What if you can’t find a homeschool group already formed that fits your needs? What do you do then? Start your own!
If you have homeschool friends that are also looking meet together and see if they are interested is starting something new with you.
When we first started our group, 17 years ago, we just gave it a name and opened an email group. So easy. And then we had the explosive meeting and had to start over. When we started over, we basically did the same thing, apparently we are slow learners. After a few years, we realized that the group was growing fast and just like with children, if you don’t have clear rules and boundaries people are going to test them or argue.
One of our members had a friend in a different state who ran a group that had the same kind of guidelines that we wanted. Our member emailed her and asked if we could borrow their membership statement and guidelines and edit them to for our needs. This friend was more than happy to let us borrow inspiration from them and it made our job much easier. A few of us got together and edited away. We posted that on the front page of our email group.
This is where the detailed plan of what you want and need comes in. Turn that page into your guidelines. Write exactly what you want your group to be. If you write it they will come. Trust me.
Decide what activities your group will start with. A weekly park day? Twice monthly nature study? Start with a couple that you know you can set in stone. People want something regular and steady. Once you get a good group going, you can start adding more activities.
These days we don’t use the email group anymore. We find that Facebook is a quicker and more efficient way of communicating with group members. We have two different pages- one for new members that people join to find out more about the group and find a time to meet with us. The second page is for those that have attended a park day and has the majority of discussion and activity calendar.