Many homeschool groups and activities got started because someone saw the need and decided to be proactive. As a homeschooling parent, you may have to be that someone.
Maybe there isn’t a homeschool group in your area, or maybe the local homeschool group doesn’t meet your needs. You may need to be a pioneer and start your own–this is what I did when our homeschooling jourey began.
During my son’s pre-school years, we were members of the MOMS Club. Each Friday we would get together for playgroups, field trips, park days, or lunch. When we began homeschooling, I could find co-ops that offered classes, sports, etc, but not that same level of social opportunity. So I started my own group. Here are some tips for starting a homeschool group in your area:
- Start a facebook page and a yahoo or Wiggio group. This is what people search when they are looking for a homeschool group.
- Research the closest homeschool groups and get permission to post on their facebook page or message boards that you are intetested in forming a new group, and ask that intetested families contact you.
- Once you have a few interested families, set a time and place to meet. A park or restaurant with a play area offers a chance to meet while the kids play.
- Once scheduled, get the word out. Hang a flier at the library and bookstores. List events on facebook and your Yahoo or Wiggio message boards.
- At your first meeting, establish what you want the group to be and get feedback on what the other families want.
- Establish a schedule–how often to meet, on which day of the week to meet. Keep it consistent. Our group decided to meet each Friday.
- Decide on activities. In the beginning, you might stick to park days. Our group decided on:
- 1st Friday: park day, which would double as our planning meeting. We rotated parks.
- 2nd Friday: planned activity (such as a parent-led science experiment or craft, lego project day, show and tell, seasonal activity such as gingerbread house decorating or Easter egg dying). Parents would take turns planning the activity.
- 3rd Friday: playgroup at a member’s home
- 4th Friday: field trip (zoo, museum, historic site, bowling, bounce house open jump)
As the group grows, divide responsibilities. Ask for a field trip coordinator to reserch and schedule field trips, a playgroup coordinator to rotate playgroup locations, a park day coordinator to rotate park locations. Add a student council, photography club to photograph activities, social media team.
- Add other activities, such as Moms Night Out, seasonal parties, enrichment classes, campouts, guest speakers–the oppoetunities are endless!