When first starting out, one of the things that new homeschoolers want to know is where to find other families like them. Another time this appears to be more important is during the ‘tween and teen years, when parents again begin looking for ways for their children to hang out with other kids.
Finding other homeschoolers can be easy, once you put up your homeschool “radar”. Give it a little time, and you’ll begin to notice homeschoolers all over town.
For starters, though many homeschoolers adhere to a morning-into-early-afternoon school schedule at home, there are plenty of families that get out during those hours, too. That means that at least some of the folks you see around town during regular school hours are going to be homeschoolers. Particularly if they have a gaggle of children with them. Or even just one or two children. Start getting out a little bit more during the day, and chances are you’ll bump in to some of these homeschooling families soon.
Next, figure out where homeschoolers are likely to hang out in your area. This will naturally depend on the size of your locale and the availability of educational resources, but some of places to check out are libraries, community centers, zoos, museums, parks, church rooms, centers for research and information, plus any other places in town that it would seem might be tempting for these families to go.
Finally, when visiting places of interest, ask someone who is likely to know where the homeschoolers are. Talking to a museum curator, reference librarian, or a youth group leader can easily yield the name of an area homeschooler who is active at that location. Even better, you might even score information about classes and other opportunities for your own homeschoolers there, too.
Like anything else, spotting other homeschooling families may take a little practice. For modern homeschoolers, this is compounded because today’s homeschoolers can look very much like every other family on the block – despite the myth that homeschoolers stand out or all look alike. But by raising your awareness and noticing families out and about your town, finding other homeschoolers will eventually become easy as pie.