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Are There Any Homeschool Support Groups?

One of the most important parts of homeschooling is making sure that both the homeschooled child and the homeschooling parent have a sufficient amount of support from people outside of the home. In as much as the child being homeschooled needs to have interaction with his or her peers, so the parent who is homeschooling needs to have interaction with his or her peers as well. Homeschool groups can be a wonderful means of support for homeschoolers and their parents.

Homeschool support groups provide children with a very important aspect of development: socialization. While children who attend a school interact with peers all day every day, it can be a challenge to make time for a homeschooler to be around other children. In addition, many parents who homeschool can get cabin fever. While one of the benefits of homeschooling is certainly that you get to spend all day every day with your child or children, this can also be one of the downsides to homeschooling. Homeschool support groups allow homeschooling parents the opportunity to be around and interact with other adults, even if it is just for a small amount of time.

Homeschool support groups vary from one area to another. In some areas, a homeschool group might have activities several times a week. Homeschool groups often have outings, such as field trips to planetariums or to nature centers. Homeschool support groups might have a gym day where homeschoolers have a chance to play a variety of games and engage in other physical activities. In some cases, there might even be regular homeschool classes that children can attend, that are sponsored by homeschool support groups.

In other areas, there may not be a homeschool support group at all, or the nearest homeschool support groups might be quite a long distance away. If this is the case, it might be worth considering the possibility of forming your own homeschool support group. There are many organizations that can help you get started in forming a homeschool group. In addition, you may be able to locate other homeschooling families in your area through word of mouth, through other social groups, or through those same homeschooling organizations.

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