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Creating a Homeschool Group [message #819993] Sun, 28 May 2017 16:48 Go to next message
Jamie
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For a bit more background on the realities I have to work around, you can see a post on the private board (posted today).

Generally speaking, I'm interested in the how-to's of creating, organizing and running a homeschool support group. Specifically, if it matters on how one answers, the group would not be united at all in either religious or political ideology. I am interested in a group to provide a weekly kind of gathering to benefit homeschooling, to permit friendships in the immediate area, to bring an awareness of homeschooling supports/needs out there. I would prefer to steer completely away from curriculums. I'd also like advice on keeping the peace or how to start from the outset the understanding that the group's religious and political differences be left at the door (I live in a hot progressive area).

Any information that would help me weigh what needs to be done to construct such a group would be most appreciated.


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Re: Creating a Homeschool Group [message #819995 is a reply to message #819993 ] Sun, 28 May 2017 16:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rosemary-MI  is currently offline Rosemary-MI
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Our co-op was K-12 so the little kids did unit studies for a month or two and the field trip sometimes went with that. We did bats and caves once and had a bat group come in and show us bats, we built a bat house and "made" stalactites. At Thanksgiving time we studied Pilgrims, Indians and had cooking classes on Pilgrim foods. The older kids had drama and wrote a play and performed it for everyone.

One time we studied jobs and had people come in and show what they did for work. We had a Veterinarian, police officer, fireman, beekeeper, business owner & mechanic. I think we visited the fire dept. and the police dept. that time.

The older kids had an aeronautics class where we studied famous pilots had a pilot come in and explain how planes flew and some of his adventures. We also built a balsa wood plane. They made paper plane and had a contest to see which one flew the farthest, and then did a tour of the local airport. Even the little kids did airplane stuff. Our airport does free flying day and takes kids up for a spin. Our pilot friend told us about it. They loved it!

You could start a group that was just field trips and see who comes and if you mesh with anyone. Just set them up for what you are studying. Tell people you are going, when and where, cost etc. Limit it to a few people like 10 kids. Maybe you could expand from that and get a group of people who are on the same track. It could built from there. I'd list the age range of K-2nd grade and younger sibs, no politics, etc.

The group I was in was a carefree group and we grew too big. We had people join who wanted academics with homework and college prep. We left when it got to this because that was not what we were looking for anymore. But when it was little we loved it. My boys are still friend with kids from that group.


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Re: Creating a Homeschool Group [message #819997 is a reply to message #819993 ] Sun, 28 May 2017 22:29 Go to previous message
elliemaejune  is currently offline elliemaejune
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Jamie wrote on Sun, 28 May 2017 15:48

For a bit more background on the realities I have to work around, you can see a post on the private board (posted today).

Generally speaking, I'm interested in the how-to's of creating, organizing and running a homeschool support group. Specifically, if it matters on how one answers, the group would not be united at all in either religious or political ideology. I am interested in a group to provide a weekly kind of gathering to benefit homeschooling, to permit friendships in the immediate area, to bring an awareness of homeschooling supports/needs out there. I would prefer to steer completely away from curriculums. I'd also like advice on keeping the peace or how to start from the outset the understanding that the group's religious and political differences be left at the door (I live in a hot progressive area).

Any information that would help me weigh what needs to be done to construct such a group would be most appreciated.


I'm all in favor of support groups. Smile

One of the things my support group was careful about was not planning too many activities, because then those activities take away from the time the parents would be at home teaching their children. Smile

So, this is what we did:

A monthly Moms' Night Out (could be a Parent Night Out, but in our support group, there were no fathers doing the homeschooling); always the first Monday of the month; at a different home each month. The hostess chose the agenda, and it was never announced ahead of time (because we wanted everyone to come; if the agenda/topic were announced ahead of time, some people might think that they didn't need to attend, but they did!). The only scheduled night was a Book Look, on the MNO before our convention.

A park day on the first Friday of the month, at noon, always at the same park. Whoever showed up, showed up. No RSVP, no phone calls or anything. Just show up or not.

Two field trips a month, always on the second and fourth Fridays. We scheduled a field-trip-planning meeting a couple of times a year; whoever showed up planned the field trips, no more than two per person. We made all the arrangements at that time. The people who planned the field trips were in charge of those field trips. We charged for all field trips, even if it was only $1 per person, and we didn't give refunds (an amazing motivator). If there weren't enough people by a certain date, we canceled the field trip. No phone calls, no emails; just show me the money. I designed a very complex planning sheet; after the meeting, I took the planning sheets and wrote up descriptions for each field trip, which we handed out at park day and MNO (and I gave the planning sheets back to the people who planned them, so they would have all that information). Homeschoolers from other support groups could attend our field trips, but they had to come to at least one park day or one MNO every six months.

We had a three-person leadership team. The support groups in my area that had very complicated, formal leadership (officers, voting on them, by-laws, etc.) and were very busy with activities tended not to last as long as the ones that were more relaxed.


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