I must confess, that while living in Oklahoma, we never connected with our state homeschool group. I visited a local group for a while and was a member for a year, but we were never really involved with them. Our children were young and with my husbands schedule it was difficult to make connections and find the time to attend events and meetings.
When we moved to Indiana, our children were older and we found a local group to connect with. While they had wonderful people involved, they had so many activities, that we could hardly get involved. It was overwhelming. After two years, we moved to another county, found another homeschool group and I began connecting with our state homeschool group. Both are wonderful organizations. We have been able to participate in several activities with our local group and have enjoyed each one.
Over the past year, I have been involved as a blogger with our State Homeschool Group (IAHE). This past month, we attended our first State Homeschool Convention and had a wonderful time. Now I’m wondering why we’ve never gone before! I made some great connections and got some wonderful and invaluable encouragement and information.
While it is great to connect with other homeschoolers, why should you connect with your state group?
Why You Should Connect with your State Homeschool Group
- Your state homeschool group is the one reading new bills and keeping up with changing legislation
- They are the ones continually trying to protect your homeschool freedoms in the state
- Most state homeschool groups are available by email or phone year round, so its easy to connect
- Homeschoolers need to stand together – to maintain our freedoms, encouragement and support
- Families are often involved in state groups for years and need to pass the torch to younger families. Getting involved will help you learn more about your state’s group and help give relief to those who have committed years of service.
Don’t know how to connect with your state homeschool group? The HSLDA has wonderful links on their site to each state. From there you can also find local groups by county.
Are you connected with your state homeschool group?