Waterside Women

GETTING THE SUPPORT YOU NEED

Benefits of Joining a Homeschool Group or Co-op

When you ask long-time homeschoolers what has most influenced their decision to continue with homeschooling, they will often reply with a one-word answer: “support!”

 

Having other families who you can talk to about curriculum choices, schedules, and frustrating days with makes al the difference. Students begin to look forward to hanging out with other young people who understand how cool it is to be able to do math in pjs or take a science class where they get to surf or skate!

 

But these new-found relationships are just one of the benefits of belonging to a local support group.

 

Many of these groups also offer activities that can stregthen your homeschool experience:

  • group field trips

  • park days and/or p.e. days

  • organized clubs such as geography club, 4H, chess, robotics, etc.

  • book and curriculum exchanges

  • dedicated email newsetters or Facebook groups for sharing information

  • organized athletic opportunities

  • holiday parties

  • homecoming

  • prom

  • graduations

 

These groups will help you through the “rough patches” of homeschooling, when a kind, supportive word can mean the difference between pushing through or throwing in the towel!

FPEA Statewide Association

FPEA or Florida Parent-Educators Association, a statewide support system for homeschooling families. This page will share with you what a homeschool association is, the goal of FPEA, and why your family might want to become a member of a state homeschool association.

 

About FPEA

Statewide homeschool associations usually get their start when a group of families join together and build a support system for some or all homeschooling families in a given state. The Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) is just such an outgrowth, serving thousands of homeschooling families in the state. According to the FPEA website, the mission of the Florida Parent-Educators Association is as follows:

The Florida Parent-Educators Association exists solely to serve homeschooling families in Florida. It executes that mission through support for the legal right to homeschool, local school board education and interaction, support group networking, a state convention, local conferences and events, informative communications, and individual encouragement, all in accordance with Judeo-Christian principles.

 

FPEA Membership

The FPEA breaks up the state of Florida into seven districts with a District Director in each one to guide the efforts of the organization regionally. In addition to having access to this director for all your homeschooling questions, joining the FPEA allows you to take advantage of these other services:

  • information on local support groups in your area

  • the annual FPEA homeschool convention

  • discounts on FPEA events as well as on educational merchandise from participating vendors

  • statewide homeschool graduation ceremony

  • college and career fair

  • regular emails regarding upcoming events, legislative updates relating to homeschooling, and member benefits

 

Homeschool Support Groups in South Florida

Florida is a vibrant homeschooling state, so it’s very likely that there is some form of homeschool support group within driving distance to you. If you already know at least one homeschooling family in your area, you may want to ask them about the support options in your community.

 

If you don’t know other homeschoolers yet, though, there are plenty of ways to find them. Start by putting your area or city name and “homeschool support” into a search engine or facebook.

If there is more than one group to choose from in your area, it’s likely that each one has a specific “focus.”

 

Groups are often based on worldview (faith-based or non-religious homeschool groups), teaching stylem age-group or may be geared to a specific goal such as community service or scouting.

 

If you are part of a local group or co-op not listed, pease email us!

Homeschool Cooperatives

Homeschool co-ops can provide rsources, wisdom from other parents, networking, events, classes, activiteis and so much more. These are groups of families who want to share some of the benefits of group learning opportunities. This is a great way to meet other families and for students make friends and be exposed not only to subjects and events they might not normally have access to.

If your co-op is not listed, please email us.

Don’t fall into the biggest homeschooling myth out there. Homeschoolers ae the most social pople we know, so get out thee and meet some families.