site from places like Yahoo! Groups (groups.yahoo.com), and you can meet in a variety of places, including community areas, stores with seating, your own home, etc. Overhead will be effectively nothing - all you need is a sufficient number of people of like minds in your general area.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your library would probably be a good place to start. They may have meeting space available and you are likely to find other homeschoolers there. Also consider churches, parks or local rec centers. It shouldn't cost you anything other than maybe the cost of copying flyers.
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