Find Your Local Home Education Online Support Group
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Email Beverley, The Educating Parent, to add your local support group, network, newsletter, family businessf to our Resource Directory, or to make suggestions or notify us of corrections to current listings.Another easy to find groups is by using your browser: simply type the name of your town or region plus the word 'homeschool' or 'unschool' or 'home education' in the search engine. Do this in Facebook's and Yahoo's search function. The majority of home educating groups seem to have migrated to Facebook - many of the Yahoo groups have gone very quiet. There are some forums still operating. Again, use your search engine on your browser to try to find them if you can't find one suited to your needs in the Resource Directory.
Can't find a group? Why not start your own? It's not as hard as you think. Many people think they need experience as a home educator to start their own support group, but think about like this - you and your family are unique and have unique social and educational needs so why not build a group around those? My daughter did that in 2016 in Adelaide and within a couple of months had a thriving group that met weekly in different playgrounds and parks within a half hour drive from home. This arrangement suited her children's needs and the family's busy calendar perfectly. She created a Facebook group to advertise and create regular meet ups, and for the members to keep in touch and help build a sense of local community.
I did the same thing when she was six years old, reaching out to other home educators through an advert and an article in a home educating magazine. A couple of years on and another member of that group helped me start a South Australian homeschool newsletter - SA Home Based Learners Network - which I am pleased to say is still going strong with new editors and producers 30 years later!
My daughter is now part of a thriving homeschool co-operative which meets one day a week, as well as still running her local social group at various playgrounds. She catches up with her homeschooling friends at other times. Some of their children go to Scouts with her children, or to homeschool drama classes. It took her a couple of years to build up this supportive collection of homeschooling friends and she's still open to meeting new friends and continuing to build relationships.
Read more about groups here, or grab a copy of Beverley's comprehensive and practical guide Building a Homeschool Community, How to Start a Group.
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
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We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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