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Can't find a homeschooling support group that meets your needs? Grab a few friends and start one of your own!
Here are some things to consider when starting your own homeschool support group:
If you form a religious group, will you require members to sign a Statement of Faith? If you form an inclusive group, how will you handle discussions about religion?
Will you communicate with members by telephone, e-mail or snail mail? Will your group have a newsletter, website, yahoo group or homeschool forum?
When and where will you meet? Homes, libraries, churches, community centers, parks, restaurants, preschools and schools are possible meeting locations.
Select a date, time and location for your first meeting, and decide whom you will invite. Call or e-mail potential members to provide details about the meeting and your group's goals.
Bring a sign up sheet to the first meeting to get contact information from attendees. Recruit volunteers to bring snacks, set up/clean up meetings, communicate with other members and plan events.
Here's a printable Homeschool Support Group Information form you can use.
Choose a name for your group based on its purpose and location. Send a follow up e-mail to members providing a summary of the meeting and informing them of your next meeting date.
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